“Hi, I’m Sarah. Thanks for exploring my website. I’m an Australian yoga teacher who is passionate about using the tools of yoga and mindfulness to enhance our lives and find balance in an ever-changing world.
My first experiences of yoga were as a child, with playful attempts at yoga and awareness practices. As a teenager, I had my first ‘official’ taste of yoga, practicing yoga classes weekly in the home of a local, dedicated yogini. At the same time, I also had a strong interest in lucid dreaming and the psychology of the mind, and a great desire to travel internationally. I went on to study at a number of universities in Australia and overseas, completing 3 degrees and living in Mexico for almost 3 years.
After returning to Australia, I rediscovered yoga with a passion, and I completed my first yoga teacher training in 2006 at Samadhi Yoga in Newtown, Sydney. My love of Yin Yoga was ignited when I met Sarah Powers (author of ‘Insight Yoga’) in 2007, and I went on to spend the next 8 years training under the guidance of Sarah and Ty Powers and other esteemed teachers of the Insight Yoga Institute to become a certified Insight Yoga Teacher and one of only 21 teachers worldwide endorsed by the Insight Yoga Institute.
After receiving certification and personal endorsement through the Insight Yoga Institute, I created three Yin Yoga Teacher Training modules and five Yin Yoga Seasonal Teacher Workshops to offer to Australian yoga teachers and practitioners. I have been offering Yin Yoga Teacher Training courses for over 5 years now, and have trained more than 300 teachers in that time. I am a registered Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance (YACEP) and each of my certified courses and teacher workshops are recognised internationally by Yoga Alliance International (YA). I offer yoga classes and workshops for beginners and experienced yoga practitioners, including Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Insight Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Trauma Aware Yoga. I also offer Yoga Teacher Mentoring and 1:1 sessions for Yoga or as an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy Practitioner.
I invite you to explore my website, follow my social media pages, and perhaps attend one of the workshops or Yin Yoga Teacher Training courses that I offer throughout the year.
Sarah Owen has been teaching yoga since 2006, after training at Samadhi Yoga in Sydney under the guidance of Katie Manitsas and Sue White. Her most influential teachers throughout the past fourteen years have been Sarah and Ty Powers (Insight Yoga Institute), B. Alan Wallace (Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies), Maty Ezraty (senior yoga teacher), Mary Kruger (Internal Family Systems Therapy) and Shirley Hicks (Trauma Sensitive Yoga).
Sarah is an endorsed Yin Yoga/Insight Yoga teacher through the Insight Yoga Institute. She has been mentored by Sarah Powers (esteemed Yin Yoga teacher and author of the book ‘Insight Yoga’) for over a decade and is the coordinator for Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute programs in Australia. She has completed the first level of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy psychotherapy training, through the IFS Institute (formerly the Centre for Self Leadership), under the guidance of Mary Kruger.
Sarah has created 3 unique Yin Yoga Teacher Training modules which are recognised internationally by Yoga Alliance International (YA). Each of the Yin Yoga Teacher Training modules offered by Sarah Owen has been designed as a stand-alone unit and modules can be completed in any order and without pre-requisite. Sarah also offers seasonal workshops for Yin Yoga teachers which are recognised as professional development for yoga teachers by Yoga Alliance International (YA). Additionally, Sarah offers regular classes and ongoing practice workshops to delve deeply into the essence of Insight Yoga, Yin Yoga, Meditation and Self Inquiry for the general yoga practitioner – complete beginners and seasoned yogis all welcome!
Bachelor of Education (Primary) – University of Technology, Sydney
Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) – University of Technology, Sydney
Master of Social Development (MSD International) – University of NSW
Registered Yoga Teacher – Yoga Alliance (EY-500; YACEP)
Insight Yoga Teacher – Endorsed by Sarah Powers’ Insight Yoga Institute, USA
Shamatha, Vipassana & Dzogchen Meditation Retreats – B. Alan Wallace (Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies)
The Heart of a Teacher – Yoga Teacher Trainings and Workshops with Mary Ezraty
Trauma Aware Yoga Teacher Training Certificate – Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Australia
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS Therapy) – Level 1 Practitioner Training
What People are Saying:
“What I love about Sarah is that she makes yoga accessible to the everyday person in their everyday lives. You walk away from her teachings being ok with where you have come from and where you are right now. At the same time, she leaves you with a sense of curiosity – to lean in towards yourself, to discover your internal compass to help you navigate towards your greater purpose while still being true to your authentic self”
“Sarah is an amazing teacher with so much knowledge around the practice in yoga and meditation. Her teaching style is relaxing, detailed and easy to understand. The training has inspired me to find and maintain a balance in my yoga practice and life.”
“Sarah really teaches from the heart, with her honesty and experiences she shared with our group. Her extensive knowledge and passion for yin yoga was inspiring and I felt like I connected with myself on a deeper level. I am grateful to Sarah for bringing back the passion and dedication to my own meditation practice. I know her teachings will stay with me for the rest of my life”
“Sarah’s passion and knowledge for the teachings shone through in her facilitation and handling of questions throughout the training. I’m a veteran of a number of teacher trainings and thoroughly recommend this [training], regardless of whether you intend to teach or develop your own yin or meditation practice.”
“The training was everything I was looking for and Sarah delivered it beautifully, balancing each day with a mixture of practice and theory. Sarah’s training gave me a greater understanding of anatomy and our skeletal limitations, the ability to sequence based around meridians and individual needs, and new meditation methods to use during my own practice. Thank you Sarah!”
“The 50 hours yin training with Sarah Owen was fantastic and I would highly recommend her a as a teacher. Sarah’s gentle but thorough teaching style meant we covered a huge amount in the 50 hours, however the delivery of content was skilfully interspersed with yin practise and meditation, which allowed space for the teachings to really sink in. So much so, I was able to confidently teach a yin class at a new studio a few days after finishing the course. Much gratitude Sarah, thank you!”