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Egg Of The Universe

Our mission at Egg Of The Universe is to provide uplifting, fun, and intelligent yoga – raising the vibration of life with love.

Rozelle, NSW

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Sarah Owen

Sarah Owen

Sarah Owen has been teaching yoga since 2006, and specialises in teaching Hatha Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Meditation and Prenatal Yoga. Sarah considers herself a life-long student of yoga and meditation, and is undertaking further yoga and meditation training with Sarah Powers and the Insight Yoga Institute (USA) – traveling regularly for study and retreat with her teachers. She is mentored by Sarah Powers, founder and author of Insight Yoga and highly-acclaimed vinyasa, yin yoga and meditation teacher. Sarah Owen leads yin yoga teacher trainings in Australia, including teaching the yin yoga module on the highly-acclaimed Samadhi Yoga Teacher Training program for many years. As well as teaching yoga workshops, retreats and trainings, Sarah is also a ‘Yoga in Action’ course facilitator for Off the Mat, Into the World (AUS/NZ), whose mission is to harness the power of yoga to inspire conscious, sustainable activism and to ignite grass-roots social change. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Social Development.

 

Q & A

Birthplace

Canberra, Australia

 

First yoga class

My first yoga class was when I was 16 years old and I was still in high school. My family didn’t believe I would continue the practice (the class started at 6.30am) – but that only inspired me even more to keep it up! The teacher was a woman in her sixties who taught slow, mindfulness-based yoga.

 

Favourite yogic principle

In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali describes the physical yoga practice as “sthira sukham asanam” – meaning that the physical poses (asana) should be practised in a way that is steady/grounded/connected to the Earth (sthira), as well being joyful/easeful/happy (sukham). Becoming more ‘advanced’ in the physical yoga practices is about creating the perfect balance between ‘finding stability in the poses’ and at the same time balancing that with an attitude of ‘cultivating a sense of ease and happiness’ in each pose. This means not forcing the body beyond capabilities, not holding the breath or tensing just to deepen the pose. The inner attitude is more important than the glory of achieving more ‘advanced’ poses. A relaxed and open mind leads to a relaxed and open body.

 

Most inspiring teacher

My long-time teacher and mentor, Sarah Powers. She is well-known around the world for her balanced approach to yoga, including Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Meditation. She draws upon the wisdom teachings from Yoga, Buddhism and Taoism to create a holistic approach to yoga practice. With Sarah as my mentor, I have learnt to create a balanced yoga practice that naturally adapts to suit the various stages of life, using Yin Yoga and Meditation as an integral part of the practice alongside a more dynamic flowing style of yoga.

 

Favourite yoga book/CD/DVD

Sarah Powers – Insight Yoga (book), as well as her Insight Yoga DVDs (Insight Yoga, Balancing Heaven and Earth, Yin and Vinyasa).

Aadil Palkhivala – Fire of Love

T.K.V Desikachar – The Heart of Yoga

 

Biggest challenge on the mat

Finding equanimity.

 

Biggest challenge off the mat

Being in the present moment.

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