Vinyasa Yoga in Limerick

Sara Cory teaches Vinyasa, Budokon and is constantly evolving.


Let your experience guide your food choices, not the dogma of the hour!!


It’s brilliant that eating for health seems to be the talk of the hour. I’ve been vegetarian for 3 years, Paleo for 1 year, raw for weeks at a time, I’ve read the articles that say whole grain plant based diets are better for your body and I’ve read the articles that say organic meat and vegetables are better for you.
I’m really happy that everyone is thinking about what they put in their bodies ūüôā
I’d like to point out that scientific studies are always a work in progress, get debunked, revised, and improved on. That’s why science is so awesome, it’s not afraid to say ‘Oh wait, maybe it’s more like THIS!’ Therefore, read a study as a work in process, not a decree on the final word, cuz there’s going to a paper published next week that will totally debunk your favorite theory……
Personally I think it all comes back to BALANCE! People love to be part of a social group, and food is a great way to bond. Share recipes, be stoked on your food choices, this is all good stuff. But let’s not be too righteous, eh? I enjoy cuisine with Passionate Paleos and Virtuous Vegans alike cuz after years of experimentation, I’m learning what sits well with my body, for my training regimen, and it’s awesome …and it probably won’t be the same diet for you! Once we clear the processed crap off the table, it comes down to knowing your body!!¬†Some bodies can handle bread, some can’t. Some people feel awesome after a grass fed steak, some don’t. Some people thrive on dried fruit and for others it’s as bad as candy.

Experiment. Keep a food diary of what you eat, and how you feel 30 min later. This is revealing!! See how you perform, how you digest and refine it from there. And get a better relationship with yourself at the same time <3
Namaste, Sara

Living Yoga

Living Yoga

I used to laugh when I heard the phrase ‘take your yoga off the mat’. It sounded so cheesy! But now I understand the thought behind it, and while I shy away from hackneyed yoga phrases I have started to ‘take my yoga off the mat’, or more accurately realize how everything I do is a practice. A conscious action, alignment and habit that slowly brings out my best or worst aspects. I realized my whole life is a sequence of movements with patterns, intentions, and results woven into them. And the more I practice these movements (physically or mentally) the stronger they become. Sounds a lot like yoga!

I then realized how my attitude affected my practice. When I started yoga I was 25 years old and living in Hawaii. I was super-charged and very fired up physically speaking. I was surfing and running daily, and practicing Bikram and going to circuit class (back to back!) twice weekly. I was totally driven to ‘get’ the pose, to ‘get’ that next wave, to ‘get’ to the next mile marker on my run. When I practiced my violin I would beat myself up repeating the same phrase over and over until I had it right. Essentially they were all the same practice! Not to say being goal oriented is bad. Looking back, it was just a touch out of balance. It was not a way of life that I could sustain and remain healthy. And thus, under the kick-ass veneer, it was unhealthy. I have ventured the other way as well, blown off practicing, or making excuses to come out of the pose early. And I must admit, these were times when I was pretty slack in most other areas of life.

We are always in a state of finding balance and re-balancing. Perfecting equilibrium, and gaining greater foundation in that optimal state, whatever that is for you as an individual.

Having experienced this deeper meaning of yoga for myself, I sometimes bring ¬†this to my classroom. And sometimes *sometimes* this can lead to an insight into life long patterns. And sometimes there’s just a knee issue or tight hip and nothing more! ūüôā

I offer this way of looking at your practice for you… if you see bigger themes in your life reflected in your asana practice, it is a sign that you are more deeply getting to know yourself, and you are developing the ability to self examine with an honest, compassionate eye. But I am not going to project assumptions on you from the outside. Ultimately you are your own greatest teacher!

Namaste, Sara

I, 13: tatra sthitau yatnah abhyasah
“Of these two,
is the continuous struggle
to become firmly established
in the stable state
of the true Self.” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†-The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Why do you practice?

Why do you practice?

