Meet the Vendors: Sara Worden Yoga - Sweet Bough Wedding Collective

With over 500 hours of yoga teacher training under her belt, Sara offers individual and group yoga sessions to students of all abilities. But how does this fit into weddings, you ask? I chatted with Sara about her offerings and her guidance for supporting your wedding planning process with a yoga practice. Read on!


Sara Worden Yoga

What is your focus or philosophy as a yoga teacher?
I like my yoga practice to be fun and healing, so I try and create that same environment in my classes and privates. Yoga is less about achieving a pose and more about exploring your relationship to your body and breath. This cultivates our ability to let our attention to reside in the present moment, which helps create harmony in all the systems of our body.

How can couples integrate your yoga offerings into their wedding or celebration?
Yoga is a great way to weave relaxation, connection, and fun into your celebration! I can teach a lighthearted group class for you and your friends and/or family, or a special private session for the couple. Sometimes it happens for the bachelorette party or for the actual wedding on the day before or morning of.

How do you scale your wedding-focused services for a variety of budgets?
I’m pretty flexible with my offerings, so we can figure out a location (your place or a yoga studio or park) and time (60 mins or up to 2 hours) that suits your budget. Participants can supply all your own props or I can bring my restorative props and essential oils for a really special practice.

Speaking from experience, planning a wedding can be stressful. And a regular yoga practice can be a great way to rebalance during a time of elevated stress. Any tips for how someone could support their wedding planning process with their own yoga practice?
Just give your self some time to pull back from the planning and coordinating!  Walk your dog, be in nature, or practice yoga. It can be anything, just something you enjoy doing that will give you a little space to be able to feel what you are experiencing so that you can show up fully (body, mind, and heart) on your big day.

On that note, do you offer private yoga instruction not associated with events, or support / consultation for developing a home practice?
Yes, I see clients at my office in downtown Ithaca and in Trumansburg. There is so much to explore in yoga and I love working 1 to 1, as I can really customize your practice to what you need on that day. We can go deep into a powerful handstand practice or experience the subtly of energetic balancing and chakra clearing. Yoga is a recognized alternative therapy for anyone experiencing illness, injury, or stress and can be very helpful as we navigate the stages of life and the landscape of our personal growth. Individualized yoga is a great compliment to group classes or home practice.

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What’s your favorite thing about living / working here in Ithaca / the FLX?
Having a great community of inspiring people and access to nature all so close together.

Words of wisdom to those planning celebrations?
Have a clear intention for your celebration that supports your love for one another. That way you can keep on returning to it when the pressure of planning becomes too much.

Anything else to add?
Big events and the emotions they elicit can be stressful and can create imbalances in our nervous system, which can leave us feeling overwhelmed or stuck in a fight or flight pattern. By practicing yoga and creating some space for self-care, you have the power to create an experience of your wedding day in which you feel centered, clear, and open to experiencing the immense love and support of your family, friends, and partner.

Learn more about Sara’s offerings at sarawordenyoga.com.


Allison Usavage is a documentary-style photographer and one of the co-founders of the Sweet Bough Wedding Collective. For more information on wedding photography or to explore her visual storytelling work, check out allisonusavage.com.