About Sarah Belle
Sarah Belle is a brand that fuses together the talent, inspiration and spirit of yoga teacher, health coach and artist, Sarah Balmer. Both a dreamer and doer, Sarah is passionate about helping others lead a more awakened life. In her jewelry, art, yoga classes, and workshops, Sarah loves to explore the relationship between creativity and spirituality to unmask the layers, liberate the spirit, and encourage others live with greater authenticity. For it is in sharing our authentic gifts, with real vulnerability, that is our greatest service to humanity.
Sarah is classically trained as a designer with a BS in Interior Architecture from the University of Louisville. She holds certifications as a holistic health coach, registered yoga teacher and personal trainer. Through the week she spends time working in the fast-paced environment of healthcare IT, which has been one of her greatest teachers, showing the benefits and rewards of meditation and yoga for effective stress management. Sarah’s philosophy is that we all lead integrated lives; and by learning how to balance the mind, body and spirit, and being willing to live heart centered, we can cultivate peace within, raising our vibration and empowering others to do the same.
What's in a Name
Sarah grew up with a few different nicknames including Buddha Butt, which her brother still affectionately calls her to this day. She sometimes wonders if growing up with the name Buddha somehow imprinted her subconscious mind to mold her into the spirit seeker that she is today.
The name Sarah Belle was one her dad always used, in addition to Bunny Hopper and a few others. Sarah's father passed away over fifteen years ago to leukemia and with each passing year as life unfolds in new ways she often finds herself wondering what her dad would think if he were here. She knows he would be proud because he told her everyday that he was proud of her.
It was Sarah's dad who taught her how to color by moving the crayon around in little circles. She loved art and especially color. Her dad would tease her for still being obsessed with coloring with markers into her teenage years. She remembers him asking her, "How long are you going keep coloring?" teasing and implying that she was outgrowing the age for coloring. At her first interior design job, she was the designer who got to do the renderings! She will never forget coming home that day, smiling from ear to ear, telling her dad that she got paid to 'color' at work. And of course he reminded her of where she first learned her skills.
Now more than ever, Sarah understands how important it is to feed the creative spirit, to connect with it and be moved by it no matter what your age or for what purpose. This takes on a lot of forms for different types of people. When one of those forms is unfamiliar to another, judgment may be cast and that can persuade you to walk a more narrow path. But it is in following your truth, standing firm in your own light, that ignites your soul to shine the brightest thereby liberating the spirit. For Sarah, that is very simply the work that you see on this website. In some of those moments when it is just her and the art at work, she can feel her dad with her. So it only seems appropriate that her artist name is Sarah Belle.
She's still coloring, dad.