3 Healthy Habits Under 5 Minutes

Is your health worth 5 minutes of your time? We all have excuses for why we can’t do things and lack of time may be the biggest one, next to lack of money. It’s not; however, about enough time, but about prioritizing your time. Your health is like a bank account with compounding interest. What you invest in your health on a daily basis compounds and grows over time. When you take even 5 minutes per day to invest in your health with healthy habits, the results compound over time and support your wellbeing. At the same time, if you 

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How to Survive Inside

Some people assume that tips on how to survive outside in the wilderness are more important than tips on how to survive inside. I mean, we’ve engineered our indoor environment to be comfortable and optimized for survival and longevity. Right? The reality is that our bodies and minds adjust very well outside and that engineered comfort is actually adversely affecting our health, wellness and longevity. Which of the two following options sounds healthier and more productive to you? Sore back, foggy mind, constipated (yes, going there) and low energy. Comfort in the body, clear mind, effective elimination and steady energy. 

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Self-Worth Risk or Comfort?

“If you charge that much I won’t work with you anymore.” Was she really going to fire me? That’s bold, I thought. “Because you’re worth way more than that.” I could sense her frustration with me and I knew this was a crux moment. Just like the determining moments on the river, the trail or the mountain, the course of action I chose would determine what kind of person I would become. Would I let fear rule the day or would I choose courage? Stay in my comfort zone or take a risk? These are questions I challenge my own 

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3 Tips to Help Your Body Deal with Overindulging

Just ate something you love, but now feel heavy, bloated and lethargic? I get it. I’ve been there too! Luckily I have some very effective strategies that help my body more effectively process rich, sweets and salty foods. In this vlog I’m sharing them with you just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The season of rich and indulgent eating. To recap the strategies in the video: 1.Drink warm, digestive herbal teas after a meal where you’ve overindulged. Here’s one of my favorites DIY digestive teas: 3 cloves, 2 whole peppercorns, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 inch piece of 

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Your Social Media VS Your Real Life

“Is your social media representative of your real life?” That was the question asked by a friend last week. I thought it was a compelling question worth answering in a blog. I figure if she had that question then others who follow my social media probably do too. Instead of write about it I did my first video blog! It’s my first so I’m a work in progress, but tonight was the perfect time to tackle this question. Almost everything that I post is real life because I’m out in the world taking on my commitment to create empowering experiences 

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How to Advocate for Yourself

Do better. That’s what I wrote to the organizers. They had removed me  from the speaker schedule without communicating. For a very brief moment I considered resigning myself to the fact that I would no longer be presenting. I have a long history of advocating for myself in the world of paddlesports. It’s uncomfortable, vulnerable and can be frustrating. The truth is when I don’t speak up nothing happens. My career as a sponsored athlete and my work empowering women wouldn’t exist if I didn’t advocate for myself. After a phone call with the organizer I was put back on 

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What Makes You Feel Vulnerable?

This is what I was afraid of. I’d put myself out there just to look stupid. It. Was. Terrifying. What makes you feel vulnerable? You know, that sinking feeling of resistance in your gut, followed by a drawing in and shutting down? At least that’s the feeling I got when my business coach asked me to do vlogs. When I responded that I had been thinking about doing then for awhile, she said, OK then do one today. Even though I was experiencing resistance throughout my whole being, I knew that I had to take on the challenge. Within a 

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3 Ways to Comfort Without Sweet Treats

Ever notice the abundance of sweet treats in airport stores? That’s no coincidence. Sweat treats pacify our feelings of stress and anxiety. According to Ayurveda, sweet taste is grounding and heavy, and food companies know this! They know that sugar triggers the reward center in the brain, releasing opioids and dopamine. It makes us feel great… in the short term. Another perspective is that the sweetness of breast milk is the first thing we taste as humans. If we’re fortunate enough, we drink it from the safety and comfort of our mother’s arms. In Ayurveda we call this a samskara, 

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Is Your All or Nothing Attitude Affecting Your Health?

Is your all or nothing attitude negatively affecting your health? Do you believe that if you don’t have an hour to do a workout it’s not worth even trying? Does the excuse of not having ‘the right’ clothes or venue to do a yoga practice or workout keep you phone scrolling instead of taking care of your body? Some of my Ayurveda clients tell me that they feel like failures for not making all of the changes they wanted to even though they’re very successful with 1 or 2. But guess what. Successfully incorporating 1 or 2 healthy habits and 

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Grief, Connection and Joy on the River

“It doesn’t get any easier,” she said as tears streamed down her face and she spread the ashes in the water. “He would have loved this place.” “I acknowledge you for being here,” I said, tears welling up in my eyes as well. Wishing I could do something to ease her pain, and knowing that the best I could do was hold space. It was her first river experience ever, and 6 days in the Idaho wilderness was a big adventure to take on. Nina was my best friend in grade school. We grew up in a small, bilingual and 

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Meet Anna Levesque

Anna Levesque is the leading expert on paddling instruction for women and yoga 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, instructor, coach and author has landed her in mainstream publications such as TIME, SHAPE and SELF.

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"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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