Sas –

Practitioner Profile #2

Practitioner Profile #2

Name
Sas

Occupation 
Molecular ecologist and Jivamukti Yoga teacher. 

What Does Your Practice Look Like 

  • A seated morning mantra meditation  
  • Listening
  • Ahimsa way of being
  • Time in nature e,g walks, swims and picnics. 
  • Afternoon yoga nidra or short restorative practice like legs up the wall.
  • Jivamukti open classes—a combination of self practice and classes with awesome teachers at Jivamukti yoga Sydney.
  • Devotional service practice of studying ecology—through science based ecological research. 

What First Brought You To Your Spiritual Practice 
A very tight and stressed out body brought me back to yoga. I was having trouble sleeping and having a hard time about 10 years ago so I needed some spiritual support and then I found Jivamukti Yoga Sydney. I loved the setting intention side of the practice when I started. It started with the physical and has certainly developed to more ritual and subtle practices. 

What Has Been The Biggest Obstacle In Your Practice 
Well, prior to 2020 I would have said travel. Now I would say poor time management and the seduction of distracting technologies. Self doubt comes up a lot for me and resistance to certain emotions.

How Have You Overcome This
I’ve had to get stricter with boundaries (for myself and others) and better time management by prioritising spiritual practice before work, for example committing to sit for meditation this morning. 

Spending time in nature calms down my ego and boosts my prana, so making sure I get the doses of nature which I depend on. As for the emotional and self doubt obstacles; i’m working with Tridevi (3 goddesses) that is, the forces of Sarasvati, Lakshmi and Kali Durga. Each day I’m thanking the goddesses for creativity, abundance/ richness of life and letting go of things that aren’t serving me. 

What Is The Biggest Insight You’ve Received From Your Practice 
Letting go and non attachment do make you feel lighter. Easier said than done; but, once you experience the lightness and space which comes with letting go then there is an ease to the practice. Listen to nature. 

You can find Sas teaching regularly at Jivamukti Yoga Sydney. 

Follow her on instagram @sas_stephenson and @nature_sas