Author: Bec Black

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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Vinyasa to Natures Rhythm – Yoga through the Seasons

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 simple 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 balance 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 year....

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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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7 Nutrition Tips to boost your health

  1. Ignore the Low Fat approach.  Eat real fat. Your body needs it. “Full-fat” needs a re-think. It’s filling not fattening. Here are some good ones – peanut butter – avocado – oily fish – nuts & seeds. 2. Decrease your sugar intake.  Be aware of high sugar content in refined and processed foods. 3. Do eat protein with every meal. It balances your blood sugar levels and helps growth and repair on a cellular level. 4. Do eat 5 – 7 portions of vegetables a day (look to the palm of your hand for an idea of a portion). Try adding some vegetables to every meal – some spinach in your strawberry and banana smoothie. Why not snack on a veggie when your peckish like celery, cucumber, carrot, pepper, mange-toute or make a veggie juice. 5. Do Hydrate. Drink plenty of water. Becky thinks we are rarely properly hydrated and wants to see more hydration across the nation. 6. Avoid any products containing Aspertame. It’s addictive and toxic and is widespread. Found in artificial sweeteners, low fat yoghurts, soft drinks of the diet or zero variety, crisps of the sweet and spicy variety. 7. Avoid plastic containers for drinking water or storing food. Use glass instead.  Never use plastic or cling-film to heat food or drink. Avoid buying food in plastic packaging especially in warm conditions.  Plastic contains “pcbs”...

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