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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

Embodied Cognition

Botox ~ Empathy ~ Mind+Body

Believe in Embodied Cognition. Here’s Why:

Western thinkers have long thought the mind to be the driver, flying the plane while our body is just the passenger along for the ride on a one-way flight. However, studies on Botox are proving otherwise. These studies have shown that people, in this case celebrities, who received Botox on frown lines were uplifted, sometimes instantaneously, out of depression. Good for them. The unfortunate flip side, however, is that when unable to lift an eyebrow or crinkle a forehead, their ability to empathize with other people, to feel their sorrow or pain, was erased – they simply could not. We now know human connection is just as important within holistic health as anything else. All the kale in the world does not resolve inner conflict including lack of love and connection often leading to severe depression, alcoholism, and other addictions. But without the ability to empathize, how can people truly connect?

Somehow, freezing the face was creating changes in the mind. It turns out that our facial expressions are meshed into our emotions and we cannot actually have one without the other. So what occurs between our ears also happens to occur within the body - an integrated, whole-system experience. Our gut, now known as our second brain, has 500 million nerve cells, 100 million neurons, 30 different neurotransmitters and 90 percent of the body’s supply of serotonin which is responsible for mood and well-being. Ever heard of “gut instinct”? Our heart has about 40,000 neurons that work in shaping emotion, perception, and decision-making. Therefore, the body is truly co-pilot.

The old sages of India somehow knew this 5,000 years ago using the body to prompt higher states of awareness. Today, we even know from schools of acting that the posture we assume supports the emotion we want to feel in a certain situation. If you have watched Amy Cuddy’s famous TED Talk on body language, certain stances taken for only a few minutes can induce enough of a change in our psychology and physiology to quickly decrease stress and essentially increase confidence. So imagine what moving through the Sun Salutations of a typical yoga asana class could do for you?

The science is now backing why we feel such a significant shift after moving through a practice linking the deep yogic breath with movement. Eastern practices of various kinds have tapped into “energy” and therefore transcendence in a way that has seemed all to “woo woo” to the West for a very long time. However, science is finally catching up to the old sages of India. And while the West inherited the notion of the mind being separate from the body, it turns out - everything is connected. 

We are currently the most disembodied generation to date with our stressful tech-heavy modern day lifestyles. But we don’t have to, and perhaps should not, first use the mind to process this craziness. We can shift it by reconnecting our minds and bodies. How? Through movements and practices of many kinds, but especially through highly embodied practices such as yoga that emphasize both strength and flexibility, balance, integration of masculine and feminine, and the most state-altering component being the simultaneous connection of the deep yogic breath with movement, truly shifting our physiology for the better. With so many options, such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong and even smaller segments of the bigger picture such as myofascial release, we can tap in, turn on, and tune UP by way of our very own personal biocomputers which include our bodies and minds.

Join me this winter at Akasha Yoga in Jackson Hole, WY, Wednesdays 8am, for Vinyasa Flow rooted in Ashtanga and Iyengar practices with perpetual focus on the breath to cultivate embodied cognition. Shift your state, find your freedom.

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