- Connecting with Nature and Yourself: Yoga and Pilates on the TerracesMonday, July 02, 2018
Summertime is in full swing and at the James Ranch, that means the return of Yoga on the Terraces. This popular program is being offered by the talented practitioners, Deb Buck and Sheryl McGourty from Yogadurango and this year, we are adding Pilates with Kristie Kiser from Pilates Durango.
Not only is this a fun change from your indoor practice, but changing things up and taking your practice out of doors has some significant benefits as well. A recent Swedish study found that taking in the visual patterns in nature such as the naturally occurring patterns in tree branches and grasses, for example, increased wakeful relaxation and internal focus. Both of these are important components of yoga practice, in particular as well as enhancing the Pilates experience. In addition, practicing on new, uneven terrain can challenge even the most experienced practitioner.
The Terraces at the James Ranch offer views of the dramatic red cliffs in the Animas Valley as well as the serene pastoral images of cows placidly grazing in the green fields. The benefits of the quiet contemplation that nature can inspire is backed by science, too. A study from the University of Southern California found that looking at beautiful scenery releases endorphins, the naturally occurring chemicals that bring us feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. Who doesn’t want to increase these feelings?
Practicing outside can also physically alter your health. Field studies, published in Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine, examined how those who engaged in activities in a forest or natural environment versus an soley in an urban environment had a lower concentration of the stress hormone cortisol.
While being outside can offer many benefits, some specific ones you may experience when engaging in yoga or Pilates outside are:
- Replenishing depleted energy
- Heightened awareness
- Release of endorphins
- Build confidence, pushing you to practice outside your comfort zone
- Increased meditative benefits
The James Ranch invites you to join us and engage in yoga and Pilates outside this summer. Classes are offered on Tuesday (Pilates) and Thursday (Yoga) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Classes are $15 each at a drop-in rate or $65 for a 5-class pass.
Meet the Practitioner: Kristie Kiser
Kristie began her career with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company as a professional dancer and teacher while attending college. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1995 with a BS in Psychology and minor in dance. After experiencing a fractured foot, physical rehabilitation involved Pilates.
Kristie experienced the positive effects of Pilates and became certified in 2001 by the PhysicalMind Institute. Pilates certification involved apprenticeships in Houston, Texas and classes in Austin, Texas. She has a passion for training and helping people recover from their injuries as well as teaching first time students.
Kristie moved to Durango in 2012 with her husband and two children and their new Great Dane, Ruby. Kristie is also an avid CrossFit athlete.
Meet the Practitioner: Deb Buck
As a yoga teacher, Deb finds deep interest in Yoga as a rich path of transformation and awakening innate intelligence. Her specialty is to encourage students toward self-inquiry through their connection to nature as well as exploring how yoga practice can be a metaphor for how we choose to be in life and in relationship.
She loves to discover and continuously question how to embody the practice; how to really walk the talk and perceives Yoga as path towards wholeness. Deb is an instructor at Yogadurango and will be teaching every other Thursday on the Terraces.
Meet the Practitioner: Sheryl McGourty
Sheryl McGourty is very happy to teach yoga at James Ranch. She loves the sweetness of being in nature coupled with the feeling of total embodiment. Sheryl is humbled to guide people in ancient practice of yoga, helping people build connection to self and others.
Having owned, operated and taught at Yogadurango for the past twelve years, Sheryl is committed to the community and our collective well-being.
- Soothing Violence by Joel SalatinWednesday, May 08, 2018Joel F. Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer, and author who is now the editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer magazine. The Stockman Grass Farmer brings its readers the latest information on high profit grassland ideas from all over the world; each month profiling leading farmers and ranchers with details as to how and why they are successful. Salatin and his extended family raise livestock using holistic methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. He is a leader in the regenerative movement and a true mentor for hundreds of farmers and ranchers worldwide. This editorial from the May Stockman Grass Farmer speaks to our hearts as modern day grass farmers.
