Strengthen your mind body paddle connection!

Creek Week: Class IV Creeking

Our Class IV Creek Week is one of our most popular programs. Learn the skills you need to take your paddling up a notch on the beautiful steep creeks of Western North Carolina. Join us and challenge yourself in a supportive, empowering environment that will transform your confidence and your skills. “You helped challenge us physically, mentally and emotionally and we are better paddlers because of it. Thank you so much for an amazing week!” – Shanna and Aamie, WA

SUP/SUP Yoga Instructor Certification Course

Join us for an American Canoe Association Level 1 SUP Instructor Certification course + SUP Yoga Endorsement taught by Anna Levesque.

Skills you’ll learn in this class include group management on flatwater and in mild conditions, teaching theory, trip leading methods, safety and how to teach the forward stroke, sweep strokes, moving around on the board, different stances and more! SUP is the fastest growing water sport and this course provides you with the training you need to paddle and teach effectively. The last day will give you the information you need to teach effective and safe SUP Yoga classes. Curriculum includes anchor systems, pose modifications and risk management.

Ayurveda Wellness Counseling with Anna Levesque

Ayurveda translates as ‘science of life.’ Ayur (life), Veda(science/knowledge). It is the sister science to yoga and is said to be 5000 + years old. Ayurveda is a mind-body health and wellness system based in the elements, rhythms and qualities of nature. As human beings, we are part of nature and carry the five elements of space (hollowness in the mouth, lungs), air (breath), fire (cellular intelligence, gastric juices), water (plasma) and earth (bones) within our bodies. Each element has certain qualities: Space is clear and subtle, air is light and dry, fire is hot and sharp, water is wet and cold (in general) and earth is heavy and dense. Each element has several other qualities, these are a few examples. Ayurveda organizes the elements in the body to three doshas or constitutional types. Vata (Space and Air), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Water and Earth).

Health and Adventure Solutions to Lead the Life that YOU Love!

“Anna is a clear and inspired SUP instructor trainer. Her passion comes through.” –  SUP Instructor Candidate, MA

“Anna listened to each of my questions with warmth, kindness and patience, and responded to each in turn with a suggestion that was pragmatic, sensible, and easy to implement. After my consultation, my energy improved, my pain decreased, and some of the fear and isolation I’d been experiencing dissolved. I recommend Anna and her practice with my whole heart to anyone I know who is experiencing a lack of well being on any scale.” – Melina, outdoor adventurer and writer, NC

“I appreciate Anna’s calm support on the river and the confidence it inspires.” – Jen, Whitewater Kayaker, CO

Welcome to Mind Body Paddle by Anna Levesque, professional whitewater kayak and stand up paddleboard Instructor Trainer, certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, yoga teacher and author. Anna is committed to helping her clients reach their paddling, health and wellness goals on and off the water. Looking to improve your paddling skills, join a supportive paddling community, take an adventure travel trip or become a certified paddling instructor? We’ve got programs for that!  Would you like to improve your digestion, increase your vitality, manage stress and get better sleep? Sign up for an Ayurveda consult with Anna. Perhaps you’ve been experiencing pain and discomfort due to the position and motion of paddling, Anna can help you with her twenty plus years of yoga for paddling experience. Knowing ourselves and connecting with others is an important piece in cultivating health and wellbeing. Take care of yourself so you may be of service to others, be they your family, friends, coworkers and/or broader community. Health is wealth!

Meet Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque is the leading expert on kayak instruction for women and yoga and wellness for paddling, including SUP Yoga. Named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Anna’s twenty-plus years of experience as an accomplished international competitor and instructor has landed her in mainstream publications such as TIME, SHAPE and SELF magazine.

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Testimonials

"When I went to see Anna I felt thoroughly depleted. By following Anna's suggestions, things really turned around! After several weeks of consistent use of her recommended Ayurvedic herbs, oils, and a few key dietary and exercise changes, I feel completely different. I have significantly improved sleep, mood, and overall vitality. I'm much happier!" - Libby Hinsley, Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist at YogaRx.

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