Humans of Aspen: What Does Wellbeing Mean To You?

By Eliza Demarest


Arielle Shipe

Wellbeing is a nurturing of all the different layers that make up who we are: mind, body, and spirit. As Westerners, we tend to get caught up in the physical but ultimately, for total wellbeing, there can't be a preference. We must cultivate a deep reverence for all the pieces and parts of our human existence. In the end, wellbeing comes down to one simple thing: LOVE. 

 
Arielle teaches yoga and meditation at 02 in Aspen, Yoga Alliance RYT 500. When she's not in the studio, she's climbing, traveling, or getting lost somewhere in the backcountry of the mountains.  Photo Courtesy: Arielle Shipe

Arielle teaches yoga and meditation at 02 in Aspen, Yoga Alliance RYT 500. When she's not in the studio, she's climbing, traveling, or getting lost somewhere in the backcountry of the mountains. 

Photo Courtesy: Arielle Shipe

 

Katrina DeVore

My idea of wellbeing stems from a privileged white upbringing. Contentment and gratitude are huge factors in my wellbeing. Being happy with what I already have and showing gratitude for all of my many blessings. Having a sense of community is important. Aspen has always been such a support system; the community has been there for me through times of joy and sorrow. My family, friends are crucial to my sense of wellbeing. My physical and mental health, which is achieved through exercise, eating healthy, resting, dancing, and laughing. Music. Growth. Purpose. Spirituality. Humor. Creativity. Showing up for the people in my life and being kind. The health of our planet. Positive human interactions and love. Love makes the world go round.

 
Katrina - Professional skier, yogi, and lover of life. She was born and raised in Aspen. When she's not at home enjoying everything Aspen has to offer, she's busy traveling the world and spreading love and joy.  Photo Courtesy; Katrina DeVore

Katrina - Professional skier, yogi, and lover of life. She was born and raised in Aspen. When she's not at home enjoying everything Aspen has to offer, she's busy traveling the world and spreading love and joy. 

Photo Courtesy; Katrina DeVore

 

Reuben Sadowsky 

To me wellbeing means being able to enjoy the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits that one experiences when you push past the personal and environmental boundaries that life presents. Dream big and go for it!

 
Reuben, born and raised in Aspen, is the cofounder of Gravity Productions. He's an avid paraglider, rock climber, speed flyer, and skier. He is currently on the road event marketing with Guayaki Yerba Mate.  Photo Courtesy: Reuben Sadowsky

Reuben, born and raised in Aspen, is the cofounder of Gravity Productions. He's an avid paraglider, rock climber, speed flyer, and skier. He is currently on the road event marketing with Guayaki Yerba Mate. 

Photo Courtesy: Reuben Sadowsky

 

Colter J. Hinchliffe

Wellbeing is about happiness and enjoying life to the fullest. Happiness is the bi product of wellbeing, and it is the main reason I live the way I do. Spending time in the mountains, deserts, rivers, and oceans makes me a happy guy. I spend most of my time skiing and climbing and I love being out there with like minded people. My highest priority is always to enjoy the day. That starts with a good nights sleep, a healthy breakfast and a warm cup of coffee. The better I feel, the more I enjoy myself. Social connections are a great dynamic in my life and something I really cherish. 

 
Colter is a 30 year local from Basalt, professional skier for Teton Gravity Research since 2012, rock climbing guide since 2016, and has been having fun since 1986.  Photo Courtesy: Colter Hinchcliffe

Colter is a 30 year local from Basalt, professional skier for Teton Gravity Research since 2012, rock climbing guide since 2016, and has been having fun since 1986. 

Photo Courtesy: Colter Hinchcliffe

 

Bel Carpenter

Wellbeing comes primarily from the understanding that we are all connected and part of something majestic, and universal, that is dynamic and expansive. When I reside in the contentment that life is beautiful, and that I am constantly being guided by the highest version of myself to fulfill my life's purpose, my dharma, and it coincides with the greater good, the universal dharma; then I know that my being is well. 

 
Bel is the co-founder of Vimaha Yoga and runs White Horse Yoga in Carbondale. When he is not playing with his kids, teaching or leading teacher trainings around the States, he is playing in the river, or on the mountain climbing, hiking, or biking.  Photo Courtesy: Bel Carpenter 

Bel is the co-founder of Vimaha Yoga and runs White Horse Yoga in Carbondale. When he is not playing with his kids, teaching or leading teacher trainings around the States, he is playing in the river, or on the mountain climbing, hiking, or biking. 

Photo Courtesy: Bel Carpenter 

 

Originally from Mount Shasta, California - Eliza is a wellness focused contributor at Aspen City of Wellbeing. She's a lover of all things wellbeing: smoothies, yoga, meditation, glitter, flowers, and time in nature. She's an aspiring road hog. Be sure to honk or wave if you see her cruising on her Harley through the Roaring Fork Valley. 

 
Elizabeth Demarest