Author: Bec Black

Why choose a Mountain Yoga Retreat

  Mountains of Stress Stress builds mountains.  Plateaus, volcanoes,  fold mountains all formed by stress to the earths crust. We, like the mountains, also experience stress that has the power to shape us. Our stress responses are felt emotionally and physically all to different degrees.  While stress is a necessary component in achieving great things or just getting stuff done, it seems pretty clear that unmanaged stress and tension is distorting our health. So let’s embrace stress in a way that it shapes us in positive way. The ability to detach periodically delivers a Ctrl Alt Delete effect from which we come back more efficient, brighter, energised and more capable despite the stresses. Choosing an organised yoga retreat holiday allows you to relax back and detangle while ALL your needs are met. Optimize with a nature immersion amongst stress-formed mountains and retreat to wilderness space for a super stabilising impression. Retreat in Winter and Spring to combine the zen with the adventures of snow sports.  Retreat in Summer and Autumn to explore the mountain peaks and valleys and everything in between. Mountains on my Mind While mountains are my absolute favorite place to retreat to it is not necessary to go anywhere to destress yourself! It’s worth remembering that while STRESS is inevitable, TENSION need not be. Most of us aren’t aware how much residual tension we hold onto, but it’s...

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How to make the Festive Season work for you – Winter Wellness

Hello Winter! December is here bringing the beginning of winter (in the northern hemisphere), the festivities of Yule, the opening of ski resorts, the closing of another annual cycle and a cue for nature to rest. Winter Outlook Mirror the qualities of nature this winter to stay energised and in-sync.  Plant life retreats underground sustained only from the roots. Snow covers the high ground like a winter blanket and the natural world is on recharge. With winter comes the cold. The the sun stays low in the sky and natures buzz subsides. Water is the element that best represents the energy of Winter.  Mirror the qualities of water to stay balanced this winter.  Calm, reflective, flowing with ease and always finding a level no matter what obstacles get in the way. During this season it’s vital that we rest up, nurture ourselves and recharge our energy stores readying ourselves for the next cycle of seasons.  Since this may contradict with your December social calendar take some time around the winter solstice to pause tune inwards for some mindful reflection. December is a busy month. Make this one to remember.   Here are some festive tips to avoid feeling frazzled under the mistletoe.  5 Daily Winter Rituals 1. Tis the season of generosity, kindness and compassion.  Start by being kind and compassionate to yourself.  Be to yourself how you are to...

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Yoga for skiers and snowboarders: introducing SNOWGA

If you think Snowboarding and Skiing are the cheese then you need to know that Yoga is the wine. Like a fine cheese and wine combo, yoga offers snowsports a match made in shred heaven. Whether you’re a pro, a seasonnaire or a week-a-year snow warrior, yoga can see to your every need.  Being a yoga teacher and an avid snowboarder based in the French Alps I take great delight in blending and sharing my two passions in the form of SNOWGA. Snowga is a style of Yoga developed to compliment the needs of skiers and snowboarders whether that be pre-season training in preparation for winter, or pre-shred mobilization and warmups or post-shred lengthening and decompression and much more. Teaching Snowga for almost 10 years I have seen and experienced how powerful the partnership can be. Most professional skiers and riders practice yoga and not just for the obvious physical benefits – Yoga takes it a step further than most workout styles with tools to balance energy levels, to support ourselves psychologically and to achieve our goals on the snow. Yoga for skiers and snowboarders – the benefits Here are 7 ways yoga can compliment your shred Improve your balance and co-ordination skills which goes to support the very essence of skiing and snowboarding – Balance in motion. Strengthen and lengthen the key muscles that are overworked and overloaded by...

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Yoga through the Seasons – Vinyasa to Natures rhythm

Seasonal Energy I love watching nature’s response to the changing seasons – every time – it just never gets old.  Likewise I love watching the subtle but very apparent influence that changing seasons have on us.  When we mirror the qualities and energy in season we can tune into the a collective rhythm and feel more balanced and energised in ourselves. Despite all our advancements, drive and technology dependence we remain deeply influenced by the changing qualities of nature in seasons.   A simplicity but genuine guide to help us make the most of our energy management and lifestyle choices throughout the year.  We are all seasonnaires… it’s nice to be conscious of it and work along side the energies in season…. What is Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, TCM, Acupuncture, Ayruveda etc have been field tested for centuries and remain prominent today as complimentary medicines to our modern approaches. The key principle they share is to treat a human body and mind as a reflection of the Whole. ie we are the micro within the macro and so the laws of nature are applied to diagnose, treat, balance and heal. So by adapting and aligning with the rhythms of our natural environment we can repair, heal, feel more steady, content and in a state of flow – just like the natural world achieves season to season, year up on...

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Bec Loves Sierra and her travels

Now that we are getting into the summer holiday season take some travel insight from this delightful explorer – it is a real treat.  Sierra Roberts shares her passion for the great outdoors, her respect for nature and contagious drive to explore. Who is Sierra? She was born in the 90’s and raised in New Zealand to an adventurous family.  Passionate for the great outdoors from a very young age she joined her parents on their outdoor pursuits at every opportunity with packed weekends camping, skiing, hiking, kayaking, surfing and diving.  On leaving school at 17 Sierra moved to Utah (USA)  – alone – in pursuit of snow. Basing herself in the Wasaatch Mountains for over a year she had saved enough for her first big road trip – off she went to explore America and Canada. Dead-horse Utah Moab – Utah Grand Canyon – Arizona This was the first of her big travels but most definitely not the last.  This awesome adventure had her hooked and determined to find a way to travel and experience the great outdoors.  Sierras main motivation for travel is the adventure and people she meets along the way.  She says <you can’t get bored if everything around you keeps changing and you have to keep adapting! And the many encounters with people along the way change your perspective in so many ways.  It changes...

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