Sarah Gill, Photographer, Body Image Coach, Yoga Teacher, and Community Builder at Let Free Your Wild™ Studio
What are you working on now?
Our Facebook group, Body Love Warriors, just had our 2nd annual body positive pool party that raised money as well as collected non-perishable donations for Safe Place, an organization we love and have donated to the last 4-5 years. I am honored to have recently joined the SUX PRIDE Committee and am currently in the beginning stages of planning PRIDE Night on Historic 4th St. in 2024. I am looking forward to meeting new folks and adding more fun things to do downtown. I’ll have a couple body image workshops coming up this Winter and Spring too!
What is your vision for the future?
I would love to see more accessible spaces for all bodies to enjoy. A future where folks are free to be themselves. I would love to have the city attract and nurture more businesses that center around sustainability and more green spaces for the community to gather; and to have Sioux City continue to be where small businesses thrive.
What would you like to see happen in Siouxland?
I would like to see more support for local businesses by providing affordable rent, as well as housing, which will encourage entrepreneurship and will help keep folks in Siouxland. I would also love to see more art and events that celebrate diversity.
What are you doing to make that happen?
For the last six years, I was using photography as my medium. I have offered a body affirming space for folks to be seen and celebrated for who they are. I also offer a sliding scale for the LGBTQIA+ Community. As a body image coach, I offer workshops, retreats, and put together events that foster connection and healing while building community. At these community events, we will usually raise money and/or collect donations for local nonprofits. I advocate for larger bodies to have access and am in the beginning of starting up a consulting business where folks can hire me to come in and teach them about body image and help them find ways to improve their space and business to be accessible for all bodies. As a yoga teacher, I love to hold space for folks to get curious about their body image while getting in touch with their bodies through joyful movement and mindfulness. I also pour myself into continuing education so I can continue to grow as a person.
How can people help you make that happen?
The best way to help me make this happen is to book a session with me, come to the community events, come to a retreat, share my work, refer your friends, hire me to speak to your class/workplace. Come to a Body Image Bootcamp workshop if you really want to dive deep into your body image. Unpacking what influences our body image is hard and it can get messy, but it frees up so much brain space for us to concentrate on more important things. It took me 31 years to figure out that my body wasn’t the problem. Now, I’m 37 and have the tools to know better. I want to help others start on their own path of body image healing.
What quote or saying inspires you?:
“And here you are living despite it all.” -Rupi Kaur
Volunteer Organizations: SUX PRIDE Committee
The 2023 10 Under 40 was Sponsored by Security National Bank.