Success Stories

Directions 4 WellnessSara’s approach to stress reduction is profound and deeply healing. Her knowledge of shamanic wisdom transcends modern stress reduction approaches, such as time management, sufficient sleep and work life balance. This background allows Sara to guide her clients to address the emotional issues that lie at the root of what causes them stress. Working with Sara has been truly transformative! ~ Selina S., Phoenix, AZ

Directions 4 WellnessSara is the most remarkable healer I’ve worked with to date. She combines a dazzling knowledge of health, wellness, and spirituality with an uncanny instinct for what her clients need. In just three short months, I feel more joyful, confident, resilient and clear-headed. Plus, I’ve started a beautiful relationship and continue to build my career vision—thanks in large part to Sara’s coaching. I highly recommend Sara for the driven, conscious woman who wants to wake up to her true potential and kick the “no pain, no gain” mindset to the curb.  ~ Alana H., Phoenix, Arizona

Directions 4 Wellness“Sara’s coaching is like no other! Her breadth of skills, insight, and background means she can pull from different areas to really hone in on what type of support you need. For example, I have a physical ailment that links to the emotional support I needed. I realized through our 3 month personalized coaching that I have been pushing all my life rather than being open to receiving . . . and I think many women can relate to this. Though I may have known this before mentally, Sara’s coaching gave me specific tools to start transforming this pattern in my life and I am truly grateful.” ~ Alicia, Phoenix AZ

Directions 4 Wellness“Sara has an innate ability to get to the root of an issue. She offers new ways to approach life’s challenges that not only help the situation but ultimately change the way you approach your life for the better for the long run. She has many unique tools and tips to help you stay on track and stay grounded within yourself so that you can be proactive instead of reactive. Working with Sara has profoundly changed the way I move through my life. I cannot say enough amazing things about her expertise and would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a new way to navigate their stress and challenges.” ~ Susan, Phoenix AZ


Directions 4 Wellness“Sara Regester is your “go to” coach for nailing what aspects of stress are holding you back, personally.  This is an individualized approach, while simultaneously providing a supportive collective to show us how to take care of ourselves and each other.  This is not a ‘cookie cutter’ conversation.  You will learn and implement things you have not heard before.  I found it highly motivational and am making very good progress on continuing to discover what stresses me and how to ‘turn that around’.  Most stress is optional.  It is not the same as ‘tension’—which is a good thing.  I recommend this class highly.  Jump in!  You won’t regret it.” ~ Ellen M Brennan, PhD”

Directions 4 Wellness“Thank you for the wonderful talk you gave to our Leadership Team. We greatly appreciated the information on Stress and enjoyed your warm, caring, enthusiastic presentation.” ~ Jill, Executive Director Vi, at Silverstone 

Directions 4 Wellness“I have a new awareness on my stressors. And I continually reign it in with the breath or my SMART goal, or the Power in my choice. Really good tools and starting the class was a step in the dedication to myself.” ~ Donna 

Directions 4 WellnessSara held up a window for me to look through so I could see new perspectives of what is possible. I then found the determination to go for my dream like I never felt before and now everything I ever wanted is coming into my life. ~ Terry, Phoenix

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 As a result of my session with Sara, I became very clear about the transitions I have every three years and the opportunity I have to tie up some old, re-occurring patterns and write a new script! I love the way Sara provided a different lens for interpreting my life and stress issues. What a weight off my shoulders! Sara also provided some great strategies for me to take care of myself which felt quite liberating! ~ Dr. Kristine Quade, JD, EdD

“Sara’s class taught me about the physiological responses around stress – which I found very interesting and helpful.  The six week class covered neuroplasticity and how to create sustainable change in mindset and beliefs around work-life balance.  Sara was always available for follow-up questions and the curriculum was flexible and created around the idea of responding vs reacting to stress.  Each class had action ideas to put to use – which was great!” ~ Thanks,  LjCross

Testimonials from my 6-week Turn Your Stress into Success Series.

