Sarah's first personal experiences with Yoga began about 18 years ago in 2000. At that time, she simply knew that when she did Yoga as an exercise she felt better, less stressed, more relaxed and her state of mind, emotions, and body felt more grounded and stable. Then, she did not care about, why. In 2008, she got an idea to attend Reiki level one class. The teachings of Reiki in this class motivated and awakened her curiosity about self-healing and transformation, so she went on to Reiki level 2 certification class. Her perception was that Reiki was now helping her to replenish her energies and with more positive energy from Reiki she could conduct her physical life with renewed revitalization and empowerment. At this level, Reiki can assist the physical, emotional, and mental balance of a person depending on the person taking action to facilitate the improvements.
After taking the Reiki levels 1 and 2 certification course, Sarah was approached by the teacher to ask her if she was interested in continuing on to private class of Reiki Master Practitioner. Sarah's reply was "who me?" The Reiki teacher replied "yes you" Sarah laughed and said "let me think about this." The Usui Traditional monastery style of Reiki at the Master level can assist with deeper transformation and energy cleansing at the spirit and soul level. So, yes, Sarah's decision had to be a very personal decision motivated from within. It is a calling and not for career and business purposes.
After taking time to think about what the Reiki teacher had said, Sarah decided to take the leap into the unknown. She chose to receive one on one lessons in advanced Reiki teachings, face her personal demons, negative energies, and shadow self. The path of her personal transformation and healing was never an easy one. After 3 years of study, practice, and even going deeper using the Shaman's Way of healing for her personal healing and transformation Sarah became certified as a Traditional Usui Reiki Master Practitioner.
She decided, with all the obstacles and situations that were still a part of her life, to keep going. Her thoughts were "why stop now? I have come so far and I have taken action to purify so much, it is easier to keep going." And so she did. Sarah decided to participate in even more healing to improve past life in her soul/spirit records and Reiki advanced classes. Plus Yoga Teacher Training Certification Programs. Eventually, after 9 years of transformation, studies, practice, and taking action, Sarah became a Certified Traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Holistic Life Coach, and Advanced Yoga Teacher.
Before more Reiki advanced certifications, Yoga teacher training, and after over four years of Reiki training, Sarah's Reiki teacher thought she needed a break after one year of Reiki Master Teacher training, to digest, and think about how much she had accomplished, review her life as it was, and if she really wanted to do what it would take to move beyond where she was. The teacher suggested that she should take a break and go to start her journey to be a Certified Yoga Teacher. Sarah reluctantly left the Reiki training path, to dive deeper into Yoga. Sarah started her Yoga teaching path and became a certified Yoga teacher at all the many different levels and styles of Yoga. Then after all her Yoga Teacher Training Program Certifications she chose to return to a rarely taught Traditional Usui monastery style long form Reiki Master Teacher Certification Program. Upon Sarah's request the Reiki teacher took Sarah again as a private student. At this point in 2015 she chose to create and direct Bliss Yoga Academy & Wellness Studio to support her own continued personal growth and transformation, as her life's purpose, and to help other people with their personal journey of transformation, using the tools of Yoga and Reiki.
Yoga and Reiki are tools that can assist people to awaken to other deeper tools of healing, transformation, and wellness.
Sarah, after 9 years of intense inner and outer of personal healing, transformation, awakening, growing, transcending, and letting go many people, places, and things was certified as: A Traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Holistic Life Coach, and an Advanced Yoga Teacher.
Even with doing and being so much as a spiritual teacher over the last 10 years, Sarah still chooses to travel on her spirit's journey using the assistance and help of a guide, teacher, mentor, coach, and healing practitioner. This assists her in rebalancing and keeping what she has accomplished. Spiritual balance is a every-day practice, especially when assisting and helping other people. In a student and teacher relationship there is always transferal of energies from student to teacher and from teacher to student. To keep and give the highest quality of positive energies, the teacher has to maintain positive balance and attunement.
Sarah's choices of training, learning, transformation, healing, path to wholeness, and wellness, speaks for itself. She awakened to her choice of leaving no stone inside and outside of her "unturned." She also grew to know that in order to be the most effective teacher practitioner she had to be forever, a student open to being teachable. In other words, to become a great teacher someone has to be a great student. Sarah's passion, aspirations, being self-motivated, and inspirational, shows in the effective, and efficient, quality of service she gives to her clients and students at Bliss Yoga Academy & Wellness Studio.
Sarah's Spiritual Teacher, Healing Arts Practitioner, Guide, and Coach was/is:
Dorothea O. Grant - Masters In Business Management, Traditional Usui Reiki Grand Master Teacher, Shaman, Healer, Sage, Meta-physician, Holistic Life Coach Consultant, Ordained Minister, Birth Doula, and Author. Dorothea used to work one on one with people or in very small groups at Dogca Universal Wellness in Midland Park NJ. This center is currently closed. Dorothea is semi-retired from the Energy Healing Arts and currently works only as a Holistic Life Coach Consultant with a few selected past clients and students. Dorothea currently lives on the island of Oahu, Hawaii and is now more focused on her next life's purpose career of writing books.
Sarah's Yoga Teachers and Centers of Yoga Learning are:
Sarah completed her first Vinyasa Yoga teacher training with Mandy Grant at Juluka Yoga, who inspired her to continue to study Yoga for the rest of her life. Sarah also studied with Jimmy Barkan, creator of the Barkan method; John Surie, creator of FireShaper; and completed the LifePower Yoga teacher training created by Johnny Kest. As Sarah's Yoga practice evolved, she chose to take her advanced Yoga teacher training with Raji Thron at Yoga Synthesis where she was able to dive deeper into the many different styles of Yoga including Structural Yoga therapy, Viniyoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and pre-natal Yoga. Studing Iyengar Yoga with Sharon Cotugno, Sarah learned improved alignment skills in Yoga poses, and gained a deep understanding of anatomy.
Reminder Awareness: No human can give what they do not have. For healing arts tools to work the person must choose to take action to practice the change they seek.
Thank you for reading about Sarah's path to wholeness, transformation, healing, well-being, discovering her self, her life's purpose, and sharing with people who choose her, to assist and help them. The path to awakening has many tools, teachers, and pathways, going in the same direction.
Sarah's way and path, is only one option. Welcome if you choose to join Sarah on her path of sharing.
Traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher
Holistic Life Coach
Advanced Yoga Teacher
Creator - Director - Chief Executive Officer
Bliss Yoga Academy & Wellness Studio
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