Hello, I'm Sarah Stevens. My yoga journey began when I was a teenager whilst
studying for O Levels; at that time I was mainly interested in learning about
relaxation. There were much fewer yoga classes back in the 1970's compared
with today, but I found a lovely teacher, Pauline Laine, who taught on the Adult
Evening Education Class Schedule at a local secondary school. She taught
Hatha Yoga and I still remember those classes even now.
I qualified as a doctor in 1990 and specialised in General Practice. Over the past almost 25 years I have gained a lot of experience in dealing with all sorts of problems, both physical and emotional.
Reaction to stress, poor posture and overuse of the body without recognising early signs of things not being 'quite right', often leads to chronic problems that can have a huge impact on our quality of life. Not all of these problems are treatable with medication and, even if medication is used (such as for pain relief), we may still need to have something else to help recovery and prevent recurrence.
Yoga will guide an exploration of your body and help you appreciate how much your body is able to do, at the same time as accepting what it cannot do. It will calm the emotions and quieten the mind . It will also greatly improve your breathing, a process that we take for granted but one that very often we do not use to its full capability.
I teach yoga on the background of a medical qualification and am privileged to have studied the human body in significant detail, and have talked with and examined an extraordinary number of patients.
I decided to study for teacher training in yoga as I felt that my experience with my patients confirmed to me that everybody would benefit from something in Yoga, whether the physical side, breathing, or relaxation. I did my training over a 2 year period and hold a 200+ Yoga Register Diploma under the umbrella of the International Yoga Network (IYN).
As well as my medical degree (MB BS) I also hold a diploma of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRCOG) . I have provided both antenatal and post natal care within my role as a GP. I would welcome anyone at any stage of pregnancy and also post natal to my classes, and would modify postures as necessary. At present I do not run any classes just as ante/post natal but would happily integrate in to any of my present classes.