Anna Levesque is the leading expert on paddling instruction for women and yoga for paddling, including SUP Yoga. She is the author of the book Yoga for Paddling, published by Falcon Guides. Anna was voted 2017 Most Inspirational Outdoors Person in Best of the Blue Ridge from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, and named one of the most inspirational paddlers alive by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Her 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.
She is the founder/director of Girls at Play and Mind Body Paddle and has taught and empowered thousands of paddlers worldwide. Anna has produced 4 instructional kayaking DVDs for women, a Yoga for Kayaking DVD and short downloadable yoga for kayaking segments on Vimeo that have sold over 6500 copies combined.
Anna is an American Canoe Association (ACA) Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer, Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Trainer and a member of the ACA SUP Standards Committee. On the health and wellness side, Anna is a 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor.
She runs the Ladies Southeast Paddling Series that raises money for the Shannon Christy Memorial Fund and American Whitewater.
As an athlete Anna was a member of the Canadian Freestyle Whitewater Kayak Team from 1999 to 2003 and earned a bronze medal at the Freestyle Kayak World Championships in 2001. She placed in the top 3 in several freestyle competitions and extreme races during that time and has paddled in over 12 countries around the world.
She is a brand ambassador for Dagger Kayaks, BIC SUP, Kokatat Watersports Wear, Werner Paddles and Shred Ready helmets.