Yoga Goddess

WHO IS SARAH FRICK

I am so excited to introduce y'all to this amazing yoga goddess, woman, and friend!!! It is going to be hard to truly describe her in this post, so if you are ever in Charleston, you NEED to come take her class THE WORKS! Sarah is beautiful, passionate, inspiring, determined, and can we talk about that body and her hair....#WomenCrushWednesday!

WHO IS SARAH FRICK

Here is the deal - I practice 3-4 times a week at Charleston Power Yoga. YES, that is a lot of time on my mat, because it is what I LOVE to do. It is my favorite place to sweat...to disconnect...to surrender...and to challenge myself physically and mentally. I am grateful for this space and this community. And I love how THE WORKS has helped my strength, endurance, and overall health and wellness. It is freaking hard and intense and it is the only class that I let someone else tell me to do burpees and squat jumps.

THE WORKS is no joke! But there is a reason why everyone keeps coming back to Sarah’s class week after week and the classes are always booked. Sarah’s energy is contagious. When she walks into that room, you know that shit is about to go down. She is this tall beauty, who rocks crop tops, a strong and powerful body, and like I said...that hair! She knows what she is doing. She loves what she is doing. She puts all it out there...the good...the bad...and the sometimes not so pretty. I love women like this. She is fearless. She is REAL. She puts it ALL out there. There is no bullshit. So friends...MEET SARAH...

Hi! I’m Sarah

WHO IS SARAH FRICK

The girl behind THE WORKS, a lifestyle brand that encompasses fitness, food, love and heartache, all lit to the soundtrack of my life.  Music lights my soul on fire and so I use it as often as I can on and off the mat. I am solar powered and spend as much free time out in the sun and on the water as possible!  I LOVE to sweat anyway I can and enjoy so much the cathartic release that if offers when intentionally received. My goal is to make all the people in my life and beyond feel connected.  Feel less alone in their struggles. Feel more included and seen. To laugh when it's hard and cry when it's needed. A little tequila. Some great food. My people. Its all I need really.  I am a momma to 3 beautiful earth babies, Waylon (4) and twins, Della and Van (1), and 1 sweet angel in heaven, Grace, and wife to a bad ass husband, John.

WHO IS SARAH FRICK

I’ve been teaching yoga and energetic movement for over 13 years.  My love for a strong physical practice along with a deep love and need to go below the surface in search of real and raw emotional connection and release led to my signature class The Works. The works is an opportunity to throw yourself all in.  We blend breath work, power yoga, cardio, plyometrics, isometrics, core, glutes, and stretching all to a playlist that will energetically and emotionally move and deliver you from sequence to sequence.  We work the whole body. The ins and the outs. This class is an opportunity to feel it and practice along with it. Sometimes we 'let it go' and sometimes we learn how to operate and move along systemically with it.  To create ease in transition and flow strong and flow softly all thru life crisis' (which means opportunity in Chinese). We all have fires they just look different. So we throw ourselves into the room together and move- breath- and sweat together in response to these fires.  And thru this breakdown and gentle unraveling, we not only become physically stronger but start to come home to ourselves. Where the truth and the heart live. No stranger to life's fires myself - I use these tools to heal myself and those I meet on the mat. As we heal--- WE heal.  

WHO IS SARAH FRICK

I have co-owned Charleston Power Yoga in downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant for over 8 years and I am inspired daily by the amazing community and crew I get to live and work alongside.

Who wants to join me and sign up for THE WORKS? I PROMISE you will LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

What do you look for in a teacher when it comes to taking care of your health and fitness? What makes you come back to keep taking their classes? Is it knowledge, passion, their personality, or that they can kick your butt and yell at you, while still having a pretty smile plastered on their face? We all have different likes, goals, and reasons for practicing a healthy and active lifestyle, so it is great that nowadays there are a plethora of options to fit YOUR needs. 

When it comes to yoga teachers whose classes I revisit, I like a variety of styles, that fit whatever my body is currently needing...it could be more focused on stretching my hips; building up my core; or honestly just getting my butt kicked and getting in a good sweat session. I want to introduce you to Jessica Haims from Powerflow Yoga. She is ONE of those teachers who in a matter of 75 minutes educated me, stretched, strengthened, and kicked my butt! Her passion and knowledge of the yoga and the human body...The way she effortlessly flowed into the poses...Learn more about this beautiful woman and why I consider her a yoga goddess!  

