Facing 40 with 40 Sun Salutations - Inspiring Yoga Teacher Sarah Rubin's Secrets to Facing Fears
I'm thinking about my friend, fellow yogini Sarah Rubin today - she's turning 40, and celebrating by doing 40 Sun Salutations with her Warrior Rising fitness and yoga class. By my estimation they're probably up to 10 or 11, getting in the groove and feeling great to be alive. Sarah, I'm sure, is exuding strength and calm and kindness, the way she did every time we taught yoga together to kids with special needs. A former theology student turned yoga teacher, Sarah joined forces with personal trainer Anne Marie to create Warrior Rising two years ago at the Purple Crayon in Hastings-on-Hudson. Students credit the class with making them stronger in so many ways and Sarah recently led a group of new runners through training and into their first 5K race. Inspired by every step she has taken to empower others, I asked her to share what inspires her and what her hopes are as she turns 40. Happy Birthday Sarah! May your light shine on and on.
Q: What do you think you'll be thinking when you're doing those 40 Sun Salutations?
A: What will I be thinking during those 40 salutations? I have no idea! This is a big experiment, both for me and most of our students. My intention will be to let go of expectation, to listen to my body and let its wisdom flow through breath and movement. I'm most excited to be doing this in community - everyone, including me, is invited to do what they can, take breaks, rest in child pose. My gut feeling is that the collective energy will carry us through. I'll have to let you know how it goes!
Q: Are there any particular teachings or words of wisdom you try to live by and want to pass on to you students/kids?
A: Words to live by: That our challenges and obstacles in life are our greatest teachers. Every time we find ourselves stuck or in pain or pushed to the edge, it's an opportunity for transformation. It just may take longer or look completely different than we want it to. This notion may sound depressing to some, but I find much hope in this!