Category: Health & Wellness

An underlying theme that weaves throughout this site is the focus on health & wellness. Read about and watch the interviews on the wellness experts who cross our paths.


I am not a medical doctor, nor am I holding myself out to be one. The information published online is not intended to be a substitute for health and medical care that can be provided by your own physician / medical doctor. Although care has been taken in preparing the information provided to you, I cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions and I accept no liability whatsoever for any injury or damage you may incur.  Always seek medical counsel relating to your specific circumstances as needed for any and all questions and concerns you now have, or may have in the future. You agree that the information on our website and social media channels is not medical advice to be used to diagnose/treat any conditions and Jillian Livingston / Aspen Real Life, LLC is not liable for how you use and implement the information you receive. You should always consult with your physician starting a fitness regime, adding supplements or your diet regimen, or any other changes that can affect your medications or treatment plan.


Changing Your Frequency

I have been fascinated by the concept of changing my vibration and raising my frequency. Last May, after throwing my most successful sold out event, I felt empty and had to retreat from my work of connecting others and discover what I required to… Continue Reading “Changing Your Frequency”

Aspen Chapel Minister Nicholas Vesey Talks About Spirituality in Business

Author, Aspen Chapel Minister Nicholas Vesey Nicholas Vesey has been working as a spiritual teacher for 30 years. He has studied many of the ‘Wisdom Traditions’, and is as much at home with the Tao Te Ching or the Upanishads as he is with… Continue Reading “Aspen Chapel Minister Nicholas Vesey Talks About Spirituality in Business”

An Interview with Breathless Yoga Founder, Diana Vitantonio

An Interview with Breathless Yoga Founder, Diana Vitantonio During the Yoga on the Mountain festival in Snowmass, I experienced a highly energetic class on the concert stage on Fanny Hill with Diana Vitantonio, founder and creator of Breathless Yoga. The class began with a calming… Continue Reading “An Interview with Breathless Yoga Founder, Diana Vitantonio”

Getting My Palm Read with Cynthia Clark

Getting My Palm Read with Cynthia Clark As many of you know, I’ve been working with experts to help me to stay on my creative path. In this podcast Cynthia Clark, Author, Teacher, Hand Analyst Expert and Intuitive Life Coach, reads my palm and… Continue Reading “Getting My Palm Read with Cynthia Clark”

Encountering Wildlife, and Pain

Encountering Wildlife, and Pain When I read the text, “Let’s go for a walk today???” I had to pull the phone closer to my face to confirm that the message came from Pam, my long-legged, golden-hair She-Ra of a friend (think Amazon Goddess meets Tarzan, Scrat and… Continue Reading “Encountering Wildlife, and Pain”

Win Kelly Charles, A Voice in the Handicapped World

Win Kelly Charles, A Voice in the Handicapped World I first met Win Kelly Charles when she invited me onto her Butterflies of Wisdom Podcast, and my first physical introduction to her was this past October, when, with her permission, I attended one of her therapy sessions at the Snowmass… Continue Reading “Win Kelly Charles, A Voice in the Handicapped World”

Salon Face Off Winner

Salon Face Off Winner Our Salon Face Off was an enormous success and we had such fun getting to know the local’s favorite hairdressers in our valley. We give our huge thanks to those salons and hair dressers who participated in our contest and took time out… Continue Reading “Salon Face Off Winner”

Finding Strength and Compassion Through Struggle

Guest Writer: Matt Fisher Matt is a yoga teacher, college student, and most importantly a student of life. He likes to think he has interesting and unique thoughts to share about life. Read more of Matt’s thoughts here. Finding Strength and Compassion Through Struggle My… Continue Reading “Finding Strength and Compassion Through Struggle”

Cryotherapy: The Fix Aspen

Cryotherapy: The Fix Aspen After one month of training in Pilates with Denise Searle, and experiencing many of the therapies that go on at The Fix, I am impressed by her knowledge and meticulous attention to detail and trust that she is on the right path to… Continue Reading “Cryotherapy: The Fix Aspen”

Lead with Love in Aspen

Lead with Love in Aspen I just attended portions of the Aspen City of Wellbeing’s Lead with Love yoga retreat. As a blogger I’m not able to stay at one event for too long before I have to race off to the next one, but… Continue Reading “Lead with Love in Aspen”

Getting Fixed: Pilates, Cryotherapy, Acupuncture and Cupping in Aspen

Getting Fixed: Pilates, Cryotherapy, Acupuncture and Cupping in Aspen Last week was a break through week at The Fix and The Art of Fitness. By working with Denise in the Pilates studio twice a week she is helping to retrain my body on how to move correctly and rid myself… Continue Reading “Getting Fixed: Pilates, Cryotherapy, Acupuncture and Cupping in Aspen”

Getting Fixed: Part 2

Art of Fitness Update Getting Fixed: Part 2 sums up four sessions with Denise at The Art of Fitness. Being Lazy and in Pain My pain seems to be decreasing from the work with Denise Searle and Anita Rayburn, (Anita has given me Normatec Pro Compression… Continue Reading “Getting Fixed: Part 2”

