Friday, May 9, 2008

Find healing through action connection

Zimron and Spencer will show the way

Express Staff Writer

Being on your game, whether it's in life or sport, requires skills. Most of the time, these skills are not just acquired through physical conditioning but mental and spiritual, too. Returning to the Sun Valley Wellness Festival for a second year, golf's "Sensei," Jamie Zimron, will present her popular golf workshop based on her KiAi Body-Mind Golf technology.

Zimron's life experiences as an LPGA golfer, winning tournaments since the age of 13, led her to developing a golf technique based on self-mastery and the mind-and-body connection. Zimron has based her program on her decades of Aikido practice.

"It flooded me one day that Aikido was like golf," she said. "The movements are just like it. Aikido is not physical brute force but centered base of energy flowing through your body. How you have to channel your energy takes focus and total power. Aikido is peaceful power. Golfers beat themselves up and get frustrated. That does not get results. If you look at tour players, they are centered like poetry in motion. They have control over the mental and motion power."

KiAi golf training allows golf enthusiasts to discover golf skills from a position of calmness and confidence. A golfer's fitness and focus through KiAi training can then be transferred into power and precision.

"The KiAi way of golf is a way to channel," Zimron said. "We are the ones in charge and there are universal skills. It's also in harmony with the grand energy of life, with natural laws, and joining that all together we start to have health and success."

Zimron's workshops present golfers with new skills that focus the physical and mental power on the club in their hand to their stroke. In addition, Zimron will not allow a student to leave her workshop without experiencing the power of KiAi Body-Mind Golf, whether it is through her exercises or hands-on golf demonstrations.

It's not just Zimron who believes one's state of mind leads to success—so does Jeff Spencer. In his first appearance at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival, Spencer, known as "Doctor Magic," plans to enlighten audiences to the keys to success in life. As an advisor to some of the world's most successful individuals, teams and organizations, Spencer's programs have been proven to work over and over again.

"I am more interested in giving people useful tools to improve the quality of their life," Spencer said. "For me, we are all born winners and each of us has a unique set of skills and talent."

Spencer was part of the Tour de France cycling teams sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and the Discovery Channel. His chiropractic and life skills were an integral part of Lance Armstrong's success. Besides being a chiropractor, motivational speaker, success coach and glass artist, Spencer was an Olympic Sprint cyclist, and fitness remains very much a part of his everyday life.

"All the tools apply to everyone equally," Spencer said. "One of the myths people need to get beyond is that success is not just for type A personalities and the strong will. Versatility and the ability to adapt to a quickly changing landscape is key to remaining a consistent top performer."

Spencer's new book, "Turn It Up!: How to Perform at Your Highest Level for a Lifetime" will be released this summer.

"It's one thing to have inspiration," Spencer said. "The other side of coin is to have the methodology."

Become inspired with Spencer's presentation, "Turn it Up! How to Perform at Your Best for a Lifetime," at the Sun Valley Inn's Continental Room from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 24.

Jamie Zimron's Zen golf

· Sunday, May 25, from 2-3:20 p.m. "The Centered Way: Seven Sources of Power in Golf and Life" in the Sun Valley Inn's Limelight A.

· Monday, May 26, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, "Morning Intensive: Seven Sources of Golfing Power" at the Sun Valley Golf Course.

· Monday, May 26, from 1:30-5 p.m. "Afternoon Intensive: Be Sure of Your Short Game!" at the Sun Valley Golf Course.

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