Q: Which of your teachers has influenced you the most...and why?
A: Dylan Ayaloo, for sure. The first time I went to one of his hot yoga classes I thought I might die. Somehow I survived. So I went again the next morning. I love his no-nonsense teaching style and, even though I never in a million years planned on being a yoga teacher, I decided very fast that in the unlikely event that I decided to train as a yoga teacher, even though I definitely wouldn’t, I’d want to train with him. And I Googled to see if he actually trained teachers. Just to see. Even though I wasn’t going to be a yoga teacher. a few years later I trained with him….
Q: How would you like people to feel when they leave your class?
A: I just want them to feel at ease. With themselves, with their bodies, with their practice…. with their LIFE. I want someone to leave my class feeling like they’ve pushed themselves to give themselves what they need on that day. Sometimes the push is to hold back and take a child’s pose when the ego is screaming at you to keep going. I want people in my classes to know that the studio is a safe space, free of judgement.
Q: What is one of your favourite inspirational quotes right now?
A: So this one is very related to the pregnancy side of things, but I love:
“There’s a secret in our society, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” Laura Stavoe Harm.
Because we blooming are!
Q: What is your favourite posture/asana right now?
A: This may be controversial but… I’m a sucker for pigeon. When I first truly discovered and fell in love with yoga, I was recovering from knee surgery. My knee was all good, but I still had aches and pains in my thigh and butt. I discovered this pose and… Oh. My. God. I just fell hook line and sinker. I’d never understood the pleasure/pain thing until that moment. The pain in my leg melted away. That was it. In front of the TV. Talking on the phone. Any chance that I could I’d be in pigeon.
Q: If you could be any animal what would it be & why?
A: Do you know what? On a recent study day the group had to each assign an animal to everyone. No two people gave me the same animal, and I was pretty happy with all of them, but the one that triggered the biggest response from me was llama. I do love llamas. I looked up what it means to have a llama as your spirit animal and the answer was essentially hard working and stubborn - which seemed pretty bang on, so I’ve adopted it as my spirit animal. We also both have massive hair when left to its own devices. I don’t spit though! However, had someone suggested unicorn perhaps my answer would be different… Basically, my spirit animal is a llama, covered in glitter, wrapped in a feather boa, surrounded by rainbows.
Q: What positive change would you like to see in the world right now?
A: More joy. I genuinely just want more happiness in the world. Any negativity, bullying, rudeness, power trips, greed… I truly believe it is all rooted in unhappiness. If everyone has more happiness in their lives, they have no need to tear others down.
Q: Are you pregnancy trained?
A: Pregnancy, labour preparation, postnatal and hypnobirthing trained! Empowering women is kind of my bag!
Sacha is dedicated to bringing yoga to the masses, with a particular focus on those who normally shy away from the practice because they don't feel that they fit into their perceived stereotype of a yogi.
She understands that some people find yoga intimidating, and aims to remove this barrier. She teaches in a fun, energetic, inclusive way, with patience and understanding, explaining each pose carefully and using very little (if any) Sanskrit (the language sometimes used in yoga).
As you might expect, given her nursing background, she approaches yoga from a no-nonsense, evidence-based perspective, and is particularly interested in the emotional and mental health benefits of yoga. She doesn't care how a pose looks, so long as it's done safely and feels good - and neither should you!
www.sachayogalondon.com and occasionally on @sachayogalife on instagram