Have Mat Will Travel: Meet Becky Ament

becky-updogBrave. Bold. Daring. Those are the three words that entered my mind the first time I met Becky Ament.

She had answered the call I put out in search of new Prana team members in 2014, and was teaching a private class to me as part of the interview process. She was quite nervous when we first started but quickly found her way and delivered a beautiful yoga class. At the end of our session she offered me sincere thanks for the opportunity to be considered and to push herself out of her comfort zone. I remember her saying, “I’m usually the one hiding in the corner not saying anything to anyone.” She displayed an authentic detachment from the outcome and sincere gratitude for the growth the experience gave her.  To top it off, she hadn’t yet finished her yoga teacher training– there was another month of programming to complete AND her audition with me was her first time ever teaching a yoga class! Now you can understand why I was choked up with emotion. Anyone can teach yoga, but to display one’s ability to push limits in such a big way and manage the anxiety that comes with it was beyond impressive. From where I was sitting, Becky emanated everything Prana stood for and that was why I instantly knew she had to be a part of our team.

Becky fell in love with yoga approximately 7 years ago and was immediately hooked.  Through vinyasa, restorative and hatha yoga practices, she noticed positive changes in her physical strength, flexibility as well as a significant reduction in stress and anxiety.

In 2014, Becky completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training from Yoga Shack in London, Ontario.  The people and lessons learned throughout this training changed her life forever and helped to clearly define her future path.  Shortly after completing the 200 hour certification Becky received the Loti Scholarship from Deva Tree School of Yoga in London, Ontario and was able to complete her 500 hour yoga teacher training. Here she studied advanced asanas, restorative yoga and anatomy, and therapeutics.

 A busy mom of two young boys, “fitting it all in” is sometimes difficult, but Becky finds support and inspiration from her friends and family.

Becky’s technical style incorporates vinyasa and restorative approaches to yoga, making her classes a balance of energizing movement and mindful relaxation.  Her encouraging and compassionate personality makes beginners feel welcome, while her experience with advanced asanas keeps more experienced yogis highly engaged.  Although she has an extremely full plate –working full-time in an office setting and parenting two school age boys who are also involved in extracurricular sports– Becky still finds ways to share her passion for yoga. With Prana, she has taught an outdoor lunch hour (RE)Boot Camp series with our client, the University Student Council at Western University and is always willing to offer her assistance at the various trade shows we attend.  If you are in the Thorndale/ St. Mary’s region you can also connect with Becky about private or group classes at yogabybecky@gmail.com or visit her website: http://www.yogabybecky.com

Here’s how Becky responded to our “About You” questions:

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1. What style of yoga do you teach and how would you describe your flow?

I teach vinyasa flow. I love to teach a class that begins with a high energy flow and then slows down for the second half of the class. A little yang/yin.

2. How long have you been practicing yoga?

I have been practicing for approximately 7 years.

3. Where did you grow up?

I grew up just outside of London, Ontario, near Thamesford.

4. Where’s your favourite place to visit?

I love camping in Tobermory, Ontario or visiting anywhere in Nova Scotia.

5. Vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian?

Flexitarian.

6. What stresses you out the most?

All of the “What ifs…”

7. Most important part of your self-care routine?

Sleep, healthy eating and drinking lots of water.

8. What’s your favourite quote?

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

 

 



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About Chantelle Diachina

Chantelle is the founder of Prana Yoga & Wellness. When she is not teaching yoga class or facilitating workshops, Chantelle relishes the time with her husband and two school-age children. She also enjoys volunteering and collaborating with the various non-profits in her community. 3 things you may not know about Chantelle: 1. Most Memorable Moment: Being saved by a random motorcyclist from California while alone and lost in Thailand 2. Biggest Pet Peeve: Hearing her children fight 3. Most Embarrassing Moment: Showing up to a potluck party on the wrong night
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