Meet the Teacher – Sarah Benton

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Posted on October 27, 2018

This month we sat down with the lovely Sarah Benton! You’ll find Sarah teaching Morning Flow in the Garden on Wednesdays at 6.30am and Gentle Yoga on Sundays at 5pm.

How did your yoga journey start?
In my twenties I lived in shared house with 7 vegetarian potters. One girl did a headstand every day and had a regular yoga practice. I joined the Iyengar class that she attended. My body was so stiff and awkward but I loved the shapes and stretches involved. Certainly at that point I felt very inspired by others’ practice and there was no turning back.

What yoga practice or practices are you drawn to?
I have always been attracted to the challenge of a dynamic practice and Ashtanga vinyasa has been my great love for many years with its meditative routine and connection of breath and asana. Different practices offer such a variety of experiences and my yoga journey brought me to Lotus Flow at Botannix. I love the dance, creativity and joyfulness, the music, meditation… I love it all. After training with Jasmine Tarkeshi this year, I’ve enjoyed applying some of the Laughing Lotus philosophies and practices to the gentle and morning flow classes I teach.

How has yoga helped you off the mat?
Yoga enables me to reset and realign myself over and over and start afresh, shed a bit of of the tension that can build up in everyday life. I try to practice non reactivity and taking the witness perspective off the mat but it’s a constant work in progress!!

What keeps you coming back to the Garden?
The Garden is such a beautiful refuge that connects you to the elements. I feel an intimacy with the space itself and there is a certain “letting go” that happens by just walking into it. I love the way that the garden itself gives you both an external and internal experience. And also the community is so warm and supportive. I am grateful to be both a teacher and a student at Botannix.

Finally, what is your spirit animal?
Apparently a condor! Which is all about vision and being able to understand with inner and outer sight.

Thank you Sarah!

 

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