Sarah Hatcher grew up in Reno, Nevada USA and spent most of her youth skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Lake Tahoe. When she was seventeen, she began to practice hatha yoga to strengthen and heal her knees from competitive skiing. Five years later in 2000, she saw an Ashtanga yoga demonstration while studying at the University of Oregon, and from that point on, she began to practice Ashtanga yoga as much as she could and she has never stopped since.
Sarah began learning from Nancy Gilgoff, Christine Hoar and Randa Chehab. Her interest to study more led her to Mysore to study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 2008 and finally, to her beloved teachers David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg. She also studies Sanskrit with David Miliotis at Ashtanga Yoga Orange County.
Sarah practised for eight years before she began to teach in the Mysore method. From 2008-2011 she founded Ashtanga Yoga Boise in Idaho, the USA where she learned how to manage, own and operate a studio and a successful Mysore programme.
From 2011-2012 Sarah moved to Philadelphia to study and assist David Garrigues, assist him with the opening of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia, and teach while he was travelling.
In 2012 Sarah moved to Scotland where she began a Mysore programme in Aberdeen at Love Yoga; offered workshops in Glasgow, retreats at Ecoyoga Scotland and later became the Morning Mysore Director at Meadowlark Yoga from 2014-2019. Sarah is a Senior Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. Sarah teaches workshops throughout Scotland and offers retreats at Yoga in Salento in Italy.
David Garrigues has taught Sarah the third series of practice and Sarah is currently working on the fourth series in which she is learning from both David and Dena Kingsberg. Her daily yoga sutra practice keeps her balanced and at ease to quiet the intensity of the physical practice: also motherhood requires her to have a still seated practice so chanting and meditation have become just as important as the physical practice.
Sarah has two sons, Dashiel, born in 2014 and Calvin, born in 2019. Returning to advanced practice after two children have been more than a challenge but a rewarding discovery of self which requires investigation on and off the mat. Sarah is experienced and capable of helping mothers adapt their practices while pregnant and will guide mothers after birth in a practical post-practice to get their bodies safely back into traditional ashtanga yoga practice.
Becoming a mother has made her appreciate the practice of ashtanga yoga even more: she is grateful for Guruji's teachings for constantly making her investigate her higher self; it is through daily practise that Sarah learns how to care for others in a most sincere way and teach in this same spirit.
When Sarah isn't on her mat chanting or practising, she is playing with her sons and her husband Tim, often walking in the hills; cooking, or studying Sanskrit.