Special Olympics Equestrian Show by Erika L. WattJune 2009
On Saturday, June 13, Special Olympics' young athletes competed in the second annual Equestrian State Show. Horses Help, a premier accredited therapeutic and recreational agency serving the special needs population, played host to the Special Olympics Arizona Equestrian Show. Horses Help is a unique institution, using a collaboration of horses and people to empower the special needs population to break through physical, cognitive, and emotional barriers. Their mission and vision are inspiring and they are an ideal partner for the Special Olympics.
A total of forty participants and six teams competed in four Equestrian events: Western Equitation, Working Trail, Barrels, and Showmanship. Each participant impressed the audience with their talents and competitive spirit.
Special Olympics Arizona would like to express our appreciation to Horses Help for hosting the Equestrian State Show this year. Thank you for helping to make this day special for all our Equestrian athletes.
Beauty of Coloradoby Erika L. WattNovember 2009
When there's a sunny day, go and hike. I invite you to be a part of Colorado's beauty by taking a local hike. I've quickly discovered Colorado is a beautiful place for hiking. The weekends are a perfect opportunity to just escape from the busy life in the city. A perfect day hike is to visit the beautiful foothills surrounding Lory State Park. The 2,492 acre park contains Arthur's Rock, located at an elevation of 6,780 feet, 3.6 total miles, and named in honor of the early settler, Dr. Charles A. Lory.
The drive to the park is spectacular, a meandering path, to the destination of Arthur's Rock which overlooks the Fort Collins area. After climbing the 1.7 mile trail and reaching 6, 900 feet in elevation, you arrive to the summit with amazing views of Horsetooth Reservoir.
Inhale...exhale...inhale...exhale. The hike was moderate to difficult terrain; but pure rejuvenation sets in afterwards. A purely peaceful hike with time spent viewing nature's beauty. One requirement of any nature hike: capture the scenery with a camera.
Come As You Areby Erika L. WattDecember 2009
"Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without." ~Ymber Delecto
Sometimes life becomes so stressful you need to find an escape and relieve stress. Yoga is a wonderful way to relax, refresh, and get revived. I'm a yogi myself; having practiced yoga for almost 10 years.
Yoga offers amazing benefits: reduced stress, improved breathing, greater flexibility, strength, and balance.
Yoga focuses on the goal of developing a continually growing awareness of and integration of all aspects of one's physical, emotional, and intellectual being. There are many types of yoga classes to choose from, such as: 1) Hatha: Examines the health benefits of asana and develops an understanding of body alignment, breath control and balance; 2) Restorative: A relaxing and rejuvenating practice with passive poses supported by blankets, blocks and props; 3) Vinyasa: The art of sequencing yoga postures and using the breath to flow from one asana to another; 4) Yin: A deep practice that settles into poses for 3-5 minutes bringing you inward. Yin is slow, deep and quiet and targets the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis, lower spine and ankles.
Come as you are. Yoga is for all ages and ability levels. Yoga poses can be adjusted to your experience and flexibility levels. Check out this site which shows a variety of common yoga poses: www.yogacards.com/yoga-postures.html. Remember to set an intention before your class. For example, I will not judge my performance against others in the class.
I challenge you to go explore the breath, postures, deep rest and relaxation, and setting the tone for the year ahead.