Sarah Barnaby teaches yoga and anatomy in NYC in group classes and private sessions. She has studied extensively with Amy Matthews and Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project, and has completed their Yoga Educator program. On staff at The Breathing Project, one of her favorite roles is curating monthly TBP Members Events and hosting Geek Nights and the Den of Inquiry (a conversation group). Sarah is certified as a Somatic Movement Educator as well as an Infant Developmental Movement Educator through the School for Body-Mind Centering. She is also certified in Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga and Embodied Anatomy and Yoga, which are Body-Mind Centering® programs that teach developmental movement principles and an embodied approach to anatomy in relation to yoga practice.
Classes are open to any level of movement experience.
Awareness & Asana
Anatomy for Any Body
A little understanding of anatomy can go a long way! This is an anatomy class for everybody, offering an accessible approach to learning more about your body. This class is for anybody who wants to become more fully embodied, learn more about their injuries and unhelpful movement patterns, or simply indulge their curiosity. Each session will focus on a particular body part or principle, incorporating images and skeletal models, discussion and movement. No prior knowledge or movement experience necessary.
Asana: Support & Movement
This asana class focuses on the multifaceted, not either-or, dynamic relationship between support and movement, stability and mobility, or in Sanskrit, shtira and sukha. This relationship is captured in the yoga sutra sthirasukhamasanam, translated by TKV Desikachar as “Asana must have the dual qualities of alertness and relaxation”, an “alertness without tension and relaxation without dullness”. We will draw upon developmental movement patterns and principles of Body-Mind Centering to cultivate clear pathways of support and ease in movement. Open to any level of movement experience.
This class is a supportive space for infants and their caregivers to observe, explore and learn about developmental movement: the layered progression of movement patterns, reflexes and perceptual integration that underlie the physical, emotional and relational well-being of the child as she makes her way from birth to walking. Through appreciating and engaging with each child where they are, we can best encourage and facilitate their curiosity and growth. This class is led by certified Infant Developmental Movement Educators through the School for Body-Mind Centering, and is based on principles of Body-Mind Centering® such as “baby ball,” balancing extension with flexion, the value of “small falls”, and prioritizing the process of learning rather than achieving a particular position. Infants (birth to walking) and their caregiver(s) are invited to attend this class free of charge. We also welcome those interested in observing and learning about the developmental movement process, including planning and expectant parents and students and teachers of movement.
This class follows the Babies! class and is a chance to discuss and explore in movement the patterns, observations and questions that arise as we observe the babies in their process. Exploring developmental movement in our adult bodies can help reveal deeply held, inefficient movement patterns and open up the possibility for change. By revisiting and re-patterning these foundational, progressive patterns, we can find more ease, efficiency and clarity in our movement. In each session, we will share our observations, discuss developmental patterns and reflexes, and explore some aspect of the patterns in our adult bodies.
Sarah, you made my day yesterday. I found the spinal work very interesting, but the class was more than that. I woke up in a resentful mood, but that had entirely vanished by the end. I felt cleansed and relaxed. A “work-in” as much as a workout. Thanks for everything.—CB, student
I love Sarah’s yoga class. It’s a renewal for me each time. Her knowledge of anatomy makes those interior explorations fascinating puzzles to be solved. She’s a patient and generous teacher, supportive and encouraging, and always interesting.
I love Sarah’s Anatomy for Any Body classes. They’re geeky—in the sense that you can’t miss her expertise and enthusiasm for her subject—but always accessible. In addition to plenty of cool information, there’s time for gentle physical explorations and individual questions, too!—KC, anatomy enthusiast
You were the first yoga teacher I had who really helped me understand why so many people love yoga, and certainly the seminal force in my practice, as inconsistent as it may be.
I always appreciated your open and accepting attitude. Too many classes get bogged down in doctrine and get stale quickly. It was always fun to see what you would bring to class and generously share with us from your ongoing studies. How the class has progressed as a group over the years is really impressive. The community has been a special one.
It’s what you do: helping to recognize patterns.
Why the ampersand?
Mostly I like it because of the “and-ness” it conveys. Per Geoffrey Glaister in Glossary of the Book:
The word ampersand is a corruption of the phrase “and (&) per se and”, meaning “and (the symbol &) intrinsically (is the word) and“.
I love its etymology and its history. It used to be recited at the end of the English alphabet as the 27th letter. The symbol serves as a container for expression by typographers, who have come up with cool and interesting ways to represent it (e.g.,). And when it’s used in film credits, “&” (as opposed to “and”) indicates a collaboration rather than sequential involvement. And it’s a logical operator, which pleases my analytical computer programmer side. Language, logic, symbols, expression, meaning, and… How would it be to approach asana practice with intrinsic and-ness?
And what’s up with the formula?
The formula started as a humorous attempt to succinctly express my perspective, and was refined with help from Lydia, Leslie and Amy (& a few cocktails). And it ties back to the ampersand philosophically: the idea of openness to inquiry and infinite possibility, of saying “yes, and… and…”, and letting go of the constraint of fixed ideas.
Here’s an alternative, longer version:
(asana + anatomy (and other useful maps such as embryology, water, fractals, cells) + exploration) – dogma = possibilities
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