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…

  Arianna Huffington is doing it. CEOs and CFOs of Fortune 500 companies are doing it. And now, thanks to an anonymous donor and the St. John’s Wellness Program, more than 50 employees of the Teton County School District and the Teton Science Schools are doing it. Practicing Mindfulness. There is more and more scientific…

  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…

  If you really think about it, most of our food is processed in some way. Maybe your breakfast includes eggs, toast and coffee. Unless you own chickens, the eggs came from a farm where they were raised and fed. The toast began as a whole grain that was ground in a facility to turn…

  About the Author Laura Garrard, CLT, CMT, NCTMB Laura is the owner of Attuned Healing Massage & Bodywork. As a massage and lymphatic therapist and Reiki master teacher, Garrard has assisted others with healing for nine years and facilitates the Teton Reiki Circle. Her bodywork therapies also include CranioSacral Therapy, Thai massage, acupressure, aromatherapy, body…

  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…

  Imagine absolute spaciousness. All physical tension, worries, and concerns float away as you breathe more deeply into relaxation. Your mind begins to quiet and your thoughts slip into the darkness. The only sensation is the quiet rhythm of your breath. You surrender more deeply into this world of limitless expansion and yet you do…

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,…

Is there a path to inner sustainability? Only if you are willing to travel through your inner landscapes and discover, no — remember, who you are and what passions and gifts you have brought into this lifetime. This soul journey is for the courageous and faithful who are willing to go into the shadow as well…

Meditation Sit comfortably in quiet solitude, and place your hands on your belly. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings as you consider the question: Am I fully loved for who I am, no matter my faults, circumstances or mistakes? Meditation: Here is an exercise to take you away from your thinking self and to…

When was the last time you sat, really sat and asked yourself, “What do I want in this life – in my profession – in my relationships, etc?” I don’t mean for 10 minutes at your counter with coffee in the morning, or the flittering thoughts as you’re driving to a meeting or to pick…

Set your books down tonight, books of science, pages of genus and species, chapters on history and religion, the lives and passions of others. Can you remember what it was like to be a child? Walk the forest under full moon. Some things are hidden in darkness but others are alive in the soft light.…

Bhutan: Honor the Earth To Travel Is to Experience Our Identity and Unity to All Life. As a young child, my grandmother shared the natural world. We birded, hunted for mushrooms and gathered clay so my young eyes could learn and understand life. I didn’t realize how these excursions would lay the foundation for my…

Before you meditate, fill a glass jar with water. Look at it and think of how it’s like your mind during a quiet moment — clean and clear like the sky. Now take a little bit of sand or soil that you’ve brought in from outside and dump it in the jar. Each tiny grain…

As I gathered music, altar objects, and prepared material for the four women’s metaphysical groups that I lead at Padma Mountain Studio, I found myself reflecting on their faces and how they have changed in the past 30 years. I saw the commitment to spiritual awakening, passion to learn tools to empty the mind, heartfelt…