Known for her focus on breath, alignment, and technique within the traditional method, Sarai's ability to convey the general and more subtle aspects of yoga to different body types and levels is something she has honed from teaching a diverse range of students over the past 15 years, in London and worldwide.
Sarai has been a Yogi since the age of 12 in New Zealand, and took her first trip to Mysore in 2003 to study with Guruji (Pattabhi Jois) and R. Sharath Jois, returning annually until 2011. At home she practiced with Hamish Henry for nine years, and has continued her development under the guidance of Alaric Newcombe (Iyengar) since 2011.
She was Authorised to teach level 1 Ashtanga by KPJAYI in 2007 and Level 2 in 2011. She loves that a yoga practitioner will always be a student, however advanced. Her practice provides her with a containing space for internal discovery and reflection, a bit of fun, and a sense of strength and contentment.
Sarai learnt her craft assisting at Ashtanga Yoga London under the guidance of Roberta Giannotti and Hamish Hendry 2002-2004. She later taught the late morning Mysore programme there 2009 - 2011, before leaving to teach the Mysore programme at Triyoga Soho in 2011.
You can find her at Triyoga Soho and Chelsea, The Shala, and at her own school Ashtanga Yoga Wimbledon, where she runs Mysore classes, Yoga Teacher Mentoring Programmes, and Yoga + Restorative Teacher Trainings.
She is a Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. She has been teaching Restorative yoga since 2012 and is qualified as a Relax & Renew Restorative teacher (Judith Hanson Lasater).
Sarai has an MA in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the University of Essex and is an Honorary Psychodynamic Psychotherapist within the NHS. She lives in London with her husband and daughter.
"My main focus when teaching, is what is this student’s potential, and what do they want from the practice? Some people need help with anxiety and stress, and want to to learn to relax and improve sleep. Others want to improve energy levels or help with ailments in the body or mind, or to find a spiritual path. Some people simply want to push their bodies to peak performance, and for them, challenging postures are the most exciting thing. I love it that each person is different and that the practice can serve everybody’s needs, and from the springboard of these ‘needs’, through practising yoga an unfolding of a deeper and more joyous connection with oneself and others naturally arises” - Sarai Harvey-Smith