Maricopa County Healthy Start:

  • The content of Sara’s 6-week stress resilience program is extremely relevant to my busy lifestyle. The tools were very practical and easy to use.
  • I gained insight in how to mange my stress using strategies I learned in this course. Even through the sharing with my group I was able to learn through their experiences and in the follow-up questions by Sara in working our action plans.
  • I learned ways to counteract stress
  • I believe this will help me in my work with my clients; to help them achieve SMART goals and to help them understand their stress and mindset.
  • The techniques I learned to use such as 4-7-8 breathing, body scan and insight from my team are what I can use daily to mange my stress.
  • Learning and connecting to life is important but I can do neither if I don’t have self-care.


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Cohen Perceived

Stress Scale                   Pre-score                 Post score           



A                                          24                   8 decreased perception of stress                                       

B                                          11                 21 external stress factors: chronic in nature                                 

C                                         18                 14 decreased perception of stress                                      

D                                           9                  21 external stress factors: acute in nature                                    

E                                          25                   8 decreased perception of stress                                       

F                                          16                   9 decreased perception of stress                                       

G                                         24                 17 decreased perception of stress                                       

H                                         28                 12 decreased perception of stress                                       


Scores around 13 are considered average. In our own research, we have found that high stress groups usually have a stress score of around 20 points. Scores of 20 or higher are considered high stress, and if you are in this range, you might consider learning new stress reduction techniques as well as increasing your exercise to at least three times a week. High psychological stress is associated with high blood pressure, higher BMI, larger waist to hip ratio, shorter telomere length, higher cortisol levels, suppressed immune function, decreased sleep and increased alcohol consumption. These are all important risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Directions 4 WellnessAfter many failed attempts to make long-term changes in my life, I turned to Sara for help. With consistent follow-up and her disciplined approach, Sara and I worked together to achieve many stretch targets, bringing success in both my career and personal growth.

Geologist ~ Calgary

The word thatDirections 4 Wellness comes to mind when I think of my work with Sara is transformational.  I didn’t really know what to expect when we first met, I just knew there was something about her that pulled me in. Well, now I know it’s her beautiful spirit, the creation of a safe and secure environment where I could share openly, honestly and experience a release, all the while receiving new helpful information.  I was able to apply the insights I gleaned, the intuition tapped into and practical follow up commitments, creating new experiences and a shift in consciousness.  I will forever be grateful to Sara and highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking to connect with themselves, grow, heal or change. Thank you Sara!

Jessica  ~ Scottsdale, Arizona


Alana E. Roberts copyrightI was very fortunate to find Sara to help me with transformation in my life-some I knew I needed or wanted; others were a wonderful side benefit as part of the process. 🙂

One important thing I learned is that changing the path is so much more than thinking “this is what I want to do.”  Some processes that I have developed over the years needed changing. This would never have happened without Sara’s help!  She really helped me change my thought process on those mental blocks that you put up (unknowingly) to make change difficult.

She has such a way of seeing what would help and then facilitating the changes. She listens and is easy to talk to.  It is amazing to me how she can do this – she really has the intuition and training to be a coach. I don’t believe that I could have made the changes without Sara’s coaching. This is still a work in process, but she gave me the support and direction to continue to make the changes I desire.

She helped me in so many ways – mind, body, soul connection. I am continuing to practice what I learned and to be open – it is amazing the connections that have happened. I believe (now) that finding Sara was not by accident. And I really believe that my transformation started with my Crohn’s diagnosis a few years ago. I also truly believe we can be in charge of our own health and wellness through diet and lifestyle changes.

I highly encourage you to use Sara as a life, health & wellness coach to facilitate transformation in your life!!

Lyndie ~ Glenwood Springs, Colorado


Directions 4 WellnessMy life has been set on a new Gestalt, physically, mentally, and spiritually since beginning Directions 4 Wellness in July, 2014. I have begun the process of discovering my true self and transforming my body and mind, from closed and unhealthy, to a new place of gratitude, positivity and health. Sara’s guidance has gifted me the tools for the journey to my vision. 

My success includes a 90 pound weight loss and still loosing, getting off insulin for diabetes and turning around my diagnosis of heart failure, all through transforming my lifestyle. 

