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Leading with Love

BY Dipika Rai | September 12, 2017 | Feature Features

One woman's quest is to turn Aspen into a global model for well-being.

Gina Murdock had an epiphany after yoga changed her life in profound ways and helped her back to health after she suffered a concussion; she wanted to arm people with the same tools and founded the Aspen Yoga Society, and now, the Aspen City of Wellbeing. Working at a grass-roots level, the organization engages with the lifeblood of Aspen—employees in local government, essential services and schools—to offer programs that include stretching, breathing exercises, mindfulness, healthy eating and massage therapy to create a culture shift toward optimal states of well-being for all. She met Dr. Deepak Chopra in 2013 and was part of a scientific experiment. “In this study, we proved the effectiveness of yoga, meditation, pranayama and a healthy lifestyle,” she says. “There may be a few genetic factors that we cannot overcome, but about 90 percent of our health and quality of life is really up to us.” Armed with this conviction, Murdock realized that she wanted to live in a town that valued holistic health, kindness, community and a culture of service, and the Aspen City of Wellbeing initiative was launched last year. Chopra will join Murdock in Aspen Oct. 26 to 29, along with speakers like author Marianne Williamson and yoga instructor Seane Corn, for Lead With Love, a four-day gathering focusing on the Aspen City of Wellbeing’s core principles. $299-$899, Aspen Meadows Resort, 845 Meadows Road

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