Sarah Kowalski has been practicing yoga for over a decade and teaching since 2014. In addition to her Foundational Vinyasa training at Wake Up Yoga, she has completed certifications in prenatal and restorative yoga, trained in adaptive yoga for chronic pain, studied myofascial release, and complements her yoga practice with ongoing study of biomechanics, somatics, functional anatomy, and mythology. Sarah tends to bring a gentle, restorative component into most of her classes — viewing yoga practice as a means to build strength and mobility in our bodies as well as a much-needed opportunity to slow down to see below the surface of our daily lives.
Where are some of your favorite things about Philadelphia?
I spent a year backpacking the world in my 20s, so one of my favorite things about Philadelphia is the ethnic diversity of our city and the fact that it’s home to so many cultures. I love making pilgrimages to Net Cost Market in the Northeast for Russian and Georgian food and to FDR park on summer weekends to hang out in the Cambodian street market scene and eat papaya salad and deep-fried goodies.
How do you express your creativity?
Writing is my longest and deepest practice — I’ve been writing almost every day for 25 years. My movement practice feels very connected to the same thing I’ve long been obsessed with in writing: accessing that state of creative flow, the immersed feeling of being fully in it, whether it’s a poem or a yoga pose.
Do you have a favorite podcast?
I listen to a ton of podcasts, particularly yoga and embodiment stuff. I love Tara Brach’s guided meditations — I sometimes set myself up in a restorative pose and listen to one as part of my home practice. I like Move Your DNA with Katy Bowman, The Body Awake, and The Embodiment Podcast for thinking about the deeper implications of human bodies and movement.