About Me

I'm so pleased you're here, thank you for taking the time to stop by. So, I'll get right to it as I'm sure your quite busy. I'll start will the essentials and then you decide if you want to carry on reading about my funny little life.

I'm 39, excited about my 40's and the new adventures I will have, however now it will be with a more laid back attitude, and I really don't care what others think about me!

I live between Wiltshire and North Devon and if I'm not doing yoga then I'm surfing. I love the sea, it makes every ounce of my being so incredibly happy, sitting out back in the surf looking back at my favourite place just gives me so much joy. If I'm not on the sea then I like to be in the sea, I take every opportunity to snorkel, free dive or scuba dive that I can.

My friends and family make all life so much sweeter and I love them all dearly.

I am a vegetarian and also gluten and lactose-free. I love Asian cooking best and of course PIZZA!

I love blues and greens, they soothe my soul.

Plastic makes me sad. So that's the cliff notes.....

Samantha Garstin Yoga / Samantha

I was born in North Devon and in a random turn of events, the day after I arrived into the world, an escaped arsonist decided to burn down my parents' laundry and home while everyone was busy visiting me in hospital.

It changed the course of my very young life from day one. As a result of that, some, bad luck and a few pretty hard recessions it caused us as a family to move A LOT. This I guess, is where my nomadic wanderlust came from. For most of my life, I have found security in the impermanence of things and great discomfort in being still. Last time I counted I had moved home 31 times. Like most life experiences it was a double-edged sword.

Samantha Garstin Yoga / Surf / Devon

Over time I have found joy in being settled, which I didn't get to experience until my mid 30's. I have found myself being content with doing less and finding stillness, it's quite liberating not to have to always be doing.

However, my burning desire to travel will never diminish, in fact. Over the years I have travelled around the world including Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and a good portion of Europe. Highlights for me were Bali, The Gili Islands, Mt Fuji and Greece.

As mentioned I do like to partake in a winter season, I love snowboarding and have now done 6 winters in St Anton, Morzine, La Plagne and La Rosiere. My love of being on a board and also being in the sea naturally lead to my love of surfing, I just can't get enough of it. Nothing in the world is better than flying down a glassy clean wave then jumping off and paddling back out to do it all over again just for those 20 seconds of exquisite bliss. It is the most exhilarating and simultaneously frustrating pastime I have ever done, I would highly recommend it.

So, the reason we are all here Yoga! It was a gradual integration into my life. It should have been something I just jumped on straight away, but I have always liked to question stuff and make up my own mind on things.

From my late teens I have always enjoyed a more alternative lifestyle, I felt naturally attracted to Wiccan philosophies and the awareness of the earth and ourselves in it. So I'm not sure why at that point I wasn't like ahhh, yoga, that makes perfect sense. Instead, I kept it at arm's length, I did a few classes now and then but I always favoured Pilates instead.

It wasn't until about 10 years ago when I couldn't afford my Pilates lessons anymore and couldn't find a good substitute online that I turned to Yoga. There are so many amazing online teachers I had the world (of Yoga) at my fingertips, and after about a month I was completely hooked!

Since then I have kept a daily practice, with asana at least 5 days a week. As my practice evolved I have developed sadhana rituals I like to keep. Yoga completely changed every aspect of my life (so said every yogi ever) it changed everything. These changes might not be visible on the surface, they are not really changes you can see, although I have abs now (in the right lighting) and my triceps are ripped (but again you can't really see those being such tiny muscles) The changes I am talking about are internal, the way I see myself, the way I feel about who I am and what my purpose is.

Samantha Garstin Yoga / urdhva dhanurasana

I love to move my body and my practice doesn't always look like yoga, somedays it's more like interpretive dance, and somedays I might just breathe. I am driven to find new ways to practice and creative ways to tap into creating functional movement. Bodies that function are sexy! Yup! You heard me. Ain't nothing attractive about lower back agony! I want to be zipping around when I'm 80 and still having adventures and doing all the stuff I love. We need to nourish the only body we have NOW.

Yoga has a way of coming into your life at just the right moment and then your hooked! Once it became part of my every day I knew there was no way I would want to ever be without it. In fact, I loved it so much that I wanted to share it with others so that they could also find the magic and wonder of this ancient practice. It was only natural that I should teach.

So the official bit, I am a qualified Vinyasa Teacher and registered with the Yoga Alliance. More than that, I live it. Every day. From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep.

What does that mean?

It means I live the practice of being connected to my body and being consciously and mindfully, aware of myself and who I am in the world every day. Full disclosure, I struggled with body confidence and eating disorders when I was in my teens, it was just the other day I said to a friend, do you know, now at nearly 40, I have never felt so confident in my body as I do right now! Even with wobbly bits and bits that stick out and bits that aren't as toned as they once were, I feel amazing! I know in my heart that is because of the way my mindset has shifted. I constantly work with my body rather than against it, I have developed a deep connection to myself and what I need.

So my friends, are you ready to feel this for yourself? To feel empowered and body confident and to be ready for whatever life throws at you?

Join me on the mat at Root & Rise and get ready to feel your most authentic self!