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Rancho La Puerta's blog about healthy and happy living.

February at Rancho La Puerta: Friendship!



Friendship is a gift.  A good friend should be trustworthy, supportive, fun to be around and take time to remain connected. February is a good month to discover new friends and add depth to your existing friendships. With over 50 fun, exploratory, and informative Ranch classes a day, you will be bound to make new friends and nurture your existing friendships along the way.

January 30 – February 6
Broadway Week | Larry Lane & Shelley Estes

LaneEstes11Larry Lane made his professional debut in the musical Best Little Whorehouse in Texas working with famed choreographer/director Tommy Tune. In Broadway Tours he performed the role of “Mendel” in Hershel Bernardi’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, of “Gregory Gardner” in A Chorus Line and “The Tango Dancer” in Evita. – A graduate of the Professional Acting Program at Southern Methodist University, Larry most recently appeared on stage as a special guest artist for the Bruce Wood Dance Project filmed for PBS.

Shelley Estes, B.S.E., N.A.S.M, A.C.E, a native of Dallas, Texas, has combined her love of dance, Pilates, teaching and her commitment to fitness and wellness throughout her life as a vocation and avocation. Shelley has spent the last 25 years as a professional dancer, teacher, gymnastics coach, fitness professional, and Pilates Instructor and the last four years teaching Pilates to the dance majors at Southern Methodist University as an adjunct lecturer. – See more here.


February 6 – 13
Sexuality and Health | Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D.

Pepper SchwartzSexuality not only feels good – it may actually make you healthier – physically as well as mentally.Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., is a sociology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale. She has authored 15 books and co-authored Glamour magazine’s monthly “Sex and Health” column for years. See more here.


February 13 – 20
GYROKINESIS® | Gina Muensterkoetter

Gina MuensterkoetterGYROKINESIS® exercise is a complete movement system, for all levels and ages, and can be applied to a variety of situations, as one needs very little equipment. It incorporates many key principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics and Tai Chi. Gina Muensterkoetter is Educational and Executive Assistant to GYROTONIC®’s founder, Juliu Horvath. Her academic education includes a degree in sports and biology and a degree in sports therapy from the Technische Universitaet Munich. Gina’s degree as a Sports Therapist, specializes in injury prevention and rehabilitation. – See more here.


February 20 – 27
The Bar Method | Sara Giller

Sara GillerThe Bar Method™ — integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body. Sara Giller brings years of entertainment and fitness experience as well as almost a decade long working relationship with The Bar Method to Rancho La Puerta. Being able to combine her love of both physical fitness and performing, has driven her to challenge her clients in a high energy way. See more here.


February 27 – March 5
Prime of Life Yoga | Larry Payne

Larry PayneLarry Payne’s daily class ‘Prime of Life Yoga’ is a safe, user friendly approach to Yoga dedicated to men and women in the second half of life who want to stay healthy, happy and active as long as possible. Larry holds a Ph.D, is an internationally respected yoga teacher and is the co-author of international bestsellers Yoga for Dummies and Yoga Rx. He was selected as a yoga expert by Web MD, The World Economic Forum, Reader’s Digest, and Yoga Journal, and named ‘One of America’s most respected Yoga teachers’ by the Los Angeles Times. See more here.



Quinoa Walnut Brownies

  We never need an excuse for chocolate, but with Valentine’s Day around the corner, these Ranch style brownies of chocolaty gluten free deliciousness are a tasty, hand-crafted way to show appreciation to your favorite Valentine.   Ingredients: ½  cup … Continue reading




“As you find your seat, relax, and completely be yourself,” says Susan Gwaltney. “Then delight in that feeling.” The key to a comfortable and happy meditation, she says, is to find a comfortable seated posture where you can breathe fully, … Continue reading


TRX Plank to Pike

TRX Plank to Pike

With TRX’s Plank to Pike you strengthen your arms, increase your core strength, and add flexibility in your hips and legs. Rancho La Puerta’s Fitness Instructor Ethan Carter demonstrates during a TRX class. 1. Put feet your feet into the straps and … Continue reading



Seaweed Wrap

I was a little wound up this week so I decided to treat myself to a Seaweed Wrap at the Men’s Health Center. I needed to reset my body to get back into the swing of daily life after the holidays … Continue reading


Rancho La Puerta Vegetable Tamales

Vegetable Tamales

With a history that’s deeper than the Aztec pyramids are tall, tamales have been a staple of Mexico for centuries.  Some historians recognize them as part of the pre-Colombian diet starting somewhere between 5000 BC to 7000 BC, where they were … Continue reading


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