Sara Thomas

My teaching is influenced by a long list of wonderful yoga instructors, mainly from the Los Angeles community of vinyasa, Anusara and Iyengar. I’ve never found a style I didn’t learn something from. My teaching is also infused with the wisdom of Wado-ryu karate from my Dad and the exploration of kung fu, tai chi, qigong, and Transcendental Meditation.

Yoga first found me through both my parents’ practices. As an adult I re-discovered yoga after being pretty hard on my body and sustaining a lot of broken bones and strains. The meditation part of yoga came easily with my family’s background. It was the marrying of breath to the physical part of yoga that saved me. I would not have healed so completely without it. It gave me more inner and outer strength and range of motion than I ever had before. More than 10 years of practice later, I am still reminded daily that yoga is a powerful tool to be able to live life more fully.

It is my mission to distill the essence of all these teachings to their common ground in breath, balance, exploration, intensity, restoration and flow. Through mindful movement we will peel away the extra physical and emotional layers to see that our body is a strong and resilient vessel that can carry out the deepest desires of our mind and heart. We are only given one body in this life. I’m here to help you take care of it and enjoy it.

This 40-minute vinyasa class is all about standing tall with poses that give length to the side body.


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I practice to stay connected to my body, my mind, my community, and to stay inspired as a teacher. I teach because I hope to provide a space for others to feel the way my practice has made me feel: supported, nurtured, challenged, empowered, and confident! Happy people = a happy world. I’m inspired by my dog who loves unconditionally,
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