I have written this in response to the repeated scandals that have been happening not just in yoga a lot lately, but seem epidemic in modern culture generally….
I never wish to put down another system of yoga, or say my perspective on the practice is more correct. That is not my intention.
I asked myself this question as a natural response to the most recent scandal to come out of the yoga community regarding abuse of power over one’s students, and the dangers of ‘Guru’ worship. I have been to yoga events that are empowering and inspiring, and others that feel more like a misled cult. I hope we can gain insights into the subtleties of the larger yoga culture we are all a part of….
People practice for many different reasons but I feel there are two major themes in motivation- Personal development via:
1) Cultivating one’s body seeking an external result (perfect poses, looking awesome, being part of a culture/community etc.)
2) Cultivating one’s body seeking an internal result (more sensitive¬†experience, inner inquiry, healing injury, calming the mind etc.)
These are both valid, but there needs to be balance. I believe these unfortunate events are a symptom of the underlying imbalance in a practice. I also believe that in the pursuit of spiritual development we are our own greatest teachers, and handing too much responsibility to someone else in your path to development, both physically and/or spiritually, is  rarely going to yield good results. To an extent we submit to our teachers and must trust them in order to learn, but there needs to be a healthy boundary. A good teacher will seek to remind you of that even as they offer you their knowledge.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. There is nothing original about these men that abuse their position over their students. Off the top of your head, I bet you could recall 5, maybe 10 similar stores where a leader abused their  power over others.

I also train Jiu Jitsu, and in response to a similar abuse scandal surfacing in that community, Ryan Hall wrote a brilliant letter than has value to all of us as seekers, weather it’s yoga, martial arts, meditation practice, or any student teacher relationship. ( Here is my favorite passage:

“What I came to realize is that we, as students of the martial arts [read yogis] as people, really, become deeply emotionally attached to the idea of a superhuman individual or group of individuals who, in our minds, must possess privileged knowledge that allows them¬†not only to¬†be an¬†incredible fighter (Or politician?¬†Or¬†pastor?¬†Perhaps a¬†high-profile university football coach?), but¬†also a¬†shining example of humanity.”

So as this applies to yoga: What are we practicing? Are we becoming more of ourselves, or are we selling ourselves short? Are we echoing someone else’s perspective, or becoming more authentic in ourselves?

Why do you practice? ¬†I guess there’s no right answer. Just being honest in your inquiry will help you better understand yourself.

Yoga is complex because it works on so many levels, but I think in writing this I’ve revealed what my personal practice is (partly) about… to become more authentically who I am. It’s not ‘correct’ it’s just my answer.

Why do you practice?

Simple Yoga for Detoxing After the Holidays

This was first published in the Limerick Leader 5/1/12…..

Simple Yoga for Detoxing After the Holidays

Early January, after holiday dinners and New Years’ celebrations (not to mention winter weather) can be a recipe for poor digestion and a tendency for the body to hold toxins. Toxins are pollutants found in the body such as chemicals in food, alcohol, or body by-products that don’t get flushed out by the lymph and digestive systems properly. When the body isn’t at its best, we feel increased stress, retain weight, and have less energy.

Yoga is practiced by many to help bring the systems of the body back into balance and working at their best. Sara Cory, Vinyasa yoga teacher at Sásta Yoga Studio outside Corbally, offers here a few simple yoga postures you can do at home to help stimulate lymph and digestion, and get you feeling refreshed, de-stressed and ready for what’s to come in the New Year!


10 Minute Detox Yoga

For best results, allow at least 30 minutes after a meal, or first thing in the morning. These postures should feel good, so respect your limits. Spend at least 5-8 full breaths in each pose.

Seated ‚ÄėCat & Cow‚Äô

Sit tall at the edge of a chair, hands at your sides or on knees. With every inhale breathe deep into the belly and up through ribs as you look up and arch the spine. With every exhale, curl the back, look down and contract the abdominals. This will gently get the spine moving, activate core muscles and deepen the breath.

Shoulder Opener/Lateral Stretch

Have a belt or scarf handy. Standing tall, hold belt/scarf in front of you with straight arms, and little wider than shoulders.  With an inhale, lift arms overhead, opening the chest and shoulder joint. Keep a gentle pull on the belt. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths.  If this feels good, on the exhale arch to the left, and feel the entire right side of the body stretch open. Keep looking up, rolling the right shoulder back, and press feet into the floor. If you can, hold for 5 breaths then switch sides. Otherwise, switch sides slowly on every breath. This posture stimulates the flow of lymph, allows for deeper breath by stretching the ribcage, and strengthens the core (deep) muscles.

Seated Twist

Come back to the edge of your chair with feet set firmly under knees. With an inhale, sit as tall as you can. On the exhale, rotate to the right. Bring left hand to right knee, and wrap the right hand gently around the back of the chair. Keep the face lifted and the neck long. Look in the direction of your twist, and try not to let the chest drop to the floor. This posture stimulates digestion, like wringing out a sponge; you are flushing and massaging the internal organs.

