This months’ instructor profile is Los Angeles based yogi, Sarit Z. Rogers We have had the opportunity to practice with her and were truly humbled by her compassion and service. Not only is she a teacher, she is an accomplished photographer and activist. Thank you Sarit for sharing your story with us as well as all you do in the community.
I am a yogi, a yoga teacher, a photographer, the founder of the LoveMore Movement, an Accessible Yoga Ambassador an Embody Love Movement Inner Beauty Shop facilitator, a writer, and a practitioner of the dharma. That’s a mouthful, but what it boils down to is this: “I contain multitudes.” I’m a community partner with the Yoga and Body Coalition, a grassroots organization focused on shifting the conversations around body image, race, intersectionality, and so much more. I have photographed the cover of Yoga and Body Image, edited by Melanie Klein (YBIC founder) and Anna Guest-Jelley, and the subsequent imagery supporting and representing the Coalition from its inception.
Service runs through me like energy through my veins. I learned this from a very young age, watching my beautiful grandmother, Roslyn, go to Cuernavaca in the early ’80s for a Spanish immersion program which would help her reach her kindergartners at an elementary school in Pacoima, CA. Teaching has become that way to me. It is a way to share a practice with others that I have found to be so transformational in my own life. Teaching allows me to give back. It allows me to get out of me so I can help others. It is an honor to share this practice with others as a teacher.
My journey to yoga was peppered with starts and stops, aversion, fear, failed attempts, curiosity, trauma, injury, recovery, and chronic illness. Yoga taught me how to pull up my bootstraps and try again. It taught me how to weep into the porous rubber of my mat, laugh uncontrollably in warrior 2, dance like my life depended on it, breathe with intention, and befriend the shadow within me. I have worked extensively with people in recovery, both individually and in small groups; I have immersed myself in the lives of high-school and middle school students, teaching them to self-regulate, breathe, meditate, and move; I have taught in Juvenile Hall, at risk community centers, rehabs, and meditation retreats. The similarity between all of these populations is trauma, suffering and resiliency. My own experience has taught me that yoga and meditation are modalities for healing; my breath is my medicine, my willingness, and how I take flight.
I intimately understand the power of the contemplative practices and how much they can heal our hearts and minds. My experience with anxiety and trauma has been a fertile ground to experience yoga and meditation as an active modality in my healing. I found emotional freedom and the ability to love myself through the practices of yoga and meditation. I found the courage to speak the truth through my writing. It was on my mat where I learned how to safely climb back into my body; it was on paper where I found my wings and learned how to fly. My goal is to unlock the flexibility of our hearts and our thinking not just the flexibility of our bodies.
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