Chris ~ Altamonte Springs, Florida

Directions 4 Wellness“Thank you Sara for changing my life…. I love our work together, your compassion for my success and guidance is taking my life to the next level that I am SO GRATEFUL for.”

Suzette ~ Phoenix, Arizona


Directions 4 WellnessAs an integrative health coach, Sara appeared during a pivotal time in my life. I was transitioning from overcoming a life threatening illness and leaving my “identity” in the corporate world to pursue my passion for yoga. She is extremely skilled and effective at approaching the process from a multi-pronged technique where mind, body, and spirit connect.
She spent a significant amount of time collecting information and listening to my needs, fears, dreams, and so forth. Sara acts as a “mirror” and truly helps her clients connect to the answers within. She brings a fusion of 30+ years of healthcare and personal experience to her sessions. I highly recommend Sara as a coach!
Cristy S. ~ Phoenix, Arizona

Directions 4 Wellness“I have learned more about myself and how to better achieve my goals in my few Directions 4 Wellness sessions than in some of the self-improvement practices I’ve been doing for years! You gave me real actions to take that I was able to put them into practice immediately.  I have seen results quickly, too. I am energized and humbled by the power of what I have learned.


Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Mary Westheimer, Phoenix

Directions 4 WellnessNew opportunities arise each day to expand or refine the mindful wellness plan you helped me craft.  The other day an image that contains the many aspects of this evolving, dynamic process of health, happiness, hope, humor and harmony emerged.  It is the proverbial Holy Grail!  In my mind’s eye this takes the form of a radiant chalice, a crucible for growth.  When the ingredients of positive self-image, purpose and meaning, honesty, ruthless commitment to mindfulness and balance are carefully placed in this vessel, an alchemical transformation takes place.  From this sacred chalice rays of awareness, alertness, positive attitude and approach, true compassion for self and others radiate steadily.

It has been two weeks since our final coaching session and my goal of eliminating recurrent gastro-esophageal reflux had been reached during our time together.  Since then I’ve learned this is an ongoing labor of self-love.  The difference when another episode stopped me in my tracks this week is that I met this challenge with hope, an open mind, and willingness to do whatever it takes to manage this disease.

Your thoughtful guidance helped me gain new perspectives and create a road-map for mindful awareness as new changes develop.  Researching, discovering, and designing the regimen that my body needs at this stage of life is no longer a dreaded chore.  It is the Holy Grail, the quest that allows my spirit to dance so I can give and live with joy.  Thanks for helping with a much needed attitude adjustment regarding my body and health!

A beloved teacher passed away last week.  Although I never met him, Dennis Hooker was a highly influential Aikido teacher who long ago cured himself of Myasthenia Gravis.  During his engagement with this disease Hooker Sensei received a letter of deep insight from his teacher, Saotome Shihan.  Here is a particularly relevant excerpt.  “Misogi hara” refers to purification of one’s center, within the womb-space.  While Aikido is not a religion, it is based on the founder’s understanding of divine energies, referred to here as “God.”

“A disability is often used by God as a gift to make the spirit grow and give deeper meaning to your life. Deep breathing and the movements of harmony are very important – not aggression, not conflict, but also not weakness. The true power is in spiritual confidence, flexibility, and compassion in never giving up.

Most important in any training, especially misogi hara, is the reason you are training. You must train with an open mind and always try to do God’s will. Your spirit must strive to purify itself and search for unity with the Holy Spirit.”

S. J.  Sierra Madre, California

Directions 4 WellnessSara took great care and concern for what I identified as my most desired goals as she helped me see my life and my health as having connection to what I desired to accomplish in my business.

I benefited greatly from Sara’s medical background and coaching skills and every meeting we had contained assistance with developing a plan of action and choice.

I looked forward to each session knowing that I would see the progress I had made and would see new resources around me.

Sara’s thoroughness and attentiveness to how I approached challenges turned my mindset into moments where I could have actions as well as ideas.

Thanks so much Sara!

Laurene, Phoenix, Arizona