- Fresh Cut Flowers - A Tradition at the James RanchWednesday, February 08, 2018Fresh cut flowers have been a long-standing tradition at the Gardens at James Ranch. For over two decades Jenn and Joe Wheeling and their family have tended this wonderfully productive plot of land, supplying the Durango area not only with wonderful vegetables, but with gorgeous flowers as well. As the Wheelings move on to other pursuits, Mountain Belle Flower Farm is proud and delighted to be continuing this flower-growing legacy at the Gardens at James Ranch.
- Heather and Wayne Houk start ‘Tilted Earth Farm at James Ranch’Wednesday, February 08, 2018The 2018 growing season will be the first year that Heather and Wayne will be providing as much of the produce as possible for the James Ranch on the beautiful land that Jen and Joe Wheeling have cultivated for the past 18 years. They promise to grow the famous sugar snap peas that Jenn has shared with the community as well as a wide array of other veggies. The hope it to have almost all the lettuce, herbs, greens, carrots, beets, cucumbers, peppers, squash, onions, broccoli, pumpkins and so much more grown right here on the Ranch.
- Converting from Crazy - Ida, Ida IdahoWednesday, December 07, 2017With a new clue received from a local magazine picked up in Jackson Hole, the Stewarts are headed to Driggs, Idaho to meet a like-minded chef then head to Boise, which has been touted as a new foodie city, then up to Coeur d' Alene which is headquarters for Tractor Sodas, the Grill's new organic soft drinks.
- Converting from Crazy - The Denver/Boulder InspirationWednesday, November 17, 2017The Stewart's are on their epic research trip and stopping off first in Denver and Boulder. There are a lot of great restaurants in the area, but there are three that actually have their own farms/ranches that supply a majority of their ingredients just like the Harvest Grill. Their goal is to see the kitchens and meet with the chefs.
- Converting from Crazy - Wyoming, Detour to Utah and Back to WyomingWednesday, November 17, 2017Due to weather conditions in Jackson, the Stewarts headed a bit south to Utah and had a chance to do a meet and eat with at a restaurant that had one of their favorite kitchen layouts. They also surprised Sasha with a new addition to the family (four legged and furry).
- Converting from Crazy (The Stewart family’s quest for knowledge)Wednesday, November 16, 2017Cynthia and Robert decided to research their next adventuring into the restaurant world by taking a research trip in a motorhome to different restaurants around the western United States. Their goals are to see other kitchens, talk to chefs, understand the restaurant culture and learn how to recruit an employee team that will join in their dream of the ultimate farm-to-table dining experience.
- Farm To LunchboxWednesday, September 21, 2017Are there any other parents out there like me who groan internally with the thought of crafting a daily, nutritious, filling school lunch that your children will actually eat? I’m sure there are. I am deeply committed to feeding my family nutrient-dense foods from our farm as much as I can. So for this reason, I roll up my sleeves and do a little planning. At this time of year, there is such amazing, local food available that it is a natural fit to work some of it into your kids’ school lunch.
- Dryland Corn and Elote Con CremaWednesday, September 07, 2017Four years ago I (Cynthia) was walking through the Durango Farmer’s Market to see what I could buy for the Grill to serve. I stopped at a booth that had a corn stock that was only 4 feet high but had these large, beautiful ears of corn jetting off the sides of it. This was my first introduction to dry land corn.
- Wasps Are Friends, Not The EnemyWednesday, September 02, 2017Since I have been actively working on the ranch the last few years, I have been paying attention to the wasp populations and actively encouraging their numbers by building housing and planting more and more bushes and plants with flowers to feed them. Beneficial wasps, both predatory and parasitoid, are another way we accomplish chemical-free, organic farming.
- It Takes A Village To Feed A VillageWednesday, August 10, 2017The families of the James Ranch provide a well-rounded variety of organically grown food products for the local community: 100% grass-fed beef, artisan raw milk cheeses, pastured pork and eggs, fresh produce and flowers, and our restaurant (Harvest Grill and Greens at the James Ranch Terraces). It's a family affair and we have a lot of moving parts that come together to offer our community the freshest, most nutrient-dense food in the Four Corners. We are also proud to carry products from other local farmers! We'd love to take a second to introduce to you the current lineup of farmers that we'll be supporting and carrying at James Ranch Market and Harvest Grill.