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


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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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It's Never Too Late

It’s never too late to pursue a new avenue. Conventional society says we should follow streets X, Y and Z and stay in those lanes for life. Even if we strayed from those paths at a young age, taking the proverbial road less traveled, what has been etched deep in our bones and deep in our cells, can still keep us from going from where we are to where we want to be, despite giving 110%. Shifting this stagnation out of our minds and bodies may take years, even decades, to achieve.

On the other hand, folks who followed what society deemed the “right” direction often find themselves lost later in life. Confused, frustrated, upset and feeling misled, they find themselves begging for something else, something more, something different. Decades of consciconscientiously created plans seem all for naught. The old “mid-life crisis” can truly seep in at any age. Instead of writing it off and attempting to turn away from it, we suggest tuning in.

In both scenarios, guilt, confusion and commitments can prevent us from investigating what is occurring, ultimately seeing a new path, then nailing down the pivot point. Pivoting is a scary move. Entrepreneurs must find ways to turn scenarios around on a dime, surfing each day every day. But not everyone is accustomed to that kind of upheaval or quick shift. Sometimes multiple pivots must take place before we re-navigate toward the direction that truly resonates with us. The avenue that screams from the mountain tops and echos, Hell Yeah.

If we find ourselves asking ourselves: What the hell is going on? Why am I so all over the place? Am I having a mid-life crisis? Am I on the right road? Am I taking care of myself as much as I am meeting the needs and expectations of those around me? Am I only focused on myself and actually pretty unaware of those around me? Why am I simply not stoked about my life? The opportunity to get curious about this state, investigate it, and gain understanding around it always exists

To find our way, we must first ask ourselves, "What is straight-up not working?". We then plow through the stickiness of the situation which requires strength, flexibility, great attention and the willingness to continually adapt to the current moment. Eventually, we emerge on the other side, with the opportunity to foster new-found spaciousness, allow, create new commitments, and pivot.

Drop any comparison to others. Notice when being too hard on oneself. Notice when not being hard enough on oneself. Zillions of people in their 30’s, 40's and 50’s on up have designed new experiences, new pathways, new businesses, new lifestyles, new communities and essentially lives they consider worth living. The choice is ours. What steps can you take to find your fresh version of freedom today?

It’s never too late. We truly have the freedom to change our minds at any time. If any of this resonates with you, our team is here to offer ways, both minimally and maximally exploratory, to tap into your potential, clear what stands in the way, and support your progression. Let’s après.

Travelling Well by Surfing Today


We nod to the ancient wisdom of nomadic people who knew how to travell well. While leaning progressive we use this archaic spelling of ‘travell’ to tip our hats with respect to those who came before us. They did not question “WTF?” when up against the challenges of a constantly shifting lifestyle. Adaptability and flexibility were the name of the game.

We have become sedentary in this modern life to the point of more humans than not living with disease and dis-ease. Challenging ourselves toward upheaval so that we can uplevel might seem straight up silly. However, motivating ourselves to move is one way to find our freedom. Session it to gain the tools and techniques needed to not only motivate, but excel toward an extraordinary lifestyle.

Much like surfing, the environment of a transient being, nomad, or vanlifer is constantly shifting. The waves are all different. Different in size. Different in force. Some roll slow and some close out hard and fast. The temperature or the wind can shift on a dime. The wind kicks up or the sun suddenly shines and your whole experience changes. The temperature of the water can also vary day to day. So any expectations must be left behind. You never really know what the waves will bring unless you get out there. Expect nothing, gain everything.

Translating surfing to life is great encouragement to relax, lower expectations of any kind, simultaneously challenge ourselves and then notice how we react. How do we adapt to self-inflicted change? How do we adapt to change beyond our control? Are we flexible? Are we rigid? Are we open? Do we shut down? Do we roll with it or do we become uptight?

Once we notice, we can begin to look for tools and techniques to manage our reactions and potentially place ourselves in the right place at the right time to efficiently and effectively ride those waves and in life, find that middle line.

Above all, to travell well, we must stay in today, surfing one day at a time. Train your mind, find your freedom. Let's après.

Also published on Medium.

Adrenal Fatigue


As mentioned, we can eat all the kale in the world yet remain far from well. Stress is actually the ultimate cause of dis-ease in our society. Tough to detect, adrenal fatigue is one of many forms of dis-ease due to stress.

Types of Stress:

1. Physical Stress – accidents, injuries, falls, traumas, poor posture

2. Chemical Stress – from poor nutrition, smoking, drinking alcohol to toxic chemicals and hormones in food, water, personal products, cleaning products to bacterias, viruses, heavy metals; these affect blood sugar levels, hormone levels and much more.

3. Emotional Stress – family tragedy, major illness of a loved one, loss of a loved one, job loss, finances, divorce, strained relations, traumas small and large, negativity loops

When I couldn’t figure out what was going on in my body despite being a life-long athlete and healthy eater with a daily yoga/meditation practice, I had a big huge puzzle to solve. Once I got through the bulk of it, I came to my own conclusion that my adrenal glands were fatiqued. I had been doing all the right things for so long, but the severe stress from simultaneous multiple sources (several times in the span of several years) got the best of me and my adrenals were no longer doing their job. Given the way adrenals work, they were actually working overtime, akin to pressing the gas pedal and the brake at the same time.

