Nose Plugs and Neti Pots

I’m a nose plug addict. I admit it. I don’t like running rapids without them firmly squeezed in place. I’ve spent the moments before every rapid for the past 4 plus years worrying about where they were and getting them on my face. I thought they were my security. I figured if I had them on, then I would be calm if I flipped and I could focus more on my roll than the water shooting up my sinuses. Not necessarily true. I found out by experience but I’m stubborn and kept telling myself I needed them. Well, after having 

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Hammer Factor, Fear Factor: What’s in a Story?

“The past and future are in the mind only – I am now.” – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj Last month I accompanied Girls at Play on the last five rapids of the Green Narrows on the final day of Creek Week. This was my fifth trip down this section. I had an arch nemesis on this river and it was called Hammer Factor. The previous several times I ran this rapid, I managed to do it every way except plastic side down. I’ve ran the whole thing upside down, had a brief out-of-boat experience stuck in the pocket, and bow stalled face first 

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Self-Care and Listening To Your Body: What I Learned From a Year of Setbacks

This article is contributed by Rachel Roman, Swiftwater Rescue Instructor and GAP Client. I started kayaking two summers ago and progressed quickly throughout the first season. As time passed, however, a roll that had once been very reliable became less so, even as other skills progressed.  I started having to work harder to come up, lying further and further on my back deck to compensate.  High braces were similarly performed lying on the back deck, arms high and far beyond the safety of the paddler’s box.  I had an offside roll that quickly became better than the “on” side, but muscle 

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Self Care: Meditation

This article is contributed by Tara Scarborough, yoga instructor, meditator and GAP client. February is one of those “in between” months.  Cold and dark and full of potential.  Perhaps you are ready for spring to push through the ground or perhaps you are missing the lights and festivities of December.  February, although the shortest month, can tend to drag on in our psyches for whatever reason.  However, the spaces “in between” are those that yield the greatest potential.  That quiet, dark space, dripping with potential is the perfect time to go inward and take some time for yourself through meditation. 

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Share the Love Challenge this February!

This February, we at Girls At Play have decided to expand our vision from the romantic relationship focus of Valentine’s Day to something a bit bigger. We are launching our Share the Love Challenge! With so much going on in our personal lives and in the world, we think it’s time we reach out and connect to those in our lives who could use a little more love. The living of our lives is in the relationships and connection with people. It’s time to give of ourselves so that others may be empowered, lifted up and know human compassion and connectedness. Here’s 

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The Off Season: Cross Training for Kayaking

During the long winter months, many of us aren’t out there kayaking nearly as much, if at all. So what are you doing to keep engaged and keep your body and mind in the sport? While it may be too cold for some of us to venture out, there is plenty out there that can provide cross training for kayaking and help us be ready when the season starts again this spring. Being mindful in all aspects of our health not only can help us perform better when it’s time to get back on the water, but can also improve 

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Kayaking & The Power of Choosing Something New

As I venture into this new year, I am in a space of reflection. I am connecting the thread of my past to my present and getting stoked for my future. Looking back over my experiences in whitewater kayaking, I am profoundly grateful for all of the lessons this sport brings to my life. From getting into a kayak for the first time, to stepping it up and now teaching, whitewater kayaking continues to teach me much about myself, both on and off the water. When I first got into a kayak, it was on a whim. Heeding a tiny 

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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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