Make the Switch to Re-useable Straws


For a quick, sweet moment, pause whatever you are doing in this given moment. Take a few seconds to inhale deeply through your nose, and simply appreciate the sensation of your lungs expanding. Hold your breath for as long as you wish, then slowly exhale. As you feel your body shift into a more calm and mindful state, close your eyes and envision yourself in a perfect, healthy world. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel?

I believe that too often, we disregard our power as individuals to create the change we wish to see. The idea of making a significant difference can be so overwhelming that we completely disregard the possibility of anything changing, and we give up on our dreams off a perfect world.

In the United States, the average person uses about 2 plastic straws on a daily basis. That means in one country alone, over 182 billion plastic straws are thrown away every single year! Since plastic straws cannot be recycled, after they are thrown away they either sit in landfills for 500 years or make their way to the ocean. Boo!

It is hard for some of us to fathom that our individual use of plastic straws could heavily contribute to pollution and degradation of ecosystems all over the world, but one less person using plastic straws means 700 less straws being thrown away every single year. All it takes to accomplish a majority of the population saying no to single use plastic straws is one person making conscious, sustainable lifestyle choices to inspire others to do the same.

A re-usable metal straw costs no more than 3 - 6 dollars, is extremely easy to carry around, and also looks a lot cooler than a cheap plastic straw. When ordering a drink at a coffee shop or a restaurant, all you need to do is kindly ask for no plastic straw. From my personal experience, you may even get a high five or a “heck yeah!” from the barista or server. Special shout out to Alexis from Public Square Coffehouse in La Mesa who gave me a huge hug today and already knew that your girl wasn’t about to use a plastic to go cup!

You can buy a re-useable metal straw for $3 at the Totem Boutique at Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla that comes with a straw cleaner, and many local coffee shops now carry them as well! Purchase a re-useable straw whenever you get the chance, and you’ll be surprised by how many people will be inspired to follow your conscious footsteps. Until we speak again, sleep well, nourish your body with colorful food, and feel the sun on your skin every now and then.

With love and compassion,

Aya Chabayta || Totem Boutique Eco Warrior
President & Lead Teacher of Aya Art Co.



Gut health seems to find its way into nearly every conversation relating to health and there’s a good reason; it impacts almost every system in our body. In addition to digestion, gut health greatly influences our brain, skin, and heart. Our mood, weight, and hormones are all directly connected to the gut microbiome, what we call the ecology of microbes that live in our digestive tracts. Many imbalances you may not even realize can have a root in your gut health.

Moon Medicine: Hormones & Cycles

“Traditionally, the Moontime is the sacred time of a woman when she is honored as a Mother of the Creative Force. During this time she is allowed to release the old energy her body has carried and prepare for reconnection to the Earth Mother’s fertility that she will carry in the next Moon or month. Our Ancestors understood the importance of allowing each woman to have her Sacred Space during this time of reconnection, because women were the carriers of abundance and fertility…” - Jamie Sams

The female cycle is intimately connected to the moon cycle. Just like the moon & the sun, our physical & energetic bodies cycle monthly & yearly. The moon has particular influence over our monthly cycles and those cycles then impact and shift the energy of women around us. We truly are all connected. Moontime used to be a time when women would gather and nurture one another sharing wisdom, support, and honor for their bodies. In our modern society, many of us women are completely disconnected from our cycles. More common than not, our bodies have been influenced or altered by birth control, we are unaware of the phases of our cycle, our own fertility, and we often see “that time of the month” as the repetitively horrible, embarrassing, and annoying times in our lives.

There is no doubt that birth control was revolutionary for women. Many of the sisters who came before us fought with everything they had so that we had the choice to work and conceive, if and when we wanted. In modern day, electricity and artificial light (at all times of the day), lack of women’s circles and wisdom from our elders have all contributed to a loss of the natural connection between ourselves, our bodies, and the moon.

In the workshop I am leading on March 3rd, Moon Medicine: Hormones & Cycles, we will explore the medicine of the moon. We will learn how to naturally sync our cycles to the moon and how to use seed cycling and nourishing herbs to help guide your body back into its natural rhythm. We will learn how to listen to our bodies and pay attention to what needs to be healed, as well as learn natural remedies for common menstrual ailments.

