1. Reduces stress more effectively than traditional yoga
The connection to nature helps to relax participants in a way that is typically not reached in a yoga studio, ultimately helping participants to reach a more meditative state of mind, Pytleski says. “It’s a little bit more fun, and people tend to take paddleboard yoga a little less seriously, so they’re more relaxed and they get a few good laughs in,” she says. “Laughter is always the best medicine for any ailment.”
2. Clears your mind
ABOUT THE DRINK
The World-Famous Blue Front Bloody Mary:
2.5 ounces Grey Goose vodka
Blue Front wing sauce
Fresh lemon juice
Shaken, strained over fresh ice, and garnished with blue-cheese-stuffed green olives, limes, leafed celery and a St. Louis pork rib glazed in Blue Front barbecue sauce
WHO: Abram Elam, seven-year NFL veteran and co-founder of the T.E.A.M. Elam Foundation
Heaven on earth with an onion slice. That’s what I think of as I sit outside on a chaise lounge under my tiki hut on a breezy September Sunday afternoon, listening to nothing but the swaying coconut palm trees overhead. While I’ll forgo the onion slice, I’ll take a cheeseburger in paradise over foie gras in France any day.
Packing my bags for Curaçao, I threw in a bathing suit, a coverup, sunscreen and magazines. I was expecting to relax all weekend on the beach, cocktail in hand.
I wasn’t expecting to eat iguana (a Curaçaon delicacy), hold an ostrich egg or interact with the island’s more than 50 different cultures. One of the travelers from our crew described it perfectly when she said our trip was worthy of an episode of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”
4 to 5 sweet potatoes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Splash of orange juice
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place potatoes in the oven until tender, about 45 minutes.
3. Place potatoes (with the skin) and seasonings in blender.
4. Mix until your preferred consistency. (If you like smooth mashed potatoes, blend longer.)
Serving size and nutrition:
ABOUT THE DRINK:
The Perfect Vodka Basil Lemon Martini
8 torn basil leaves
Five-count of Perfect Vodka
2 ounces simple syrup
2 ounces fresh lemon juice
Shake and fine strain into martini glass. Garnish with a basil leaf and lemon wedge.
WHO: Dennis Cunningham, tech entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Airtab app; CEO and chairman of Perfect Vodka