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Back from my journey with plant medicines

Just a quick post to let you know I’m home safe and sound from the incredible journey to and from Iquitos, Peru, as well as my personal journeys with plant medicines Ayahuasca, Huachuma, Bobinzana and Vilca. When don Howard welcomed us home (to the SpiritQuest Sanctuary) I didn’t know what we were about to experience.…

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Grappling with Anxiety: My First Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

I’m happy to report that I survived my first Jiu-Jitsu tournament. I was on the fence whether I would compete because I didn’t feel ready – even though logically I know I would go against other newbies in the under-six-month-training, novice division. Hours after arriving I would soon find out there was no one in…

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You Aren’t Fighting 100% – Until You Let Go

Originally posted on Nuclearchainsaw:
Athletically speaking, there’s a place called “The Zone” – It’s that place that people go where they can’t be beaten.  You’ve been there before, albeit very rarely.  That time in school where you “couldn’t be stopped” or you “didn’t know what happened”…or as they say now, you “went all beast-mode”. The Zone…

Black Belt Corner with Jill Baker

Originally posted on BJJ For Women:
We interviewed Jill Baker in 2012 when she was a brand new brown belt, and  had become the main organizer of SoCal Women’s BJJ Open Mat. Last year in September she was promoted to black belt by Jean Jacques Machado. She called the promotion day a really special yet…

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The Roller Coaster that is Jiu-Jitsu

I began my journey with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in June of this year. As a 41 year old woman with no background in martial arts – unless you count a couple semesters of Tai Chi – I knew I was moving into unknown territory. And I was knowingly entering this extremely physical, male-dominated sport as someone with…

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Ayahuasca is Calling

Another day, another detour. Neurofeedback is once again on the back burner since the recent QEEG showed brain activity to be within normal ranges – whatever that means. Basically nothing jumped out at the practitioner that screamed I would benefit from Neurofeedback. (How interesting it would be if my levels became normalized after all those…

The Power of Martial Arts to Overcome the Past

Originally posted on The Guerreiras:
“Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event” (Mayo Clinic). For years, I was a runner – no, not the…