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ABOUT BALANCE BEC
My name is Rebecca Black. I am a lover of nature + mountain sports ~ an adventurer ~ a ponderer + a nose breather. I am an experienced yoga teacher. I guide movement, breathwork, meditation + energy management practices.
There was a time when my life was filled with boardrooms, deadlines + high heels. While I balanced both my teaching + corporate law career progressions ~ the appetite for life + learning + integrity-driven success took the lead. So in 2008 I breathed in the enormity of possibilities, breathed out + consciously got involved in the ride of life beyond the boardroom.
I’ve learned that the human body is incredibly resilient + intelligent with the ability to regulate, repair, recover + heal itself – with a little help of course. The practice of yoga supports the self regulating power within. So I offer my services to enable others to help themselves through a variety of ways:
Group + private CLASSES
Mountain wellness EVENTS + RETREATS
WORKSHOPS + immersions for teachers + experienced practitioners (with continuing education (CE) accreditations for Yoga Alliance members).
“IT IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE”
Finding balance + harmony in our lives, is a moment to moment challenge. Balance in work, in social life + quality of life.
So much is in the balance! Health + fitness – intellectual growth – creative expression – emotional life – family life – finances ~ spiritual life – values – relationships with ourselves, each other + the world around us. There are so many variables to challenge us. It sure makes for a wild ride in ‘project Balance’!
Looking to the natural world + universal laws helps me to find a steadiness.
Nature through the seasons has no shortage of cycles of balance + 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 + calm down when it’s still ~ to adapt, learn + grow, to respect the process, to try, to fall a lot + find ways to thrive as a more balanced individual.
BEC’S YOGA INFLUENCES
Snowboarding was my first mountain love but I felt the strain on my body in my mid-twenties. So I turned to YOGA to improve my flexibility + manage my aches and pains.
There I discovered how physically unbalanced + mentally unfocussed I was. I was REALLY stiff + limited in many yoga postures + I couldn’t balance on my feet let alone my hands! But I sensed it was good for me so I kept going back. Yoga became a regular practice + provided the physical therapy I needed to gain the flexibility, strength, proprioception + 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 + a whole new adventure into the world of self-awareness + conscious living.
I am Scottish, but I was born + raised abroad until I settled there aged 15. So in addition to my Scottish heritage, I am strongly influenced by other cultures + practices having lived between Holland, the Middle East + Far East through childhood
My teachings + practice are further shaped + refined by a variety of studies in the science of yoga + meditation, yoga for sports + athletes, yoga for kids, Myofascial Release, Yoga Medicine®, Traditional Chines Medicine, Qi Gong, 5 element Seasonal Flow, Sivananda (Hatha), Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin + Forrest yoga; Functional Anatomy, Hands-on Adjustments, Acupressure, Ayurvedic studies, Meditation, Breathwork, Numerology, Astrology + Reiki. Click Here for a summary of certified educations.
I practice yoga applying methods, insight + theories from these influences that have proved to be effective + 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 supports through the ups + downs of life + guides us towards being more purposeful with our life. And the best part is, it is available for EVERYONE at any time of life.
This I am passionate about + 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 + compliments mountain sports + mountain lifestyle + 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, TCM, the 5 elements + cosmic cycles to support us physically + energetically for our mountain activities + lifestyles.
Having 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 + awareness on the snow.
For me, Yoga + mountain sports are interconnected + co-exist such that my interest, 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 + Mountain vibes by taking our practice outdoors in awesome mountain locations.
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