(no e although I think it would have been fun to have True in my name, because I'm all about being theTRUE You!)
HOW I GOT HERE
MY story isn't about me creating the life I love from a place of unhappiness, or any life changing moment, but simply creating something new & different. It's a continuation of a life I have always loved. Looking back & joining some of the dots to how I got here, I guess you could say I have always lived life on my terms, never taking the 'easy' path, but always choosing the path that felt aligned to my heart.
When year 12 ended I was going to study law, I wanted to be a QC or a barrister (yep I always aimed high being 'just' a solicitor wouldn't cut it) ,
But at the last minute something pulled my heart in a totally different direction & I decided to enrol in communications & social research instead. Most people (including my mother) thought I was insane after working my butt off to get the grades needed for Law, but I knew I needed to follow my heart.
About 6 months into my degree my heart was being pulled in a different direction yet again & after a few months I followed my heart & jumped at the opportunity to work as a photographer ditching university, (again much to my mums disgust) , but I was happy, motivated & inspired & that is always what mattered most to me.
At 20 I had the opportunity to go to cairns for a few months to train a new photographer. I jump at 3 months paid in Cairns but through this journey I discovered a love for leadership, training & development - and coffee!
Right then & there at 20 years old I set my sights on being the Australian Training Manager (yep there it was again setting my sights high).
So many opportunities later, more travel, 3 years of managing my own studio, a junior role in the training department, 5 years in our UK division which included a regional managers role & opening up a bucket load of new studios - I landed my dream job at just over 30 It was time to come home & take up the role as the Australian/New Zealand Training Manager for the worlds second largest portraiture company (& yes, you got it I still loved my life every step of the way!)
But then something happened I no longer had a game plan. I was 35 & had no idea what next.
I felt complete in my work, my life, but I was no longer striving for something & I felt lost!
I was so use to looking forward to the 'next' thing but never thought about what would happen on the other side of my dream job - so I quit in search of what was next.
(let me just add here that back then my ego did A LOT of the decision making)
I knew I wanted something different & if I was totally honest it was the first time in my life I was craving to do less.
I was almost 40, I had worked full time for 20 years & I wanted to do less.
I wanted more time to be - instead of constantly doing!
I didn't have kids (and still don't) & back then it felt socially unacceptable to not work full time, to not have a 'career', to not be 'doing' more, achieving more, but all I was craving was time to do less work & time to live more!
So I continued to follow my heart, I did my first 300 hour yoga teacher training & moved back to Newcastle to embark on a new way of doing life.
Little did I know that there was an art to doing less.
(and one I am still learning to master)
This meant learning new skills & a bucket load of personal development - no amount of previous leadership, training/development experience in the corporate world could get me ready for what I needed to know learn, the art of doing less was a whole new ball game!
I worked on my relationship with material possessions, my relationship with time & my relationship with money, there was a lot to work on (and there still is)!
I had totally neglected & took advantage of these relationships over the years & it was time to clean up the mess!
I learnt about the art of doing less & having more!
I embarked on learning more about my self, my body & what it was to be a women.
I aligned my life to follow the moon cycles and got deeply in-touch with my own moon cycle (yes were talking mensuration).
I started connection back in with my real self - and my ego started to make a few less decisions.
I don't want you to think life was all roses, butterflies & unicorns.
I have had my fair share of set backs, knock backs & a few very personal low times - but really who hasn't we are human living on this planet - right?
I started to realise that my purpose & passion was in supporting others connect back to their real self.
In 2017 I reignite my love with Yin Yoga & started my Yin Yoga Teacher Journey,
Now as of 2020 I have completed over 350 hours in Yin Yoga Specific Training.
This style of Yoga postures has helped heal my body, but more importantly my heart & soul.
It continues to teach me daily how to let my true light be seen & how to be the real me, to have confidence to stand up & be seen to follow my dreams & to trust in the universe.
In 2019 I complete my Yoga Therapy training which was the final piece of the puzzle of how to incorporate all my knowledge, learning & passions into one place.
Combining traditional Leadership Development, Business Mentoring, Life Coaching with Yoga Tools Like Breath Work, Meditation, Mindfulness & More
I have discovered that the physical practice of Yin Yoga can be weaved so beautifully with meditation, pranayama, mantra & mudras practices to create a truely rich, soothing & complete Yoga practice & in 2020 The Yin Rooms my virtual yoga studio was opened.
I am so excited you found your way here & I am excited that you are on the journey with me, so let's do this, let's be WILD!
I'd love to invite you to come and do a practice with me click this link to see when the next free trial class is available
+ I love yoga, especially studying & learning about Yoga tradition, the philosophy and all the hidden gems of wisdom
* I am on a mission to educate people that Meditation & Mindfulness IS YOGA!!!! + I grew up as a kid in the Blue Mountains, and still call this my souls home.
+ I don't call myself a hippie (although my dad does), but I do have a deep, deep respect for nature & the traditions of the land we live on.
* I just recently had a Hysterectomy and totally understand what living with all the hormonal, energetic, mental & physical shifts that come with the later stages of womanhood.
* I really really love living a simple life with just the basics, I'm a declutter queen!
* I love love love traveling & one of my biggest goals right now is to live in a van for a year or 2.
* I teach Kids Swimming, its such a passion of mine and a really important skill I think all kids should learn - just like Yoga!
TRAININGS & CERTIFICATES
Sarah Truman is our Head Teacher & founder & has over 1500 hours of Yoga Training with 400 of those hours dedicated to Yin Yoga, 600 of those dedicated to Yoga Therapy & over 150 hours dedicated to studies relating to Children/Family Yoga & Yoga Therapy. She has studied Neuroscience based coaching methodology & has a background in senior management, leadership training & development. She loves to see people grow & evolve into being their truest & best versions of them selves.
Intensive Coach Training 2010 Results Coaching Systems (neuroleadership institute) Manage Change and Innovation 2010 Frontline Management Institute Build and Sustain an Innovative Work Environment 2010 Frontline Management Institute DiSC Accreditation 2010 Integro Learning Company Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training 2003 Tafe NSW Train the Trainer 2002 Australian institute of Management
YIN YOGA 200 Hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Jo Phee 65 hour TCM YIN - The Meridians & Traditional Chinese Medicine with Jo Phee 65 hour ACU-YIN - Yin Yoga & Acupressure Points with Jo Phee & Dr Chu 65 hour MYO - YIN - Yin Yoga with Myo-Fascia release with Jo Phee