As well as being a yoga teacher, Sarah is a is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Common issues such as divorce, depression, self esteem, and anxiety of all kinds can be transformed through working with a therapist in a sacred container.  


     Sarah combines mindfulness techniques, the foundation of yoga, with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with an emphasis on integrating hidden aspects of the client.  Combining mindfulness with CBT is a natural fit.  Clients identifying thought distortions and choose more realistic thinking patterns when there is a mindfulness practice to help provide space between them and their habitual reactions.  The experience can be at an intuitive pace or a methodical one, depending on the needs of the person. 


    Sarah also works therapeutically by bringing mindfulness into the body, which is also the foundation for hatha yoga.  She believes the future of psychotherapy lies in being inside of the body.  Every muscle stores memory, and has influence the way our nervous system reacts in the world.  It has been obvious in her psychotherapy training that working through the body can be a profound way to open emotional doors, release grief, find safety, and build connection to the inherent grace and beauty that the body is made of.  

In this way, we can make choices around our state of mind regardless of the external world, which powerfully overlaps into one’s daily life.   

     What to expect:  Some clients enjoy working technically while others want a more organic and spiritual experience.

 It will be different for each client.  The first session will include an intake so Sarah can understand the map of the person, their situation and the client's desires of where they want to go.  It is not uncommon to start a session by sitting in a guided meditation for a few minutes for the client to arrive into all that is going on and what is important to bring up.  Some clients rather skip that part, and some clients are working on a mindfulness practice so sit longer.  A "check in" could last for one minute to one hour, depending on the client's needs.  Sarah, or an experienced client, then chooses from a number of therapeutic directions that then can overlap into the client's world once the session ends.  Sessions start at an hour, but are often more effective at an hour and a half.  Sarah is available to work with clients in Marin, East Bay, and San Francisco.


Rates:  $100/hr  + sometimes travel costs depending on the distance.

(please ask about discounted rates for students and special situations.)

"Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved heath and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of yoga" - IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists)

"Yoga therapy, derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health care refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude." -American Viniyoga Institute Gary Kraftsow

"Yoga therapy is that facet of the ancient science of Yoga that focuses on health and wellness at all levels of the person: physical, psychological, and spiritual. Yoga therapy focuses on the path of Yoga as a healing journey that brings balance to the body and mind through an experiential understanding of the primary intention of Yoga: awakening of Spirit, our essential nature." -Integrative Yoga Therapy (U.S.A.) Joseph LePage, M.A.

                                                                               Sarah Mangion MA, MFT 415 350 7033