“My first experience of yoga was more than 20 years ago when I was a teenager; at the same time I was interested in awareness practices and lucid dreaming. I went on to spent 6 years at university and 3 years in Mexico, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of Education, followed by a Master of Social Development (International).
I returned to yoga with a passion and started teaching yoga in 2006. My enthusiasm for yin yoga and meditation was ignited when I met my teacher and mentor Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga Institute) the following year. I have attended a number of silent meditation retreats with B. Alan Wallace over the last 7 years, deepening my understanding of both Shamatha and Vipassana meditation methods.
In recent years, I have been offering ‘Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training’ courses for Yoga Teachers numerous times per year, and more recently – ‘Natural Mindfulness for Children’ courses for children’s educators to integrate mindfulness with nature pedagogy.
I live in Sydney where I have a small psychotherapy practice based on the Internal Therapy Systems (IFS) Therapy model, where I offer private mentoring sessions, as well as offering private therapeutic yoga classes.”
Sarah Owen teaches Yoga and Mindfulness workshops and teacher training courses in Sydney, Australia. Her depth of knowledge and experience shine through particularly in her Yin Yoga Teacher Training courses, which have been well-received and highly-recommended by graduating students. She teaches a balanced approach to Yoga which encompasses both mindful movement as well as introspective long-held poses. Sarah also teaches meditation and awareness practices with a spirit of compassionate presence and self-inquiry.
Sarah 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 decade have been Katie Manitsas (yoga teacher and author), 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 a qualified primary school teacher with over 15 years’ experience including teaching yoga and mindfulness in schools. She is the creator of Natural Mindfulness for Children. The Natural Mindfulness for Children program utilizes a minimalist and naturalist approach that embraces children’s creativity and uses natural materials for printing, sculpture and hands-on play, as well as creatively engaging with the breath, the body and the Earth. Sarah continues to develop natural play-based curricula and teaching programs to educate her young son from home.
Sarah is a certified Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner (Level 1). She completed her Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy training under the guidance of Mary Kruger, through the Centre for Self-Leadership. Sarah offers mentoring sessions using the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy at her small private practice in Sydney.
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
Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS Therapy) – Level 1 Practitioner
Registered Yoga Teacher – Yoga Alliance (EY-500; YACEP)
Insight Yoga Teacher – Endorsed by Insight Yoga Institute, USA
Trauma Aware Yoga Teacher Training Certificate – Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Australia
“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!”