Author: Bec Black

A feature on Yoga in the Snow from Esprit Yoga – January/Feb 2017 – Issue 35

  France’s No.1 Yoga magazine ‘Esprit Yoga’ explores the scope of Yoga in ski resorts of the French Alps.  I’m so delighted to be included in the article representing Snowga in our mountain community. Entitled ‘Yoga au Sommet’ the article highlights the appetite for Mountain yoga to compliment the winter mountain experience.  Read to the 2nd page for a mention of Snowga and the awesome opportunity to ski-in and ski-out for Snowga at the Igloos in Les Arcs 2000 at 11am every Wednesday morning. ‘À Bourg Saint-Maurice et Les Arcs, la snowboardeuse et prof de vinyasa Rebecca Black propose du Snowga, où l’on pratique en combinaison de ski sur la neige. Nouveauté cette année, elle anime des sessions de yoga au Village Igloo des Arcs 2000, sur des tapis disposés dans un igloo, par 2°C !’ Read the full article here Yoga-au-sommet...

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An Interview with Natalie Fox for Surf Girl Magazine – Issue 61 December 2017

Why is yoga so good for the mountain lifestyle? Mountain culture and lifestyle is uniquely charged. We experience a powerful exchange from the interplay of human endeavours in these skyscraping landscapes. We are inspired to challenge ourselves daily with endless activities. We dig out our paths when the snow falls, we chop wood for our fires, we hike, ski and snowboard, rock climb, mountain bike and so much more.  A whole lot of fun, challenge and adventure to be had but all of which takes its toll on the body and mind. Yoga is the counter-balance.  Yoga prepares and repairs us for the mountain lifestyle.  It keeps us physically able while developing a mountain mindset.  And a mountain mind brings a sweet quality to our endeavours and a deeper connection to ourselves, each other and the environment around us. Here in the French Alps the mountains are so immense forcing an enlivening impression on us.  We are empowered and improved by the challenges of the mountain lifestyle. Likewise we are empowered and improved from the challenges on our yoga mat. I think that collectively, both yoga and the mountain lifestyle bring to us a sense of freedom, respect and joie de vivre that enables us to feel truly at home in the mountains and in ourselves. What brought you to the slopes? True love! Might sound cheesy but Mr...

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Bec Loves Nature

Sometimes I feel like throwing my feet up in the air! In these parts you can always count on views. Feels great to stretch the legs on long mountain hikes and breathe in the cool fresh air. Feels good to stretch my mind too. Pondering while hiking. Observing the impact we have on our natural surroundings. Stomping around and leaving our mark in the form of erosion, destruction, construction and disruption. Season to season I can’t help but notice changes to our mountain environment. In the Alps the glaciers are sick. The cycle of seasons are less predictable year on year. Snow levels aren’t thrilling and artificial snow making is high on the agenda. Thats just from a powder hounds perspective… Surfers have plenty to tell of our oceans too. We take more carbon from Earth than we can replace. Tapping from all our natural resources. Deforestation, industry, consumerism, waste. And despite carbon offset efforts it remains unsustainable. Our modern age footprint is real. Seems that we are trampling all over Earth and interfering with its natural cycles of balance. We all play our part in this. Albeit some more than others. We are dumb if we don’t realise and even dumber if we don’t care. We are powerful beings which is great but we are addicted to power which is irresponsible. We have developed a super dependence on...

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Meditation Explained

What is Meditation? Meditation is an exercise of the mind. Our heads are constantly processing a lifetime of information derived from our memories, perceptions, experiences, sensory knowledge, beliefs and familiar understandings and thoughts. All this processed along with our day to day activities makes for a very busy mind.  Left uninterrupted we can get duped and complicate our lives unnecessarily. Meditation is an exercise in being uncomplicated for a short period of time.  Stretching our mind to ignore the jumble and relaxing it to be simply aware of the present – moment to moment. Through meditation we can experience a quality or state of being called ‘pure presence’.  A quality to experience like joy or pain. A state of being the is available for everybody to feel calm steady and alert.  Quite the opposite of emptying the mind – Meditation is more like taming the mind. It sounds so simple but in fact it’s really difficult!  I regularly getting sucked into a web of nonsense and thought tangents which get in the way of present awareness.  But that’s why I keep practicing because the more I use my mind in this way the stronger and more flexible it becomes.  Just like the muscles in my body. But unlike exercising muscles, the benefits of meditation are often not immediately felt or understood. This can make it difficult to justify the effort and practice...

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7 Reasons to go on a Mountain Yoga Retreat

  1. Stress Management 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! 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 there….. maybe in our posture, breathing, habits, thought patterns, behaviours… We always have the power to let go of tensions and rebalance the effects of stress. There are so many simple ways to detach from the stress which encourage us to be calm and simply in the present. Attached to Nothing – Connected to Everything So simple but the difficulty comes in permitting or disciplining ourselves to do it. A mountain yoga retreat supports us in learning personal wellness tools that we can continue to apply long after the retreat.  Enabling you to mirror the qualities of a mountain – strong stable and immovable. Able to apply your ‘Mountain Mind’ anytime you need to take time out...

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