Ongoing 2021

Garden Consultation + Stewardship

As a certified Master Naturalist of Cook County and a student in the Garden Design program at Chicago Botanic Garden I am offering ecological landscape design consultations and stewardship. Let me help you bring your dream of a yard full of butterflies and birds into fruition.

April 12, 2021

Garden Invitation

Our homes have an exterior space for life to dwell. Is it cultivated just for you or is it an invitation to a deeper conversation about our spirit of place? Sara talks native plants and makes a case for your garden to be for you and the environment.

September 5, 2020

Hiking, Biking, Cross-country Skiing, Oh My!

Getting out and exploring Northern Illinois will deepen your appreciation for the natural history that abounds our rolling prairies and waterways. Here’s a list of my top nature spots and hikes in and around Cook County, Lake County, Dupage County, McHenry and Kane County.

April 27, 2020

Poetry on practice

Yoga student Kate Bracken Johnroe of Mount Pleasant, MI shares her poetry with us for class this week. Enjoy the beauty of Practice.

May 28, 2019

Happy Hips are Strong Hips

Check out my pose study of Vishvamitrasana. Within the work for this advanced pose I uncover all the basics and skills to develop in order to execute with practice.

December 10, 2018

Zero Waste by Diana Oppenheim

Diana Oppenheim, San Francisco based yoga teacher and environmentalist, spends time volunteering for conservation efforts along the Pacific Ocean. She’s here to share with us some tips on how to shift your lifestyle to be more environmentally conscious. Simple everyday efforts are actions we can take to make an impact on the future of our planet. Check out her insight as to how and why we can be “zero waste” citizens.

November 21, 2018

Eka Pada Bakasana I Pose Study

This super challenging hand balance has its roots in some very accessible postures. Props also elevate the work from grueling to glorious.

November 17, 2018

Game-changing Generosity

Considering how to practice yoga out of the studio never got so easy. All the tools you need you already have. No purchase necessary!

July 28, 2018

Peak Pose Breakdown

A little sequence to break down the apex posture Kasyapasana. It’s handbalance. It’s bound. It’s includes a half lotus. It’s HARD.

October 29, 2017

Yama, Niyama and Why Bother?

Explore the basic underpinnings of yoga philosophy and its application to the modern practice of yoga.

March 27, 2017

Homebody's Home Practice

Sharing part of my story to inspire students to not come to class. Yes, I’m encouraging you to stay home and be alone with yourself.

February 23, 2017

Everyday Aum-ing

Simple meditation to help you experience more calm and presence.

November 16, 2016

Practice Makes Progress

Guest blogging over at on living a life structured by and deeply immersed in a discipline.

October 28, 2016

Autumn 2016 Making Contact

Fall has settled in. Each ray of sun that we take in feels like total nourishment. A little going such a long way. We know these moments are no longer in majority. We start to grip tightly to the covers at night.
Here are some thoughts and reflections on practice and study of yoga for autumn.

October 2, 2016

Am I Even Teaching Yoga Anymore

Matthew Remski is a gem of intellect and inspiration. His writing is so clear and thought provoking no matter the topic. However, this one hits home.

May 16, 2016

Bring it on Ohm

The Chicago Reader attended my Led Zeppelin tribute class in May. Good times, bad times. It’s an honor even if what actually gets the public’s attention is the times I steer from traditional asana classes.

May 15, 2016

Peacocks and Peril

This week’s classes are nestled around core, backbends and getting on the other side of your experience.

January 10, 2015

Home Practice Sequence

Got a wall? I’ve drawn out a balanced sequence that is pretty staight-forward but also has room for upgrades. Props needed: block, strap and wall.

December 2, 2014

Paripurna Navasana vs. Ardha Navasana

A recent visitation to Paripurna Navasana and Ardha Navasana in class has sparked much interest in what actually separates these two classic forms.

October 16, 2014

Fancy Footwork

Get on the good foot in your yoga practice. Your feet and your head are more connected than you think.

October 13, 2014

Noah is spot on

Inversions- Better Not Done Than Done Poorly, a repost of my teacher’s blog because I couldn’t agree more.

