Sara Rhinelander is a graduate of Appalachian State University, with a degree Elementary Education and Cultural Anthropology. Sara began her study of yoga while in college and after moving to Virginia Beach, she started practicing Ashtanga and Power yoga under the guidance of Anne Richardson; a student of Beryl Bender Birch, and other instructors at Universal Movement Studio and Dam Neck Military Base. Shortly after, she transitioned to the International Yoga Institute, where she became a formal student of Master Adam Nguyen. Sara received her 200 hour certification, and then went on to earn her E-RYT 500 designation through the Institute, certified through Yoga Alliance, in 2007. She has been fortunate to have studied with a variety of other teachers in classes and workshops over the past two decades...Rolf Gates, Tao Porchon-Lynch, Desiree Rumbaugh, Ragunath, & Dharma Mittra... just to name a few.
In 2007 she moved back to Boone, NC to start a yoga program within the Health, Leisure, and Exercise Science Department at ASU. During this time Sara worked extensively with the collegiate athletic department, designing sport specific sequences which lessened injury rates, increased performance, and decreased overall recovery time. Additionally during this time period, Sara taught the Yoga course offerings at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. Sara was also the lead instructor at the Linville Ridge Country Club, offering Yoga for every level practitioner, as well as private instruction for specific needs.
She is now registered “multi” style through Yoga Alliance, and her classes can be described as a fusion of the different styles of yoga she has been exposed to throughout the years, which incorporate the things she has found most beneficial in her own yoga practice, and that of her students. She was the owner of Fusion Yoga Studio in NC for four years before her move to Traverse City, Mi. She has since added Xtend Barre training to her resume, thus adding another level of fitness options for her students.
Sara designed, implemented and taught the first Core Studies course offering of an advanced 300 hour yoga teacher training certification, as the lead instructor in accordance with Yoga Alliance standards, at Yen Yoga & Fitness in Traverse City, MI. Upon completion of the program, qualifying teachers will receive their 500 hour designation (RYT-500).
Sara was the Yoga Coodinator in the Integrative Therapies Department at the Cowell Family Cancer Center. She designed the class offerings, choose teachers and got the program up and running. She also worked with plastic surgeon Chris Jeffieres to create a comprehensive prehabilitation, post/opp and maintenance, Breast Cancer Yoga Series to be used to document the benefits of a regular yoga practice in all stages of breast cancer treatment.
In the last three years Sara has added Olympic lifting, crossfit, and HIIT workouts to her training regimen, which has added a fresh perspective in regards to the limitless capabilities we all have in this human form.
Sara currently resides in Traverse City Michigan with her fiancé and 3 of her children, teaching weekly yoga classes and workshops. In addition to her personal meditation & yoga practice, Sara contributes articles to online publications and has a number of writing projects currently in the works.
Many exciting things to come!