About Me
My name is Sara Gottfried and I am a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Children's Yoga Teacher.

Upon completing a children's yoga teacher training in March of 2016, I coined the name, "Stretch Yourself Yoga," stretching your limits emotionally, mentally, and physically. As someone who has worked with children in a variety of settings, I have seen both the successes and struggles that children endure on a daily basis. As a result, I integrate yoga and mindfulness, in creative and unique ways, into children's lives. I believe that with patience, imagination, and creativity, yoga and mindfulness can equip chidlren with the tools neccessary to thrive in the world, emotionally, mentally, and physically. 

But, I believe that adults too can benefit from yoga and mindfulness, which is why I enrolled myself in a 200-hour yoga teacher training. Upon graduating in May of 2017, I strive to provide yoga and mindfulness in a way that is accessible and adaptable to meet all the needs of students, children and adults.

 My yoga mojo:

I teach a strong and powerful Vinyasa flow that focuses on mindfulness and embracing the present moment through breath and body awareness. I work with students to allow the breath to guide them throughout the practice as oppose to their thoughts. Students can expect a different and unique flow each time they step onto their mat. My goal is that students  leave feeling confident, safe, and nourished, emotionally, mentally, and physically.
My Personal Yoga Journey
   
I often do not think of myself as the typical "yogi." Before starting the practice of yoga, I had a stereotype of what a true "yogi" was. Perhaps, calm, cool, and collected, to say the least. One who simply breathes through life and can twist and turn the body in the most crazy ways. ​​​​​​

I have a type-A personality and live life according to a schedule. I religiously write down a to-do list every Sunday of tasks I need to accomplish in the week ahead. Call me crazy, but I get things done! In high school my anxiety peaked and I encountered some major mental and physical health issues. During that period, I was not myself and could not enjoy life to its fullest. So, after doing some contemplation and research I cautiously stepped into the world of yoga. 

When I took my first beginner's yoga class I felt like the odd one out. I kept looking around to make sure I was doing the poses right and I attempted to put on the "yogi" facade. However, I quickly realized the yoga room is a "no judgement zone," and that everyone is truly focusing on their own practice. After a few classes, I felt “lighter” and more present within myself and the world. Personally, the practice was and still is a way for me to hit pause on what is happening in my life and take an hour or so to slow down and be grateful for who I am, how I am, and what I am. 

Long story short, I fell in love with yoga! 

However, I still do not consider myself the typical “yogi.” I am still an anxious, routined, and type-A individual. I plan my life months in advance (not something I am always proud of), stop everything I am doing to help another out, and never miss a good sale! But, no matter how busy my day is, when I hit the yoga mat, everything else is on pause and I focus on myself. So, no I am not calm, cool, and collected 100% of the time and no I do not magically breathe away frustration, anger, or sadness. But, I do make and take the time to practice yoga so that I can focus on my body, emotionally, mentally, and physically. 
Interesting Facts About Me:
(In no particular order)

  • I am 5'1" on a good day! (Really I am just about 5' but I like to add the extra inch)
  • I am a bit obsessive (ok a lot) when it comes to organization and cleanliness.
  • I find joy and relaxation in organizing anything and everything...I can spend hours!
  • I love to cook & bake but if I see a Whole Foods in my travels I am sure to stop!
  • I run on Starbucks!
  • I may be in college, but I still have trouble with when and where to put commas! (Grammar these days!)
  • My guilty pressure is watching re-runs of The Real Housewives or any show, for that matter, on Bravo
  • When it comes to ice-cream, I am a "cup" kind of person
  • I have been on the background of the Today Show and Extra!
  • One is never too old to color
  • My favorite seasons are fall and spring because "SWEATER WEATHER!"
Certifications: 
300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Anticipated December 2019
Down Under School of Yoga​​​​​​​

August 2018
Rolf Gates

 July 2018
Rochelle Jewell, Childlight Yoga

July 2018
Meg Durkin, Childlight Yoga

Yoga & Mindfulness for Children Training (26 hours)
May 2018
Meg Durkin, Childlight Yoga


March 2018
Erica Nunnally, Bija Institute

October 2017
Lara Hocheiser, Flow & Grow Kids Yoga

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training (20 Hours)
 July 2017
Bec Conant, Om Births


200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT
 May 2017
Jacqui Bonwell, Canton Yoga Shala


CPR/AED Certified
March 2017


Balanced Athlete Level I Certification
October 2016
Johnny Gillespie, Balanced Athlete 


 Children's Yoga Teacher Training
February 2016
Kim Taylor, Cardio Kids Yoga


CALM De-Escalation Certification by New England Center for Children
(Safe, effective strategies for preventing and managing challenging behavior)
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Other: 
Teacher Pay Teachers 

(Yoga community comes together to practice seva (selfless service) and has raised over $2,000,000 for the Boston Children's Hospital Wellness Center. The Wellness Center offers reiki, yoga, and other services for patients and families at the hospital.) 



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