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Meet Sara Strother of A Balanced Practice

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sara Strother.

Sara, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In 1999 as a senior in high school I became very interested in eastern philosophy and enrolled in a yoga course at a local community college.

There I learned pranayama, mantra and meditation which eventually led to me finding the physical practice. From the very beginning, my studentship included a home self-practice that has served me for the past 19 years.

In January of 2003, I began teaching yoga which has taken me from the hills of the Shawnee National Forest to mountain towns and cities in Japan and finally to Chicago. I’ve been teaching full-time in Chicago since mid-2007.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Yes and no. This career is one that I doubted was an actual career when I started teaching in college. However, I never did seek out any other job opportunities. In that respect, it’s been smooth. One class has always led to another class. Somehow the work has kept coming even though I’ve moved a bunch, aged, had children and evolved my understanding of what yoga is.

I’ve been diligent to nurture or cultivate interests outside of work. When a challenge comes up I’m grateful for my friends, family, nature and hobbies to see the bigger picture. I often walk in nature or volunteer for FPDCC to change up my routine. This helps keep my schedule that is very demanding balanced. Life isn’t centered around work.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the A Balanced Practice story. Tell us more about the business.
It’s never been intentional to “set myself apart” from other teachers. My teaching style is a reflection of my own interests and what has been instilled in me from my own teachers.

I think the word on the street is my classes are challenging mentally and physically. Integrating yoga philosophy within the physical practice and honing in on the way the body is designed to move is a teaching style that I feel comfortable inhabiting.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck. I”m a pragmatist stuck in an artist’s body. My life and business has been guided by careful consideration and passion.

Do I believe that life is interconnected in ways we cannot perceive? Yes. I just can’t fully trust that in some way this energy is conspiring for my benefit. Where I am today is a result of a lot effort and hard work. The fabric that binds us, in my opinion, has no opinion. It just “is”. Therefore, it cannot conspire for or against me.

Pricing:

  • private lessons beginning at $100 per hour
  • ongoing individualized apprenticeship program $1080 for 16 weeks
  • drop-in classes at yogaview $20 and packages ranging from 5 classes to yearly membership

Contact Info:

  • Address: 2211 N. Elston Ave. Suite 200 (yogaview Chicago)
    1231 Green Bay Rd. Wilmette, Illinois 60091 (yogaview Wilmette)
  • Website: abalancedpractice.comyogaview.com
  • Email: s@abalancedpractice.com
  • Instagram: @namarupa23
  • Facebook: sara strother

Image Credit:
Kristie Kahns, Scott Shigley

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