Loughborough Alumni

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Sarah Luerken

Co-Owner: Stay Well Health

Read about 2003 French and German graduate, Sarah, who has recently set up her own health business. As well as co-owning the business, she teaches Yoga at the centre.

Why did you choose to study French and German at Loughborough University?

I love to travel and meet new people so studying languages was always a passion for me. I also played canoe polo for the GB under-21 team, so I joined the Loughborough University Canoe Club. I represented the University at the BUSA championships twice. Having the opportunity to learn languages and canoe polo in great facilities was a deal breaker for me.

How has Loughborough University inspired you and helped you to progress in your career?

I was always inspired by the general positive attitude of the people I met at Loughborough, the willingness to get back up when you've been knocked down.

Would there be one piece of advice that you would give to current or prospective students looking to study the same course that you did?

It took me a while to reach out to teachers for help but when I did, I found them to be so supportive and encouraging. The languages department is small but very friendly and has some great networking opportunities.

Did you take part in any extra-curricular activities during your studies? If so, how did this impact upon your Loughborough experience?

I trained with the canoe team several times per week which gave me a totally different set of friends to those I lived with and studied with. We took weekend trips to tournaments and worked together as a team.

Can you tell us about your career journey?

After graduating from Loughborough, I worked for two years in Quebec as a language assistant through the British Council. It was in Canada that I developed a yoga practice. On my return to the UK I completed my PGCE at the University of Nottingham and taught languages in the East Midlands.

In 2009 I moved to the USA and married Tom (acupuncturist), continuing to practice yoga and teach English as a second language at Central Washington University, WA. The path led me to pursue yoga teacher training and when our family returned to the UK last year, we decided to work on opening a wellness centre.

What made you decide to set up a wellness centre and how is this going so far?

When we decided to time was right to move back to the UK, we thought about what kind of future we wanted to set up for ourselves and our children. Tom has been working as a successful acupuncturist for over a decade. I knew I was going to miss my regular yoga studio from our town, Ellensburg, when we moved away. So, we decided that we would combine the two and make it work. We have been open for 6 months inside of Chellaston Medical Centre in Derby. So far, we have been well received in the community. Tom is building up his clientele and we hope to see busy yoga classes in the new year!

What do you love the most about your job?

We both love to share knowledge with clients to help them better understand their own mind and body. Spreading peace and happiness is a pretty great honour to have.

What does the future hold for you?

We hope that 2019 will be a year of establishing our business and sharing knowledge through workshops. Who knows, maybe a Stay Well Health retreat.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?

Seeing our sign go up outside was pretty emotional. It took a lot of sacrifice to get to where we are right now and 6 months in, it really looks like we're doing it!

Find out more about Stay Well Health.

+44(0)1509 228497

Hazlerigg Building
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU  UK