September 1, 2014

B.K.S. Iyengar 1918-2014

An offering of dedication to a pioneer, an inspiration, and a lion, BKS Iyengar.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
- Sir Isaac Newton

May 9, 2014


This weak’s peak is Astavakrasana. This is the lovely Sarah Richelle Starnes in the pose.

March 11, 2014

Building Bakasana

How Sara Got Her Groove Back. This is a story of how 12.5 hours of yoga with my teacher Noah Maze in 3 days helped reset my fire for teaching yoga.

Bonus: Bakasana sequence

February 20, 2014

Vasishtasana - The Pose, The Sage

Ever wonder what your teacher is saying in Sanskrit and how it actually may be relevant to the experience you are having in your pose? This week our class focus highlighted one of yoga’s sages, Vasishta, and the poses named in his honor. Vasishtasana is a hand balancing posture that includes the feet as a foundation. Take a deeper look and the pose holds much more than your hips in the air.

February 5, 2014

Mantra Yoga + Health spotlight

Rare opportunity to give my 2 cents to women for a magazine that focuses on yoga and health. Mantra is on news stands now!

January 8, 2014

Desiree Rumbaugh

After many classes with this woman my body has been forever transformed. The secret to that transformation wasn’t easy. Turns out it was the hardest yoga I’ve ever done.

December 18, 2013

Presents from Presence

Happy Winter Solstice! The sun will stand still this weekend. What will you be doing?

November 12, 2013

Sequencing Primer

After concluding a 3 week workshop series for teachers some emails have come rolling in with further inquiry on some of our discussions. This week’s musing gives you a peek into how I’ve answered and offers advice to teachers struggling with sequencing.

November 5, 2013

Starting in the middle

You’ve learned Ganesha is the lord of beginnings. Learn from his mythology to begin exactly where you are. This week in class Ganesha symbolism may help ease the transition of daylight savings and “falling back” in time a truly swell idea.

October 16, 2013

Discipline...again, the message comes loud and clear.

Most anything I read by Iyengar directs me back to the roots of Classical Yoga. Being a tantrika, this is no mere detour but an opportunity to check in with my ethics, spirituality, and ultimately my chosen path of yoga.

September 26, 2013

What's your bhav?

The old adage, “consciousness flows where energy goes”, has taken me on a trip lately. This week’s classes are a reflection of a recent home practice revelation and the fumes I’m still riding from the 3 weeks of teaching Contemplate to Elevate. Dig it.

September 2, 2013

Matsyendra...good thing he was thrown out by his parents?

This week in class we’ll be covering a series of postures aimed at getting us into variations on Matsyendra’s poses. Just who exactly is the Lord of the Fishes and why did his parents throw him in the ocean as an infant?

August 16, 2013

Yum Universe is out of this world!

By far I look most forward to the eye popping images, the straight-forward recipes, and all the bright ideas Heather Crosby is cooking up at Yum Universe. This is your one-stop go-to for all things plant-based, gluten free, soy free, and darn right delicious.

July 31-August 3, 2013


Take a gamble, roll the dice in life/yoga practice. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose! There are many ways to enter into the symbolism imbedded in Shiva and Parvati’s game of “strip Parcheesi” and interpret it where it meets you.
The Dice Game of Shiva: How Consciousness Creates the Universe is a great companion read to this week’s classes.

July 31, 2013

Battle of the Yogis: Hot vs. Not

Love to sweat in yoga? Think you are doing your body good? Check out Chicago’s very own Jessica Wilson’s research and weigh in on the matter. Jessica is a medical student, neuroscientist, yoga student and teacher. Her blog post caught on fire over the past week and since then she has written a rebuttal. It would behoove you to read the blog if you are convinced sweating = detox.

June 2013

Leslie Kaminoff, you are my hero.

Leslie’s candor is very easy to follow and he excites the student in me that yearns to learn about the body from different perspectives. This video is an example of something that I’m thinking when I’m instructing you but can’t possibly take the time to share in our 90 minute classroom experience. Watch to gain insight not only about the knees specifically but to get a more in-depth explanation about muscle engagement and stabilization.

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