“Forever thankful to Sarah Hemphill for her Costa Rica Big Medicine Retreat that has set the tone for 2017! Thank you for taking me to paradise to connect not only with fun & adventure, with nature, with 10 other amazing women, with a heightened awareness when it comes to yoga, but most importantly with a deeper sense of self love & gratitude. ❤️ Thank you for introducing me to the light that is Robbie Warren, and the truth that is Holly Krepps. I highly recommend Sarah to my Facebook friends interested in such retreats!” ~ Heather
“I loved most the opportunity to commune with strong, evolved, interesting women, from all walks of life. To go beyond my comfort zone on many levels and emerge a more authentic, empowered version of myself. I also think you should post a warning like they do at the beginning of big roller coasters ‘do not ride this ride….etc. ‘ 🙂 Or in short ‘if you want to flip the script and emerge a bigger, bolder, most authentic version of yourself, come aboard.’ ” ~ Terri
“What I loved most about our Costa Rica Big Medicine Retreat:
1/The physical adventures: rafting on the wild Tenorio River, a beautiful hike in a volcanic valley, and a repelling voyage in Lost Canyon. All of these experiences cracked open my joy in returning to Mother Earth, a most gracious teacher.
2/ The spiritual adventures found in our facilitators’ encouragement and invitations to absorb their “medicine” and to apply it lovingly in our lives.
3/ The joy of building relationships and making friends with beautiful women.
All of this is possible because of the thoughtful planning of the Retreat’s founding leaders. I would go anywhere with these women.” ~ Edi
I always feel calm and grounded after experiencing one of Sarah’s yoga classes. She ensures your safety while helping you find your limit that day. I love the inspirational words she shares during the practice as well. She truly has a knack for helping you turn inward to harness your authentic power that lies within.
Getting up at 5:00am to do yoga was easy because Sarah made the class fun and meaningful. It’s rare to find a teacher that cares so much about her students and about their practice. Because of Sarah, I grew to love yoga more than I ever thought and I continue practicing on a daily basis (even at work!).
Before meeting Sarah, I had taken yoga classes here and there. I owned books and DVDs. I thought a yoga practice was worthy of my time and effort, but I never developed one. It wasn’t that those other classes or studios or teachers were bad, it just didn’t stick. Perhaps it was a New Year’s resolution that got me to that first sunrise class with Sarah at Barefoot Studio in Little Rock, but that was all it took. Sarah’s classes were always interesting and I felt as comfortable and welcome at that first class as I did more than a year later. She encouraged us to find our edge, but honor it. The thing about Sarah’s classes that kept me coming back again and again is that they not only fed my body, but also my mind. Each class was inspired by a monthly theme, say bridge pose. The goal wasn’t necessarily to do bridge pose, although many students found their way to the posture, it was more about the process. While each individual class was well-rounded and stood on its own, as a whole they were like a month-long workshop of preparation and variations. I highly recommend Sarah to anyone looking to begin their yoga journey or expand their practice.
What is there to say about Sarah? So much, I can hardly put all of it into words. Her teaching style is one of a kind. Her sequencing is great. She is articulate with her alignment cues to go along with the asanas. The best part is listening to her personal stories that go along with each practice she builds. Her words and “guidance” in each asana inspired me to become a teacher myself. When she moved to Charlotte I was very sad to see her go, but I am so glad she is taking on this new journey. If I am ever in the area, I will definitely be looking for some time with her on the mat.
My best friend introduced me to yoga when I was pregnant with our first child and while I liked it a lot, I was not a faithful yogi. After I had Fisher she asked me to come to a hot sunrise class. “Ugh” was all I could think because it took me thirty minutes to get to the studio and the class started at 530. I had just entered the blissful stage where our infant slept for 12 hr stretches and now I was being asked to willingly give that much needed rest up. On some level I knew I needed the class but I truly didn’t know how badly until I laid on my mat during Sarah’s savasana and cried tears of gratitude for the practice, beauty, and peace of that session. I was instantly a dedicated yogi and I actually could not wait to get to Sarah’s classes each week. Each month we would pick a new pose to focus on and grow into and I loved the challenge, and beauty of her practices. We were encouraged to be content with where we were in our practice and then to gently push and evolve to the next level. Through the two years I was fortunate enough to have Sarah lead my practices, life ebbed and flowed, as it does, for each of us in that class. There were many times I set my intention for strength and there were many times I could not attend because of health issues I had zero control over. It never failed when I missed a class or was going through valleys, Sarah reached out and let me know my presence was missed. That meant so much and to me that’s the reason I could get up in time for a 530 am class. Sarah’s grace, empathy, and genuine love for yoga are what allows her to connect with us students and help guide us through an hour practice that will set the rest of your day in a positive, forward moving motion. Quite frankly, we all need that in our lives!!
You know how when you walk out of a great yoga class feeling all “ahhhh”? That’s how I always feel walking IN to any class taught by Sarah. Sarah has a unique, innate sense of her students’ experience level and needs – which lends to very personalized guided instruction, but within a class setting. In every Sarah-led class, I walk away with something new regarding yoga practice, and I also leave feeling very encouraged. She leads with intention and purpose, always fostering an environment where her fellow yogis feel free to truly make the practice their own – without judgment, ego or comparison – and what a great thing that is to inspire in others. All that just from a yoga class? Yes – at least, in my experience, from any that Sarah leads.