Hi Sarah Beth! I love your videos. I was wondering how many tattoos you have and what they are/signify? Thanks!
I only have 1 tattoo on my left inner wrist. But I plan on getting another on my right ankle/achilles area this spring! I’ll post a picture and description when it happens.
The 1 tattoo I have is a tribute to my grandmother who I called “Mana” instead of Nanima, the traditional Indian name for grandma. In arabic on the sides it says (roughly) friend, mother and angel because Mana was my best friend, a mother to me, and now she is my angel. Mana taught me unconditional love and she devoted the last 12 years of her life to me and my brother.
Everyday after school I’d run from the bus up to Mana’s apartment where she had fresh indian food and candy waiting. While we watched cartoons and noshed she would draw beautiful flowers or watch over our home (which was within eyesight of her apartment.) Anytime I needed to get away I had her place as my sanctuary and I was always welcomed with open arms.
Sit anywhere, breath deep and enjoy a few of my favorite yoga poses to relieve neck & shoulder tension.
I struggled with Neck and Shoulder tension for a couple years. It got to the point where I was experiencing tension related headaches a couple times a week! I saw a couple chiropractors and got some priceless advice which I morphed with my yoga teacher training to give to you:
Check with your doctor before attempting any exercise routine. In fact, you can show your doctor this video on your smart phone!
Do these stretches every day, up to 3x/day if the tension is troublesome.
Pay attention to habits you may partake in that are adding to your tension. For example: poor posture at work or in your car, head forward syndrome, dehydration, sleeping styles etc.
Sleep on your back with a minimal pillow to keep your neck in line with spine. It can be tough getting used to, but this is the best sleeping position for you neck. Sleeping on your stomach causes your neck to be jammed to one side all night and sleeping on your side jams your shoulder into you and the head and neck are poorly supported.
Get dental issues taken care of. This was my downfall, I ignored the need for a root canal for a year and ate on one side of my mouth which caused the majority of my neck tension. Once I got the much needed root canal I felt immensely better!
Try massage to break up the trigger points in your neck and shoulders.
The last time I saw these shoes was in the Athleta catalogue and now the company has just sent me a pair! I’ve been enjoying a life of living barefoot, being a yoga instructor and all, and I totally feel better when I can stand on the earth in my bare feet. Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I’m always looking for a good patch of grass to kick my shoes off and stroll. Unfortunately, that’s not always fashionable, or safe (glass!) So these shoes will be the nice in-between once the weather gets a little nicer (oh who am I kidding, I’m going to wear them today!) They’ve got copper dots underneath the toes to act as a conduit to keep me grounded to the earth. Here’s the explanation they sent me:
"In our everyday lives, we’re exposed to toxins and stress. Toxins include anything from breathing polluted air, to carrying our cell phones around. Stress can come from anywhere – work, school, friends, or family. Exposure to these stresses and toxins leads to a buildup of free radicals in our bodies. These free radicals attack healthy cells and cause inflammation, which, oh, by the way, is the root of almost all medical ailments. Fortunately, we have the Earth, a giant magnet with an endless supply of electrons. If we stay connected by wearing earthing or grounding shoes, these electrons are absorbed to neutralize and release the harmful free radicals in our bodies."
I’ve fallen in love with the flats and may just have to get myself another pair soon. Have you ever walked barefoot through the sand or grass and felt uplifted, energized, and at peace? Just 20 minutes can change your whole day :) With these shoes I bet I can get a heck of a lot more earth time. Thanks @juilconnect! #juil #earthing #gift
These postures don’t define you and they have nothing to do with your spiritual growth. What is important is that you develop a good relationship with yourself on the mat.
The human body is an amazing thing. The air we breathe is polluted, the water we drink is sometimes unclean or’ cleaned’ too much and the food we eat is processed. Yet our bodies endure and excel in eliminating harmful organisms, chemicals and substances.
When I think of the word “Detox” I don’t think about a crazy fad diet of syrup water, or extreme measures to cleanse the body… I think about the natural elimination that occurs within us every day. There are ways you can promote that elimination without going overboard: healthy diet, exercise, sun, earth, yoga (specifically twisting poses!) and tons of water.
In fact, why don’t you go fill up a glass to sip on while reading this well written, informative article about the natural processes of elimination and the organs involved.
Get to know Sarah Beth ~ ONE Yoga’s Featured Teacher of the Week
ONE Yoga, the studio I teach and practice at interviewed me and the questions were a joy to answer :) -SB
What’s a fun fact no one knows about you?
A couple years ago, I visited a friend in Hawaii for 2 weeks and got my Class-A skydiving certification. I jumped 25 times, 21 of those were solo. I bit it pretty hard once, well twice, and probably knocked a few screws loose, but it was an exhilarating experience and I loved seeing the ocean and island from 13,000 feet up. I was also (almost) attacked by a 6 foot blacktip reef shark during a photo shoot, learned how to surf, and cliff jumped into the ocean with a bunch of skydivers in the middle of the night. Those people are a crazy bunch!
What is your main Goal/Resolution for 2014? I’m getting married this year! My main goal for 2014 is to go with the flow, accept situations as the present themselves and enjoy myself and the people around me.
What are your hobbies? When I’m not teaching or practicing yoga, I’m updating my yoga blog, taking yoga pictures or filming/editing a yoga video to upload on YouTube. I need some thrill every once in a while so skydiving, cliff jumping, extreme rides, rip cords, and rock climbing are usually on my list of activities if gravity starts weighing me down.
If you could travel anywhere next week, where would you go and why? I would go to Japan, but I’d have to stop in Minnesota first to grab my Dad because he loves the Japanese culture. We would have a blast with all the fresh sushi, sake, and teahouses! We’d definitely explore historical sites, visit the gigantic spider crabs, and well I’d probably talk him into getting tattoos. My dad is cool like that, so is Japan.
What’s your favorite yoga experience? I created a pop-up donation based yoga studio in a Minnesota banquet hall called OMroom. I posted flyers all over town to market and I built both of my weekly classes up to having an average of 18 people! I loved every minute of setting up: lighting the candles and incense, the playlists I had, and even washing the dozen rental mats that I acquired! But what I loved the most was that people showed up, kept coming back, and regularly expressed their gratitude for having a safe place where they can experience the benefits of yoga, regardless of finances, sometimes when they needed it most. It was in a way, a karma yoga experience.
Today I’m grateful for my yoga practice which has given me a strong, healthy and flexible spine. Also for the mild Colorado winters (but that’s another story)
Last week, I dislocated a few ribs and literally slept on my back for 3 days, along with some gentle yoga and rocktape to get them back in place. Luckily my back is pretty flexible so after reducing inflammation they went right back in and within a couple days I was back to my practice and life! But whoa, the pain was so limiting! I could hardly twist, let alone breath. I would have gone to a chiro if it didn’t get any better, but thank goodness it didn’t get that far.
Today I am grateful for my yoga practice (spanning 8 years!) which has given me a strong, healthy and flexible spine.
Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.