APRÈS

Après Sessions embrace embodied and progressive practices. Holistic Health. Train Your Brain. Find Your Freedom.

 

What’s next?  SESSION IT

 

Our holistic approach to optimal health and performance empowers you to discover your true potential.

 

Everything we do is about finding your freedom.

 

Why “Après”? Because “after” coaching, you will find your line.   

 

Inspired by riding mountains and surfing oceans, Après Coaching Sessions are a nod to the discipline and diligence necessary to master these epic environments, the freedom found in doing so, and the reward of post-excursion celebrations known as après-ski. Après Sessions, on and off the mountain, are holistic meaning an integrated whole experience.

 

Holistic health coaching considers the whole human system to spearhead what we find in the state of “flow” resulting in optimal performance and wellness in all realms of life.

 

Joni Madere - Teach. Coach. Consult.

 

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If You Flow You Know // Flow Genome Project

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My backgrounds in actions sports and yoga led me, through friends, to the initial public launch of Flow Genome Project. I was blown away. I thought, "These guys are onto what I'm onto!". I had been geeking out on this stuff for years in my Venice, CA bungalow and had suddenly found my people outside of a ski town where locals cared about not much more than finding flow for themselves, touting accomplishments and simply gaining glory as athletes. As a former competitive gymnast, then full-time "funtime" snowboarder, surfer, mountain biker, and trail runner, I knew this place, now commonly called flow, deep in my bones. Years later, as a yogi attending top notch yoga classes in Boulder, CO then Los Angeles, I surprisingly and thankfully found that same place with leaders in L.A.. That same place that no words do justice of seemingly transcendence where everything else falls away and there is nothing but silence and peace.

I also noticed the difference in that unnameable place within sports/movements where everything is static and there is almost zero risk (trail running would be my favorite) compared to sports/movements where it seems to me there is much more embodiment, as well as a need for much greater focus due to constant changes, risk, or physically and mentally surrendering to what is. Constant changes: When surfing ocean waters, everything is in motion and the waves are never arising and rolling quite the same. Risk: There is also severe need for focus due to significant risk specifically when it presents good potential for broken bones or death - literally. Surrender: Not to mention the great challenge of where the mind goes when you must stay still. Try a yoga class where poses are held for so long you feel like you're going to lose your sh*t. Coincidentally, in yoga, focus is the step prior to meditation is the step prior to seemingly transcendence. See where we are going with this?

However, I didn't know what exactly was going on nor how to explain it. I was reallllllllly good at getting into this headspace. It kept me sane for decades. But I'm not a neuroscientist and had never really bothered to study these experiences until about 5 years ago.

I just knew this unnameable state was life saving.

I knew that if more people had a way to access these states, the world just might be a better place. At the time, 2013, I was in the process of creating a non-profit connecting yoga and action sports together for this exact reason. (Maybe that project will someday be officially birthed.) But a broken tib/fib changed my course as I was unable to teach/lead for a couple years with two major surgeries 11 months apart. I might add that I would have never fully recovered with only the allotted several weeks of physical therapy alone. No way. Yoga practice for the following couple *years* gets the credit.

Enter Flow Genome Project. I touched base back then even though they were not offering courses or anything at the time. They appeared to be a straight research project. I shared that my wish was to share this information with anyone interested regardless of their status/title as I was positive every living soul could benefit from regularly accessing this state. The conversation then faded and I was left with the impression that it was another who's who boys club, so I moved on. But everything they were doing and saying over time, discreetly and under the surface, was yoga yoga yoga. The philosophy, psychology, neurobiology, physiology and much more are all found within the yoga practices - not just the physical practice known as asana, but all eight limbs of yoga, Pantanjali's eight-fold path.

As a holistic health coach, Flow Genome Project's constant nod to the holistic, the "whole", their absolute embracement of modern times and technology, and especially their eventually saying 'Fuck It' let's just call it what it is (to some extent - yay!).... well... fast forward to a few years later, and I am honored to be a mentor within their course offerings this spring. Session "Flow Fundamentals" for a test drive. "Flow Performance" will stoke you out much more. Questions? #SessionIt

LUCK

My monthly eNewsletter included this tidbit in April along with a few other extras for subscribers. Just as I was trying to figure out how to incorporate LUCK into the challenges of becoming more aware, specifically regarding accomplishments, I received an email on the exact same topic from another group I was invited to spend some time diving deep with, Flow Genome Project.