For more on yoga, detoxing, or any questions about these poses, Sara Cory can be contacted at 085 7371953, or





Sara’s favorite raw desserts

Unprocessed and nutritious, these deserts are free from refined sugar, gluten, and dairy. Great for detoxing, easing cravings and getting the body back in¬†balance. Desert doesn’t have to be bad for your health!

A few notes about ingredients:

Creamed Coconut: Can be found at any Indian or Islamic grocery, it comes in blocks and you simply add water to make paste, cram, or milk. I love this stuff! Also great because the oil tends to separate to one side of the container so you can make reduced fat things easily. The oil it very good for frying and one of the healthiest fats around.

Raw Cacao Powder: Can be found at most health food stores. Common cocoa has been cooked and sweetened, so a lot of nutritional value is lost. Cacao is packed with antioxidants and very stimulating! I love it. Cacao Powder is quite bitter so more sweetness must be used to make the desserts nice and chocolately, thus I usually cut it with carob powder….

Carob Powder: Again, found at most health food stores, it is commonly used as a chocolate substitute. It’s simply the ground pod of the carob tree. It is not the superfood raw cacao is, but it’s very chocolately and not bitter at all. So you can use less sweetener and it adds extra depth to the chocolate flavor.

Date Syrup: This is my new favorite sweetener! Can be found at Indian and Islamic grocers. I am not sure if it’s totally raw but it’s very minimally refined by pressing the juice from dates. All the nutrition is retained, and it’s very very sweet.

Maca Powder: This south American super food is meant to be good for supporting the endocrine system and has a malty nutty flavor that adds depth to both sweet and savory dishes.


Break out the food processor…..


Raw Chocolate Cake

2 cups walnuts

1 1/2 cups chopped, pitted dates

3/4 cup cacao powder & carob powder mixed together

tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. sea salt

In a food processor, grind walnuts until they are a bit bigger than sand. If you over process they become oily! Add in the dates, powder, vanilla and salt little by little so everything gets combined easily. If your processor is small you may have to do it in batches. If the mix is very dry ass a little bit of water, but go easy; too much water will make mud. You want it to stick together when pressed between your fingers. It should start to form a ball in the processor.

Now simply shape into a cake, brownie pan, or cupcake tins and allow to settle in the fridge for 30 minutes, this will ‘set’ the cake. Garnish with raspberries, banana, peanut butter or whatever sort of nuts you fancy. Or you can top with the Avocado Frosting…


Raw Avocado Frosting

2 pitted and peeled avocados

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup cacao powder & carob powder mixed

dash of sea salt

Super easy. First blend avocados. They are great because they behave much like heavy whipped cream, and keep their consistency. Then blend in everything else. You can alter the quantities to taste. If the avos are a little under ripe then more sweetener will be needed. I used honey last time, but date syrup is also very nice and hides a little better in the recipe; depending on the honey it can really stand out on the palate. Experiment with flavor extracts (hazelnut, vanilla, mint) or wisking in fresh berries!


Goji-Coconut Bliss

1/2 block creamed coconut, shaved or cracked into smaller pieces

2/3 cup goji berries

2/3 cup cashews soaked for 4 (this makes them soft and creamy, but don’t leave them too long!)

1 tsp. rose water

1 cup desiccated coconut

Start by processing the berries until they break up a little bit, then add the cashews and a bit of the coconut until everything gets creamed together. Add the rest of the coconut and rose water. If it’s very dry add a bit of warm water. At this point it should be kind of sticky and thick. You may add more rose water to taste. This dessert is quite sweet on it’s own, but I suppose a little honey would do if you want it sweeter I have never needed to. While it is still warm, pinch of portions and roll into balls and toss through the desiccated coconut, or form in little molds as you wish. Allow to cool in fridge. This recipe will firm quite a bit once cooled.


No Bake Fruit Tart

1 1/2 cups rolled organic oats

3/4 cup thin tahini

3/4 cup date syrup

Sweetest fruit in season

Process oats until just a bit coarser than flour. It’s nice to have some larger flakes left for texture. drizzle in tahini and date syrup until a doughy paste is formed. Depending on the strength of your machine, the thicker the better. Spood out of processor onto teflon baking sheet or pie tin, and with moistened hands press into base. This base is rich and flavorful so it doesn’t have to be thick. Allow to set in fridge for an hour and simply top with your desired fruits!


