Sarah Marlowe Spence, also known as Premratna, is a multi-talented singer/songwriter, yoga teacher, yoga class accompanist,  kirtan artist/teacher and much more.

A classically trained singer, her musical inspirations really took off during a university holiday job taking Japanese tourists hiking at Aoraki Mt Cook in Aotearoa New Zealand's Southern Alps. Creative flows continued during formative years living in the Canadian Rockies and Kootenay mountains, and while spending extended periods of time working at residential yoga centres (ashrams) in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. It was during these times that Sarah trained in Yasodhara Yoga (2005/2007) and through the Bihar School of Yoga (2010). 

These days, based in Aotearoa's beautiful Bay of Plenty, Sarah is studying First Light Flower Essences of New Zealand, and with the Medicine Woman Centre for Shamanic and Esoteric Studies. She also practices Access Consciousness "The Bars."

At the 2017 International Yoga Festival in Auckland. Photo by Kawai Purapura.

At the 2017 International Yoga Festival in Auckland. Photo by Kawai Purapura.

 

 

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Premratna translates as 'jewel of unconditional love'. Sanskrit names are often given in yoga traditions with the intention of reminding the recipient of their highest potential. 

Kirtan (joyful chanting) is the practice of singing your heart open; it is the music aspect of yoga. The leader facilitates group singing with a simple melody, often in Sanskrit, which the group sings back. The accompanying instruments support as the chant increases in intensity before pulling back to a silence perfect for meditation. Experience it to understand - you don't need to be able to sing!