Years ago, the Universe very abruptly did for me what I hadn’t been doing for myself…forced me to live more balanced days with a more balanced spirit. It was just what I needed, and I believe it’s just what so many of us need. This is how sharing these practices became my love project.
After completing two back to back Vinyasa teacher training certifications, I was passionate to share what I had learned and was very enthusiastically taking every opportunity to teach that presented. I was teaching in the studio, teaching privates, teaching at hotels, teaching in conference rooms, teaching at gyms, teaching at universities, teaching at the beach. Really going going going in every imaginable direction, with nowhere near any sense of balance.
And – the Universe responded. I arrived at a Kennebunkport hotel to teach one morning and reached down to grab my bag of props and WHAM! I hit my head on their counter as I tried to stand up and nearly passed out. My ridiculously busy schedule and out of balance, completely Yang approach to life actually ran me right into a concussion. I got Yin’d!
As anyone who has experienced concussion or injury knows, it slows you down pretty fast. Turns out, it was just what I needed. Not the concussion (!) … but to slow down and enjoy a little more being to balance out all of my doing. I realized it can be so easy to be captive of our ‘doing’ selves – leaving the ‘being’ out of human being, to find ourselves more skimming the surface of our moments, rather than diving deeply into the present – the only place we can truly enjoy and savor the beauty that lies there in wait.
This is how Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation found me. Years later, these practices are still helping me to transform in beautiful and amazing ways. One of the most powerful and meaningful changes I’ve experienced is that I have much more Space.
Space in my physical body to move with greater ease and freedom. Space in my mind and in my heart. Space that allows me to consider more alternatives before reacting. Space that allows me to listen better and respond with more compassion. Space that offers me a pause between a thought and believing that thought. Ultimately, Space to be more present for my life, my loved ones, and the world around me with a more peaceful and joyful heart. Viktor Frankl said, “In between the stimulus and the response, there is a space, and in that space is our power and our freedom.” I can tell you that Yin Yoga & Mindfulness Meditation have allowed me to find and inhabit that Space more consistently, feeling and sharing the freedom and happiness it brings.
Sharing these practices is my love project. Over the years I’ve seen in so many of my students the truly powerful ways these practices help us feel better- deeply connected, present, and joyful, living in optimal health and well-being. In class, it’s my intention for you to feel safe, supported and inspired to explore and discover for yourself the individual possibilities for transformation and holistic wellbeing these practices can offer body, mind, and spirit. Centered in mindful awareness and compassionate observation and inquiry, I present these sacred teachings as tools to help empower you to integrate the many possibilities of the practice in conversation with your natural, highest wisdom. With this heart-centered approach, I believe anyone can do these practices and uncover the beauty, transformation and wholeness they have to offer.
Each day I feel deeply blessed and grateful for each of my teachers for their tremendous wisdom and generosity of heart, including my lovely students who continue to teach and inspire me.
A mindful awareness, a compassionate heart, a joyful life…this is your birthright! I look forward to meeting you on the mat and cushion!
Sagel Urlacher, M.Ed, E-RYT, YACEP
A lifelong educator and M. Ed., Sagel currently offers Yin Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Trainings, Yoga Nidra Teacher Trainings, and Mindfulness Meditation, Yin Yoga, & Yoga Nidra specialty workshops throughout North America. Sharing her passion for these rebalancing practices with the intention of helping as many people as possible learn about and experience their power and potential to bring us insight, holistic healing, and wholeness is her love project.
With 2,500 teaching hours of yoga and meditation, she’s deeply honored to have the opportunity to share these transformative practices at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and with those at many lovely yoga studios across the US.
Sagel completed a 50hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training Intensive with Master Teacher Bernie Clark in addition to two additional 30hr Yin Intensive Teacher Trainings. She has had the great honor of studying Meditation and Mindfulness with revered Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as well as teachers Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
Reiki I certified, Sagel also completed two 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings – first with Amy Figoli and a second with Jacqui Bonwell, as well as receiving Yoga Nidra teacher training from Shiva Shakti. Sagel is a continuing education provider, YACEP verified with Yoga Alliance, and all of her trainings are eligible for Yoga Alliance continuing education credit hours for registered yoga teachers.
My Meditative Yoga – Support Staff
When not kerning for fun or confirming there is indeed water at the bottom of the ocean, Kelly is an avid Yinster and tends all things administrative. Schedule and training details, graphic and website design- these are the sparkly things that keep her entertained and out of trouble. If you have questions about Sagel’s trainings, workshops, or classes, please feel free to reach out to her at: scheduling (at) mymeditativeyoga dot com