My core has never been this sore! A well- held a belief in strength training: If you’ve got your core, everything else follows. There’s nothing like exploring one’s abdominal strength, or lack thereof, while simultaneously (and rather breathlessly) conducting interviews with some of Jackson’s most popular health and fitness gurus. As a former athlete and…

Question: How do the spiritual and contemplative aspects of yoga resonate with and affect you? Answers: (real answers from real yoga students) A: The physicality of breathing and intentional movement grants me access to the meditative mind. A: Making the mind/body connection grounds me. A: When the yoga class is over I am more in…

I was fortunate to be able to dine with some of my oldest friends recently. We discussed a modern book that was providing guidance for our children. As we talked about it, I realized that one aspect of the book was a teaching the same lesson as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which reads: “When…

Question: What is your brief definition of yoga? Answers: (responses from real people who practice yoga) A: Union of mind, body and breath A: Alignment of body and mind A: Striving towards the middle path A: Where I go to remember how to be calm A: Physical exercises which promote strength, exibility and balance A:…

Question: Why do you practice yoga? Answers: (an interesting and diverse array of real student responses) A: For sanity and peace A: To balance and heal my body from many injuries A: To improve my athletic performance A: Overall health A: To meet girls A: Stress reduction A: For community A: To detox A: To connect…

  Walking outdoors gets our bodies moving and in sync with the natural world. This basic movement stretches and strengthens our muscles. It clears our head and connects us to nature and universal energy. Walking or hiking in nature increases the benefit of the movement and more easily brings us into the present moment as…

  You talk to anyone who does yoga, and they will tell you it is a practice. In the best of cases, it is a practice for life. Studies have shown that regular yoga asana practice over a long period of time supports flexibility and strength, peace of mind, and balance of emotions. But what…

  Authentic, (AWE-then-tic) adjective1. genuine. 2. made or done in the traditional way 3. Denoting an emotionally purposeful and significant mode of human life. Happiness, (ha-pee-nis) noun1.The state of being happy. 2. good fortune, 3. pleasure, 4. contentment, 5. joy Humans tend to have a false sense of who they are. Often this is constructed…

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…

  Uncertainty. Most of us avoid it with everything we’ve got. We grasp tightly to what we know. We seek out safety, stability and confirmation. We aspire to be in control. In fact, most of us have spent most of our lives learning skills to help us stay in control. Whether it’s on mountain slopes,…

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…