Sara Beth Rogers
Owner | Director
I started my Yoga practice when I was 13yrs old at Bellingham high school as a P.E. requirement. Even at such a young age I notice the stress relief and mental clarity that Yoga had to offer. Once the semester was over I immediately sought out classes away from the high school and became involved with the Iyengar method. My introduction to Hot Yoga was talking my mom into starting a Yoga practice. The first place she found was a Hot studio and upon returning from her first class she was hooked. I tried it with her a couple times but was convinced that the heat was bad for my asthma and decided to stick with my “regular” Yoga. Busy life took hold and I lost my practice for 2yrs, all the while my mom continued hers and had transformed into an entirely new balanced healthy person. I was convinced that if the Hot Yoga could transform her at 47 it could me at 16. I had to pep-talk and make myself go for the first 6 months. Those 90min classes, 5 to 7 times a week were hard! I had to scrounge every month to make the time and the money to go but gradually I started to experience what I witnessed my mother had. Today I am off all my medications and am asthma free. I’ve healed many bodily injuries over the years, and have been able to maintain long term overall mind-body health.
I began teaching in 2007 and have taught at studios all over the world. I managed multiple studios in the Seattle area before moving back to Bellingham in April of 2013 to open Elements. I am still very much involved at EHY and teach there along with an amazing staff of teachers.
One piece that I love to share with ALL yoga practitioners regardless of discipline, shape, size, ability, limitations, method, status, whatever… Just stick with it! Yoga is meant to be practiced over a lifetime and it just gets better and better the more years you acquire. Your practice will have its highs and lows but it all makes life outside of the yoga room so much better!
I first began yoga after I graduated college and moved back to Whatcom County. I barely knew what yoga was and from the first vinyasa class I tried, I was hooked. I have been practicing yoga ever since and loved it enough to become a Certified Yoga Instructor.
When I first began yoga, I loved the way it made my body feel and the strength I gained through a dedicated practice. However, after an injury to my shoulder in 2014 and subsequent surgery, I gained a different perspective of the transformative healing power of yoga. It completely changed the way I viewed my practice and my body. Honoring your body and where you are in your yoga journey has become my mantra now. Every time I step on the mat, it’s a new experience and a chance to learn more about my body.
In my classes, I like to challenge my students to work hard and focus on breathing, but also to find gratitude and balance in their practice. Yoga is not about being perfect, it’s about showing up and accepting yourself in that moment.
I found my love for yoga in my early twenties. After challenging myself to complete 30 days of yoga in 2015, it soon became a passion of mine. At first, I was drawn to the physical aspects of yoga, but soon realized the practice had much more to offer. Not only was my body acquiring strength, but my mind as well. Having struggled with anxiety, I found the flow of vinyasa to be calming and centering. I discovered a new appreciation for my body and an intuitiveness that I once had not thought possible. Yoga became a powerful healing tool for myself, and I wanted to share this experience with others.
In October 2017, I traveled to Greece to attend an immersive yoga teacher training through YogaWorks under the instruction of David Kim and Anna Zorzou. I chose the YogaWorks method because of their emphasis on accessibility to all bodies, and their skillful sequencing. I strive to create an environment where students may look for new possibilities within themselves both physically and mentally.
I’ve practiced yoga since 2007 and have been a certified Vinyasa instructor since 2010. I received my teacher training through Hot Yoga Inc in the South Seattle area where I am originally from. I’ve spent the last 4 years living an adventurous life on the Big Island of Hawaii teaching sunrise yoga for the University of Hilo, Hawaii. Yoga transformed and empowered my life. I love rhythm and I love to teach Vinyasa using the breath to calm and control movement. Yoga tunes us in with ourselves where we discover the power of our potential both on and off the mat.