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

I Am Jessica Haims:

My approach to yoga is to be safe, educational, challenging, and fun. I believe in educating students about their bodies so that they are equipped to make appropriate decisions about their bodies on and off the mat. Classes are based heavily through a lens of biomechanics and anatomy, always explaining to students why we do a pose a certain way. I want to offer as many tools as possible to my students so that they learn how to modify poses when necessary, and know how to play their edge when appropriate. I am both a vinyasa teacher and Yoga Tune Up® teacher and seek to blend these two styles together to link movement and breath in an intelligent manner. I mainly work one on one with students teaching self-care; we come up with a routine at home comprising of myofascial release work, corrective exercise, and yoga. After suffering a serious back injury due to years of competitive ballroom dancing and teaching full time it became my mission to empower students with the relationship to their bodies!

Why did you start teaching yoga? 

I started teaching yoga because it gave me a sense of empowerment and peace that was uncanny. In 2011 I took my first class ever (at Powerflow Yoga in Chatham!) and it was the HARDEST thing I had ever done (seriously I thought I was going to collapse on the mat by the end of it) - but then savasana came and I nearly fell asleep. I left the yoga room called my mom and said “I want to be a yoga teacher after school” - it was one of those weird gut feelings. I did my first training a little over a year later and fell in love with the studies of anatomy. Over the past year, I have dove deep into the study of biomechanics, anatomy, and the science of stretching. The more I learn about anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, etc… it reminds me why I always want to teach - to help people understand their bodies and to feel good in their bodies.

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

What is your favorite pose and why? 

Half moon! There are SO many different ways of approaching this pose with props, the wall, different isometric contractions - I always find something new about my body in this pose. When I’m in it I feel like I’m flying and floating!

What is your least favorite pose and why? 

I have a hate/love relationship with warrior 3 (which means I probably need to do it more ;) ) - it always kicks my butt no matter how many times I do it!

What advice would you give to someone (aka - me) who is scared of handstands? 

Work slowly away from the wall and with a teacher you trust. Going upside down is a HUGE mental game so it’s all about taking those little steps until you feel ready! There is a move called “scissor kick handstand” that Phillip Askew taught me and it helped me get away from the wall and over my fear of hand standing (will have to show you during our coffee date!). Working on shoulder/core stability and hamstring mobility are major players in working into those handstands. One of my favorite moves are working planks and doing scapula push ups! Another great exercise is doing plank with a blanket under your feet and pulling the blanket towards your hands (ending in forward fold) and then sliding back out to plank.

How do you practice a healthy lifestyle? 

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

I practice self-care by setting aside time for myself every day - whether it's 5 min or an hour for a workout. I love to go hiking, cooking, writing, reading, and watch old Hollywood movies! I make sure to fuel my body with clean food, get in exercise 5 times a week, and take 2 complete days of rest when I can to re-charge and do active recovery (or binge watch Netflix for hours ;) ! ) 

Sweet or salty? 

SWEEEEEET!!!!! I have such a strong sweet tooth - chocolate covered anything will have my name written all over it. My one vice is chocolate and coffee - I can never say no to it. My favorite chocolate is german chocolate, but my favorite sweets are my homemade chocolate chip marshmallow cookies - they are out of this world!

Tell us 3 FUN things that we should know about you...And if there is anything else you want to add, go for it.

I LOVE old jazz music - I always say I was born in the wrong era… I love old Hollywood movies and music. Ella Fitzgerald, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Duke Ellington, Sam Cooke, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, this list goes on and on. I would have killed to live in that era and see those people perform. I had the honor and privilege to see Tony Bennett live with one of my best friends (she got me a ticket for Christmas!) I started tearing up during the performance - it was one of the most amazing experiences.  

I won world and nationals in 2011 for ballroom dancing! I miss those dancing days with all my heart and when I hear music my mind will wonder off into choreography!

Yoga Goddess - Jessica Haims

My dream is to have a huge back yard one day for a garden and chickens!

I am a huge nerd and love spending free time reading about human anatomy and the latest research on the science of stretching (Jules Mitchell is an amazing resource for anyone interested). One of my goals with teaching is to eventually develop an anatomy module for 200-hour training that gives newer teachers a concrete understanding of the human body. It is our responsibility as teachers to keep these people safe and I would like to see the bar raised in this department!

What do YOU look for in a teacher?

Tell me your favorite teacher and where they teach!