This month, IN caught up with Sandra Sanford of Pensacola’s Breathe Yoga Studio. Born in Puerto Rico, but living most of her life stateside, Sanford spent 14 years in the Virgin Islands before moving to Pensacola in 2000. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Sanford holds a 500-hour certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Lenox, Mass., has been actively teaching for over seven years and recently became a Licensed Massage Therapist. Sanford’s unique style of yoga integrates the opportunity for self-inquiry with joyful vinyasa flow.
Sanford’s yoga practice, sadhana, gives her the fuel she needs to be a mother to two children, wife, teacher, business owner, massage therapist and caregiver to a yellow lab and a Cruzan cat.
IN: How did you become interested in the practice of yoga?
SANFORD: I fell deeply in love with yoga the first time I stepped on a mat so many years ago at the Downtown YMCA. I gravitated towards kripalu yoga, “the yoga of love and compassion”. My desire to spread the joy of yoga throughout Pensacola inspired me to open Breathe Yoga Studio in October 2006.
IN: Can you give us some details about the studio?
SANFORD: At Breathe Yoga Studio, we believe that yoga is for everybody, and everyone is welcome at Breathe Yoga Studio. We are committed to providing a variety of yoga classes and workshops that tap into your connection with prana, life force. We have classes in various yoga styles and levels every day of the week. Our boutique studio offers small class sizes, personalized attention and lots of loving encouragement. We also have two licensed massage therapists on staff who specialize in Swedish and deep tissue massage. Our team of dedicated and experienced teachers is infusing the joy of yoga throughout Pensacola and into the world. Our beautiful, peaceful studio overlooks the sparkling bay and is surrounded by the lush canopy of trees of Historic Seville Square. From the moment you step onto the mat, you will experience positive change: greater energy, strength, flexibility, balance and an enhanced sense of inner calm.
IN: What is the best part of your job?
SANFORD: My greatest pleasure as a yoga teacher is to witness the transformation and growth of students as they journey on the path of yoga.
IN: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in the studio?
SANFORD: In my spare time, I can be found scavenging yard sales, running and biking in East Hill, gardening or sitting in quiet contemplation on my front porch.
Breathe Yoga Studio
503 Adams St.
Historic Seville Square