Health & Wellness
Telluride is considered a place of natural rejuvination. It doesn't require an MD to know that crisp, clean mountain air will revive the senses and that alpine scenery will captivate the soul.
The Telluride Medical Center’s head of emergency medicine is also one of the top high altitude specialists in the world. Dr. Peter Hackett runs the Institute for Altitude Medicine, which is dedicated to wellness at altitude for the traveler, adventurer, elite athlete and resident. There are also a number of highly skilled physical therapists in town.
Increasingly, Americans are embracing wellness practices designed to support the physical, emotional and intellectual body, and Telluride is at the forefront. The region is a mecca for the alternative healing arts, as well as integrative healing modalities that include acupuncture, reiki and jin shin jyutsu.
Western, or allopathic, medicine applies bandages when we are hurt or broken. In many other cultures throughout the world, however, the model is different. In Native American or Asian medicine, wellness is approached by treating the whole person to prevent illness. Ayurveda (and its sister science yoga), for example, are transformational practices that began in India 5,000 years ago.
The Telluride Yoga Center has a year-round schedule that includes Power Yoga, Jivamukti, Ashtanga and Iyengar. In addition to yoga, Telluride hosts several Pilates studios that offer both reformer and mat classes.