Opening all the windows and airing out the house can be like a breath of fresh air for your home. The warmer weather invigorates us to clean out closets, garages, and basements. But there is one area most people overlook when it comes to spring cleaning – themselves!
Consider your ‘everyday’… How many pollutants are you exposed to? Pollutants include everything from air pollution and food additives to personal care products and cleaning products. One of the most common culprits clogging our bodies today is in the processed foods we consume. After absorbing and filtering these toxins day in and day out, it is no surprise that there are great benefits to giving your body a break every now and then.
For centuries, cultures have practiced detoxification of the body as a way to boost energy levels, relieve pain, and promote the body’s healing abilities. It’s like spring cleaning our bodies!
So, without further ado, here are 4 tips to help you detox your diet:
Whether it is 8 degrees or 80 degrees outside, drinking plenty of water is great for maintaining a healthy mind and body. When properly hydrated the body can thinking more clearly, act more quickly, and avoid feeling cramped up after an intense surf or yoga session. Below are some of our favorite BPA-free water bottles for easy and convenient water consumption.
Imagine standing at one end of a wave tank and running a wave-making machine at perfectly regular intervals. What would you expect to see at the opposite end of the tank?
This question inspired pioneer wave researchers to perform a series of experiments. When the researchers observed the waves forming sets at the opposing end of the tank, they assumed their wave-making machine must not have been working properly. After precisely calculated adjustments were made, the researchers repeatedly observed the same results. Their discovery? The train of waves created at regular intervals arrived at the opposite end of the wave tank in sets.
This result inspired engineers to take a second look at the equations used to predict wave motion. They discovered that tiny fractions of energy (often dismissed or overlooked) were slowly being transferred from the leading and trailing waves in a set to the center wave.
So, what does this mean for us surfers? Even on days when the winds are consistent and blowing uniformly, waves will still form into sets. This also means that waves sets that have traveled thousands of miles (like those hitting the Hawaii coast every day!) will be more organized than local windswells. Start building your travel fund and pack you bags, the beautiful and consistent Hawaiian swells are waiting for you!
As the line-up of surfers gather in the morning surf, there is something so comforting about seeing other women out in the water. Women bring something special to the lineup and always have a knack for making things enjoyable. Here are a few of our favorite things about women surfers…
- Women cheer each other on when catching a wave.
- Women are not bashful about letting out a scream when we wipeout or feel something squishy in the murky water.
- Women are instinctively on the lookout, surveying the water for anything that may be out of place.
- Women encourage each other to catch waves, and will try to work around each other if they catch the same wave.
- Women are happy to take turns because we know there is always another wave on the horizon.
- Women keep an eye out for others in the line up – great for safe swimming and avoiding emergencies.
- Women will call each other for a surf date, make plans, and share stories making it a social gathering.
- Women tend to forgive and forget a missed wave or near collision.
- Women don’t bother asking each other about what size swimsuit they’re wearing.
- Women are naturally nurturers and share surfing tips with each other.
We’ve run into some pretty nice surfer guys out there too, but nothing beats a surfing sisterhood. The more women we see out in the waves, the more excited we get! Next time you’re headed out for a surf session, consider inviting a friend. Introducing a fellow feminine spirit to all that surfing can offer women may be just what they are looking for. You could even get a group together and inquire about one of our custom retreats for 2014.
As for the days when we are the sole source of feminity in the lineup, know that there are women world-wide cheering you on from a far. What are some of your favorite things about women surfers?Read More »
Bad days happen. A bombed job interview, a broken coffee machine (when you really need coffee), stepping in dog poop on the way to a date — it’s growing increasingly apparent that life can stink somtimes. We can’t get rid of a terrible commute or an intolerable co-worker (sorry), but we do have some sweet suggestions for improving a mood regardless.
Special thanks to the author of this post, Laura Newcomer, for letting us share her post on our blog! For the complete list of 34 Ways to Bust Your Bad Mood in 10 Minutes or Less check out Greatist.com.Read More »
Warm Wishes for a Blissful Holiday Season! As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped to shape SwellWomen in such wonderful ways. We wish you the very best holiday season full of cheer and hopefully some fun surf in whatever part of the world you are in. See you in the New Year!
Imagine having the energy to teach 11 yoga classes each week, the experience to write three books on yoga, and the strength to hold the raised ‘lotus’ pose with ease! Bette Calman does it all at a youthful 83 years of age.
Mrs. Calman is an inspiration to us all with her lifetime’s dedication to yoga. “I’m proof that if you keep at it, you’ll get there. I can do more now than I could 50 years ago,” Mrs Calman said. In 2004, she had plan to retire in Melbourne, Australia. After being encouraged by her daughter to act as a fill-in yoga teacher at the health center, Mrs. Calman felt a renewed interest in yoga.
