Supple Leopards? Part 2

Alright, so can we be as supple as a leopard? And, why would we try and be anyway? Well, I think that this questions points us in an interesting direction. Inherent in the question is the idea that animals, especially wild animals, are more supple than people. This might be an interesting idea to debate, but I think we can all agree that many animals certainly display abilities that we human beings are incapable of.

But, aren't we capable of being supple, lively, bouncy, and vital too? Can't we stay nimble as we age?

I think the answer is yes, and how we go about doing that is probably up for debate. There's a lot of amazing work out there being done these days in the field of Natural Movement. Teachers like Katy Bowman and Erwan LeCorre have looked deeply at the impact our sedentary lifestyle has had and is having on our bodies. Their work seeks to undo the impact of civilization on our body and discover a more natural way to move:


While there are many approaches to this process, my favorite approach involves a very ancient method: moving like the animals themselves. If we we want to cultivate the suppleness of a cat, why not move like one? If we want the grace and poise of a crane, why not move like one? If we want the power and strength of a bear, why not move like one?

This might seem like an oversimplification, but modern science is showing us the power of mirror neurons and how what we watch we become.

And, it just so happens that there are several systems using these ideas that have been around for hundreds (perhaps thousands) of years.

Guess what? That's exactly what I will be sharing and exploring in my next 10-week movement series The Way of the Animals.

The class starts one week from today on February 25th and early bird pricing is available through Saturday at midnight.


Tomorrow I'll conclude this blog series, and we'll look at how integrated whole body movement may be the key we're looking for. And, we might just take a look at some exercises that have been around for 3000 years.


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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.