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Sarah at Set Learning Free

My History & Inspirations

I am an education consultant, independent research historian, professional advocate (Special Needs and Exceptional), teacher, and writer (my scholarship is a Master’s thesis on Slavery in Fredericksburg). In my pre-mom life, I taught Social Studies and numerous electives at the highly acclaimed Open High School in Richmond, Virginia from 2002-2003, and as a substitute teacher in 2004. I enjoyed working as a graduate teaching assistant while completing my Master's degree in History at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2004-2005. Sharing the learning journey with my own children is the most rewarding (and challenging) journey. Learning styles, educational theory, brain development, genetics, bioethics, and eugenics are all topics of deep research for me.

 


 

As an experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200, 500 Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Teacher RPYT, and Registered Children's Yoga Teacher RCYT (and Yoga Therapy Student), I gratefully offer movement education serving all populations; specializing in prenatal, postnatal, and children's unique yoga needs. I am a certified Accessible Yoga Ambassador &Yoga For All Certified Instructor dedicated to inclusive teaching practices for all students. I also offer trauma sensitive adaptions (I'm a trauma survivor) and more gentle/therapeutic style accommodations for all levels and classes with respect to all genders, religious affiliations, and people with unique developmental or accessibility needs. I am classically trained and offer eight-limbed, Full Spectrum Yoga classes which include: meditation, breath practices, ethical living/values, asanas/postures, understanding one's relationship in the universe, and building introspective self-practices. I teach yoga respectfully to all religions or non-religious.

I'm honored to serve as a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP.

The land on which I gather, organize, live, and work in is part of the Powhatan, Pamunkey, and Mattaponi Indigenous peoples of the Fredericksburg, Virginia region. I acknowledge the traditional keepers of this land.  I also honor and pay respects to elders past, present and emerging, especially highlighting those named and unnamed enslaved folks who endured and resisted. I acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

 


Articles & Original Research

Publications

Va Homeschoolers Voice Magazine

"Holistic Learning in the Homeschool"
by Sarah Blunkosky. 
volume 5 | issue 1 | page 26 | January–February 2019

"Ask Us: Attaining Services for Your Child with Special Needs"
by Sarah Blunkosky & Alycia Wright. 
volume 23 | article 1 | January-February 2017

"In Search of the Research on Home Education"
by Sarah Blunkosky
volume 23 | article 4 | September-October 2017

Slavery Scholarship Thesis

"Unlawful Assembly and the Fredericksburg Mayor's Court Order Books, 1821-1834"
by Sarah Blunkosky.

"Unlawful assembly accounts extracted from the Fredericksburg Mayor’s Court Order Books from 1821-1834, reveal rare glimpses of unsupervised, alleged illegal interactions between free and enslaved individuals, many of whom do not appear in other records. Authorities enforced laws banning free blacks and persons of mixed race from interacting with enslaved persons and whites at unlawful assemblies to keep peace in the town, to prevent sexual relationships between white women and free and enslaved black men, and to prevent alliance building between individuals. The complex connections necessary to arrange unlawful assemblies threatened the town’s safety with insurrection if these individuals developed radical ideas opposing the existing social order, the foundation of which was slavery. Akin to residents of areas where natural disasters like volcanoes always pose a risk of dangerous eruptions, those living in Fredericksburg lived their lives within the town slave society and its potential threats. In an area, state, and region where insurrections occurred, unlawful assembly, whether frequent or infrequent, mattered."

Beyond My Battle

"Care Partner Perspectives on Down Syndrome and Autism"
by Sarah Blunkosky. 
February 6, 2020

"Responding to a Loved Ones’ Diagnosis"
Guest Speaker: Sarah Blunkosky. 
Episode 8 | August 1, 2020

Calming Waters Birth Services

"Prenatal Yoga: An Instructor's Perspective"
by Sarah Blunkosky.
January 22, 2019

Pure Nurture

"Postpartum Minimalism and Recovery"
by Sarah Blunkosky. 
05.9

"Postpartum Hospital Stays"
by Sarah Blunkosky. 
09.10

"044: Planning for a Positive Postpartum Journey with Sarah Blunkosky"
by Sarah Blunkosky. 
06.25

Accessible Yoga

"Life Balance: Accessible Home Learning and Yoga"
by Sarah Blunkosky. 
05.9

Open Tent Academy

"Open Tent Academy Interview"
with Sarah Blunkosky. 
Hosted by Eva Goldstein-Meola

Who. What. Why.

"Going to School Has Never Been Safe for My Child"
by Sarah Blunkosky.
"Due to COVID-19, conventional school is less an option than ever."

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Up to lately:

-Studying Yoga Therapy

-writing children's books on town slavery

-Sewing Sashiko Embroidery Samplers

-Hiking, Walking, biking, playing board games with family

-always homeschooling and caregiving:)

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