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Sarah, founder of Chalo! Travels, is a passionate outdoor sport person, Indian lover and yoga teacher

Sarah Appelt has been living in India since 2009.

Originally, she came to Delhi at the  age of nineteen as a volunteer for only one year of service. But she fell in love with the diverse country, with its fascinating people, deep culture and enchanting landscapes. So she decided to have her base in India, more precisely in the Indian Himalayas, from where she organizes active and adventure trips and yoga trips through India.

She is a trained 1000 hours yoga teacher (certified with Yoga Alliance), mountaineer and mountain biker and has completed her studies in tourism management in India.

“I want to share my passion for the Indian mountain world and my affection for the local population with other travelers interested in culture and nature and active people from all over the world. I want to bring them closer to India with all its facets and ensure intercultural understanding between the different nations. Join in into an adventure in India and immerse yourself in a fascinating world full of contrasts, religions and nature.”

Yoga Profile

Sarah had her first intensive contact with yoga during her year-long volunteer service in Delhi in 2009/10. In addition to teach in a school in a slum, she had a private yoga teacher who taught her the secrets of traditional Indian yoga. During this time Sarah not only found her own regular practice, but yoga also became an integral part of her life.

When she returned to India in 2012, she found her new private yoga teacher in the Indian mountain resort of Manali, with whom she completed the snowy winter over an intense month-long yoga workout at Shivananda Yoga.

In the following winter of 2013, she completed her first 200 hours of yoga teacher training in Goa with the well-known Ashthanga and Hatha Yoga teacher Vijay from Universal Yoga.

In the fall of 2015, Sarah completed her 300 hours of yoga teacher training at the Paramand Yoga Institute in Indore, a city in central India. Here she got trained mainly in yoga therapy, traditional Hatha yoga and meditation.

She continued to teach yoga in Manali and also offered yoga trips and retreats throughout India. Whenever she traveled to Germany again, she taught as a guest teacher at various yoga schools.

In 2016, Sarah attended a ten-day Buddhist silence and meditation seminar at the Tushita Center in Daramshala.

She completed her certification in Thai yoga massage in March 2017 in Dharamshala.

In autumn 2017, she completed another 300 hours of certified yoga teacher training in Akhanda Yoga style and Kundalini Yoga in an ashram in Rishikesh.

She received her training in singing bowl therapy and mantra meditation in Goa in March 2019 from Shiva Girish.

In January 2020, she completed another 200 hours of yoga teacher training in Yin and Asthanga Yoga with Upaya Yoga in Goa.

Now, Sarah is a very experienced 1000 hours certified yoga teacher with her own deep yoga practice. She offers yoga trips and retreats throughout India throughout the year.

In May 2020 she founded her own yoga platform Yoga Maya India with the yoga school “Ganesha’s Yoga Shala”.