What was your intial experience with yoga?
The first yoga class that really captivated me was a power flow style with Sarah Powers. I was young – still in college, and a dedicated runner and climber at the time. Yoga was poetry for the body. In my attempts to find a class / teacher similar to Sarah, I stumbled into Ahimsa Ashram in Washington, DC and found kundalini yoga- which felt like rocket fuel to me. Some 30 years later, I am still enchanted with kundalini and the incredible power of the practice to transform. And, I still love flowing vinyasa and many other styles. I think of myself as a “yoga universalist” – I love all the lineages and paths deeply but kundalini is the maha (great) practice of my heart, the one that I do every day, no matter what.
What do you find most rewarding about teaching yoga?
It’s funny … even though I’ve been teaching for almost 30 years – I always think of myself as “sharing” yoga rather than “teaching”. I think that we ARE yoga; that the union of body, mind and spirit is our true state. As far as I can tell, the time we spend on our mats is about remembering our way back to our true selves ~ where we experience our infinity, awaken again and again to our deep connection not only with ourselves, but with each other, all beings, all life.
What happens on the mat is only the tip of the iceberg … this practice is 24/7. We get to wake up every day and start all over in our efforts to embody the practice – to live it. Yoga is the map to the deepest part of your heart, the deepest part of you – to illuminate that for another person in any way, however small – is the deepest
honor, the ultimate privilege. Those little glimmer moments when you’ve been instrumental to someone feeling that connection, whether it’s feeling better in their body, better in their lives, hopeful about the world …. that’s everything.That’s the reward.
Do you have a favorite yoga pose?
Ahh – guilty! I give my best effort at loving whichever pose I am in, at any given moment and yet, I am drawn again and again to Ardha Chandra Chapasana (Sugarcane). It unlocks something within me… some holy river of joy and so I keep going back for more.
Opportunities to Practice with Sierra
Upcoming Workshops (Click on title to learn more)
- Earth as Body, Breath as Prayer (November 10-12, 2023) & (November 29 – December 1, 2024)
- Purify the Temple (December 31, 2023)
- Ring in Love with Luna Ray (January 1, 2024)
- Deeper into the Practice: 5-Day Kundalini Immersion (January 8-12, 2024)
- Moon Path: The Sacred & Subtle Anatomy of Women (April 5-7, 2024)
- Sūkṣma śārira : Subtle body anatomy & language of Yoga (August 2-4, 2024)
Meet Sierra Hollister, a devoted mother, a passionate runner, and an ardent yoga practitioner deeply connected to nature. She’s an E-RYT 500 and YACEP, sharing her wisdom at renowned institutions like the Asheville Yoga Center and Warren Wilson College while being a featured teacher on Yoga International. Sierra’s first book, “Moon Path Yoga,” was published by Shambhala Publications, a testament to her profound connection to the cosmos and yoga. With certifications in Kundalini, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, and trauma-sensitive practices, she brings inclusivity and healing to her yoga journey. As a co-founder of the nonprofit “Light a Path,” Sierra extends her passion to to bring somatic modalities to all populations lacking access – including people who are incarcerated, people in recovery and people lacking financial means.