The Massage Center, LAC
Sarah Braun is dedicated to an ultimate sense of health for all. She manifests this dedication by teaching and studying yoga and mindfulness. As a yoga student she continuously seeks great teachers from all disciplines. Sarah's first yoga teacher, Gabriel Halpern, is a Senior Iyengar Instructor who infused mythology and archetypes into the physical practice of postures. This began the love affair between psychology and yoga for Sarah. Since then, Sarah has had many teachers. All of her teachers have deeply influenced her practice and teaching style, especially: Amanda McMaine, Kathryn Budig, Darren Rhodes, Elena Brower, Annie Carpenter and Dharma Mittra. As a yoga teacher Sarah blends her teachings and innate passion for yoga into an alignment-based and smile-filled flow. Sarah strives to teach a practice of yoga that can be applied on and off the mat. Making yoga fun and doable for everyone, she weaves yogic philosophy with Western psychology - bridging a must needed gap - into a different and nascent theme for each class. The result is a steady balance between challenge and empowerment. Sarah enjoys a nourishing and devoted personal yoga practice everyday, which is perhaps the greatest muse for teaching yoga.
Sarah is also a student of psychology at the University of Kentucky. Her next step is a PhD, in which she will continue her research of mindfulness-based therapies. Her hope is to one day see mindfulness and mental health conservations taught in public school. While at UK, she seeks to bring the conversation of embodiment into the open by teaching mindfulness and yoga to college students and anyone interested in the psychological benefits of a meticulously subtle awareness of body and mind. She is also the president and founder of NAMI UK. Through this student organization she actively works on campus to motivate and inspire mental health dialogue amongst her peers. A primary goal is to link the discussion of mental and physical health and to de-stigmatize mental illness.
A huge part of Sarah's dedication to health and wellness is a motivation to study, live, and share the practice of mindfulness, compassion, and gratitude. She wants to continue expanding the world's curiosity for mindfulness in order to make life more consciously livable for everyone. Sarah believes that an ultimate sense of health is the embodiment of a mindful yoga practice. "We must walk our talk off the mat in order to grow and offer the world more greatness."