Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Beth Hinnen spent her early years trailing after four older brothers learning how to ski, ride a bike, drive a stick-shift, and be the runner in the game of "pickle." Athleticism was a core part of her upbringing. Even so, her mother inspired her love of reading, which ignited a desire to travel the world. So at age 17, she moved to Vail, Colorado only to find out that living in a ski town is not the same as vacationing in one. With a renewed sense of self-reliance and preservation, Beth earned an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, followed by a Masters of Science in Management from The Georgia Institute of Technology.
Hired by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Beth rose through the ranks to Vice President, providing loans to utilities and independent power producers, She learned cold calling, financial modeling, management of bosses, peers and analysts, and that, in the end, money certainly can buy substitutes for happiness, but never happiness itself.
With that realization, Beth left the corporate world, wrote fiction, and ultimately discovered Yoga. Starting in 2001 and over the next 8 years, she earned over 1,000 hours of training in beginner, intermediate, and advanced Hatha Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Structural Yoga Therapy, Restorative Yoga, and Raja Yoga, or Yogic philosophy. In January 2023, Beth completed a 2-year certification to teach vipassana meditation and mindfulness in the tradition of Insight Meditation as developed by Jack Kornfield.
In addition, Beth studied for ten years with a Soto Zen Monastery, including several month-long stays as a visiting monk. To this day, she continues her studies of Buddhism, Yoga, and various spiritual philosophies, embracing Sri Swami Satchidananda's prescient saying, "The truth is One, the paths are many."