A Day in the Life of Sarah Girard

Introducing our latest monthly blog post! Each month, we’ll feature one of our fabulous mang’Oh teachers, giving a peak into their lives and what it’s like to be a yoga teacher in New York City.
Introducing Sarah Girard, who teaches our Thursday Hatha Yoga class. Check out all of Sarah’s classes at mang’Oh.
Wake up: first thing’s first…water!  Always the first thing I do.
Meditate: this time varies depending on my morning, if I have a client or a group class. I try to get in at least 10min but I shoot for 30min and very often this includes some simple movement as well (check out this article on Meditation 101)
Breakfast, write and read: Years ago I stopped drinking coffee since I realized I am highly sensitive to caffeine. Both of my sisters are sensitive as well and so we drink tea instead. I also make my own Kombucha and so I always have a bottle before I have breakfast. I am getting better each day about what I am feeding my body, literally and energetically. So I’m sensitive to not scroll Facebook or Instagram first thing in the morning, but rather read or listen to something inspiring that can get my mind working positively.
Train time: I live in Brooklyn, and spend a lot of time on the trains commuting to different studios and clients, this is a great time for me to catch up on podcasts (Stuff You Should Know, Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People and Embodied Philosophy) and read a few books.  I always go back and forth between a few books at a time (Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Brigid by Courtney Weber, Falling Upwards by Richard Rohr).
Class: Teaching is an absolute joy in my life.  Showing up to each class propels me to be at my best and most genuine each day, plus I learn so much from the people who show up to class.
Prepare My Big Meal: I might stop by a specialty store like Kalustyan’s on the way home to pick something special.  I love cooking.  For me it is creative and nourishing.  When I’m in my kitchen it is my time to play, to think and the savor.  With the rainy and cold days of the winter, I’ve been playing around with a Roasted Cauliflower Caponata Recipe (I’ve included it below). Also, after having spent most of my young adult life traveling, I have adopted the lifestyle of a siesta.  Since somedays I am up and out of my house before 7am and don’t finish teaching til 10pm, I find it so important to return home for a big portion of my day to eat well and rest a bit before heading out again.
Business Development Time: This definitely changes day to day, depending on what needs to be done.  I’m an independent contractor running a solo operation, so this could be updating my website, balancing accounts, reviewing scheduling, writing and updating social media contacts. This is also a great time to maintain correspondence and email.  I’m really making an effort to be better about calling friends, family and business connections.  Yoga after all is about integration and connection, and maintaining personal relationships is so important!
Personal Practice: I ALWAYS experience a mid-afternoon slump.  This is the time of the day when my brain shuts off and so I move my body.  My practice changes daily depending on what my body needs.  I do everything and encourage everyone to move in articulate and mindful ways.  I dance, lift weights and practice asana.  To me, it is all yoga, when done with intention and clarity.  When Nikki Costello is in town, I love taking her class.  She is so generous in her ability to see her students in areas to which they are blind.
Light Snack: This gives me a little boost after having worked to sustain my energy through the evening.
Class: This could be group classes or private clients.  I tend to teach after people get home from work.  It’s a great way to unwind and prepare for sleep.  If I don’t have any clients or classes during the evening, my favorite thing is to catch either a movie or show at BAM, just a couple minutes from my home.  I love the creative work they do there.
Night time ritual: At the end of my day I will call someone I love and check in.  This is also when I get to shower and wash away the city and all it’s noise.
Bedtime!  I’m totally an early bird.  Gone are the days when I would go to sleep at 3am!
 Roasted Cauliflower Caponata
    • 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
    • olive oil
    • fine sea salt
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 large red onion, diced
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 large eggplant, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon red chile pepper flakes
    • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
    • 2 tablespoons capers
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegarPreheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  1. Chop and salt eggplant. Set aside for 10min
  2. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss cauliflower with a good drizzling of oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, until nicely browned and tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Wash excess salt off eggplant and pat dry.  Put eggplant, onion and garlic on additional baking sheet.  
  4. Roast for 25-30min or until tender.  
  5. Add roasted vegetables to a large mixing bowl. Add pine nuts, capers, and parsley. Toss gently to combine.
  6. Drizzle in vinegar, a bit more oil, and season with additional salt and pepper. Serve warm or cold.
  7. Yield: 6 servings.
Visit Sarah’s website here!