!!Orange Bites!! (this is a variation on a recipe I got from Sheila. Thank you!!)

1 orange peeled and juiced (just the pulp)

1/2 cup raisins or sultanas soaked in the orange juice

1 cup almonds and cashews soaked 4 hours

1 tsp maca powder

1 heaping tsp each cardamon and cinnamon

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1/3 cup organic rolled oats, processed to a very rough flour

sea salt to taste

Blend everything except coconut. Form servings into balls, toss through the coconut and allow to set for 1 hour.

No-Bake Blackberry/Raspberry Pie

For the crust:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1tbsp apricot kernels (optional)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 ¬Ĺ cups of almonds (I used ground almonds)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬Ĺ cup desiccated coconut

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬ľ cup golden sultanas/raisins

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1 tsp cinnamon

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2 tbsp runny honey (maple syrup can be used to make the recipe vegan)


For the filling:

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 4 cups blackberries/raspberries

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 8 dates (medjool if you can find them)

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2 tbsp runny honey/maple syrup

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Squeeze lemon juice


Р Blend all crust ingredients together until they start to clump (you’ll need 1-2 tbsps of cold water to do this). Scrape dough into a small pie dish and press along the sides and bottom to form a crust. Put it in the freezer for a couple of hours, and when crust is removed from the freezer it should be pretty solid. For the filling,  blitz 2 cups of blackberries/raspberries with the other filling ingredients until smooth. Gently stir in the remaining berries and spread over the crust and place in the fridge for 4 hours to set.


I hope you enjoy! please write nad let me know how they turned out for you, or what variations you have come up with!

The practice of yoga goes beyond your time spent on the mat. The choices you make in the rest of your life (including your food choices) will start to lead towards balance and wellness. I hope these recipes help your process.




Yoga and Detoxing

It’s springtime, and both Ayurveda and Western traditional medicine agree it’s a great time of year to cleanse!

What’s a detox? Any¬†prescribed¬†diet/exercise¬†regimen that is aimed at giving your organs a chance to “clean house”. It means not putting things into your body that increase the work of your organs so they can rest and rejuvinate, and in turn your whole system functions better! It’s a good time to break bad drug/eating habits, because often you will loose the craving for what was keeping you out of balance.

I believe yoga can totally change your experience of detoxing. If you practice yoga, you are probably used to listening to your body, and will feel a lot of benefit as you go through the process. You will probably already have the discipline required not to deviate from the program, and can use your practice to help even out the rough times. What do I mean by that? Headache, low energy and mood swings can all come up any time you change your routine or diet. These are symptoms yoga excels at alleviating, especially through pranayama.

Yoga can also help to assist deepen your detox. Twists are especially helpfull, as the rotation of the torso affects the circulation in the organs and help flush out any sluggish blood and lymph. Inversions (getting upside down) are also great because the heart doesn’t need to work so hard to return all that blood and lymph, you simply let gravity do the work. Shoulderstand is probably the best, as it is less taxing muscularly, but if you have neck issues or don’t know the pose, simply resting with your legs up the wall is also brilliant.

How should you detox? This can mean different things for different people. If you eat a lot of processed food and sugar, detoxing could simply mean eating fresh for a week without refined foods (white flour, white rice, vegetable oil…. basically anything that’s not whole). If you are already careful about your diet a detox can get a lot more intense: eating %100 raw, fasting, etc.¬†I encourage you to seek advice or spend the time educating yourself and getting to know your particular constitution better.

I recommend everyone to try detoxing, you will feel a tremendous difference and learn a lot about yourself! Be scientific, cautious, and listen to your body always.

Namaste, Sara

The Yoga-Surf Connection


I mention the connection of religion in this essay, and I would like to clarify that this is mentioned academically and do not intend to say surfing or yoga are inherently religious.

Namaste, Sara




There has been a strengthening connection in modern culture between surfing and yoga for almost a century now. Surf shops sell cross training videos with asana sequences in them, and pro surfers now practice yoga as part of their routine. Renowned California yoga teacher and surfer Peggy Hall holds Yoga for Surfers teacher trainings and has done a huge amount to publicize the surf-yoga connection. Shiva Rae has produced a ‚ÄúSurf Yoga Soul‚ÄĚ DVD and is an avid surfer in Malibu. The connection in modern culture, especially in places with a rugged coastline and alternative culture is firmly established. So how did this happen, and how do these two art forms affect each other? This essay shall seek to explore the connection yoga has recently played in the culture of surfing, and likewise the influence of surfing on yoga.

