Sarah Weston is an international yogi who will be joining us on our Montana retreat next month! We’re excited for her to join us. To get to know her a little better, we asked her a few questions about yoga, retreats, and life.
What is your go-to snack or meal?
I love food SO MUCH! I’d consider myself an intuitive eater, but I have a weakness for dark chocolate, fruit (specifically watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, oranges + peaches) and avocados.
What is one song the pumps you up?
That’s a tough one! Some of my favorites depending on my mood: ODESZA, Trevor Hall, Bob Marley, LCD Soundsystem + Alan Watts.
Craziest thing that happened on one of your trips?
When I was scouting out my first yoga retreat in Nicaragua over Christmas with my family, we decided that each one of us would pick an activity for all of us to try. My father, much to my surprise, chose volcano boarding which required a 6 hour ride through some of the most desolate countryside. Next, we hiked up-up-up a trail for what felt like forever, carrying boards with tin on the bottom, while the wind whipped us around and threatened to throw us over the steep edge of the pathway. At the top, we put on a jumpsuit, tied a bandana around our mouths, donned goggles, and then were given instructions of how we were meant to descend. I listened (a little), but was way more excited about the upcoming thrill of flying down the side of the volcano. So I threw down my board, tin side down on the fine volcanic ash, and off I went. It was mind-blowing and exhilarating! After about 90 seconds and a little over half way through my journey, all hell broke loose! As I was exceeding the recommended speed limit, at roughly 40mph, I dug in my heels to slow myself, as I thought I remembered from the instructions at the top. To my dismay, I planted my feet too hard and the board stopped, but I did not. I flew off the front, flipping over and over, rolling down the rest of the slope. Once I pulled myself together from being laid out flat, I limped back to the van and discovered that my legs from the knee to the ankle were flecked with embedded volcanic ash that took hours to extract by tweezers! Best part was that my sister and I had given my parents a GoPro, which I had worn for the ride down. I ruined the lens but the entire episode — flips, flying rock, and screams — all on video. Funny thing is, I’d do it again. I love a good adrenaline rush!
What is a typical day for you like?
My days vary and typically start early (6am). I teach yoga classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and I nanny in the afternoons Monday through Friday. I work at Free People Movement on Thursdays. On the weekends, you can find me at flea markets, farmers markets, or soaking in all the sun’s rays while taking a midday 5 hour nap at the beach. I’m currently healing a gut infection, so a great deal of my time outside of work is spent in food prep. I also love hiking, riding my bike, nurturing the introvert in me, journaling, planning my wedding, adventuring or falling asleep on my couch as soon as the sun goes down. It’s the little things in life that bring me the greatest joy!
Favorite skincare product?
REN Rose Oil. It is everything!! I put it on after I wash my face every morning, and then use my jade roller to fully rub in the moisturizer.
What are some of your packing essentials?
Crystals: selenite, black tourmaline, tiger’s eye, rose quartz and amethyst. Essential oils: peppermint, lavender, wild orange and eucalyptus. Peter Thomas Roth products like face masks and eye patches, and my other skin favorite products. Fuzzy socks and an oversized sweater or jacket…I’m always cold!
I am the most comfortable when… my space at home is clean and when I have planned ahead so if I’m gone all day, I will not be rushing around.
My favorite place to practice is… outside in nature, but most often, I practice at the studio where I teach, in between my classes.
I started practicing yoga when I bought a Groupon for CorePower Yoga in March 2013. I grew up running + playing soccer, but suffered a neck injury in 2007 by being tossed awkwardly by an ocean wave. For many years to follow, I had debilitating neck and back pain, which is how I came to yoga. CorePower is heated and the sweat made me feel like I was getting a similar workout to the cardio to which I was accustomed. In October 2013, I started my 200hr teacher training, completing it in December 2013. At that time, I declared, “a year from now I will quit my advertising job and teach yoga full time.” In December 2014, I did just that…the rest is history, and I couldn’t be happier.
I still want to accomplish… whatever the universe has in store for me. I fully believe in surrendering to the flow, and the more we can let go, the more we are aligned with our greater purpose and see more clearly our intended path.
I am thankful for… unconditional love and connection. I am grateful for every single thing that has happened to get me where I am right now. Some of my greatest challenges have presented to me my biggest moments of growth. I have learned that reflecting on and expressing my feelings and being vulnerable in that process is necessary for me and a source of my internal power.
Thanks for your great answers, Sarah! We’ll see you next month. If you think she’s as amazing as we do (and how could you not?), follow her on Facebook and Instagram.