Can We Be Supple Leopards? Part 1

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Several years ago a really interesting book came out called Becoming a Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett. The book has an incredibly catchy title and also sets a high bar for how we as humans can or should move. The focus of the book is mobility, and in some ways it became an instant classic in the fitness field.

Kelly was one of several other prominent fitness experts including Pavel Tsastouline (the bringer of the Kettlebell to American Fitness) and Scott Sonnon (creator of TacFit) who revolutionized fitness training over the last decade or so to emphasize MOBILITY AS MOST LIKELY THE MOST IMPORTANT INDICATOR OF TRUE FITNESS.

Kelly's book is not the most accessible of works. It's dense, and even in a revised-edition it's still not very easy to understand what's going on unless you have a pretty serious background in sports physiology and anatomy, however the message of the book is vital.

As we spend time in an increasingly sedentary world, we lose our suppleness and our mobility? How can we gain this back? And, can we truly be supple leopards?

These are the kinds of questions, I'll be tackling this week here on my blog and in some short videos I share. It's also the core of the new class I'm teaching called Way of the Animals which combines Shaolin Animal Kungfu, Five Animal Play Qigong, and Internal Martial Arts training. It's specifically designed to help us rediscover our suppleness, strength and vitality.

Stay tuned!

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Here's the link to Video 1


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Jon Young  is a deep nature-people-self connection researcher, mentor, naturalist, wildlife tracker, author, workshop leader, consultant, sought after public speaker and storyteller. Jon has been mentored in deep nature connection by his own grandmothers, Tom Brown, Jr. and a host of elders and experts. As a leader in the field of nature-based community building over 30 years, Jon’s research into the impact and significance of nature on mentoring, human intelligence, spiritually, well-being and development has influenced tens of thousands of people worldwide.  Jon has authored and co-authored several seminal works on nature connection and connection mentoring, including What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World (2013), and Coyote's Guide to Connecting to Nature (2007). Jon has appeared in numerous documentaries including The Animal Communicator (2012). In 2016, he received the Champion of Environmental Education Award for his innovative work, which has inspired positive developments in the field, and fostered the growth of the nature connection movement on a global level. Jon is a father of six children, and lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with his partner, Sarah


Sarah is a energywork practitioner, bodyworker, wildlife tracker, and interspecies communicator. She has studied wildlife tracking through Shikari Tracker Mentoring with Jon Young and Josh Lane, Tom Brown Jr’s Tracker School, and Cybertracker Conservation. She is a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program and studied Interspecies Communication with Anna Breytenbach and Wynter Worsthorne. 


For over 19 years, Sarah has been practicing various healing modalities including Chakra-work, Craniosacral Therapy, Meridian Therapy, Qi Gong, Emotional Clearing, and Five Elements Herbalism. She currently offers Earth-based energywork sessions, and lives in the sandhill mountains near Santa Cruz, CA with her partner Jon.