I am a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, an entrepreneur, soul athlete (train and perform to nourish the soul and not all for the competition) former graphic designer/art director turned full-time health and outdoor fitness innovator. Additionally I am a husband, father of 3 and inspiration for people who want to live in harmony with creativity, love, and overall nourishment of mind body and spirit.
By 2014, I became a go-to resource for the latest in outdoor and natural fitness in publications like the Wall Street Journal, Departures, and Miami Herald. After co-creating Forbes 5 Star V Art of Wellness with my wife Tracie Vlaun in 2011, my wife and I have been internationally acclaimed for some of the best outdoor and beach fitness programs based in Miami Beach along with guest instructor retreats at some of the most stunning destinations. We have since grown the luxury V Art of Wellness to a premier fitness brand.
My big epiphany came in spring of 2008 when I was in the worst shape of his life working in a toxic environment as a designer/creative director for a formally successful company getting dissolved in the wake of ego and family turmoil. At that point I was sitting more than 10 hours per day, enduring a toxic relationship at home, in the worst shape of my life while raising a 4 year old — frightened at what the future may bring. At that point I know of only one outlet – get outside and workout.
Tapping into Innate Wisdom
Left without many options in pursuit of happiness and life harmony I decided to make a change by stepping outside before daybreak and hit the beach for a daily workout/reboot session. In the process of finding balance and happiness he began to discover the magic of human intuition and wisdom. One morning while running with shoes off on the soft Miami Beach sand as the sun was rising over the Atlantic Ocean, I was hit with a giant wave of inspiration. A voice in my head said “This is not just exercise, this is nourishment”. At that point I realized that my intuition will lead to search for the validation of an innate human wisdom. The idea of removing the shoes and running, gripping the soft sand with the feet, feeling the rising sun as it glistened of the ocean was not only liberating, but in many ways a necessity. Sure enough, with a little research I came across some great resources validating this inclination of innate wisdom. From that point on intuition lead to validation of many aspects in the nourishment of mind, body and spirit. Within our human wisdom we can sense there is an abundance of energy or “Qi” in whole plant based nutrition along with vibration it carries or the idea of “Earthing” and grounding yourself while being barefoot in nature. As enlightening as this wall was, it only be the beginning of this great journey.
Feeding the soul.