Sarah Newsome LMBT
Sarah Newsome LMBT holds the position of Post-Graduate Practitioner at Asheville Community Yoga’s Healing Arts Center. A 2019 graduate of Asheville School of Massage and Yoga, she provides massage services for clients while continuing to learn from our more experienced massage therapists. Post-graduate sessions are priced more accessibly than our standard sessions in keeping with our mission to keep healing arts affordable for our community.
In booking a post-graduate session, the client agrees to provide written feedback about the session to Asheville Community Yoga front desk staff following the session and before departure. This feedback is used to assist our post-graduate practitioners in their journey to become experienced practitioners. Post-graduate sessions are not available to clients who do not agree to this program requirement.
From Sarah: I grew up in the Carolinas as the daughter of two Presbyterian ministers. From an early age I was open to and curious about other religions and philosophies. In my late teens this led me to the discovery of Zen Buddhism, through which I discovered a number of meditation practices that were not just cerebral but involved body awareness and movement. Through these mindfulness exercises and yin yoga I began to understand how moving into my body more deeply allowed my mind to settle down naturally. These practices were like the first lanterns lit within the unchartered depths of my inner world. Asanas and body awareness illumined, for me, how memories, traumas, and emotions were housed in my body. These insights brought about an entirely new way of looking at my physical and mental health, and though I was on a pre-med track, I found myself camping out in the world religion, philosophy and poetry sections of my college library, intrigued by eastern philosophy and drawn to the teachings of folks like V.K.S. Vivekananda, Allen Watts, Thích Nhat Hahn, and Rumi, among others. My interests in medicine shifted further after spending a year in Ghana West Africa where I experienced an affectionate and communal culture and much more simple way of life. Though I did return to complete my B.A. in public health, my values had changed significantly and I left behind my career path in western medicine to pursue a life path in healing arts. I completed my 200 hr yoga teacher training in 2015 in Atlanta where, through my teacher Damien Vierra, I was introduced to Thai massage.
In awe of the the utter beauty of this modality where the body is stretched, lifted, leveraged against in such a dramatic yet fluid way, I went on to study Thai massage in Chiang Mai, and I also went on to complete my 500 hr yoga certification in Rishikesh, India. As Rumi says, “there are many ways to kneel and kiss the ground”, and just as there are different religions for different people, different ways to pray, there are so many different avenues out there which can bring us back home to ourselves, to the inner sanctuary, the temple of our bodies, where a deep well of peace resides. I am honored to share with others, the modalities which personally continue to be so instrumental in my own healing. Most recently I completed a 675 hr. massage therapy program at the Asheville school of massage and yoga and am now a licensed massage therapist practicing in Asheville, N.C. I offer an approach to bodywork that is rooted in compassion, encourages feedback and communication, and is influenced by Thai massage, Swedish, deep tissue and trigger point therapy.
60 minute Post-graduate Massage
90 minute Post-graduate Massage