Sarah Baumert teaches what she practices. Her sequences offer the chance to slow down and feel the results of an embodied practice that emphasizes alignment and safety in order to establish a base for a long life of practice. As a yoga teacher, Sarah draws from years of experience working in-depth with the body. She works to facilitate whole body alignment in her students, both physically and energetically. Sarah’s teaching is a breath inspired practice that focuses on flowing in and out of poses with ease and finding variations that work for each individual body. Physically, a class with Sarah extends far beyond yoga poses. She teaches from her own experience and practice of modern dance, Feldenkrais, Body Mind Centering, Tuning Scores, Material for the Spine, Contact Improvisation and Dance Improvisation Structures. She guides students to deepen their own learning process through her imaginative sensory rich movement experiments.
From an early age, Sarah’s training as a dancer introduced her to the mind-body connection and the power that comes from an awareness of a precise alignment in the body. She has experience working with bodies suffering from chronic pain, injury, illness, and other forms of dis-ease. Sarah works with a variety of populations including athletes, seniors, artists, dancers, children, those who struggle with depression, and those recovering from injury. With hands on adjustments, Sarah delivers insightful results and a greater sense of ease and body awareness in her students. Along with slow flow vinyasa style yoga, Sarah also teaches restorative, therapeutic, and hatha yoga. Her 200 hour certification was done with Om yoga teachers Cyndi Lee, Cristie Clark, Frank Mauro and Joe Miller. The most current influence in her teaching is from master teacher Barbara Benagh with whom she studied with for six years and during her 500 hour training. She also studied yoga therapeutics under Patty Townsend, Bo Forbes, and Karin Stephen. Sarah earned a BFA in dance and kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. Her experience includes teaching at the Lemuel Shattock Hospital in Boston, Harvard Center for Wellness, MIT, the University of Minnesota, as well as yoga studios, gyms, and as a part of wellness programs for corporations.She was a researcher for Tufts University and the Boston Education Development Foundation to help start the Susan E. Tift Yoga in the schools program that now serves the Boston public schools. Her simple podcasts have earned worldwide attention for their honest, straightforward, and imaginative approach. Sarah is currently studying to become a certified Feldenkrais practitioner as a part of the Boston Feldenkrais training.
“My husband and I met Sarah in a “Yoga for pain and injury relief” class in 2008 at Harvard and have been following her ever since. I had been practicing yoga for four years before I started attending her classes, but I can certainly say that I learned more about my body in the first four weeks of her class then I did in those four years prior. She brings an incredible sense of awareness in each pose and customizes your practice for you. In time, you learn how to modify your flows as well as how your body and mind will respond to each movement. I have been a student of yoga on and off for 9 years now, tried many instructors both in the US and abroad, though I would still consider my self a beginner. Sarah is, by far, the best teacher I’ve worked with. I learned that everything in the body is connected, your mind, your bones, muscles, nerves. She does not just instruct you to hold poses; she actually teaches you about your own movements and their impact on your alignment, so you can carry and modify your practice anywhere with you.”-Ekin Pehlivan Yalçın
“After class one day, a fellow student told me how amazed he was by Sarah. He had been trying for weeks to bring his legs off the ground in head stand and he told me that Sarah touched one place in his back and, like a miracle, he could lift his legs. Sarah knows exactly what she is doing.” – Tim
“After taking a yoga class with Sarah, I feel calm, more present in my body and ready to move on with my day – gently. Other classes I’ve attended, leave me exhausted and empty.” – Maribeth