I will start with a brief history of surfing, because I think its traditional role in society is important. Although there exists some small debate as to whether the Polynesians were the first ever to surf (there are traditions of tribes surfing reed canoes in South America), it is well understood that the modern sport we all know as surfing came from the South Pacific, and the many tribes known as Polynesian. Among these the Hawaiians, being so close to the western culture powerhouse of America, had the most influence on modern surfing. The first western sighting of surfing was recorded by Captain Cook in 1778 in the Hawaiian Islands. At this time surfing held a central role in the social and spiritual life of Hawaiian culture. Everybody surfed; women, children and men deepened their bond spending exhilarating hours in the waves. Chiefs and rulers helped secure their status by displaying their prowess on their boards (and they had special boards carved for them). The kahuna (experts) would bless a new surfboard in rituals and pray to the Hawaiian gods for good conditions in the water. The art of surfing in this context was a microcosm of Hawaiian society and spiritual life.

Sadly, less than 50 years later the influence of western culture corrupted the traditional Hawaiian life, and Calvinist missionaries suppressed and discouraged the art of surfing, along with the traditional culture that thrived beside it. Surfing was on the fringe of society for nearly 150 years. As time passed, and these social conditions changed, surfing started to breathe new life as a sport but lost much of it’s traditional context. None the less, the endeavor of surfing carries with it a certain outlook on life, drawing your attention to the here and now, and historically surfers are identified with a culture of living the moment to the fullest and exploring how far your body will take you.

Surfing appeared in our mainstream culture in the 1940’s, when World War II brought a tremendous number of young American men to Hawaii, and new fiberglass technology made our modern surfboards possible. When these men returned, surfing, and the carefree, individualistic lifestyle that often accompanies it, started to thrive in California, then Mexico, Florida, Australia and Europe.

At nearly the same time Yoga started to become more popular in the west. Though first studied and recognized as early as 1893, yoga didn’t receive widespread attention beyond philosophy scholars until the huge cultural shifts in the 1960’s. A vibrant, new generation was questioning the foundations of the culture they had been given, and an unprecedented flowering of philosophical exploration ensued.

Here we find the perfect conditions for a new sub-culture to sprout; the Soul-Surfer. Soul Surfing, so titled after a 1963 instrumental, embodied a whole lifestyle, a whole way of being. These surfers develop their skills on the board as a moving meditation, using it to better know their reality.

Excerpt from the Daytona Beach Morning Journal, 1970 article titled ‚ÄúIs Surfing a Spiritual Experience?‚ÄĚ:

‚ÄúYoga, which combines physical conditioning with mental and spiritual discipline, is popular among many surfers. In virtually all instances, surfers articulate the religious dimensions of their activity in terms of eastern rather than western religion.‚ÄĚ

Alika Madieros is an interesting Hawaiian yoga teacher and surfer; he has developed his own yoga style he calls Kilo Lani, Hawaiin language meaning to look or reach toward heaven. Indeed the endeavor of surfing in its foundation had a spiritual aspect, and that connection still exists.¬† As one is floating in the boundless ocean, entirely in the presence of a force greater than yourself, it is easy to see how every philosophical tradition touched by surfing, from the Hawaiians, to modern yogis, to born again Christians (there is a large movement of Christian Surfers), can all feel their deeper connection in ‚ÄúThe Water‚ÄĚ. Here you are most certainly not in the driver‚Äôs seat, you must simply put any attempt aside. But if you connect and listen, align yourself and cooperate with the larger rhythm at hand, you become part of it, communicate with it, dance with it, and surf…..


I would like to suggest that the state of mind induced could be described as samadhi. The mind becomes totally focused and absorbed, and the self is no longer experienced as separate to the events taking place. Rather you are totally in cooperation and united in a heightened state of being, and the resulting experience is that of pure joy and exhilaration. These peaks of experience can leave the surfer in a state of bliss for days on end. What the yoga tradition refers to as samadhi, soul surfing culture refers to as ‚Äúbeing in the zone‚ÄĚ.

