So excited to share this interview with Yogini Sarah Finger. I have meditated and practiced yoga on and off for several years. I have found when I practice both regularly I feel more grounded, happier and less stressed. Once I became a mama I knew I needed to make meditation a daily practice. Sarah gives us some great tips below on starting a meditation practice, what it's like working with thought leader Deepok Chopra, and what a typical morning looks like for her.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am a Yoga Teacher, mother, and the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga, LLC. I have the great pleasure of teaching Deepak Chopra privately and have made it my mission to share the powerful teachings of ISHTA Yoga, as passed down to me by my husband and figurehead, Alan Finger.
What is the easiest way for parents to introduce meditation to small children?
The easiest way to introduce meditation to small children is to meditate yourself daily. Children learn through body language before any other language so when they see their parents, teachers, or role models develop a daily meditation practice they see it as a form of communication - which it is - with your essence.
Do you have any suggestions for busy moms to begin a meditation practice?
I would suggest starting small. Often times what discourages us from having a daily practice is lack of time but if you start with 3 minutes a day you are keeping the bar low and still contributing towards your wellbeing. I always think of yoga & meditation as money in the bank: a little bit goes a long way and the cumulative effects of a daily dose are profound.
What does a typical meal look like for you and satya?
Satya and I both love fruits and vegetables. I have always felt very lucky to have a child who has no interest in processed sugar whatsoever! Our favorite meal is salmon, sweet potatoes and broccoli. Satya loves anything colorful so that satisfies all of her food groups and her imagination!
Do you have a typical morning routine?
Yes, I wake up around 6am or earlier if I am teaching Deepak, make a cup of tea and do about a 40 minute practice including yoga, pranayama (breath work) and meditation. Sometimes my daughter wakes up and joins me, sometimes she will watch a show on PBS while I'm finishing up. Then I shower, get both of us dressed, & take her to school before I head to work.
How did you get into yoga? How long have you been practicing?
I got into yoga most consistently while I was living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan as an English and Dance Teacher. I was taking classes at a gym there and because I have a background in dance and gymnastics, the teacher thought I had unique capabilities. She would often have me lead about 15 minutes of the class in Mandarin! I figured if I could teach yoga in Mandarin I should probably learn how to do it in English so I came back to the states in 2003 to get my certification. I've been practicing for about 15 years now and teach for 12 and a half.
What is it like doing yoga/ working alongside thought leaders like Deepek chopra?
Working with Deepak has been a true blessing and a highlight of my career. He is extremely disciplined and does not miss a session when he is in town, regardless of his schedule. He has been so gracious about sharing his experience of studying ISHTA Yoga with me through his network and social security media platforms. He is such a wealth of information but his real Power is in the way he lives his own teachings, which you can feel being in his presence.
What do you hope your daughter Satya learns from you?
I hope she learns self love, kindness, and compassion for others.
What is the most challenging part of motherhood for you?
The most challenging part of motherhood for me is juggling my roles as a CEO, Yoga Teacher, and Mother but I try not to wear different hats for any of them. The ever present conflict in a working mom is whether or not we are "there" enough for our children but our presence is qualitative not quantitative. Especially in this age of technology I have to make a conscious effort to put my phone aside and connect fully to her when I am with her, and she will let me know if I am not! I am lucky that my daughter has no problem expressing how she feels so that helps me to be conscious of her needs and respond to them accordingly. She is constantly teaching me how to fully show up as a person.
What has surprised you the most about being a mom?
As a Yogini, I am surprised at how much deeper my practice has become as a result of being a Mom. I see new mothers worry about losing their yoga once their child is born but in my opinion, motherhood is the true practice of Yoga.
Who inspires you?
So many people have inspired me along the way but right now I am particularly drawn to the work of Brene Brown. Her books on the power of vulnerability and whole-hearted living really resonate with me and I think our entire culture can learn so much from the research she has done.
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