Name: Sarah Oates

Nickname: Sarebear

Day Job: Graphic Designer in the Office of Advancement at the University of Dallas

How long have you have been practicing at YS? Ermm…  since 2010… So 7 years?

What is your favorite YS workshop or class? Inversions always!

Name one thing you consider yourself to be very good at: Coffee-consumption!  All other endeavors continue to be a work-in-progress.

What’s the number one yoga pose you just love to practice? Lately, it’s been handstand!

Why did you start practicing yoga? My best friend roped me into an Ashtanga workshop when we were in college, but I really didn’t commit until years later when I started doing P90X.  The yoga video (despite being the longest – nearly 2 hours in duration!) was always my favorite and inspired me to kick off a tour of studios in Uptown.  YogaSport was my first and last stop.  And now I get to be a student AND a teacher!

Who  inspires you the most and why? My dad, who passed away just over 3 years ago, continues to inspire me to live my best life.  He was the most loyal and selfless person I know, whole-heartedly championing the causes of not just his family and friends, but all who knew him.  He stayed active, adventurous, tenacious and happy-go-lucky his whole life, despite the debilitating illness he battled for over a decade.  The most important lesson he taught (borrowed from Calvin Coolidge): “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

What do you just love about YogaSport? The fact that I know I’ll be getting a consistently powerful practice infused with the Baptiste methodology. I am also forever grateful for the community that inspired and unconditionally supported me when I took the plunge and signed up for teacher training.

What’s your guilty pleasure? Why can’t it just be pleasurable without the guilt?  ;P  Just about any and all sweet treats.  My newly discovered favorites are ice cream macaron sandwiches.

Furthest city traveled: Chiang Mai, Thailand

What is one thing we don’t know about you that would surprise us? I once jumped out of a plane and swam with sharks (although not in the same day) and would happily do both again should the opportunity present itself.

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