One of the most impressive poses this yoga grandma has mastered is the agonizing ‘peacock’ pose in which the body is held in a horizontal position by the strength of the arms. She shares her words of wisdom for a blissful life, “Even a basic posture, or just going to a window and breathing deeply, can have big benefits.”
Share with us by commenting on this post: What is your favorite yoga pose? What poses are you finding challenging?Read More »
Imagine standing in front of hundreds of surfboards and having your pick of the litter.
In this series of blog posts, we will share information to help you envision your perfect surfboard. You are a unique person with your very own style and flow, and your board can be a reflection of you!
As you wade in the waters on your next surf outing, consider the qualities you looking for in your board. What kind of a ride are you seeking? The board shapes that determine a fast, adrenaline pumping ride will be very different from one that offers a more relaxing ride. If you enjoy an active surfing experience you may seek a board with more maneuverability to carve in and out of the waves. To help you further envision your perfect board, take a moment to design it online. Over the next few weeks, we will use this information to guide you towards the vision of your perfect board.
Got any questions for us? Leave them here on our SwellBlog!Read More »
We are excited to be sending our congratulations to our Swell Alumni, Bonnie Stevens on winning an Emmy Award! Read our interview with Bonnie below.
Q: Could you share with us what you won the award for?
A: As producer of the 30-minute television documentary Forests Under Fire: The Race to Restore the American West, I received the Rocky Mountain Emmy Award in the category of special program on the environment. The program has aired in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and California, and currently is being used in university forestry classes and conferences across the West. It showcases the plight of our overcrowded, unhealthy Ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer western forests as armies of bark beetles, devastating disease outbreaks and unstoppable wildfires threaten the beauty, function and life of these important ecosystems. It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WcT5cdbu5Q
Q: How does this accomplishment make you feel?
A: After a year of rushing from mountaintop to mountaintop across the West, chasing after scientists and foresters, driving and writing through the night, interviewing people in forest communities whose jobs and homes are at risk, fighting rain and wind, visiting wild places devastated by unnaturally intense infernos, and experiencing the utter sadness of struggling wildlife like a limping, isolated elk calf after a monstrous wildfire, I feel very emotional that the effort to tell this story has been successful in raising awareness about the urgent need to restore health to our western forests. As a journalist of 30 years, that part is unbelievably satisfying. However, to walk the red carpet in an amazingly fun dress at this elegant black tie event was like a fairytale. Hearing my name announced as an Emmy winner in the Phoenix Cardinals stadium was like the rush you feel when you know you’ve caught that wave. . .simply joyous, breathtaking and magical.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I have two five-minute video projects wrapping up. One is about the beautiful Sedona area that will be used in the Forest Service’s Red Rock Visitor Center. It’s called Red Rock Country – Dramatic, Diverse, Delicate. The other is about forest research that will be shown next week at the Society of American Foresters National Convention in Spokane, Washington. Meantime, a videographer friend and I are exploring the idea of producing a documentary on uranium mining at the Grand Canyon. (www.bonniestevenspr.com)
Q: How did SwellWomen impacted your life?
A: For at least a year, I’ve been mentally escaping to your website. SwellWomen’s Surf and Yoga Retreat was the perfect reward after a time that proved challenging personally and professionally. It showed me that the ocean can wipe out huge amounts of stress, surfing can restore our joy, yoga can calm the soul, and the friendship of incredible women is nurturing, inspiring and an absolute kick. The SwellWomen experience was life enhancing, if not life changing. When I signed up it was like sending a message to the universe in favor of healthy living. It improved my balance – physically and figuratively. My perspective and my life changed. I won an Emmy!Read More »
From her early beginnings as Hawaii’s first female lifeguard to one of the greatest American World Surfing Champions, Rell Sunn was a pioneer in the world of women’s surfing. But beyond that, Rell embodied the spirit of Aloha.
She spent her life spreading the true essence of the Aloha spirit by always trying to do the best she could for everyone she met. Former champion surfer and Hawaiian State Senator Fred Hemmings once said, “Rell embodied everything that is great about surfing, but she grew larger than that. She represented the most basic values we hold so dear in Hawaii. Rell was always a giver and never a taker. To say she was a loving, giving, and always contributing personification of the Hawaiian Aloha spirit is a weak testament to the immeasurable sum of her vital goodness.”
Although Rell is no longer here in body, her spirit lives on inspiring others to practice Aloha through selflessness, postitivity, and strength in our everyday lives. Rell will always have a place in our hearts as one Swell Surfer.Read More »
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