About Sarah Troy
- Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and Integrative Counselor
- Heart-Based Meditation Instructor
- Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist in training
- Certified Level 1 STOTT Pilates instructor
- 200hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher
I am here to help you find a holistic approach to health that makes sense for your unique needs. While we are all created equal, we are definitely all created differently, and my purpose is to help you figure out exactly what choices will give you your fullest potential of health and happiness.
- July Meditation Retreat – Essence of Love
- Radiant Contemplation Course
- April Five Day Meditation Retreat – Self Growth and Devlopment
- February Meditation Retreat – Radical Acceptance
- Ayurvedic Spiritual Counseling II
- December Meditation Retreat
- Advanced Consciousness Based Healing II
- February Meditation Retreat
- November Meditation Retreat
- April Five Day Meditation Retreat
- February Meditation Retreat
- June Meditation Retreat
- February Meditation Retreat
- Advanced Consciousness Based Healing
- Ayurvedic Spiritual Counseling Certification
- August Five Day Meditation Retreat
- Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Certification
- Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour certification
- Tufts University, Bachelor of Arts
My adopted mother suffered from Type 1 Diabetes, and when I say suffer- I mean she truly suffered. She detested the diagnosis, and chose to ignore it as much as she could, which you really can’t do with Diabetes and have a healthy existence. But she sure tried. She didn’t pay attention to what, or when, she ate. She didn’t exercise and therefore grew obese. She hated that her body had, as she saw it, chosen to betray her. I watched her consistently make choices that pushed her closer to death, and further from living a full, happy, healthy, life. At 58, she was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. She passed away a year later after falling into a diabetic coma. At 25, I lost my mother, and I spent the following years trying to reconcile myself to the fact that she died decades earlier than she should have in large part due to the choices she herself made about her health. Little did I know how heavily my mother’s choices would influence the path I myself would take.
I first fell in love with Pilates during my freshmen year at Tufts University in 2000, where I majored in Classics. In one of those serendipitous events, I was re-introduced to Pilates in 2006 at a time when I was ready for a significant life change. (The corporate world simply wasn’t for me.) Encouraged by my instructor, I began training through STOTT Pilates in 2007 and have since completed my Level 1 certification and numerous workshops. I enjoyed helping people better their bodies so much I went on to become certified in SPINNING, Cardiolates, and TRX. I quit my “real” job, became the office manager for a small fitness studio, and devoted myself to teaching various forms of exercise. My quick and complete fall for the fitness world had everything to do with the thrill and joy of helping women commit to creating a healthier lifestyle for themselves- something my mother had never been able to do.
The longer I taught, the more dedicated I became to helping women find sustainable health.
Watching my clients go from struggling to play with their grandkids to picking them up with ease- that was IT. That was the real win, the best possible outcome I could ask for as an instructor. And it was immensely fulfilling on a personal level because I knew I was helping these ladies making better choices for themselves, and as a result their children and children’s children would get to spend more time with them. Doesn’t take a psychologist to figure out the connections here, right? But it wasn’t enough. I wanted to do more. I was only taking care of their physical well being- what about their mental? Emotional? Spiritual? Many of my clients would talk to me about the pain they were experiencing due to a challenging relationship, and while I could lend a sympathetic ear, I didn’t know how to actually help. Others would ask me for advice regarding what they should eat and I was at a loss. I knew I wanted to help them- but how?
I looked into Nutrition programs. Physical therapy. Life coach. Naturopath. You name it, I investigated. I even contemplated going back to school to become a psychologist. But nothing quite fit the bill until October of 2014 when a dear friend insisted we go to the first annual NH Yoga Retreat and I was introduced to Ayurveda. Within moments of being told the basics of this ancient healing method, I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for. It just made sense- of course everything we do influences our existence…the key is understanding *how*, and this is what Ayurveda teaches us: *how* every choice we make directly influences our physical bodies, our emotions, our thoughts, in truth- our everything. Within a week of attending the workshop I enrolled with New World Ayurveda and began studying to become an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. Here is the method for helping others discover how to listen to what their body is trying to say. Here are holistic, sustainable ways to reach optimal health. Here is a form of medicine that is not just reactive, but pro-active.
Never one to stay still for long, I continued my training in April/June of 2016, when I attended Kripalu for my 200 hour yoga teacher training. It was truly one of the most profound transformational periods of my life, both personally and professionally. Kripalu yoga emphasizes self-compassion and listening to that still voice within. As Don Miguel Ruiz says in The Four Agreements, the truth is that we can only do our best on any given day, and Kripalu yoga recognizes that your best on one day may not be the same as the next, or the day before. Kripalu is appropriate for anyone, but I think it truly shines in reconnecting people who have lost touch with their bodies. We take pause in class to simply Breathe. Relax. Feel. Witness. Allow. BRFWA, as they say. A simple technique that can do so much, and is a powerful reminder that we all need to slow down sometimes.
Not that I do much slowing down…. my training still didn’t feel complete. The body is only one part of the triad… what about the mind and spirit? In May of 2017, I completed a 30 week program, also through New World Ayurveda, to become an Ayurvedic Spiritual Counselor. I took this program mainly so that I could teach Heart Based Meditation, as it is a practice that has completely transformed my life and I can think of nothing better than being able to teach it to others. To answer the obvious question – how did it transform my life? Peace. Confidence. Faith. It’s hard to wrap it up into a short bio – the best I can do is to say that I used to struggle with everything. With accepting my past, controlling my present, and fearing what the future may bring. Meditation has helped me let go. Not that I don’t still get stressed- I am human. But now there is a grace to it all- an acceptance I didn’t think I was capable of. Through the Meditation training I realized that another aspect of my calling is to help people soothe their deep emotional wounds through chakra healing, enhancing intuition, and understanding the energetic flow of emotions. I can’t help but wonder how different things would have been if my mother had been able to make peace with her diagnosis, and had moved towards changing her lifestyle to fit the undeniable needs of her body, as opposed to fighting it every step of the way.
It’s been over a decade since I started down the path, so innocently, of simply teaching Pilates. If you had told me when I began that it would lead me to Ayurveda; to being a holistic healer- I’m not sure I would have believed you. It certainly isn’t what I wrote down when they asked little kid me “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. And I certainly never would have believed I would have a dedicated meditation practice! But, I also wouldn’t have guessed a career could be so fulfilling. Every day, I watch my clients choose themselves. Choose health. Choose life. Every day, I get to help them make even more informed decisions about what is in their best interest. And I can’t imagine anything better than consistently getting to hear things like “I’ve gone a whole two weeks sleeping through the night… two weeks!” or “You won’t believe it… I interacted with my stepmother last week and DIDN’T want to kill her the whole time!” This is what lights me up, and I am committed to learning everything I can to become an even better conduit for change.
So, of course, I’m not done with my education. In September of 2021 I began my training in Craniosacral Therapy- something I have wanted to do for years. I was blessed to have found an amazing craniosacral practitioner who helped me heal and understand so much. I am loving working with this new modality! And after this… who knows?! I can’t wait to find out what calls to me next! I also feel eternally grateful that I took that fateful step into that Pilates studio so long ago, for in learning how to heal others I’ve found healing myself, along with a peace and joy I never imagined possible.
When I’m not doing any of the above, you can most likely find me going on adventures with my son and husband, reading (everything from murder mysteries to young adult fiction to biographies- I’m a bibliophile through and through), snuggling with my two cats (someday there will be a dog, too), quilting, contradancing, or enjoying the outdoors. I look forward to growing a Heart Based Meditation community in the Upstate of SC, and continuing to help others find a sustainable path to the life they have always wanted.
Love and Light,