I have been practicing Hatha yoga with a grateful heart since 2007 and still find it to be the most surprising,rewarding and inspiring exercise / meditation system that I have ever come across The practice reduces my general level of stress and soreness, increases my flexibility, strength, and balance while providing a wonderful cardio challenge. Breath work and meditation are practiced in conjunction with the asanas making an hour on the mat the most productive hour of my day. I have been teaching since 2011 and love to share these asanas and my approach to a focused practice. Teaching has provided me with a new vantage point from which to learn and witness the effects of well directed hard work. I love new students who are willing to try and have developed many tricks and techniques to help ensure success. I hope to see you on the mat soon!
I am grateful to have been a dedicated practitioner of yoga since 2006. I began a rigorous apprenticeship with Senior level teacher ingela Abbott in 2007 and am a Certified level II Iyengar Instructor. I revel in the depth of Alignment based yoga as a vehicle for powerful and ever evolving transformation. I am also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and bring a knowledge base of attention to pre-existing injury and injury prevention.
I began my yoga practice when my best friend invited me to try a yoga class at Elements Hot Yoga almost 3 years ago. My first class was a Hatha yoga class, and soon afterward I became hooked on Power Vinyasa. I love the strength of body and clarity of mind that Power Vinyasa provides, and finds my most challenging opportunity in class come when maintaining breath throughout difficult postures. I became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) in January of 2016 through Power Yoga Academy in Bellingham. My flows are typically varied from week to week and often focus on one or two main areas of the body or a theme relevant and helpful to students in class. I would like to teach the importance of connecting body movement to breath as a moving meditation, and open the potential for each student to discover something new they never before thought possible within their own bodies. When I'm is not teaching yoga, I also works as a behavior analyst with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum and other behavioral, developmental, and neurological disorders. I enjoy snowboarding, camping, cooking, hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time outside with her husband, daughter, and two wiener dogs.
When I was 14, I took my first yoga class on a whim with my mom. Afterwards, I remember thinking, if I feel this good after just one class, doing this everyday will be life-changing. So I started doing it everyday and I haven't stopped since.
I joined Elements as a Karma Yogi shortly after it opened and quickly fell in love with the dynamic practice of power vinyasa. Having suffered with chronic pain and illness from a young age, the practice supported me in finding empowerment in both body and mind, on and off the mat. After 5 years of practice, I completed a rigorous power vinyasa teacher training in early 2016, and have since completed a trauma-informed training as well. I am ever grateful to Sara and Lyndz, whose classes have been the beating heart of my practice for many years and have greatly influenced my approach to teaching.
In my classes, I strive to hold space for a practice that cultivates trust and acknowledgement of the inherent brilliance within each of us. My classes are calming yet empowering, anatomically-informed yet deeply intuitive. At the core of my teaching is the belief that you are your own best teacher, and I encourage students to trust their bodies, meet themselves where they are, and move from there.
I am dedicated to sharing the art and science of yoga with my students and community in Bellingham, Washington. I bring to the mat the knowledge and experiences I have learned as a yoga teacher and the curious exploratory sensibility of a yoga student. My approach to teaching is open, contemplative, and nurturing. I lead a practice that emphasizes strong, yet gentle, mindful body movements and breath work. I encourage my students to delve deeper into their practice as a means of developing a stronger sense of intuitive self-awareness and a positive self-image, greater balance of mind and body, and more meaningful connections to body, mind, and spirit. I teach Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Krama, and Meditation.
Meg is a 200 RYT Yoga Instructor that has just recently started teaching classes at Elements Hot Yoga. You may have seen her working the front desk or taking a class with you during this past year and a half. Meg has been independently practicing different styles of yoga for the last 7 years in various studios around Bellingham. She received her intensive training course in the beautiful country of Costa Rica last winter in 2015. Through her training she acquired valuable skills as a Yoga Instructor including sensible flows, knowledge of body alignment in poses, and the value of creating a safe space for students on their mats. In her classes you will see she understands the importance in offering modifications to meet the needs for all levels of students. Her classes provide a positive experience for all who enter the studio from start to finish. Meg wishes for all her students to walk out of her class with a more open mind, body, and heart.
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