We disrupt limiting patterns then empower you with evidence-based training in Intrinsic Skills like breath, real food nutrition, sleep therapy and somatic movement. These skills take training and support to harness, otherwise everyone would use them because they mitigate known risks for lifestyle disease, pain and suffering. We are passionate about igniting your participation in your own path to optimization. We work with Fire/EMS, the military, trauma and athletes in our studios in downtown Carbondale, at Roaring Fork Neurology and at 4 Winds Farm.
Your body is your starting point. We help you live in every corner of it with more strength, ease and capability. We offer a blend of functional movement and yoga, outdoor fitness adventures and mindful somatic healing.
Thoughts are things! We help you aim clearly with your thoughts so you can stop repeating unwanted behaviors and cycles. Learn to manage your nervous system with skills and activities like breath work, meditation, and exposure therapies in our ice tank and sauna to harness a clear, present state of mind.
Food is where your body and mind come together in karmic action that connects you to all of life. Our nutrition programs can be a quick reset or a deep dive into learning life-long skills for health and resilience. Learn how to eat for your unique body and lifestyle, reach your ideal weight without dieting, and enjoy food as a conduit for health and connection.
in studio or remotely
We begin with an assessment of your health and lifestyle, and your vision for where you'd like to be. A custom plan is put in play that fits your needs to disrupt obstacles and move energy forward with accountability and support.
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Former Captain for the United States Eagles Rugby 7's team, and current International Rugby Commentator for NBC, ESPN and CBS, Brian is also a passionate personal trainer, performance breath coach and outdoor fitness guru. Brian (shown far right) co-designs and facilitates our Intrinsic Athlete and Intrinsic Breath programs and is available on a limited basis for private training and speaking engagements.Sign up for Intrinsic News to Learn More
Veterans are on the front lines of our Nation's health crisis, and it's our duty to address their well being to serve alongside them in reclaiming our collective health. Since 2009 we have partnered with Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) and other nonprofits to bring evidence-based Intrinsic Skills in sleep, breath, nutrition and safe movement to veterans. These holistic methods empower people to harness their own well-being, are affordable once learned, and accessible to all levels. We serve hundreds of Veterans per year. Join our newsletter to stay involved or literally save lives and help our country grow stronger by supporting CAMO today ~Support CAMO
"I learned more in one workshop with Emily than in 8 weeks of yoga with the V.A. "
"This was the first class breathing class that I actually made it through without having a nervous breakdown. I have been through years of pulmonary rehab and never once has this material been presented in a way that was helpful. Emily did such an amazing job and presented breath work in a manner that was so open and supportive. She taught the material but left areas available to make it yours and make it work for you, offering modifications, different breath rates and techniques. She was extremely attuned to disabilities and ensured that I was comfortable throughout the class."
"The yoga experience was great, as I stated during the session I have tried yoga several times and really did not get anything out of it. Emily did a fantastic job understanding our injuries, and needs as a couple. She tailored her knowledge of yoga to help us as a couple and be more effective in our daily life. I personally made a better connection with her and yoga than anyone else in the yoga field. Her techniques, approach and knowledge made sense to us and what we needed in our relationship."
"Emily has a profound ability to hold valuable and transformative space for the people she works with. When you are talking with her, you feel completely seen, heard, and accepted. Emily's extensive training in yoga, nutrition, and other healing approaches is evident as she organically and intuitively weaves her knowledge into her group and individual offerings. She has added an undeniable depth and richness to all of the wellness and yoga trainings we've collaborated together on. Combine her experience with a unique ability to bring her fullest presence to everything she does, and you have an incredible healer and fierce advocate at your service!""
"Emily Hightower’s discipline, continuing deep practice, and devotion to the ancient tradition of Yoga is refreshing in the sea of knock-off yoga classes that abound in our culture. The practice of Yoga is a life-long journey, not a destination, and Emily is a trusted and gifted guide to support me along the way"
"As a person with the disease of addiction, I needed help on my path to recovery. Initially, Emily and I worked intensively on nutrition (later continuing with yoga). For the first time, the results I achieved became directly aligned with my effort. My sleep, strength, focus, presence of mind, and overall health increased in important and powerful ways. The personal growth and health I enjoy today exceeds everything I imagined. Honoring my mind, body, and spirit through the path Emily has shown me is a cornerstone in my safety from active addiction, and it has cultivated and nurtured a deep and true sense of happiness, joy, and contentment. Emily has become one of my greatest teachers and coaches, whose gifts have benefited me in unique, profound, and life-changing ways. "
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