Sarah Perle (Estabrook) Johnston’s yoga journey began in the year 2000 when she took her first class. She immediately felt a connection with the practice, and her passion for the practice blossomed throughout the years to come. As an elementary school teacher, Sarah found yoga to be a central part of her self-care routine. The physical practice challenged her body, while the whole practice breathed balance into her life.
Sarah began teaching yoga after completing her 200-hour vinyasa training (based on Ashtanga yoga) in 2010 with Mimi Loureiro at O2 Yoga in Boston. Since then, she has attended workshops and trainings with Beryl Bender Birch, David Swenson, Sue Jones of YogaHOPE, Ame Wren, Kevin Courtney, Josh Summers, Natasha Riopoulos, Nikki Costello, Margo Rosingana, and others. Sarah also worked to merge her passions of teaching yoga and working with children by becoming a ChildLight Yoga certified teacher and a Yoga4Classrooms trainer.
Sarah completed her 500-hour vinyasa teacher certification with Boston Yoga School in June 2017. In addition, Sarah is working toward her 200-hour Yin Yoga training with Josh Summers. Also, Sarah completed a 25-hour Restorative Yoga training with Margo Rosingana. In January 2018, Sarah also launched the “Yoga of Maine” podcast, which can be found on Apple podcasts. Off the mat, Sarah currently works as an elementary school literacy specialist. She lives in Portland with her husband in their 1931 house, which they spent three years fixing up while living in it!
As a yoga teacher, Sarah focuses on creating a space of increased awareness and peaceful energy for her students while offering intentional sequencing and attention to the breath in physical poses. Sarah believes that the practice of yoga is one of inquiry and compassion, which is bolstered by the sense of connection found when practicing in a community.