Pilates and Cryotherapy in Aspen

Getting Fixed in Aspen In an effort to find a whole body wellness program, I found Denise Searle, Owner of The Fix and The Art of Fitness, and have committed to working with her twice a week in both her Pilates Studio and her Body… Continue Reading “Pilates and Cryotherapy in Aspen”

Tibetan Monks in Aspen

Tibetan Monks in Aspen It is an incredible site to see when the Tibetan Monks come to Aspen and blend in with our culture, visiting our schools and holding personal and business blessing sessions. The Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery [su_box title=”The Monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery”]The Monks of the Gaden… Continue Reading “Tibetan Monks in Aspen”

Affordable Yoga & Meditation Classes

Affordable Yoga & Meditation Classes Every year at this time we are fortunate to receive the teachings, healings, and blessings of visiting Tibetan monks. This year, since I now live in Aspen, I was determined to attend the daily morning meditations at the Aspen Chapel with the Tibetan Buddhist Monks… Continue Reading “Affordable Yoga & Meditation Classes”

Delving Deeper into Meditation with Thomas Droge

[su_heading]Delving Deeper into Meditation with Thomas Droge[/su_heading] Taking Taoist Insight and Five Element meditation classes with Thomas Droge and interviewing him live on our Facebook feed afterwards helped me to delve deeper into the intellectualization of meditation during Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2016. As our conversation unfolded it was apparent… Continue Reading “Delving Deeper into Meditation with Thomas Droge”

An Interview with MC YOGI

[su_heading]An Interview with MC YOGI[/su_heading] I had heard MC YOGI’s music before and downloaded it to my yoga practice playlist. His voice was soft and soothing and his music made you feel light-hearted and happy, so it really was a pleasure to practice yoga… Continue Reading “An Interview with MC YOGI”

An Interview with Eoin Finn at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass

An Interview with Eoin Finn at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass I’d like to thank Eoin Finn for helping to dissolve my shyness and willingness to stay insular while in yoga practice, and insight me to throw all inhibitions to the wind in his blacklight “Yogi Rockstar Classic Rock Vinyasa Flow” class… Continue Reading “An Interview with Eoin Finn at Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass”

A Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2016 Recap

A Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2016 Recap Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass always looked intriguing to me but as someone who is more partial to practicing yoga and meditation in my own space – without having to get touchy feely with strangers (sorry, it’s my East Coast/British genetic structure), I have… Continue Reading “A Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2016 Recap”

Youngest Certified Female Yoga Instructor

[su_heading size=”28″]Youngest Certified Female Yoga Instructor[/su_heading] Jaysea DeVoe, a Manduka® Ambassador, is the youngest certified female yoga instructor in the U.S. and she is also a Manduka Ambassador. I happened to meet her while in Mexico and I interviewed her so that she could… Continue Reading “Youngest Certified Female Yoga Instructor”

Living Life to the Fullest

[su_heading]Living Life to the Fullest[/su_heading] As many of you know, these past nine months have been devoted to being true to myself and my dreams of sharing the local’s perspective on living in Aspen. In order to do this, I have tried my best to… Continue Reading “Living Life to the Fullest”

Connecting with My Spiritual Side

As working parents we all need to quiet the noise so that we can find the peace and happiness we need to parent better.

Rid Yourself Of Fear

An annual summer trip to Nantucket no longer retains the innocence of days gone by.

Living in a Community Extends Life

How wonderful it is to receive birthday wishes from all over the world. I am a very lucky girl and so appreciative of all of your love! Thank you for being a friend!!!

Being Fit in Aspen

I feel as if I’ve been run over by a truck from the stress of the move, so what do I do now?

What are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

I’ve made my New Years Resolutions and I’m ready to go…only, it’s going to take some time. How bout you?

Spiritual Healers

A big congratulations to Carbondale local, Michelle Manning-Kogler, for making it past the first round in the Conari Press Competition for the next top Self-Help Author.

It is Michelle’s wish to help others through spiritual healing, a gift she was born with, and to make lasting, positive changes in their lives.

Let’s help her to make it to round three!

Living in the Moment

On our way up we talked about my decision to not write about how The Aspen Times was pouring salt onto my wound, once again, with the new developments in the Madoff fiasco. I refuse to fuel the tabloids with my anger and disappointment, I told him and he agreed happy that as much as I write about our family life, I never reveal anything too private.

Finding a True Yogi

There is always light, you just have to be open to letting it in.

Loving My Forties

A half hour later I walked out of his office stunned. In my forties, I have found an inner peace and an entirely new view on life and love. My senses are deepened and my openness to the world much greater. I am learning Spanish, writing, reading novels, juggling three boys, relishing in the affections of my husband and deepening my bonds with my girlfriends. Who was this man who could not appreciate the beauty of women in their forties?