Over 80% of us will experience adrenal fatigue multiple times over in our lives. It’s an epidemic that many people have no idea exists. And most often stems from chronic stress which can affect every physiological system in your body including your thyroid and adrenal glands.

The symptoms of adrenal fatigue include, but are not limited to:

lack of energy
trouble concentrating
waking up feeling unrested
crashing mid-morning or mid-afternoon
becoming “wired” in the evening
decreased ability to handle stress
easily confused
trouble completing tasks once found easy
hoarse voice
poor digestion
body aches
lack of interest in sex
increased struggle with PMS and menstrual cycle
weight gain around mid-section
food and environmental allergies
postpartum is often the result of adrenal fatigue as well

Because so many of these symptoms overlap with other issues, adrenal fatigue can be super tough to identify.

The adrenal glands are located directly above each kidney. Their duty is to promote hormones essential to your health including adrenaline and cortisol. It is believed that adrenals stop producing these hormones, when they are fatigued. However, this varies greatly based on any existing health issues such as hormonal imbalances, emotional stress, nutritional deficiencies and environmental factors. So, they actually swing back and forth between producing too much or too little hormones. This fluctuation is what creates fatigue. It is as though the gas pedal and the break pedal are being pressed at the same time… often resulting in what is labeled today as “autoimmune disease”.

The adrenal glands are amazing. They give us the ability to get through challenges such as short-lived stress and highly charged emotional experiences. However, if the stress is chronic, lasting for a long time or constantly recurring, the adrenals will behave erratically and become fatigued. Unfortunately, these days this type of stress is all too common in all realms of life. Under these conditions, not only do the adrenals become fatigued, but the adrenaline emitted specifically becomes acidic and corrosive. Our bodies can handle brief emissions to protect ourselves, but when this quality of adrenaline is constantly flooding our system it can also become damaging to the brain, liver, pancreas, and more.

Questions to ask yourself beyond simply creating awareness of the symptoms listed above:

•  Are you addicted to the adrenaline rush of action sports?
•  Do you get a rush from meeting every single demand of the day as a working single mother or entrepreneur?
•  Are you so into meeting the expectations of your work or family or fans that you skip lunch relying on the high of the “wins” to get you through the day?
•  Is what is being asked of you by your boss or even your lifestyle straight up ridiculous?


It took me a long time to figure out what adrenal fatigue was much less truly recover. While everyone is unique, I made a lot of shifts over a long period of time within my already optimally performing self and several years later I am now functioning at the exceptional level within body, mind and the big doozie, emotions/spirit/whateveryouchoosetocallit. While I recently had neurofeedback that still showed high levels of activity in the area of the brain that houses emotional trauma, that information allowed me to at least go easy on myself and better allow huge triggers to pass. Now you know there is something lurking around the next corner that is gonna try to take my flame away, so this is why we move beyond optimization and tweak and turn the levers at every level so that when we get caught off guard - because we will - we are at least somewhat prepared.

Due to a prior health scare, I had already put extra attention on my nutrition, yet tweaked it more to focus on fatigue.  I left my career. I took a good chunk of time off even though I felt like I financially could not, which in truth was a very risky move. But everything in my gut told me it was absolutely necessary. I kept one small client in place, dropped into some education, and went surfing – a lot. I shifted some of my yoga practices to more receptive and restorative, I skipped running and walked a lot more.

I took my social life down to almost nothing. I stayed in and rested – a lot. Socializing mostly included seeing friends at daily yoga and maybe grabbing lunch or tea afterwards. I rarely went out at night. I drank almost zero alcohol. I ate as well as I could, but without being neurotic about it. And I ate when I was hungry which resulted in lots of grazing. I listened to my body and tried to give it what it needed. And I went to bed early, rested a lot, and essentially spent a lot of time horizontal. I made art. I studied and read – a lot. I let go of friendships that lacked depth. I let go of all relationships that were out of balance within the individual and regarding how the individual related to me and with me. I lived at the ocean and took full advantage of its healing waters as much as I could. As in getting into the water as often as possible even though it is cold year-round. I put my bare feet on the ground every single day. I finally fully taught myself to surf – something I had wanted to do for years, but with work and life didn’t have the time nor energy to battle the waves nor the people in the waters of Los Angeles.

I felt guilty about all of this which was not helpful. But I did it anyway. This went on for a few years until I began to gain some pep in my step. After all, it had become almost impossible to get out of bed at one point which lasted for months, and this began to occur a few months after I had quit my career. So yeah – LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.

It takes copious amounts of self-care to reset one’s system. Yet it is 100% necessary.

These ideas will certainly assist with adrenal fatigue as well as many other chronic issues that more often than not result from other things in life, not just how well you eat, exercise or even meditate.

If any of this rings true for you, by all means get in touch with me. I can provide further offerings towards methods and modalities to continually reset your parasympathetic nervous system so that it finds its way back to naturally accessing the rest and relaxation response. All resulting in overall stress reduction which is likely the primary root cause of your adrenal fatigue. Never feel guilty about self-care. Good luck and please let me know how you’re doing.



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!