About Sally

SallyIn 1997 I had a chance encounter with a yoga teacher in Prague which gave me a glimpse that the true meaning of yoga is wholeness. I discovered that moving the body with awareness brought me into a quieter space where I began to experience what it is to feel well and balanced after the many years of ill health that had gone before.  This healing journey continues to inspire my work.

After I qualified in 2001 I continued to explore a range of styles to enrich my understanding and experience of yoga. I have been a tutor with the Anahata School of Yoga and hold their 500 hour Teaching Diploma and Diploma in Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth.

Since 2009 I have been gaining deeper insights with regular teachings and advanced teacher training with Marc Woolford with the Acquaviva School of Yoga (Scaraveilli-inspired yoga).  Others Yoga who teachers who I have also worked with other Scaraveilli-inspired teachers like Sophy Hoare, Pete Blackaby and Gary Carter.  Inspired by these teachers, my current explorations are now more on the quality of movement, finding support and conflict-free movement. I find that this allows grace and fluidity to unfold, leaving my body feeling more integrated and whole. This has sharpened the clarity of my inner awareness and as a teacher it helps me to guide people to tune into their own ‘felt-sense’ of their body.

My life and yoga practice has been greatly enriched by working with Mindfulness and Compassion and this has been a huge source of healing and inspiration. Since 2010 I have trained in Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight at Samye Ling with Rob Nairn and the Mindfulness Association.  I have also studied the science and practice of Self-Compassion with Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Chris Germer.  I have trained in teaching the secular 8 week Mindfulness Based Living Course  and the 8 week Compassion Based Living Course and am loving facilitating these courses and also ‘Deepening Practice Days’ for those who want to continue the journey.  I enjoy weaving Mindfulness and Compassion through my yoga practice and teaching.

I am currently practising the Somatic Meditation teachings of Reggie Ray drawn from the Vajrana tradition and studying the work of Peter Levine regarding healing pain and trauma through the body.  I am also nearing the end of a 3 year training to be a Shamanic Practitioner with Carol Day and the Centre for Creative Shamanism.

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I am fascinated by what neuroscience has to teach us about yoga, mindfulness and compassion.   How do they rewire our brain and effect our well being.  How do they help us to heal trauma and relieve chronic pain? I m constantly curious about how to use my toolbox of practices effectively, for my own and others, moment by moment healing and happiness.   My recurring question is, ‘How can we create the conditions to relax into our bodies, live fully, authentically and with more awareness?’

Sum 2013 GB Compass retreat 093Growth, nurture and nature have been the main themes in my life and work for almost two decades.  In the late nineties, as a community education worker, I supported an intergenerational group as we grew together creating a community garden and eating the fruits of our labour.  My own beloved vegetable garden roots me in the earth and the connects me to the rhythm of the seasons. Shamanism, 5 Rhythms Dance, Movement Medicine and being in nature are continual sources of inspiration and healing.

Sally Roach