This is also a time to honor the cycles of a woman’s life, from the beginning of womanhood to the transition and birth of a new self in peri-menopause and menopause. We will highlight the joys and struggles and the meanings behind the presence or absence of our Moontime at the different phases of life. This connection is what we are meant to share in as women, it’s the TRIBE that heals…this is Tribe Medicine.


If you feel called to work with me one-on-one I am accepting new patients on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays at my office at Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla. If you resonate with Moon Medicine, I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 3rd! Sign up at the link below!

Dr. Leah Gordon
Naturopathic Doctor at Tribe Medicine
Trilogy Sanctuary

Mizu Water Bottle SALE at TOTEM Boutique!


Totem SALE
20% OFF quality Mizu double-insulated, stainless steel, durable bottles…sport cap bottles available! Sale ends Sunday, January 14th! 

Mizu High Level
Mizu is the original action sports water bottle brand, providing innovative reusable containers that help reduce waste created by single-use plastic bottles and cups. 


Mizu Overview
In 2008, pro-snowboarder, Jussi Oksanen had a vision: to curate a line of reusable products with both function and design. Products for the creative, the style-focused, the never-say-no-to-an-adventure type. Products that could take the beating a professional athlete would throw their way and keep coming back for more. That, our friends, is how Mizu was born.

At Mizu, we don’t just sell an adventure rich lifestyle, we live it. From our global team of athletes, photographers, and explorers right down to the people developing our products, we spend half our lives outdoors running our gear into the ground. So don’t worry – we’ve got you covered for round the clock icy cold water, steaming hot coffee, lifetime warranties, and so much more because it’s what we need too. But who says a kick-ass product can’t be good looking at the same time? Not Mizu. Which is why we focus on elevated design, innovative finishes and a final product that you’ll want to own as much for how it looks as how it functions.

Our path at Mizu is an authentic one. From our very beginnings to our ongoing mission, we have blazed a trail by engineering products that reflect who are and where we want to go.

Totem New Sustainable Partner: Groceries Apparel

Organic. Recycled. Local. 

Totem by Trilogy is excited to partner with Groceries Apparel from Los Angeles, California! Groceries is a responsible clothing manufacturer of women’s and men’s contemporary basics using organic + recycled materials and vegetable dye!

New Totem racerback tanks branded by Groceries and black cardigans coming soon! Already in Totem are Groceries hoodies and long sleeve tops perfect for La Jolla winter weather - stop by our boutique and view the selection of 50+ eco, yoga & local San Diego brands.

Also note, Totem Gift Cards (valid only in La Jolla store) on sale - a perfect present which can be applied to yoga classes too :) If you can't find everything you want in La Jolla then check out our online boutique

Surfrider San Diego Yoga Donation Classes at Trilogy Sanctuary

Trilogy Sanctuary is excited to partner with The Surfrider San Diego Chapter to aid in their mission for clean water and beaches! 

WHAT: Donation YOGA classes for Surfrider San Diego
WHEN: Saturdays at 10:30 am on outdoor Sky Deck  
WHERE: 7650 Girard Ave, Suite 401, La Jolla, CA 92037
HOSTTrilogy Sanctuary - organic + vegan cafe, yoga studio & event space

Only cash donations please, arrive early due to limited mat space and enjoy an organic meal or drink post class! 



Our ocean, waves and beaches are vital economic and ecological treasures, which we depend on for our livelihoods, recreation and future. But there are numerous threats to clean water and healthy beaches, including polluted runoff, offshore drilling, habitat loss, development, climate change, plastic in the ocean and trash on the shore. Now, more than ever, it is important for each of us to get involved and create scalable change from the ground up to protect our ocean, coasts and planet for this and future generations. 

The Surfrider Foundation and our network of coastal defenders have been working to protect the ocean and coasts for 33 years. In the past decade, the Surfrider network has achieved more than 400 victories, representing coastal wins for beach access, coastal preservation, healthy beaches, ocean protection and clean water. 

These significant coastal victories would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our incredible network of supporters, members, partners and volunteers, who stand up day in and day out to help protect our ocean and coasts. With decreased federal support to environmental agencies, renewed threats from offshore drilling and the ongoing battle to protect clean water and healthy beaches, Surfrider’s grassroots network is more critical than ever. Our local activism and stewardship allow us to continue to advance proactive policies at the state and local levels, while our network’s vast coverage across the U.S. provides an integral front line of defense from threats. 

What are you fighting for? Become a member today to be a part of the solution and watch the video, What Are You Fighting For?

Long Live Clean Water and Healthy Beaches!