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Sarah Harlow

07789 501 884|
Instructor Photo - Sarah Harlow

Hi, I’m Sarah, co-founder & director of Yogasara CIC. I am a senior teacher and a Yoga Elder with the IYN Independent Yoga Network.

I offer 1-1 yoga with structural bodywork techniques, reflexology & embodied psychotherapy. I often offer a synergy of these approaches to provide individualised, bespoke sessions that we decide about together.

1-1 Yoga

1-1 Yoga can enable you to deepen your practice so that you can understand how yoga can best serve you as an individual. 1-1 can also enable you to discover the deeper, therapeutic application and support you on many levels.

How I can help- Along with over 20 years personal practice of yoga, conscious dance & meditation including several teacher trainings in different styles, I have extensive Anatomy & physiology training from Anatomy Trains UK and ongoing training in Body Mind Centering. With a background in nursing- I understand health from an allopathic perspective and have integrated a broad knowledge base -I worked in many different  healthcare settings as a nurse so have encountered/treated a wide range of conditions.

I have developed a progressive holistic approach where I apply my professional & personal experience of health and wellbeing- Ive had my share of health issues, including a congenital heart condition which I manage really well (much to the confusion of my cardiologist!) largely through yoga. Therapeutic Yoga can benefit any one who is interested in understanding how the mind-body-emotion-spirit interplay.

I am very experienced working with injury and a whole range of other health conditions. I am passionate about making the benefits of yoga accessible to all no matter what state you are in; physically, mentally or emotionally- there is something in the Yoga Medicine cabinet for everyone!

Reflexology

As old as the hills, rooted in the wisdom of Chinese medicine, Reflexology is a deeply relaxing treatment that involves stimulating reflex points on the feet to facilitate the bodies innate healing mechanisms. I combine this with lower leg massage rooted in Structural Integration techniques to bring a deep feeling of relaxation and sometimes also include head neck and jaw if appropriate to give a top to toe healing experience!

Embodied Counselling & Psychotherapy

I offer Embodied Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I work with individuals, couples and groups. I completed an Integrative psychotherapeutic counselling training Fdsc (dist).

I believe we are all capable of living a fulfilling and meaningful life. There has been a much needed paradigm shift in recent years where increasingly we understand how important it is to integrate the mind-body & spirit in order to find ‘healing’ or wholeness.

I work integratively informed by and drawing on Internal Family Systems, Drama Therapy, Family Constellations, Somatic experiencing, Embodied Relational Therapy theory, and my professional training in Yoga & Movement Medicine. I have been practicing Yoga & mediation for 25 years & Movement Medicine & 5 rhythm’s dance for 21 years.

I am currently in the process of writing an Embodied Yoga Therapy Diploma training course which Yogasara will offer in Spring 2022. This course aims to integrate the therapeutic wisdom of embodied, transpersonal therapy with the ancient and contemporary applications of Yoga rooted in Traditional Tantric philosophy.

My training in therapeutic work began with Nursing in 1999, specialising as a Nutrition and Complimentary Therapies Link Nurse and as an Addition Specialist Nurse. Whilst working for the NHS, I was fortunate enough to gain a lot of experience in the management and treatment of many health conditions in a variety of clinical environments. I therefore am able to offer informed support for many medical conditions, bridging the Western medical model with the holistic wisdom I’ve gained from my other trainings.

The limitations of the mind-body-soul split in mainstream health care led me to study alternative ways of healing. Inspired by a profound opening to the wonder of life and the power of love, through a Near Death Experience (age 22) my trainings have been spurred by my own longing for awakening & healing.

Nursing led to Reiki 1,2 & Masters in 2002! I went on to train in Indian Head Massage, Thai Massage, Reflexology, Intro to Homeopathy, Structural Bodywork skills via Anatomy Trains UK. I also have a Drama therapy diploma, NLP practitioner training and Family Constellations, which started 18 years ago and is ongoing training. My CPD training includes; Embodied relational therapy, IFS (internal family systems) & Somatic Experiencing and Neuroscience with Christine Caldwell.

More recently I gained Treating Complex Trauma Certification with PESI.

I work from the premise that the mind-body-emotions and spirit are interactive aspects of being. The evolving world of counselling & psychotherapy has led to a more Neurobiologically informed approach, meaning we are understanding more and more how our conscious and unconscious stories/beliefs are ‘stored’ in the brain & body and how to help.

Finding our way in could be through directly examining the mind and emotions through open communication; exploring your conscious and unconscious stories & beliefs. We may use imagination, guided meditation, visualisation, breath work, voice, creative expression through writing or movement, constellating, sub personality or ‘parts’ work. Maybe the way to greater freedom is also through bodywork – I incorporate my bodywork training in massage, reflexology,  and/or Structural Integration which may include subtle energy bodywork if/when appropriate.

Which of these tools we use or not, depends mainly on what your personal interests are and what you want to get from therapy  along with what we both feel is most appropriate in the moment.

Whatever path we take, I have found that freedom, healing and greater love comes through deepening connection with our ‘essence’ or ‘soul’ self while re-writing our story in our heads, hearts and bodies.

I’m always curious and open to how we can work together and will encourage you to choose what feels most empowering and safe while also inviting you to challenge yourself and put in the effort needed to grow and flourish.

I offer a loving, supportive, well held relationship for you to explore what you need to find fulfilment in all areas of your life. I have regular professional supervision to support me to offer you the strongest container I can for your wellbeing. I am also dedicated to my own journey and have various teachers and therapists who continue to support me personally.

I have experience working with people from all walks of life for all kinds of reasons. I have experience with (but not only); addiction, eating disorders, PTSD & Complex trauma, anxiety, depression, loss of purpose, relationship difficulties, abuse-physical, emotional or sexual, bereavement, self esteem, feeling ‘stuck’, loss, transitions, spiritual crisis, chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances and body pain.

Practicals

Cost:

Individuals

  • 60 minutes – intro, ‘top up’ or ongoing sessions £60
  • 75 minutes £70
  • 90 minutes £80
  • 120 minutes £110

Couples

  • 75 mins – £80
  • 90 mins – £90

I have some Bursary places at reduced cost. (Bursary places currently FULL)

Cancellation Policy:  24 hours notice or full fee is payable

Payment is by cash or bank transfer on the day of the session.

Bristol Therapy Rooms are based above Yogasara studio.

Mostly sessions are in the Lilac Room. Occasionally in the Jade room or Yogasara Studio. I will confirm the room when we arrange our session.

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