The Ultimate Towner is a down and dirty four-mile race in which participants overcome 25 obstacles ranging from mud crawls and rope swings to 20-foot walls. Tim Walther, the founder of Grand Dynamics, started the race four years ago after a climbing accident and a breakup – one of the most difficult times in his…

Biofeedback and Visual Imagery for Healing and Performance Successful athletes visualize success before they’ve succeeded. The 90% mental, 10% physical percentage illustrates the power of the mind in relationship to the body. And if athletes happen to encounter an injury, they can use these same visualization skills to heal. The sophisticated power of the mind…

An Extreme Athlete’s Vision Quest: My quest began at 2:00 pm on September 17, 2014 in Grand Teton National Park as I plunged my toes into the icy water of Jenny lake and started the first phase of the “Around-the-Clock” triathlon, my personally-created endurance (or as I like to call it: sufferfest) test. But before…

Girls who shred POWDER in Jackson Hole- and there are a lot of them- are breaking through the ski lodge ceiling. With more visibility in film, competition, and business, they are poised to bring more heart and soul to a sport that has been dominated by boys since it was created. The most obvious example…

Horses can teach us volumes about relationships and healthy social structures. They don’t use words, but they speak loudly and clearly when it comes to telling the truth. And the truth is what we all communicate most effectively when we speak from our hearts. Put a child who weighs 70 pounds in a confined area…

Every Christmas morning the Hagens click into their Nordic skis like good Norwegians and glide into Grand Teton National Park. Fifteen year old Annabel says it’s a tradition she is proud of whether her family is with her uncle Martin Hagen, a three time Olympic biathlete, or with family friends. “We all go out and…

Trying to close the gender gap in yoga, healing touch and mind-body therapies is an uphill battle for men who are not afraid to be touchy-feely as they work on themselves and others. But Jackson’s men are warriors, differentiating themselves from women therapists with new body alignment techniques and educating others about the body-mind connection…

The month of September brings seasonal change, smoke in the air, local earthquakes and snow in the high country. September begins smoky with reduced air quality. No big fires burn near Jackson Hole but the western United States is experiencing the worst fire season ever. 74 major wildfires burn in eight western states. Oregon has…

Yoga is a mirror. I stumbled upon yoga years ago at a time when the mirror of yoga and of my inner life seemed to be shrouded by a veil as thick as cotton. As I grew into womanhood and left my mother’s house for college, I began to dangerously attach my happiness to an…

August flows with a pulse of anticipation. Busy times in a busy valley. Traffic slows. Reservations are required. Trails are crowded. Amidst the business, nature continues to thrive. The winter snow and wet spring have kept the valley greener than usual. Flowers continue at higher elevations. Berries are abundant with huckleberry, serviceberry, chokecherry and black…

still intoxicated arrive to class with vodka in my chakras sending out stale ethanol contaminating sacred space with every purposeful breath my skin begins to perspire boozy scent seeping from pores corrupting the prana of sunrise flow squatting in chair pose, arms extended above head i recall a similar position on the dance floor in…

You don’t have to do yoga or martial arts to practice Chi Running.  But if you want to conserve your energy, prevent injury and run for life you might want to read on. Chi is the universal energy that flows all around us, connecting body, mind and spirit. Chi Running is a method designed by…

Editor’s Note: this post was originally published on Medicine Wheel Wellness’ Blog Unless you plan on competing in a strong man competition, or at a Crossfit event, why would you train as if you are? You most likely want to exercise so that you will feel better, perform better in your activities, have more energy,…