Sara Mandel

Sara Mandel

emilia farrace

Sara Mandel“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.”

Sara has been studying movement since the age of 7 when she took her first ballet class. She danced with The Ontario Ballet Theater and trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern dance and performed all over Ontario Canada. Injuries forced her to take a break until 2 years later when she discovered Jazz and Hip Hop.

In 1998 she was introduced to yoga in an acting class. In 2003 Sara began taking regular Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes. After a break to raise her two young kids Sara returned to yoga, immersing herself in Ashtanga yoga and in 2014 she took the Yoga Center of Minneapolis, 230 hr Teacher Training. She believes in always being a student first and continues to take trainings with Noah Maze, Angela Jamison, and Kino.

Sara’s classes are alignment based, light-hearted and with an emphasis on moving with the breath, and strengthening the mind -body connection.

Sara aims to create a safe place in her classes. A space where beginners can safely learn the poses and advanced practitioners can play and challenge themselves. Where self- judgement is left behind and compassion and joy is cultivated.

Her Ashtanga classes follow the traditional series, with an emphasis on the poses, gaze, and breath. She believes fully in the Ashtanga yoga method as a powerful tool for transformation and healing, and one that everyone can do no matter what age, fitness level, or ability level.

Sara has studied Ashtanga under authorized and experienced teachers like Kino Macgregor, and Govinda Kai.
and she is very grateful for her regular teachers and mentors Ted Roseen and Margaret Truesdell Hall. She owes much to teachers Seane Corn, Noah Maze, Baron Baptiste, Eric Schiffman, Rodney Yee, Lynn Thomasberg, Elise Radtke- Rosen, Monique Maxwell, Moya McGinn Matthews, Michelle Lynn, and Jennifer Grey.