Here’s where to find your zen, from a Colorado yogi.
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We all kinda wish we could have a second home in the mountains. A place to kick back or crash, store some gear, and maybe even shoot off a few emails between ski runs or after a hike. We can’t help you with real estate, but we just might have the next best thing. Denver, meet Gravity Haus, a Breckenridge coworking community that is as focused on wellness as it is on function.
Gravity Haus was born from the brain of Galvanize founder Jim Deters. The creative entrepreneur clearly has a pulse on what people are looking for at the intersection of work, wellness, community, and hospitality. So, why not put them all under the same roof? He did, and this space seems to have thought of everything.
Sitting at the base of Peak 9 in Breck, Gravity Haus is setting out to be the ultimate social house for the modern adventurer, no matter the age or ability level. The wellness-focused space, which opened to the public on December 9, 2019, combines Starter Haus, a fully-equipped coworking space, with gear storage, social programming, eats and drinks, expert-guided excursions, and lodging on site.
But it’s not all about productivity and play. Gravity Haus also is a place to refuel and recharge. Get ready to veg out and zen out at the mountain-side Japanese-inspired onsen with four hot tubs, one cold tub, and one dry sauna. Train or recover at Dryland Sports, the high-tech fitness center with a full recovery studio (and NormaTec compression sleeves!). You can also grab some healthy eats at Cabin Juice, a restaurant for health nuts and foodies that serves nutrient-dense eats to fuel and satisfy. You’ll then have the option to top it all off with a cup from Unravel Coffee, a sustainably-focused coffee shop already serving Southeast Denver.
And if you’re looking to stay the night, know that this Haus has rooms, too. They’re upscale, but true to the Gravity Haus goal of being accessible to all, they are designed to be shared if you want (hello, queen bunk beds!). Think Airbnb meets hostel, as the Gravity Haus team explained to Fitt.
Want a little try-before-you-buy experience before heading up to the mountains? Check out Denver’s own Dryland Sports and Unravel Coffee (who are actually neighbors), which serves as the inspiration and blueprint for their Breck counterparts.
And looking forward, sales director Dave Northrop told us Breck is just the beginning. Jim and his team plan to replicate this model in ski and surf towns around the world. But for now, they’re staying close to home, slopeside, as they scope out their next properties: Vail and Winter Park. Look out for Vail Mountain Lodge and The Sundowner Motel to be reborn as this innovative mountain social house in late 2020.
Breck, Vail, or Winter Park—wherever you visit—Gravity Haus is guaranteed to be the most wholesome aprés around.
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.