Giving Yourself the Gift of Replenishment this Holiday Season

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This week my theme for my yoga classes is ‘Cleansing and Replenishment.’ This theme is easy for a paddler to appreciate.  When it rains the rivers are replenished with water and anything that was stagnant or stuck on the river is washed away downstream.  Our bodies also replenish and cleanse themselves without us even thinking about it.  Every inhalation oxygenates the blood that our heart pumps out to the rest of the body nourishing every cell.  With every exhalation we expel the waste product of oxygen – carbon dioxide.  In this way, every full breath we take replenishes and cleanses the body and the blood. If you pause right now and bring awareness to your breath you’ll tap into this 

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Returning Home

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By Emily Shanblatt I am about to return home from the greatest journey of my life. I took a brief break from GAP instruction and life in North Carolina to fulfill a long awaited dream.  I’ve spent the last three months travelling out west with the sole mission of running whitewater.  Starting with 8 weeks of creeking in High Sierra California, I then migrated north to the Pacific Northwest, followed by a short stint in Idaho.  What has this trip meant for me?  Way more than I could have ever expected… I went to California with the mentality of “I want to run big rapids.  I want to look at something intimidating and scary, and have the peace of mind 

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The Joy in Doing

Wow! Your entries for April’s drawing for a Kokatat Hydrus Drytop were amazing! They were full of joy, energy, passion, creativity and showcased the intuitive female power.  They are all worth reading!  Thank you all for being part of the GAP community! It is rich. “A few days ago, two friends and I set off to run the Illinois River in Southern Oregon. I knew this river would have harder class IV and one class V on it and would be pushing my comfort limits. But I want to get better, so when approaching Submarine rapid, a class IV, I took my time. And yes, my pals coached me and were incredibly patient as I watched, looked, and just plain 

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