A yoga pose is like learning to read … understanding only comes with time, patience and experience.
For me, the practice of yoga has helped me understand what it means to be skillful. It’s not in the sense of fancy poses, but in the willingness to learn and accept the awkwardness of going someplace I’m not comfortable. It started in child’s pose, when I could not touch my buttocks to my heels because my hips were too tight. With years of practice and patience, my own skillfulness is found in recognizing the difference between discomfort and pain, curiosity and ego, acquiesce and intuition. As an instructor I try to facilitate students with their own journey into themselves. I believe precise language is important and repetition is a good thing. In my own practice I do everything slowly, mindfully. It’s also how I teach.
- Hatha Yoga with Julie Gudmestad, Tiffany Cruikshank, Jill Miller, Seane Corn, Tias Little and Peter Egoscue
- 250 hour Yin with Bernie Clark, Joe Barnett and Marla Erickson
- 350 hour with Yoga For Today (2009 – 2010)
“I have been practising with Sandy for several years. What stands out about Sandy’s classes is her effort to educate students about the body, the interconnections of the body’s parts and systems, and the beneficial impact of yoga on mental and physical health. Her sessions are varied, challenging and interesting. When leading the class, Sandy points out how to position the bodies for maximum benefit, while at the same time, encouraging students to listen to the body and adapt the pose to suit individual needs. I learned a lot about proper positioning from her and apply it to my home practice with great appreciation.”
“Sandy is genuinely concerned with her students well-being. She is always introducing a variety of new vinyasas, techniques, and props to challenge us and keep the classes interesting. Sandy is an inspiration to us all.”