About Shama

” I love the way she (Shama) connects with everyone on a personal level, being caring and careful to the needs of each student.”
Lucia Garavaglia, Kindred Spirit magazine

Shama (Sara Palmer) has been practicing Yoga for more than 30 years, and teaching for 13 years. She trained with the Sivananda Yoga lineage to advanced level, and lived and worked as a senior staff member in the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas for much of 5 years. Shama has also trained and/or studied with masters of Hatha Yoga from outside of the Sivananda organisation and their wonderful teachings also support her practice and all she shares in classes, workshops and on retreat.

Shama is also a fully qualified Ayurveda Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner, Ayurveda Educator, and Yoga Therapist registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has studied Ayurveda with leading world figures in the field: Dr David Frawley, Mukunda Stiles, Maya Tiwari, Atreya Smith and Dr Sunil Joshi.

On qualifying as a Yoga teacher, Shama lived in the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas to fully immerse into Yoga teachings and lifestyle. During her time living in the Sivananda ashram, she commuted to New York to qualify in Structural Yoga Therapy and also to study Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Stiles. On qualifying, she worked as Yoga therapist in the Sivananda ashram, offering one-on-one sessions to ashram guests and staff, and also offering specialist therapeutic residential Yoga workshops and programmes: Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga for Stress Relief, Yoga for Healing & Pain Relief, and The Healing Power of the Breath.

Shama says “This was a very transformative time in my life. My understanding and appreciation of the healing and transformative power of Yoga deepened incredibly. I was learning so much from the senior staff of the ashram and from the intensives in which I was blessed to take part in”.

During these years, Shama also undertook further study in Pregnancy Yoga and Yoga for Cancer and Cardiac Disease. She lived within the Yoga ashram community, living the lifestyle directed by the texts of Yoga and Ayurveda, and working in service of the teachers and guests at the ashram.

“Yoga was making me happier, more whole and stronger than I had ever felt in my life, and ever since then I have wanted to share the incredible benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda with as many people as I can reach.”

Also during these years, Shama was introduced to the wonders of Ayurveda, being exposed to Ayurveda educators and doctors who visited the ashram to give programmes, and to the ashram Ayurveda staff. She studied first of all Ayurveda Yoga therapy and more recently has done Ayurveda educator and practitioner trainings.

As a full-time Yoga teacher, Ayurveda Wellness Counsellor and Yoga therapist now based in the UK, Shama is dedicated to sharing all that she has learned, not only in those years in the Sivananda ashram, but also on spiritual travels all across the globe and in trainings with internationally renowned masters of Hatha Yoga, Yoga philosophy and Ayurveda. She has travelled to India, Japan, Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Canada, Scotland, USA and Bahamas to learn from and practice Yoga and other healing and spiritual traditions. Shama has done study in Ayurveda with Dr David Frawley and Mukunda Stiles and is now taking her Ayurveda practitioners training.

Shama teaches classes, workshops and retreats for all levels, in Warwickshire where she lives and in Cyprus.

You will learn with her the physical, mental-emotional and energetic benefits of Yoga postures and breathing practices. She includes deep relaxation and meditation techniques in her teachings, and you will be guided in these according to your level of experience (beginner to advanced).

In her workshops, Shama shares aspects of Yoga and Ayurveda which will take your understanding beyond the level of muscles, ligaments and bodily strength and flexibility towards a deeper appreciation of Yoga’s effect on our minds, our health, our energy. She will show you how to apply specific practices of Yoga and Ayurveda for specific effect, to enhance inner well-being, health and peace of mind according to your Ayurvedic type and to the time of year.

Shama loves teaching on retreat. This allows her to share with you the amazing benefits of living a Yoga and Ayurveda lifestyle and committing to daily practice of Yoga posture, breathing and meditation.

“On retreat, we gather to immerse deeply into Yoga and Ayurveda as living sciences for health and transformation. We practice and learn time-tested teachings for the season, our stage of life, state of body and mind, the enviroment, climate and the phase in the lunar cycle, WIth diet, Yoga posture and breathing adapted in this way, we powerfully boost our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Together we take magical and empowering journeys into the deeper dimensions of our being for transformation through posture, breath and meditation. It’s a very uplifting, heartful way to come together.” Shama says.

In one-to-one Yoga sessions, Shama can address the pain in your back, or your hip or your knee: your digestive discomforts or headaches or anxiety; your joint pain, high blood pressure, heart disease and other chronic ailments with a personally tailored programme based on the teachings of Structural and Ayurvedic therapy.

And if after some time of Yoga practice, you wish to discover and uncover the deeper, subtler more spiritually transformational dimensions of Yoga, Shama would be delighted to work with you. In such sessions, she will work with you with specially structured asana sequences, pranayamas, meditations, sound and other healing Yoga practices.

“This is my passion” she says, “that we move inwards from the physical, the gross, the familiar to the ever more subtle, unfamiliar and unlimited parts of ourselves, right into the heart of being. Here we find true health. In Yoga we call it “svastha”. It translates as health and also translates as “being established in the Self.” The two are synonymous in Yoga and this is the whole and most amazing promise of Yoga for me. That we come to rest in “svastha”, in our true nature and potentiality .From here, established in the Self, we live in harmony with our heart’s deepest longing and can then begin to fulfil our highest wish for ourselves, our loved ones and our beautiful planet.”

In Ayurveda sessions, Shama will address lifestyle, nutrition, mind, emotions, heart and soul to bring all she has learned from amazing teachers to you for support of your body, mind and heart.



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