Ali Young

Ali Young

Ali Young
Qualified Teacher

January 2016

Professional Training:

2012 - 2013

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About Ali


I first began dancing with Ya'acov and Susannah in 1991,  working extensively with both them and Gabrielle Roth for 23 years before training as a teacher with The School of Movement Medicine - not too many people claim snail as a power "animal" but that's me!

I began my adult working life as a performer before running a business working with healing and creativity for several years. I then trained as a social worker and immediately afterwards as a family therapist, working in the NHS with children, young people and families with mental health issues for over a decade. I left a couple of years after the birth of my now 15 year old son to follow my calling ever deeper into the wilds, training as a shamanic practitioner with The Sacred Trust.  

From childhood onwards, somehow or other, the dancing path has always woven it's way in and out of the very fabric of my life. In 2009 I was led me to funding from Exeter University Business School to research The School of Movement Medicine in the process of writing a PhD thesis entitled Re-embodying Leadership through a Re-Examination of the Sacred.  I was awarded my doctorate at the start of 2015, having conducted an anthropological study of the Movement Medicine community over a five year period. I was the co-chair of the Movement Medicine Association with Rob Porteous for a year and am now employed by the School as a mentor for apprentices and professionals in training.

Having taught MM for the last five years I recently decided to ask for more assistance in making my offerings more widely available. A request which has taken me to The Iron Mill College in Devon who will be supporting me in my movement work from the autumn. I have recently completed a Masters in Positive Psychology Coaching, which has really clarified my passionate belief that healing involves fostering people's innate strengths and essential beauty, just as much, if not more, than focusing on our trauma. 

I am currently having a little break from teaching MM but will start again come the autumn when I will be running a year long group called Reclaiming Your Medicine at The Iron Mill College in Exeter, so normal service will resume shortly. This ongoing group is intended as a training in Soulful Self Care for those whose lives are dedicated to the service of others in some capacity. I also begin teaching at The College of Psychic Studies in London in November, which I am hoping will be the start of a long and fruitful relationship for all concerned.

Specialising in:

Embodied Coaching



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