We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Cook and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process for creating Mind Body Battalion was largely influenced by my feeling of not belonging. I have never been an only yoga person. At the time I was coming up people were very into yoga everyday and who can be the best at asana, and I just have too many passions for that. So I stripped down what it would take for me to feel belonging, and paired it with the aspects of my offerings that people really appreciate and connect with. The result was this concept that the modalities don’t matter as much as HOW we pursue them. And those of us who feel that way belong to a community, a battalion if you will.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’ve been teaching for such a long time that this method has become a part of me. When I realized my classes were about how we interact with the world I knew I had something I believed in. As soon as I believed in myself, others believed in to. The way we move in my class has been proven. Incorporating strength and awareness are imperative when we are trying our best to create our life the way we see it. My classes build the skills and my message offers encouragement to those who are looking to live life with more integration and inspiration. Our focus on self reliance and resilience set us apart. instead of a continuous journey away from the body and all the stretching, we move toward ourselves with strength and awareness. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that, if we choose, we all have something to offer. And likewise, we have something to learn from everyone. With this approach and a firm belief in what I offer, I ave been able to create a sustainable career and longevity in an industry that is not exactly set up for everyone to succeed. MindBodyBattalion is for everyone! Whether you zumba, yoga, run, hike or kickbox. This brand is about movement, meditation and a battalion of likeminded folks who are all in search of depth and connection.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Lets say she come in Friday Night… We would go to Cherry Creek North and have a good dinner and drinks. We’d stay the night and the Halcyon and go shopping the next day for a bit. Then we’d head up to Wolcott or Eagle Vail for some snowshoeing and a little cabin stay for some fireside time. Lots of opportunity to chat and giggle. The best fun to me is always simple.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
On my journey I have been in constant pursuit of knowledge and experience. As a result I have worked with and been mentored by amazing thought leaders and visionaries along the way. Most presently, Patty Henry, owner of The Freyja Project has given me the support and freedom I’ve needed to design my method and build a loyal following of warriors. Tim Johnson of Corepower Yoga has been a great influence in my life- at the onset of my studies he saw something in me that I didn’t fully know was there. Stacey Lei Krauss of Cardio yoga is an incredible teacher and leader in the fitness industry. Shannon Paige of Earth Yoga has had tremendous influence on encouraging me to use my voice, my vision and carve out my niche. The many teachers I’ve had the opportunity to work along side and the students, of course, who have taught me everything. My family, who have accompanied and accommodated many a meeting for Yoga Teacher Training in the back of our house that I call the Sun Room. And anyone who believes in the power and influence of mindfulness and movement to create positive change.