This is interview four of my traveling yoga teacher interview series. Each month, I will post a new interview of a yoga teacher I meet along my travels.
If you know someone who you think would be a great fit to this series, send me an email! I would LOVE to hear from you!
This month’s interview features my dear soul friend, Sara Rose Carr, Co-founder of The Jane Mag.
Author’s Note: Sara Rose is a dear yoga friend of mine who inspired me to get certified in yoga. She inspires me to keep going no matter what the obstacles in life and I hope she inspires you to do the same! Enjoy!
♦What do you love about being the founder of your own business?
As cliche as it might sound, I love having creative control. When it comes to my own writing and directing, I can make anything I want. It’s so freeing getting to sit down and write whatever I want for myself, and for no one else right now. I know that will likely change as my career progresses, but in this moment, it’s great. Even in most collaborative projects, I’ve always felt I’ve had the freedom to really express thoughts and ideas on the page and on set.
♦What is a tip you can give to a student who is just starting their journey in the yoga practice?
Be patient. This practice can last the rest of your life.There’s no need to rush it. The more you practice, the more intune you will be with what your body needs. Trust everything it’s saying. Feed it what it needs to get you through your day. Know your limits and know when you can go further. Take classes beyond asana – practice pranayama. It’s transformative.
♦What does a yoga student need to know about donation based yoga vs. a normal class/class rate?
I am a full supporter of donation based studios. While I don’t know the business aspect of running a yoga studio, it clearly has to work, because there are studios out there thriving off of donation based classes. Most studios in LA charge $18-25/class. Working an entry level job with rent, bills, and loans to pay, it’s not feasible for me to spend hundreds of dollars a month on yoga. That’s why I’m so incredibly grateful for studios like Yoga to the People and Power Yoga Santa Monica. Do your research and find the community that’s best for you, but be aware of the price tag that it may come with it.
♦Why is donation based yoga important in the yoga community?
Donation based yoga breaks down the barrier of money that stops most people from going to yoga on a regular basis. In my perfect world, no one would pay for yoga. It would be a free event, always. Everyone would practice to their own degree and give what they could to keep studios running. It’s awesome seeing yoga grow and expand…but these huge massive buildings being rented out for massive corporations…is it all necessary? Does yoga need a brand? I don’t know…on the one hand the brand is what attracts most people in the first place. But $25 a class? It just seems outrageous to me. Is yoga something you can commercialize?
♦At Xanadu Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone. What is your advice or thoughts to yoga teachers in making yoga accessible for ALL?
Maybe I’m biased from my experiences, but donation based yoga seems to be the best option to keep yoga accessible for everyone. People pay what they can, and when you have teachers that open their doors for purely the sake of making something accessible for the community, it will flourish. I didn’t just stick around YTTP because of the affordability. The people there became family.
♦What is your advice to someone who is balancing a 9-5 job, paying bills, has a social life and wants to practice yoga all at the same time?
I’ve been out of college about a year now, and have been working ten hour days as an office manager at production companies. For the first six months, I would leave my office exhausted. I physically didn’t know how I could do any form of exercise afterwards. All I wanted to do was sleep. Finding time in my day to practice is challenging, but you just have to make it happen. And maybe that means not going out on a Friday night with your friends because you know that’s the only night you have free to take a class.
I’m finally at a place in my life where I feel comfortable putting my practice first. Surround yourself with people who not only support that, but encourage it. Whenever I’m feeling lazy or have had a bad day and just want to go home and lie in bed and shut myself out from the world, I remind myself that I’ve never regretted going to a yoga class; it’s always made everything seem better. In terms of paying bills, I try to stick to the donation based classes when I’m feeling tight on money.
♦You recently began an at home yoga and meditation practice. What do you love about it? How did you begin it? What made you decide that you needed to do this for YOU?
I’ve never been good with a home practice and that’s something I’m learning to work on. So I know that means that if I’m going to practice, I have to force myself out of bed and onto the mat first thing in the morning before I can get lazy about it. My home meditation practice is something I’ve been doing for a few years now, but have only recently made sure to set time aside to do. I love it so much. It helps me remain more calm from day to day and week to week and the mediation helps me recognize what’s my life, vs what’s my life situation, and how I’m reacting to it.
♦Current favorite yoga pose or pose you’re working on?
Svarga Dvijasana! Also known as Bird of Paradise (which is also my favorite plant 🙂 )
♦What is the most authentic and important piece of advice you can give to yoga teachers who are just starting out in the yoga world?
This practice is for everyone. I firmly believe that. There’s more to yoga than the asana (the physical practice). There are seven other aspects! When it comes to teaching, it’s important to keep in mind that every single person is stepping onto their mat at a different place in their practice and life. Do everything you can to make this the best hour for your students. Walk into the class with the intention of approaching each person with compassion and guidance.
♦What meditation or mantra are you currently living by?
Decide. Commit. Trust.
♦What does your dream career look like?
Being able to write and direct documentaries, feature films, and TV shows from all over the world. I want a career that takes me places physically and financially. I’m at my absolute happiest when I’m traveling.
♦Anything else you want to share with us?
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Meet Sara Rose Carr, Co-founder of: The Jane Mag
Sara Rose Carr is originally from San Diego and currently resides in Los Angeles. She co-runs The Jane Mag, an online magazine dedicated to women in film, TV, and media. You can check out her Instagram @thejanemag. She is also in the process of branding her work as a writer and director.