Meet Sarah Court, a member of our teaching team who leads regular Yoga Tune Up® classes and workshops on a variety of topics in the LA area and abroad (nationally and internationally).
How did you discover Yoga Tune Up® and why did you decide to become a teacher?
I discovered YTU when I first moved to Los Angeles 6 years ago and took class with Jill Miller. I was immediately drawn to the practical and insightful approach to movement that honored traditional yoga practices while applying modern comprehension of kinesiology and biomechanics. 3 weeks after my first class with Jill, I took the Level 1 teacher training. As a vinyasa teacher at that time, it answered questions I didn’t even realize I had and constantly challenged me to search out more learning so that I could be a better teacher. It made complete sense to become a YTU teacher and to integrate that into my teaching. I’m currently pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy and I can directly relate that trajectory to becoming a YTU teacher trainer.
What advice would you give a new student just starting a YTU practice?
For a new student, I think what’s most important is to stay open – meaning, if you’re feeling overwhelmed because you’ve never taken a class where the teacher is talking about biomechanics, know that you’ll still get all the benefits of the movement even if you don’t totally understand what they’re talking about (yet)! If you’re accustomed to a more traditional yoga class, consider YTU as an adjunct to your practice that might grant you more insight into your own movement habits and get you moving better in your own body. If you’re brand new to all yoga, just have a good time!
The Yoga Tune Up motto is “Live better in your body”. What does that mean to you?
Live better in your body, to me, means valuing self-care. I see in many of my students the desire to drive and work hard in every way they move, whether yoga, running, spin, CrossFit and so on. Tuning into my body’s true needs might mean a day of only Therapy Ball rolling, or static poses, or just taking a walk and feeling the breeze and sun on my face.
If you could only choose one YTU movement or therapy ball technique to take with you on a desert island, what would it be?
My desert island Therapy Ball maneuver is the Trapezius Tamer. After a long day of school hunched over a computer (sound familiar, anyone?) It’s the best way to get the day out of my upper back and to guarantee myself a good night’s sleep.
Here’s how to tame your upper trapezius: