Meet Sarah Young.
She is a one of the most intelligent and passionate people you will meet. Sarah is all about movement... and supporting and connecting with others. And of course the Women's Movement Collaborative would be crushin' hard on a strong and wise woman with a huge soft spot for movement and a true understanding of collaboration. Sarah is a massage therapist, coach, and professional 'learner' and it's our pleasure to introduce you to her.
Okay, and now onto the good stuff... let's hear what Sarah has to say!
What do you do?
That's a good question :)
Simple answer: My goal is to serve others in moving thru the world more fluidly with more joy, more strength, and more power. In order to keep moving from good to better to best in that goal I strive to keep on learning.
I am an Original Strength Instructor and I love OS because I've been blessed to witness it positively impact people's lives over and over again. The OS Family believes in lifting others up + in hope thru movement. It just doesn't get much better or more powerful than that. I'm also currently in a Hanna Somatics Clinical training program. Both OS and HS are powerful, mojo, magic sh*t, for awesome transformation. I'm also a massage therapist.
What else do you do?
I'm currently in a gin + tonic phase (The Botanist + Q tonic + lime. Learning to appreciate Monkey 47.) I enjoy an eclectic selection of music. Mavis Staples is full on inspirational!! Just caught Rhiannon Giddens live... amazing!!
I love to connect with and watch others connect to create positive change. Working on my 'play nice + be kind' muscles. I enjoy riding the 'Happy Bus' :)
How do you define the word 'strength'?
Strength is a quality of body/mind/spirit. Developing that trifecta is what leads to wholeness. And strength in its purest expression is about lifting others up.
How did you discover your passion/work/niche?
Wow. That's a really long meandering story. I'll just draw on a quote I heard many years ago, "My past has brought me brilliantly to here." (-unknown)
How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?
Love me some Original Strength Resets. I vestibulate. I crawl. I walk. I ruck. Sometimes I play with kettlebells. I run. I swim. I like walking on parking blocks like there are hungry alligators on each side (don't want to feed the gators ;).
My intention is to enjoy more and more playful movement exploration. I pandiculate with Hanna Somatics.
Where would be a good starting point for someone who is looking to add more movements into their life like what you do?
Check out Original Strength. Because OS has helped me recover from a whole lot of stupid over the years. I just turned 56 and I'm feeling better and moving better than I did 20+ years ago. And I keep finding more strength and resilience in my body that wants to come out and play. I'd also suggest checking out Hanna Somatics.
How do you define 'fitness'?
To quote Dr. Phil Maffetone from an article he wrote for endurance athletes, "We may be fit but are we healthy?" I think that's the real question.
Where do you see the future of the fitness?
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it's on a trajectory away from external cues, (I.e. how much, how heavy, how fast, how far, what the Fitbit says, what the scale says, how a person looks) and heading towards a more healthy and playful paradigm.
Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?
It does now. In the past, it kinda sorta but not really did.
My perspective and experience of movement has shifted. Once upon a time it was about exercise & fitness. And that was ok. It was where I was at. But it wasn't always healthy.
Now my focus is about feeling good and being healthy. And self-confidence can't help but flow from that. I'm guessing it's a Zen, parasympathetic relationship kind of thing.
What motivates the crap out of you?
"The fullness in your life is only right where your body is. Not an inch away. Everything you need, everything that supports you to wake up is always here. There's never an ingredient missing in any given moment for you to be fully awake, fully alive, and fully human." -Abbess Kiki Christina Lehnherr And hearing a little AC/DC always puts a smile on my face :)
What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?
It gets better.
Anything else you'd like to share with us or a bunch of women out there?
I'm so geeked about the Women's Movement Collaborative weekend!!!