"Sarah’s yoga classes have be a life saver since I started two plus years ago. Her presence has made a positive in pact in all areas. Sarah has been an inspiration to me and many. Her knowledge and brilliance is beyond anything I could have ever imagined yoga could be like! Her voice and spirit have a way that brings calmness and peace to all." --Katie G.
"I have taken classes from Sarah for over 10 years years. She is a dedicated teacher whose joy for movement and music is infectious. She is creative, fun loving, hardworking and generous with her gifts. Sarah is absolutely my favorite yoga and cardio dance teacher, bar none and I can't wait to see what unfolds at her new center!" --Suzanne K.
"Sarah's style of teaching yoga makes a group class feel like it's just for you. She uses frequent cuing and modifications so you can move through or hold the poses without having to come out of the experience to "find your place." Her classes are always a great mixture of stretching, breathing, balance and building strength, both mentally and physically." --Nancy M.
"Sarah creates space for every one and every body--Mindfully, Creatively, Beautifully, Gracefully, Lovingly--Without taking life too seriously." --Helen M.
"The way Sarah has helped me bring movement and that mind and body connection to my life has truly been transforming and has really opened up a whole new world for me. Listening to my body and being encouraged to meet myself where I am in whatever given moment has allowed me to show my body compassion and love, bringing a physical aspect to my self care and personal awareness." —Laura B.
"After attending the workshop Rest, Relax, Renew I felt like leaving a whole day at the spa. I've never experienced this with yoga before. Feeling open, relaxed and knowing I did something good for my body. It also helped me to focus on the weeks ahead that were very stressful. " —Callie T.
"Through this Rest, Relax, Renew workshop and through Sarah’s teaching, I was given the space and training that allowed me to be vulnerable to explore and learn new tools to start to restore myself towards deeper wellness. Her understanding of hidden disabilities and her willingness to adjust to individuals’ needs made this training a safe place to explore alternative healing techniques. I was able to understand at a deeper level the need to avoid stimulating the nervous system, practicing the techniques in stillness, gaining a deeper understanding of how culture “collaborates for us not to rest” but to perform and to produce and how for years I have carried this stress within my body all in an attempt to be the best at my job. Being able to observe and experience ways of shedding these layers of stress was indeed empowering for me. I have attended yoga training before but never had the experience of restorative yoga and it was a transformative experience. As a practitioner in the counseling field, self-care is important but we are not often offered such a powerful and transformative workshop as this from a highly skilled teacher." —Betty M.
JourneyDance moves people in so many different ways. . . I find that it meets each person where they are and gives them what they need in the moment. This is just one of the ways that JourneyDance is a unique experience every time we move together! . . . what might you find when you leave it all on the dance floor?
"I’ve been learning a lot in the past two years about how my body holds trauma, my own personal as well as generations before me. I am realizing that movement is helping me to recognize deep feelings and allow it to move through me. Sometimes moving is more effective than thinking. So in a way it’s a work out for my soul. . . . I have taken three JourneyDance classes and each one has been a unique experience. In this class I am able to immerse myself in music and movement, learning to let go of inhibition and truly accept who I am. It is also just a whole lot of fun! Thanks for bringing this to the community, Sarah."
"I decided to try JourneyDance when I read an advertisement that said it was “hard to describe.” The honesty of that statement drew me in, and I’m so glad it did. Yoga, dance, guided meditation, group movement, solo reflection, humor, support, evocative emotion—all of these at once but also whatever the heck you might feel like doing in the moment—JourneyDance is its own very specific thing that encompasses all the best things. One thing it is every time is empowering. I always leave feeling a million times better than when I arrived and excited for the next time. Inspired and inspiring, Sarah is an amazing instructor and JourneyDance is an amazing experience." --Lisa B.
“I take fitness classes when I want to work out, but I do JourneyDance when I want to heal. I go in knowing that I am going to have a transcendental and transformative experience—a trip without drugs. I know that I will get exactly what I need whether that is strength, empowerment, peace, or something I did not know I was looking for. JD is just as important to me as therapy or meditation; in fact, it is moving meditation. JD is like nothing I have ever experienced before and it has really changed my life and gotten me through some really tough times this past year.
Sarah takes me inward to places I couldn’t access myself. I really cannot find words for how grateful I am to Sarah for taking her vision and making it a reality in our community. What she channels with passion and purpose—with a divine connection between the micro and the macro through divine feminine healing—is truly revolutionary.
This isn’t just a dance class, but an opportunity for everyone who experiences it to rise up personally and collectively to nurture our own best selves. Social and cultural revolution starts as a spiritual revolution inside ourselves and reverberates out into the world to change oppressive constructs. I don’t say it lightly that healing the heart heals the world and this dance class—which is not a dance class—is an embodiment of this power and potential in the world.”
Here is poem that one of the JD participants shared about her experience:
Dance Woman! Dance Hard—Dance so Hard that the pain goes away
Claim back your body
Your body is yours
Your body does not belong to the abusers
They no longer own your body
Dance with your body
Connect the mind to your body
You do not have to claim the shame
The shame is not yours
Dance with your body
You own your body
Shed the shame
Dance with your body
Dance Hard Woman! the pain will go away
In JourneyDance we do different rituals and processes. One of those processes is "Break Out of the Box." One participant share the following poem that speaks to the power of JD:
The Power of Building a Box
What does your box look like?
I build a box with very thick walls
Feel all around the box
Touch the walls
The walls are thick and strong
What should I put in the box?
My option for suicide--the ultimate end
But, how can I go on if I do not have that option?
I put my suicide in the box
I am scared--
My heart races
Maybe I can take it out of the box again when needed
Then she says--tear the box down
Tear it to pieces
I start to tear it down
Do I take out my option for suicide first?
I kick hard
What am I doing?
This has been with me for a long time and the time is getting closer
I punch harder
I kick harder
The walls are coming down
It is turning to rubble
I feel the hole inside me
I then walk around the rubble
I stomp on the pieces that are not smashed
I have demolished my way out
The voice in the room says pick up the pieces
Throw them into the pile
Can I keep one piece?
I throw all of the pieces into the pile
I am throwing away my way out
Make heat with your hands
We all make a large fire
Suicide is gone
A part of me is gone
Now I have to find a way to live