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About Balance Bec (Rebecca Black)
There was a time when my life was filled with boardrooms, deadlines and high heels. Career progression left less room to satisfy my growing appetite for life. So much to discover – places to go – things to do – boundaries to push.
So in 2008 I tottered out of the office, ditched the high heels, breathed in the enormity of opportunities and possibilities, breathed out and got consciously involved in the ride of life.
Over a decade has passed and I am passionate to share what I’ve learned along the way.
I am a yoga teacher, a lover of mountains + mountain sports, an adventurer, a ponderer. I invite you to come yoga with me.
“It’s all about BALANCE”
Finding balance and harmony in our lives, is a moment to moment challenge. Balance in work, in social life and quality of life.
So much is in the balance! Health and fitness – intellectual growth – creative expression – emotional life – family life – spiritual life – values – relationships with ourselves, each other and the world around us. There are so many variables to challenge us – all the while underpinned with discoveries of our true nature beyond our flesh and bones.
It sure makes for a wild ride in ‘project Balance’!
Looking to the natural world helps me to find a steadiness.
Nature through the seasons has no shortage of cycles of balance and synchronicity. Nature is all about Balance.
And so I live seasonally – in the French Alps – to experience life alongside natures gifts – to bloom when it blooms and calm down when it’s still – to adapt, learn and grow, to respect the process, to try, to fall a lot and find ways to thrive as a more balanced individual
Bec’s YOGA Influences
Snowboarding was my first love but I felt the strain on my body. So I turned to YOGA to improve my flexibility and manage my aches and pains.
There I discovered how physically unbalanced I was. I was REALLY stiff + limited in many yoga postures! Yoga became a regular practice and provided the physical therapy I needed to gain the flexibility, strength and agility that I lacked. And, to my surprise, I gained so much more than a physical work-out.
Yoga introduced me to an equally powerful work-in. One that offers mental clarity, stress management, energetic support, valuable insight and a whole new adventure into the world of self-awareness and conscious living.
I am Scottish, but born and raised abroad. Scotland became home when I moved there aged 16. So in addition to my Scottish heritage, I am strongly influenced by other cultures and practices having lived between Holland, the Middle East and Far East. .
My teachings and practice are further shaped by a vibrant personality and refined by a variety of studies in the Science of yoga + meditation, Yoga for sports and athletes, Yoga for kids, Myofascial Release, Yoga Medicine®, TCM, Qi Gong, 5 element Seasonal Flow, Sivananda, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin + Forrest yoga; Functional Anatomy, Hands-on Adjustments, Acupressure, Ayurvedic studies, Meditation, Breathwork, Numerology, Astrology + Reiki.
I practice yoga applying methods, insight and theories from these influences that have proved to be effective and are alive in me.
I teach yoga with a blend of these influences to enable students to experience their practical benefits in our modern lifestyles while remaining rooted to the teachings of Hatha yoga + Patanjali’s 8 limbed philosophy.
Bec’s YOGA Teaching Style
I believe a yoga practice is a great tool for a balanced body + mindset that guides us towards a+ purposeful life. And the best part is, it is available for everyone. This I am passionate about and nothing delights me more than sharing it in the mountains throughout the seasons.
Over the last 10 years I have developed a style of yoga that supports and compliments mountain sports and mountain lifestyle and keeps us tuned into the seasonal mountain energies. I call it ‘Mountain Yoga’.
Mountain Yoga uses the tools of Hatha yoga (8 limbs) and lessons from Nature, the 5 elements and cosmic cycles to support us physically and energetically for our mountain activities + lifestyles.
I also trained as a snowboard instructor under the Canadian system (in 2009) + I continue to apply teaching methodology from Snowboarding on the mat to enable improved skills and awareness on the snow.
For me, Yoga + mountain sports are interconnected + co-exist such that my interest and passions + work remains rooted in mountain wellness in support of mountain sports + lifestyle
Our mountain yoga practice in winter time goes by the name of ‘Snowga’ practiced mainly indoors with on-snow events as the weather permits.
In summer time we tap into the power of Nature and Mountain vibes by taking our practice outdoors in awesome mountain locations.
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