As a former competitive gymnast, I am positive that Nadia Comancei trained harder than most athletes to achieve her dreams. No telling what else she likely endured. But here in America, for most, to be able to say: “I have been lucky and fortunate as there are so many people who could easily do my exact same job” seems to be a rarity. I’ve been surrounded by pro athletes and successful entrepreneurs for a lot of my life and have personally only heard this once. I have been thinking more and more about unsung heroes, humility, and grace. And then recently saw David Letterman’s new show on Netflix where he interviews Obama. Both admit to a whole lot of luck and both give a huge high five to gratitude. Here it is in Scientific American, but came to me entitled “You’re Not That Smart, You’re Just Lucky”. 🍀

RUN WITH WOLVES

 
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While many within business and career are left-brain dominant, it is so refreshing to continually meet those also leaning into working from another realm. Those who collaborate, share, listen, learn, support and allow for that leftover percentage of space available after “I”, “You”, and “We”. The space where we not only co-author our experiences, but co-allow for a little more expansion.

Much like the saying about the gods laughing while you make plans…

We believe in planning, visualization and taking action. But while you dive deep into spreadsheets, networking events, claiming barely-there friendships, going super hard after potential clients until they formulate or oops disappear, doing what you know to be THE way because of what you were taught in school… are you actually shutting out another entire realm of possibility? By living and working solely from a place society deems civilized, we more often than not lose creativity and gain fear.

Get quiet and pretend you know nothing about anything. Listen. Listen deeply. To others. To yourself. What do you hear? Trust that.

A pack of wolves doesn’t have a plan per se. They run, they protect, they are intensely relational by nature and highly involved with their mates, their young, and their pack. Keen, sensing, playful, devoted. Loyal, hard-working, reliable, yet know when to rest. Diligent yet simultaneously BE-ing. Wolves adapt to constantly changing circumstances. They are deeply intuitive. As humans we have lost a sense of trust, trusting ourselves, and therefore one another. We have lost much in the way of elemental experience allowing for further cultivation of intuition. There is a re-wilding within all of us that desperately needs to take place in order to evolve and progress. While this is not a women-specific post, the book Women Who Run With Wolves comes to mind as we continue to collaborate with like-minded folks who understand that this is about oh so much more than anyone’s bottom line. You know who you are. Thank You. Thank you. Thank you.

Questions about running with wolves and running your team, family, and yourself toward peak-to-peak performance? #SessionIt

When seeking guidance, don't ever listen to the tiny-hearted. Be kind to them, heap them with blessing, cajole them, but do not follow their advice. -Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves

 

GO OUT to GO IN /// GO IN to GO OUT

 
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We now know that both 'going out' and 'going in' are essential to our holistic health.

Athletes such as professional snowboarder Terje Haakonsen are at the top of their game for many reasons, but when Terje was featured in the November 2013 issue of Yoga Journal where he stated he would not be the rider he is today without YOGA, we were nothing but stoked.

Sooo… it's 2017, have your rolled out your mat yet?

Yoga and snowboarding are the very foundations of so much of what we do, both personally and professionally. We are a collective of coaches who have found deep deep resolve as well as inspiration in every day yoga and/or meditation practices plus flow-finding action sports such as snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, climbing and related.

We go in to go out. And go out to go in. Both are necessary and both allow us to find freedom, which is everything we are all about here at Aprés.

So, yeah, we back yoga 100% as there are a host of reasons it has been around for 5,000 years. We could really geek out on it extensively and shout out for all to hear that YAY! science is finally backing it, but how about a few basic truths. Connecting deep deep breath with movement allows for an integrative experience where the mind, body, gut (now known as the second brain), immune system, lymphatic system, limbic system, heart, all organs and sensory systems are involved. You will absolutely exude a better overall status post-practice. Even if it is just a little bit – take it!  So much like riding bottomless pow… that shit-eating grin on your face at après-ski will actually shift your state – and we now know this can happen even without the ride! It has now been proven by science that the body shifts the mind more so than the mind shifts the body such as in thinking your way to a better state. So dig deep for the memory, feelings, sensations of that experience, of your favorite line from last year’s ski trip, embody it, embrace it, put that smile back on your face and put the next trip on your calendar. And in the meantime, get to yoga! We promise you will eventually find flow within your yoga practice, too.

Beyond all this going in via yoga and going out via outside action sports, both to access flow...  While we do not always have to process everything first with the thinking mind and can utilize this physical body we live in to shift states, there is often still a little residue to process and clean up where many other holistic modalities, including coaching, can assist.  We don’t claim yoga alone is a cure-all.  But it is a tremendous start as well as a gracious gift to yourself and therefore those in your circles.  Coaching is just another way to support yourself in rounding out your whole being, your whole experience, to find optimal performance in all realms from health to career to relationships, therefore creating holistic health and ultimately your own personal version of freedom.  Whether you are a pro athlete or a desk jockey, it doesn’t matter. Yoga, yoga, yoga.  #SessionIt

Photo courtesy of YogaToday.com, a super crew who go in to go out and go out to go in while keeping it tight and loose simultaneously... it’s all about the balance!