Strength 2017

Seven Steps to…STRENGTH

In moments of danger, emergency, or any other kind of urgency, we elicit seemingly superhuman STRENGTH. Then, there is everyday STRENGTH we cultivate in our practice, or, what we can lovingly think of as…

The School of Life.

Stronger than you realize. Stronger than you were before. Stronger in voice, conviction, solitude. Stronger in the absolute, the relative. Stronger in mind, body, and spirit.

STRENGTH is something we can willPower-fully build in ourselves through dedicated practice in a controlled environment, reflection after a day, event, or period of time, and… in real-time, as life happens to us.

This week’s Seven Steps will help you do this and recognize the unrealized STRENGTH you already possess within yourself.

1. What is your earliest memory of STRENGTH?

2. Think of a time you felt utterly defeated and you found the STRENGTH to “pick yourself up”.

3. Contemplating STRENGTH in terms of intensity level, are there areas of your life where you’d like to turn up the intensity? What are they and what’s your ‘why’ for intensifying?

4. Thinking of STRENGTH as your unique blend of talents and skills, how well do you utilize these in your life currently?

5. Who are your role-models of STRENGTH?

6. Create a vision board or Pinterest board of your personal symbols of strength, quotes of strength, pictures of you cloaked in… STRENGTH.

7. Close your eyes and take three deep cleansing breaths. Settle your breath and mind, and reflect on STRENGTH and what it means to you. Note: this exercise is best performed during plank practice! Afterwards, journal or discuss in a group what you “saw” or experienced.

Honor every seeming setback, every single challenge or difficulty, for it strengthens your purpose. It gives you opportunities to be even more committed to your vision, even clearer on your intent. If life were too easy or simple, most of you would be complaining of boredom. Honor your challenges, for those spaces that you label as dark are actually there to strengthen you, to firm your resolve, and to bring out the best in you.” ~ Sanaya Roman

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit