Sara Auster is a certified Sound Therapist and Meditation Teacher based in New York City. She has been a driving force in bringing sound meditation and sound therapy to contemporary culture. Sara offers sound meditation in different formats including workshops, retreats, trainings, private sessions and large-scale events all over the world.
In 2002, after an accident left her with a broken back, chronic pain and an inability to continue her work as a musician and artist, Sara began a journey of self-healing. In 2008, she became a certified Anusara Yoga teacher and earned her certification in Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater. She completed her Sound Therapy Practitioner training under the guidance of Wendy Young (Princeton University). In addition to thousands of hours of yoga trainings in therapeutics and philosophy, she studied Shiatsu and Swedish massage therapy at The Swedish Institute in New York City and is a Reiki practitioner. Her methods are informed by her studies of neuroscience, psychoacoustics, Yoga Nidra, shamanism and Traditional Chinese medicine.
Using holistic approaches to healing with the transformative power of music and sound, Sara's carefully crafted personal instruction allows her students and clients to use sound as a tool to support, access, and cultivate deep relaxation. Possessing the unique ability to offer quality sound work in a large format, Sara provides a shared meditative experience for groups of ten to ten thousand.
In New York City, Sara is the Sound Director for The Big Quiet and MNDFL, and has facilitated sound events at venues such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Rubin Museum, Lincoln Center and Summer Stage in Central Park. Sara co-created the Mindful Music + Sound Series at Tibet House in 2014, and serves on their associate board. She has been featured in Billboard Magazine, The New York Times and TIME Magazine, listed as a top meditation to try by Oprah Magazine and was recently named as one of "50 Innovators Shaping the Future of Wellness" by Sonima.
New York Times - So You Think You Can't Meditate?
Billboard Magazine - I Want to Find My Way
Men's Journal - Zen Out: A Guided Sound Meditation
MindBodyGreen - The Real Reason Sound Baths are Still a Rising Trend
Garance Dore - Steady MInds
The New York Times - No Texts, Please, We're Meditating
The Log Journal - VARIATIONS: Ways of Listening
Well + Good - Listen to this Sound Bath Recording for Some Super-Healing Self Care (author)
Yoga Journal - 9 Inspiring Meditation Teachers to Know
Well + Good - Where to Experience a Sound Bath in NYC
Yahoo Health - Music + Meditation: How Sound Baths Wash Away Stress
Well + Good - New York City's Sonic Bath Boom
Sound Fly - Sara Auster and the Healing Power of Sound
La Vita Wellness - Monthly Muse
Teach.Yoga - Sound Healing
The Coveteur - Get Well with Michelle Promaulayko