Teacher Spotlight: Sarah McCormack
My first yoga experience was when I lived in Venice Beach in the 80’s with Bryan Keist. He was shirtless and wore these tight stretchy white pants and had long black curly hair He would swear throughout the class and I used to think who is this dude. I fell in love with the whole vibe - there was something about the athleticism of the class but also the spirituality of it even though it wasn’t your traditional style . It’s funny How life works because he actually came to Lynnfield this year and I got to do a workshop with him. It brought me right back to when I practiced over 30 years ago- now I’m giving away my age.
What was your first yoga experience?
What made you become a yoga teacher?
I got really serious about yoga about 25 years ago when I had a running injury. I was doing a lot of Bikrham yoga and when I realized how it really helped me to heal my injury i started thinking that it would be probably pretty good for all the people that I was teaching. I teach a lot of different classes they range from spinning to weights to dance to Paddle Yoga etc ... so I thought well if it’s helping me so much I bet it will help everybody else. I slowly evolved to realize that it wasn’t so much the physical part of it that was a healing me but also the mental part. That’s when my yoga really evolved! I also have to thank a good friend who donated money so I could take a teacher training with Liz O’Shea Sullivan. At that time in my life it was a big turning point. I will be forever grateful.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your classes?
This question is really easy. I draw my inspiration from all the people around me. That would include all the people I teach my family my friends market basket wherever I go. Life is so interesting and the more you open your eyes up to it the more materially you get. I particularly love all of the yoga classes that I go to as well. We are blessed to have such phenomenal instructors in our area and I make it a point to go to yoga at least three times a week even with my insane schedule. I also try to get to as many workshops and trainings because you can always learn more.
What is something you enjoy outside of Yoga?
I love to be outside. I love to walk or hike or paddle or bike . I love to do that with all my family and friends. I also like to binge watch certain shows. And eat dark chocolate chips and popcorn.
Rachael teaches every Friday* from 4:45-5:45 PM.