Shiva Rae says in interview with Yoga Journal:

‚ÄúWave riding is a deep spiritual transmission of the pulsation and wave energy that is the essence of life……¬†¬†¬† The No.1 reason to surf is to experience some of the most beautiful moments in nature you will every have.‚ÄĚ

My own most recent memory of this connection was in Lahinch, Co. Clare. I was alone, it was just after sunrise, and the only whitnesses to my activity were the sheep on the cliff above and few birds in the water and flying overhead. There were small clean waves that day, and there was a good bit of time waiting for them to come. Sometimes in conditions like these I can become restless with impatience, but that day I was overwhelmed by the sunrise and the ocean. My mind was calm and I felt entirely at home on my board. As time went on my mind became more focused on what I was experiencing in the present moment. I can’t say it was the light, or the animals, or the action of the water, but everything in my vision was perfectly aligned and I was integrated within this alignment. I looked behind me, already knowing a perfect wave was there and I simply followed through; turned, paddled, caught the wave, stood up and surfed without thought. Beyond thought. I had no sense of seperate self for those few moments, moving in union with the ocean. What was remarkable about this session was quality of experience, the hyper clarity and loss of self I felt. The same thing that brings me to the surfboard brings me to the yoga mat.


Kelly Slater is one of the most prominent surfers today if not in history. His power, dexterity and creativity are matched by a very few that together have advanced the art of surfing and raised the bar for up and coming competitors. He has won the ASP World Surfing Championship 9 times, including 5 consecutive years. He has writen a widely popular autobiography and probably has some of the highest name recognition, and highly paid endorsement agreements, in the sport. He would not be described as a reclusive soul surfer! Nonetheless, he finds tremendous benefit,  from a physical and mental standpoint, in the practice of yoga, citing the heightened mind-body connection developed with regular practice.

As he recently said in an interview with Men’s Health Magazine:

‚ÄúMy best performances happened because my mind was in the right place. The mind is definitely stronger than the body.‚ÄĚ


A brief description of surfing biomechanics:¬† The act of surfing puts the body in a gentle but constant back bend for most of the time, as you lay on the board and paddle. You then spring to your feet (‚ÄúThe Pop Up‚ÄĚ, requiring strong arms and core) and remain in a wide bent-knee stance to lower your center of gravity and allow for greater control of the board. Good turns require fluid twisting movements and a powerful core. Surfing is an asymmetrical sport for 95 percent of the surfers out there; a surfer is either ‚Äúregular foot‚ÄĚ, standing with the left foot forward, or ‚Äúgoofy foot‚ÄĚ, with the right foot forward. Obviously this can create habitual tightness in the hips.

Hips and Core: Typically surfers have an anterior tilt in the pelvis due to the prolonged time spent contracting the lumbar when paddling. Some surfers overly engage the glutes  while paddling and arching the upper body off the board, creating tight external rotators and hamstrings.  If we look at the core as being on the front and back body, surfers tend to have an over developed back line and under developed front line. This can exaggerate the anterior tilt in the pelvis as the front body is not as continuously worked as the back of the spine.

Rib Cage and Shoulders: Upper body is usually very strong and more developed than lower body.  Posture is typically open chested and chin lifted. Again the front body is strong because it is necessary sporadically, but not developed in a balanced way. The muscles on the back line that pull the surfer through the water (triceps, latisimus, etc.) are much stronger that those that push the surfer up when standing (pectorals, biceps, etc).

Yoga to balance the surfer’s body: The picture I have drawn is a surfer with an arched spine, tight hips, and an open yet underdeveloped chest as compared with the very developed back line. To me this calls out for releasing forward bends and strengthening the front line. Being a Vinyasa teacher myself I would take our surfer through a strong sequence involving lots of arm balances, plank, side plank, and front body strengthening. Hello Bhakasana and Navasana!¬† There is a need here as well for releasing and opening. Long held, supported forward bends would be a lovely finish. Hello Sukhasana and Kapotasana….

It’s an exciting time to be a surfer, and a yogi. We have so much ancient wisdom and so much modern knowledge, technology and cultural fusion. Yoga and surfing are both such a gift and cultivate each other in a most beautiful way. Come, lets see where it takes us. Namaste.





Inaugural Post!

The Beginning!

The beginning of the year, the beginning on a new adventure starting S√°sta Yoga Studio! So exciting!

I would like to start this blog with my mission statement;

To facilitate positive changes in the students of S√°sta Yoga (in ways we can see and ways we may just feel), and to remain accessible to many walks of life.

I am humbled by my fortune to be teaching and sharing in the joy of yoga.

Namaste, Sara Cory

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