Experience and Background:
Yoga began blossoming for Sandi while she was living in New York City’s East Village, in the middle of a bustling mandala of world renowned yoga teachers from studios like Jivamukti, The Broome Street Ganesha Temple, and The Shala. In such a ripe environment for daily practice, yoga quickly became her refuge and healing modality to work through trauma, PTSD, and self-esteem issues that challenged the entire decade of her 20s.
After practicing Vinyasa Yoga for 8 years with Barbara Verrochi and Kristin Leigh at The Shala, Sandi discovered the Mysore Ashtanga practice that has been her main focus ever since. Drawn to the sweaty spirit of autonomy, challenge, integrity, and inquiry that she found in the Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sandi sought out opportunities to study with many more advanced Mysore teachers including Saraswati Jois and Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in India, as well as Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at the former Yoga Workshop here in Boulder. She also thanks the influences of Maty Ezraty and more recently, Ty Landrum, on her practice and teaching approach. Although she only practiced a little bit of asana with Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti early on, these two also influenced her shift to a vegan lifestyle and to the connection of yoga practice with Indian philosophy, kirtan, and sound healing. Sandi also spent many years learning Indian classical music, particularly the rhythms of the North Indian hand drum, the Tabla. She loves to drum, dance, and sing.
Sandi has been teaching yoga continuously since 2013 and bows to every teacher and student with whom she shares this gradual and vibrant path. Amidst all the controversies in the world, and especially in the yoga world, she deeply values the opportunity to share the journey of seeking a more vast and all-inclusive love.
Sandi looks at yoga like a great giving tree with 8 branches filled with fresh fruits that nourish peace in our bodies and minds, and that help us to cultivate a more sustainable balance with nature, a clearer sense of personal discernment, and the potential for liberation from the suffering that we have accumulated throughout the conditioning of our many lifetimes. Yoga is a gradual process of knotting and un-knotting, knowing and un-knowing!
What Might A Student Experience in Class with Sandi Higgins?
Students in Sandi’s classes are inspired to grow, refine, and refresh their yoga practice through the multi-dimensions of body, mind, and… voice. Yes, the voice is spirit in sound! Sandi enjoys offering optional call & response chanting before and after class to activate the voice and connect the heart and head. Her Vinyasa classes often follow an Ashtanga-based blueprint which provides a well-rounded sequence of standing poses and seated poses, forward bends, backbends, closing inversions, and a sweet final resting (with optional variations and modifications throughout class so that all levels of experience can find their edges and breathe more freely).