I began practising Yoga aged 15 when my best friend’s mother gifted me a Yoga Book. I was intrigued by the strange shapes and techniques so I began emulating the Hatha Yoga asanas on my tiny bedroom floor. It was the beginning of my awakening and my interest in spirituality, which continued into my twenties while I studied and travelled in South-East Asia/Australia.

When I moved to London to pursue my life-time goal of working as a Journalist I put my spiritual journey on the back seat and I thought that I was living my dream, working as a Freelance Journalist, jetting around the world and being to paid to travel and write about it.

But something was missing.

I moved to Brighton to get out of the city and to find some peace beside the ocean. I learned that Brighton was (and is) the UK’s Yoga Capital so I resumed my practice with fervour, rolling out my mat at home, on the beach, whenever/wherever I could. My practice brought me home, anchored me, and reconnected me to a strength and power within that isn’t egoistic, but genuine, serene, blissful – my connection to Source, to Spirit.

The first Yoga Teacher Training course that I undertook changed my life forever. In March 2007 I graduated as a Yoga Siromani (Teacher) after the 200 hour YTTC at the Sivananda Centre, in Neyyar Dam in Kerala, India. The teachings had opened my eyes to the truth of who I am, and solidified my spiritual practice.

I haven’t looked back since!

Back home in Brighton I launched my business – Karmiyoga – after being given the “spiritual name”; “Sivakami” in the Ashram. Karmiyoga is a word play on ‘calm-me’ yoga, and as it’s my intention to help others experience the inner peace, strength and bliss that yoga brings to me, I liked the feel of it.

I taught traditional Hatha Yoga in the Sivananda style between 2007-10 before undertaking another 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course in Dru Yoga. In 2012 I graduated as a Dru Yogini and with many regular 1:1 Yoga clients I felt I needed to add a ‘listening’ therapy to my skill-set so completed a two-year Life Coaching certification.

I still write features for publications from Yoga Magazine to Healthista.com, and mostly on the topics of Yoga, Wellness, Health and Lifestyle. I’m also now an author of two healthy handbooks; Everyday Yoga and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, published by Need2Know Books, there’s more about my writing career at: Sarah Dawson Journalist.

After 11 years of teaching in Brighton and Hove, abroad, on retreat, outdoors on Hove Lawns, at workshops, courses and with individual clients, my passion is to continue to share the infinite benefits of Yoga and Meditation, to live a life I love, and help others do the same.

In a nutshell, I am:

  • Passionate about Yoga and Wellness – self-care and well-being is at the heart of me;
  • Fully insured to teach Yoga in the UK and on retreat;
  • A 500+ hours Registered Yoga School Teacher (in Sivananda and Dru Yoga);
  • A member of the Dru Professional Network (with Continuing Professional Development);
  • A certified/experienced YogaKids teacher;
  • An experienced Retreats Teacher (for Satvada Retreats and independent retreats in Kefalonia);
  • DBS enhanced-certified/trained to teach Yoga with young people and children;
  • A certified Life Coach;
  • An Airbnb Experience Host for Outdoor Yoga during Spring/Summer;
  • A Move GB Partner for classes in Brighton/Hove.