That anxiety was compounded by weight and body-image issues and low self-esteem, which led her to addiction.
She’s done a lot of work to conquer these issues. She changed her diet and developed an exercise routine that helps her maintain a healthy body weight without it having to be a part-time job. She devoted herself to a daily practice of qigong and meditation that helps ease the worries in her heart and mind. She uses these practices on a daily basis to quell her anxiety. And based on the above perception of her, they must work!
Jessica absolutely loves sharing the knowledge and wisdom she’s developed through her ordeals. Becoming a member of the Integral Travel team has given her the opportunity to take people out of their daily routines to expose them to new ways of being and seeing things, affecting personal growth and empowerment in their own wellbeing. And there is nothing more fulfilling to her than that.
From teaching stretches that address pain patterns, meditation techniques to find peace in one’s heart, to sharing delicious, nutritious recipes, she loves being healthy – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Because when we are healthy, we feel good. And when we feel good, we become beacons of light, inspiring everyone we come into contact with, making the world a better place. And we all know the world needs more of us.
Brad Kahland has worked as a National Park Ranger, a Sea Kayak Guide, an Adventure Guide and a naturalist all over the world. He’s explored vast areas of Colorado working in wilderness-therapy programs for youth and their families, serving as a Field Instructor and Family Counselor.
Brad has a passion for sharing the outdoors and a connection to Nature with other people. Between guiding trips, Brad is usually hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding, practicing Tai Chi, watching a mountain sunset with good friends, or planning his next winter trip to Mexico.
Michelle has been teaching yoga, meditation & breathwork since 2004. She owned Harmony Yoga studio in Denver for a decade where she developed a yoga teacher training program & taught an extensive variety of classes. Since selling her studio in 2015, she has expanded her Healing Arts study and practice to incorporate Reiki, a Japanese energy modality. She leads international and regional retreats, Reiki and Yoga Teacher Trainings, as well as private yoga and reiki sessions.
Walker’s life experience includes many years in classrooms as well as alternative experiential education, a highlight being a ten-week spiritual journey through India with gap-year students. He studied ecology in college, and he has much to share from his exploration of African wildlife while wandering through the continent. He’s also spent a total of five years of his life intensively studying and practicing meditation and yoga at practice centers on the West Coast and Asia.
Kelly’s passion for local, seasonal, organic fare began when she was completing a one-year biodynamic agriculture training. She studied Eastern nutrition as a part of her Masters in Acupuncture.
Kelly believes how we eat is largely responsible for our health or our dis-ease in life. Nutrition has a large emphasis in Kelly’s work as a functional medicine practitioner, educator, and personal chef for clients who have health challenges and who have specific dietary needs.
Through research and experimentation, Kelly has become a bit of a “restrictive diet magician;” she believes that no matter what food should be colorful, delicious, nutrition-packed, and satisfying. Kelly is the co-founder of the Meta Reset, an online nutrition program that is designed to help with weight loss and metabolism by removing inflammatory foods from the diet. Aside from weight loss, much of the inspiration behind the Meta Reset is to provide everyday people with the tools they need to make healthy food choices and prepare tasty, balanced meals at home.
Kyle Willets is a doctor of physical therapy with over a decade of experience. She received high honors as a doctoral graduate from Ithaca College and went on to be named one of the top 12 physical therapists nationwide. She completed advanced certifications in yoga, Ayurvedic nutrition and functional nutrition with the Functional Nutrition Alliance.
Norah Charles, MSOM, L.Ac., is an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist with a special interest in aging. In her private practice, Norah treats anxiety, chronic pain, fatigue, arthritis, depression, low appetite, headaches, digestive disorders, and many other conditions.
Norah’s approach to Chinese medicine is grounded in the belief that we are all intrinsically whole, intelligent, and capable of healing. Her work is designed to help clients recover vitality and strength while working with difficult conditions and to encourage a lasting sense of mental and physical wellbeing.
Norah is board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed by the state of Colorado. You can learn more about her practice at Boulder Acupuncture & Herbs.