My name is Sarah Toward and I am a fully qualified Iyengar yoga instructor. I have been practising yoga for over 20 years and gained my first qualification to teach Iyengar yoga in 2005.
20 years ago I wandered into a yoga class, simply wanting to try a different form of exercise. I left with a curiosity, an aching body and a desire to do more, learn more.
Over the following years yoga made me feel stronger and more confident, both physically and existentially. I found that yoga enabled me to deal with the stresses and strains of life in a calmer and more reflective manner as I gained deeper understanding of the relationship between body, spirit and mind.....
Two children and two decades later, yoga means more than ever before. I feel as strong in my 40's as I did in my 20's.
I am serious about Iyengar and yet my classes are full of laughter. We are different bodies, gender, religion, race, ideas. We share something. From the bodybuilder with incredibly tight muscles to the injured runner, to the tired new mum. We share poses that make us feel amazing, poses that elude us initially, poses that are incredibly challenging/invigorating/soothing/ surprising...
I would love you to open yourself up to the possibilities and experience Iyengar yoga for yourself. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Below are a few comments from students:
"I attended yoga with Sarah on and off for 3 years. Having attended numerous yoga classes in various cities I can honestly say I have never encountered someone who instilled in me such a love of yoga. Her classes were always run with a friendly and professional manner. Whether beginner or advanced, Sarah catered to everyone's individual needs seamlessly and tailormade each class to ensure everyone got the best out of every second. She encouraged people to work at their maximum without ever pushing people too far. She was at all times approachable and guided me through a difficult pregnancy when I had SPD. Sarah was always available to discuss individual people's needs and made suggestions as to how best enhance practice at home. I looked forward to every class and always came away with a great sense of well being. I could not recommend Sarah highly enough as both a yoga teacher and a kind and caring lady who always wanted the best for her students."
"Sarah is an expert yoga teacher and also has a tremendous ability to motivate her students. She works plenty of one-to-one attention into classes, and fine-tunes the practice to fit every student's ability. She gets to know everybody's quirks and injuries and finds ways around them. Although everything is slow, there is lots of physical effort, as well as concentration and laughs. Every class leaves you with tired muscles and a clear mind. I started yoga in the hope of dealing with a lower back problem. Sarah's classes gave me control over that, and much more."
"Sarah was my first yoga teacher and I can still remember my first class with her. I took to Sarah's teaching style and Iyengar yoga immediately, soon I was attending classes regularly at Sarah's teaching space. I found Sarah to be an excellent teacher; her classes were obviously well-planned, structured, varied, professional and always delivered with plenty of 1:1 adjustments. I'll never forget the calm and peace I felt after each class. I believe those first years of yoga teaching were the best I had."
"I started yoga in my thirties when, even though I kept fit with several different sports, I realised I couldn't touch my toes and also had some niggly back problems from an old injury! I discovered Iyengar yoga and after a couple of terms found myself in Sarah's class. I continued going to her classes for more than seven years, all through my second pregnancy, under Sarah's excellent and careful guidance, and through those early, tiring years with two small boys. I became a lot more flexible and strong, my back problems disappeared and I could at last touch my toes! My stress levels reduced and I looked forward to my class every week. Sarah is a wonderful teacher, always cheerful, encouraging and showed a great understanding of all our different body shapes. I would recommend Sarah's classes to anyone and would still be going if we were in the same country! I wish her the best of luck with her new classes."
"Sarah's classes are transformative, invigorating and passionate. Prepare yourself to be inspired! You truly inspired me and the practice awakened me fully!! Thanks so much, Sarah!"