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Sarah Daniels
Canada
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After over a decade of studying the movements and energies of the human body through competitive dance and R.A.D. ballet, I was naturally drawn to the familiar movements I found in the yoga studio.

After over a decade of studying the movements and energies of the human body through competitive dance and R.A.D. ballet, I was naturally drawn to the familiar movements I found in the yoga studio. I first established a practice through Moksha studios in Alberta before moving to BC where I began studying the deeper practices while working as karma staff at a studio that emphasized the mental, energetic and spiritual aspects of the yogic path. It wasn't long before the depth of the practice began to draw me in and after witnessing the effects of a strong daily practice on my mind, body and spirit I knew I wanted to share this gift with as many people as possible.

In 2013 I travelled to Spain to complete my RYT-200 in Vinyasa Flow with Frog Lotus Yoga. I began building teaching experience and working one-on-one with clients, and in 2014 I travelled to Guatemala to complete an internship at La Finca de Yoga Mistica in the wellness mecca of the Lake Atitlan region. It was here that my study of meditation deepened exponentially and on returning home I began to teach meditation focused workshops in Alberta.  In the fall onf 2015I began studying with Tandava School of Yoga in Kelowna, BC and graduated with my RYT-500 certification after 8 months of focused studies in yoga nidra, yoga as therapy, the NewBack program for injury prevention and rehabilitation, advanced meditation and pranayam, as well as delving deep into many other aspects of the yogic tradition. In the spring of 2016 I completed a 50 hour intensive with Jolene Bayda in Vancouver studying yin yoga and the practice of dowelling.

I have a special focus on yoga tools for anxiety and stress and teach related workshops, as well as developing an e-course on the subject.

In the spring of 2015 I partnered with Alpine Helicopters to pioneer heli-yoga in the Okanagan, founding Elevate Heli-Yoga where I treat adventurous students to an unforgettable yoga experience atop a mountain accessed via helicopter. During this year I began my partnership with All You Can Yoga to offer a yoga teacher training through the yoga club, UBCyOga, at the Okanagan campus of UBC. I am currently teaching workshops and classes in western Canada, teaching and bringing yoga to campus as an executive of the yoga club, and working on my Psychology undergraduate honours degree. I love the interplay and crossover between the worlds of psychology and yoga, and combine them in my practice. 

In addition, I hold a diploma in Business Administration from Okanagan College with a focus in entrepreneurship and marketing and an Associate Degree in Psychology,  as well as certification and training in Reiki energy work, tension-release massage, natural nutrition, Indigenous cultural safety and holistic marketing. 

With a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of the physical, mental, emotional and energetic bodies, I offer a down to earth approach of using this understanding to bring the body into balance from the root, and educating my clients with the tools and resources to make lasting change.

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