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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Why Are You So You Angry?!

I felt so angry! I had asked him to get my favorite chocolate cake at the local market. When he came back, he said he couldn’t find it and brought me back a chocolate bar instead. The heat was rising in my face because I knew he hadn’t actually bothered to ask the clerk if they had the cakes. I had seen them there earlier that day. He admitted that he didn’t ask and exclaimed: “Why are you so angry?!” The answer had nothing to do with chocolate cake. Which, by the way, is my trusted strategy for pacifying my 

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How I Got Myself Unstuck

Here I am sitting at my computer with a feeling of fear of being judged, and it’s paralyzing me today. “You’re so fearless!” The comments poured in on social media after I posted this photo (taken by Daniel Brasuell) I’m definitely not fearless, is what I replied. I get nervous every time I paddle this rapid! I think of myself as courageous – being afraid and taking action anyway. BUT I’ve set a new goal for myself to write a blog and send it out on Fridays. Yet I’m fearful of putting it out there. What if it’s too much 

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3 Things I Ask Myself to Recover from Disappointment

I’ve been wedged underneath rocks in the river, been trashed in the impact zone in the surf, and as a solopreneur, wondered how I was going to pay my bills. You know, that feeling of being crushed by doubt, fear or things not working out the way you’d hoped? Whitewater kayaking has been a phenomenal teacher for me in learning how to make big comebacks. How to not let one incident send me into a downward spiral. Like the one time I got stuck in a hydraulic, swam out of my kayak, bawled my eyes out, then got back in 

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Someday or Day One?

When you schedule time on your calendar how often do you pencil in activities on Someday? Never heard of Someday being on the calendar? That’s because Someday doesn’t exist in reality. There’s a saying that goes: “There are 7 days in a week and Someday isn’t one of them.” Saying you’ll do something Someday is saying that what you want is just a pipe dream. As uninspiring as this is, it’s also easy and doesn’t involve risk. On the other hand, taking steps towards what you really want feels scary, risky and hard. I get it. I’ve been there over 

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3 Tips to Avoid Summer Burnout + Smoothie Recipe

It’s officially the change of season, and if you don’t want to overheat and burnout, it’s critical that you make changes to your diet and lifestyle. Summer is the season of heat, long hours of sunlight and full-on activity! If your diet and lifestyle run hot during this season then you could experience physical symptoms such as skin problems and breakouts, acid reflux and bouts of urgently needing a bathroom 🙁 Emotionally you may experience increased anger, frustration and stress. This can lead to confrontations with family and co-workers, overwhelm and burnout. Here are three of my favorite, and perhaps not-so-well-known 

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Why YOU Matter

Have you ever gotten down on yourself thinking that nothing you do or say really matters? Somehow, women especially, are good at finding evidence for how small and insignificant we are. This is especially true when we compare ourselves to others. Our minds latch on to the story we’re telling ourselves about how much better so and so is, and the downward spiral begins. Last week I went to see US Soccer champion and author, Abby Wambach, speak. She has two Olympic gold medals, 4 World Cup Titles and holds the record for highest number of international goals scored in 

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4 Steps to Finding Your Paddling Tribe

Are you struggling to find a group of fun, supportive paddling partners? Finding a paddling tribe is key to enjoying the sport for the long term. It’s fun to go out on your own (especially SUP), but that can get old after awhile. Connecting with other like-minded women who share a similar passion is uplifting and inspiring. If you’re like me, you want paddling buddies who lift you up and support you in your goals, from paddling something new and challenging, to just having fun and getting outside. Here are my top 4 steps for finding your paddling tribe. Join 

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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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