About 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 and mountain sports, an adventurer, a ponderer. I invite you to read my musings.
“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 that our true nature is not even 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.
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 thrive, to fall and to get up again.
To ride the ever changing tide of life and be a more balanced individual.
Yoga – Bec’s Influences
Snowboarding was my first love but I felt the strain on my body and turned to yoga to help keep me strong and flexible and address the aches and pains.
There I discovered how physically unbalanced I was. I mean I was really stiff! 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 energetic support, valuable insight and a whole new adventure into the world of self-awareness and conscious living.
I am Scottish, but I was born and raised abroad. So in addition to my Scottish heritage, I am strongly influenced by other cultures and practices having spent my childhood and teenage years between Holland, the Middle East and Far East. I continue to travel with an appetite for continued learning. Studying and training since 2006 in a variety of yoga styles (Sivananda, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Forrest, Yin) and eastern systems of holistic health (Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chi Kung and 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.
Yoga – Bec’s Teaching Style
I believe a yoga practice is a great tool for a balanced life and 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 yoga (8 limbs) and lessons from Nature, the 5 elements and cosmic cycles to support us physically and energetically for our mountains activities and lifestyles.
I trained as a snowboard instructor under the Canadian system (in 2009) but chose not to work in this field and instead focus purely on mountain wellness in support of mountain sports. However I still apply teaching methodology from Snowboarding on the mat to enable improved skills and awareness on the snow.
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.