"Sarah is a gift, her classes and workshops are pure magic."
- Sabbah Nawaz
Meet Sarah; founder of Sarah Fretwell Yoga, bringer of positive vibes and forever a dreamer! She shares her teaching in several London studios including Zen Yoga Camberwell, Move Your Frame, Retreat Yoga Studio, More Yoga and The Lodge Space, as well as offering workshops and retreats.
I’m Sarah Fretwell. I’m a writer, a yoga teacher, a content creator and a painting & drawing enthusiast on a path to live my life with more simplicity, greater creativity and kinder intentions. Yoga has changed my life in more ways than I ever thought possible, so I help people rediscover their creativity and forge a deeply personal, nurturing yoga practice, and I'd love to help you!
* Are you searching for tools, resources and insights on the path to a more creative way of living, on your own terms? Head to my blog for inspiration - it came runner up in the Health Blogger’s Community Awards 2017 for the best yoga and wellbeing blog!
* Are you searching for copywriting, social media or branding help? I write for ethical, health-conscious brands, and would love to help you too.
* Are you interested in having something painted by me? You can find out more about what I do and take a look at my recent paintings here.
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WHAT DID LIFE LOOK LIKE BEFORE YOGA?
After studying English at Leeds university and my gap year which I spent teaching in a school in Ghana, I spent a good while trying to decide what I wanted to do with my life. I found myself in a corporate marketing job, and after a year of feeling unfulfilled and let's face it, a little bit lost, I started to search Google for courses I could take or trips I could escape on. I was sick of my corporate job and feeling like I had missed my calling in life. Honestly, I felt like I was in the wrong place, I just didn't know what I was meant to be doing - where is a mentor when you need one?! I had become complacent, unmotivated and frankly just bored and miserable, dreading my morning alarm each day and constantly clock-watching. I was searching for something more...
SO HOW DID YOU BECOME A YOGA TEACHER?
Well, while trawling through Google one day at work (I know, this is how bad it had got), I came across yoga teacher trainings, which immediately jumped out at me. I had been practising yoga during my third year at university on a dinky little mat, and had already fallen in love with the practise, but had so much to learn still. I decided to go for it, and enrolled on a 9 month yoga teacher training course with Katy Appleton in London...little did I know that this would be the best decision I ever made! During my course, I made some amazing friends, most of whom I am still in touch with today. I immediately knew that I was on the right path, as I suddenly felt I had found my purpose, my curiosity had been re-awakened and I had so many questions to ask about yoga and everything that we were learning. Exhausting as the training was, I had found a new lease of life. After a couple of years of teaching my own classes and becoming more and more addicted to the "yoga high", I moved to London and started teaching around South East London, creating new workshops, classes and events.
In 2018, I set off to Goa with The Yoga People to train in Mandala yoga - a creative, fluid Vinyasa style where we move 360 degrees around the mat, moving with the breath and connecting to the chakras and the four elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air. If you haven't been to a Mandala class but love Vinyasa, I strongly recommend you come along and experience it!
WHAT KIND OF TEACHER WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS?
Since graduating as a teacher, I have practised with many other teachers and have tried so many different styles of yoga, which has all influenced my practise and teaching style as it is today. I don't believe that as yoga teachers we have to stick to one set style just because we trained in it, or that we should imitate who we trained with and essentially stop learning. For me, my own yoga style is a constantly evolving one, influenced by everything I do: the different trainings I do on, the classes I take myself, the students I see in the room, the books I read, and my own personal practise. I believe in being yourself and letting your personality shine through, and if people like what they see, well I just hope that they'll come back and practise with me again! I am pretty relaxed, so you won't find me ordering you about to get into poses that your body isn't ready for.
You won't find me trying to force your body into a pose with hands-on adjustments. You won't find me teaching the same thing, day in, day out. You also won't find me talking about 'spirituality' much, for while I do consider myself a spiritual person, my goal is to help connect you to your own body, mind and breath with the hope that you will come to know and love yourself and others around you much more deeply, which to me is a sense of spirituality in itself. You will find me cracking some awful jokes, tripping over your blocks on a frequent basis, encouraging you gently into inversions or arm balances, playing some pretty damn good music (even if I do say so myself), and on some occasions getting my Tibetan bowl out to ding dong for you. Basically, I teach what I know and I don't always have the answers, but I do know that I will never stop learning or sharing everything with you!
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE?
Yes - a huge thank you to all my students who show up each week and who teach me more than I probably teach them! You're the ones who enable me to continue doing what I love, especially in such a competitive industry as yoga. Lastly, to my amazing teachers - Katy Appleton, The Yoga People and all the teachers with whom I practise for teaching me all that they know and for making me the teacher I am today.
WHERE TO FIND ME
You can find my class timetable here and follow me on Instagram or Facebook for class updates, workshops and classes I'm covering. Check out the "This Week's Yoga" section of my blog, and my Instagram to keep up to date on what my practice looks like at the moment!
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
I am a Yoga Alliance 380 hours RYT, having completed my 250 hours with appleyoga founder, Katy Appleton, 100 hours with The Yoga People in Mandala Vinyasa and Shamanism, and a further 30 hours of Yin yoga with Norman Blair this year.