Author: Bec Black

Eat – Sleep – Ride – Repeat

Eat – Sleep – Ride – Repeat. Sounds like a slogan for a perfect day in my world!  But in fact, this phrase helps me to keep it real. To me it’s a reminder of 3 key foundations for health. We must eat and drink to nourish ourselves for fuel. We must rest and de-stress so the body and mind can recover, rebuild and repair. We must exercise to promote the proper function of our body’s systems and for our mental well being All 3 parts combine to give us the means to staying alive.  It’s nothing new but it’s the same old challenge –  managing each day to find a balanced approach to nutrition, rest and exercise. There’s plenty of information and expertise out there when it comes to nutrition, exercise and wellbeing.  But let’s not get too distracted or bamboozled by it all. Remember the simplicity emphasised by our slogan – Eat – Sleep – Ride – Repeat.  All 3 combined – and in playful ways.  They are each inter-related and equally important if we want to thrive. We can’t exercise our way out of a bad diet.  A super-food diet can’t undo the candle burning at both ends.  Remember this and avoid become a single focussed approach to a diet, weight-loss programme or fitness regime. All 3 should feature in a balanced way . Doing activities...

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Balancing Act

  What is “BALANCE”? Nothing in the natural world exists in isolation there’s always a yin/yang effect and an ever changing flow between opposites.  Light/Dark or  Hot/Cold  or Wet/Dry or Movement/Stillness or Growing/Shrinking or Day/Night or Stressed/Relaxed or Acceptance/Resistance etc We can only truly know and experience something if we have an awareness of it’s opposite force and that’s where the concept of balance comes in. Balance is a steadiness despite the tension between ever-moving opposites….  I like to think of balance being an energetic force in its own right.  We feel its force everywhere! Trying at all costs to find stability and balance within our multi layered, dynamic world.  From the cycle of nature through changing seasons to politics, economics, trade, commerce and social welfare.  On an individual level we feel the force of balance in play in our relationships with ourselves and others, in our attitudes and expectations, in our health and not least in our emotions.  Approaching balance with lightness and humour always helps…. Start by taking the time to assess the key areas in your life and think of wee shifts that you can make in each to help feel more balanced. Key areas might include: Health and fitness? move more? try new things? more/less discipline? Intellectual life? new skills – books – languages? Social life? – relationships? staying connected? keeping it real? Parenting life? be a...

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Winter reflections for Spring time – Sankalpa

In winter our natural inclination is to rest and restore – just like nature under a blanket of snow – the seeds and roots underground, the animals in hibernation – all in retreat to gather and store energy to be released in spring. I love to tap into the winter vibes with yoga.  To take the opportunity to reflect, evaluate and restore ourselves on the mat – to FEEL what inner changes we want to make to enhance our yoga practice and our lives in general. While we DO yoga – I encourage you to FEEL the postures.  To explore what sensations, emotions, resistance or thoughts arise while doing yoga. To gather insight from your response to the postures and to reflect on that.  On reflection you may gain insight into what positive changes you can make for the year ahead – and from that you can create resolutions to impress a determination to become or do whatever you feel is right for you. This sort of calm self inquiry is a valuable tool to help us balance and identify what qualities or enhancements we can promote in ourselves over the coming seasons.  It can help us to create resolutions that run deep – that are more likely to run the course of time.  This is why I don’t make New Year resolutions.  For me they are destined to...

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Dive into Winter Yoga – Be a water baby – Be like water

A great challenge in winter is to try and mirror the qualities of water to help find balance.  Water mirrors the natural energies in wintertime – so they say in the East. So be a water baby? Be like water? Eau yeah!  Flowing with ease around obstacles and always finding a level place….. I like that approach. Taking the time to sit down and tune into the inner compass with nothing to do and nowhere to be – just for 10 mins – like floating on water in between sets – sitting on chairlifts in between runs – there’s a nourishing quality to being in that space. For a water connection be near water – streams, rivers, oceans, snow, have a bath…..  Observe the ocean of space between your busy thoughts. Be present and you may just find a level ground. It takes time – it takes practice – it takes willpower to withdraw. But those wee sits produce a space to pause from the exhaustive pace and process it all for a more productive day.  So dive in. A great winter yoga practice involves gentle flows to deepen your practice with repetition and ease.  Practice regular forward bends and backward bends to focus on the kidney and bladder meridians because the water organs – kidney and bladder- are looking for love at this time of year.  Keep the low back warm...

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NOW is where it’s at

Take the time each day to simply be in the moment Now that’s a way to ride the ups and downs of life. And it’s not limited to sitting cross legged, eyes closed with mudra in hand. What ever you’re doing – immerse yourself in the moment. Surrender to be just there, doing just that, without preconception, without motive or goal. There’s a certain quality that we develop when we are immersed in the moment.  A nourishing quality that builds character, develops insight and inspires courage, confidence, and positivity.  Whether it be yoga, meditation, golf, fishing, painting, dancing or riding waves or snow-covered mountains – get involved – so involved – so completely present – moment to moment – whenever you can. Being present is like a pit-stop in the race of life. A pit-stop that refreshes the connection to body, mind and spirit and puts us back on the circuit in a better condition than before.  While pit-stops take time, they are necessary to stay in the race. And as all motorsports fans know, a good pitstop strategy enhances performance to gain time on the circuit.  So avoid breakdowns – refuel – replenish and get real – now is where it’s at. Breathing exercises are a great way to get you in the moment so there’s no surprise that breath-work is a key tool in yoga and is applied in...

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