I offer an authentic style of Yoga, Meditation, Personal Training unline anyone else in the area. My ongoing education and training over the past 3 years in Classical Yoga philosophy and Comprehensive Yoga Therapy at YogaLife Institute under the direction of Bob Butera, Ph.D., has influenced what yoga means to me. According to Patanjali, who wrote his Yoga Sutras over 2,000 years ago, "Yogas cittas vritti nirodha", Yoga is the stilling of the waves of consciousness. I believe that this stillness is what I was seeking and thankfully found when I took my first yoga class in 2011 as a disabled veteran who just graduated from a 15 month accelerated bachelor's degree in nursing at DeSales University, where I am continuing my studies as a Family Nurse Practitioner. All of my education, training, life experiences, and careers have shaped me into who I am today; a Registered Nurse and Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance with over 500 hours of continuing education in Yoga. I am "flexible" enough to teach the most novice beginner to the well advanced yoga student who is looking to deepen their practice with more philosophy, to the student who is wanting to learn meditation practices and chakra theories, to the patient whose doctor has recommended that they try yoga to improve their health outcomes. I am passionate about helping people live healthier lifestyles through a holistic whole-being approach to wellness and living a yogic life.
You can learn more about me and my yoga offerings at https://sgarletssanctuary.com/about. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. I hope to hear from you soon!
What I enjoy most about being a nurse and yoga teacher is being able to view clients as whole beings and understand where they are physically, anatomically, emotionally, and physiologically, and being able to offer them a way to feel at peace. When clients come to me with multiple concerns, I am able to use my education and trainings as a Comprehensive Yoga Therapy student and student Family Nurse Practitioner to help guide my students through their health concerns and help them feel better on all levels of their being, finding acceptance of whatever dis-ease they may have. I am passionate about holistic healthcare and gaining additional education and experience with each client encounter.
She made a lesson to my specific needs every time I went to see her for a private session. She took the time to explain in detail, answer questions, show my videos, gave me homework, follow up. She was wonderful!
Prior to our first session we will have a telephone and/or email consultation where I will send you some assessment forms to invite you to spend time to see what exactly it is that you are looking to gain from our working together and personally gain insight on how I can best serve you.
During our first session, we will review these forms and I will go in further detail about how I can help you and we will come up with a plan together on how to meet your goals. We will spend the remaining time in a grounding and centering practice and you will leave with some "homework" including "SMART" goals to practice until our next session.
Each session we will begin by reviewing what you learned about yourself since our previous session through your home practice and homework. We will then build upon that through additional lessons, advanced practices, and SMART goals each session.
I am a RN with 8 years experience in various fields throughout healthcare. I am a yoga teacher with my RYT-500 certification through the Yoga Alliance. I am currently studying for my FNP at DeSales University while concurrently getting my Comprehensive Yoga Therapy certification through YogaLife Institute. I live and breathe what I practice and teach. I get excited for each opportunity to share my knowledge and education to help others in their lives.
At this point in time, while I am still in school and paying for my education and training, I am more interested in gaining experience with working with clients than I am in trying to make a profit. I quite literally just don't have the time or income as a grad student to market or sell myself and would rather write off my lessons as a hobby then dedicate resources to have this be a profitable business at present. Having said that, I am more than willing work with people based on where they are and what they can afford. I offer a great value of what you get in working with me for a deeply discounted rate while I am still a student and building up my clientele. I also offer discounts for signing up for multiple sessions and offer a free session for each referral that you would bring me. I look forward to working with you in this area.
I touch on this in my profile, but as a nurse, I have always valued patient education. And being that I found Yoga right after finishing nursing school, I loved teaching my patients how to breath after having open-heart surgery or other cardio-thoracic procedure. It was only a matter of time before I would go back to do my Yoga Teacher Training, and spending the time to research and find YogaLife Institute and their Comprehensive Yoga Therapy program, helped me to bring focus to how I wanted to utilize both fields to teach others healthy lifestyles and yoga philosophy to live their best life.
I have worked with a variety of students, mostly beginners who have never taken a yoga class before in their life. Some of my better examples of that variety would be the 63-year-old man who has found greater flexibility to maneuver around his life and makes healthier choices around diet and lifestyle. Another is a 47-year-old cancer survivor with ongoing multiple chronic health concerns start to balance out her life and release stress and find acceptance in her abilities. Another 63-year-old breast cancer survivor I have worked with inspired me to offer more lessons based on palliative medicine (or reduced suffering) where we practice chair-yoga and deep relaxing breathing exercises. I have also helped a 33-year old mother of 3 children under 5 find some peace in her life and give herself some time for self-care and helped to rejuvinate her marriage. So even with the limited experience that I have as a Comprehensive Yoga Therapy student, I have exemplified being capable of working with a variety of people tailoring our sessions to where they need them to be. I look foward to working with you and helping you with what you need in your life.
I love hearing feedback from my clients on ways that they have noticed improvement in their lives. How they recall my lessons on breathing when they are feeling stressed and then suddenly feel at peace and acceptance for what is happening. And how they keep wanting to continue to work with me because it "makes them feel good". It's so wonderful to review the SMART goals from our previous session and get that AHA! moment when everything just clicks and my client feels so good about themselves and empowered because they did the work to feel that way.
Make sure the people that you hire are certified and have insurance. I am fully insured as both an RN and a Yoga Instructor. I am certified by the Yoga Alliance as a RYT-500 and the State Board of Nursing as an RN. There are yoga teacher trainings out there that are not affiliated with the Yoga Alliance or any certifications, and it shows in the quality of the training that they get. I was trained in Classical Yoga at YogaLife Institute. My teacher training was a 12-month program, not 6 weeks of regurgitating cues on a fixed set of postures. I have the training, experience, and qualifications to ensure that you remain safe in practice and within a healthy practice based on your current state of being.
Spend some time reflecting on what exactly it is that you want out of the person whom you hire as your teacher and why you are seeking it at this time. Try to think about how you want this person to help you to achieve your goals and what you want to get out of working with them. Also ask yourself if you really are ready to give the time and effort of yourself in order to meet your goals. Once you have this all established, bring this to the teachers and see what they can offer you to best help you with your needs. Then you can make an informed decision about who would best help you to achieve your goals. Hint: it's gonna be me :)