Turning Point: Sarahjoy Marsh
KOL Describe what you do in 15 words or less.
Sarahjoy I empower women to find freedom from food disorders and body image issues, through yoga, meditation, and group support.
KOL Tell us about a turning point in your life.
Sarahjoy I hit a level of despair with my body and my life, and chose to reach out for support to the medical establishment. I was 19 years old and felt absolutely alone and adrift in the world. When I walked into the hospital for my first meeting with the therapist, and she looked at me as a patient with an eating disorder, rather than as a person in pain, I walked out. I was determined to find a path through my suffering, my habits, and my recovery that wouldn't put me in a box, but rather would free me from the boxes I'd put myself in. With several years of diligent effort, the discovery of yoga and meditation, and building trusting friendships with people who were also in recovery, I became free of my disordered eating patterns. And I became a yoga teacher!
KOL What do you love about teaching?
Sarahjoy Top of my list right now is the auspicious, profound, and often laughter-inducing sense of camaraderie that ripples through a group during a workshop or retreat, even when we're doing really deep work. I often have goosebumps of tenderness and appreciation when I'm with students. It is truly, truly an honor to be engaged with people on this path.
KOL What are you passionate about right now?
Sarahjoy My ongoing passions include yoga and social justice, yoga as a path to recovery from addictions, and the deepening of my core friendships. I'm writing two books, one on yoga and social justice, and one on the work I do in What Are You Hungry For?
KOL What do you do in your downtime?
Sarahjoy I like to garden, ride my bike, walk in the woods, sing, cook, read, and, as Rumi said, “be with people who support my being.”