Owner and Founder of Ocean Breath Yoga, Breath, Movement and Posture Educator
Like many, Beverly was drawn to Yoga via the idea that she needed to get a good stretch when rollerblading 20 km each day to work during a transit strike. She very quickly began to understand that the Yoga was not the “stretches” but what happened as she breathed and moved and aligned her intentions with her cellular body. As Beverly’s practice brought her closer to a full and intimate understanding of herself beyond simply the physical body, she chose, in her early 40’s, to step into her purpose for being. Using her life experiences such as asthma, heart arrhythmia and tachycardia, torn shoulder muscles, wrist operations, pelvic displacement, 2 parents with individual struggles with cancer and 5 years of perimenopause symptoms she serves as a Guide, Teacher and Coach, enabling others to access a healthier, more empowered existence. Every year she grows and changes, adding to her knowledge base and innate understanding. The goal - to share what she continues to learn with as many people as were/are ready to learn about themselves, allowing them to live, rather than to just make it day to day.
Starting with a basic 200 Hour Hatha based training in 2010 after 15 years of practice, she started teaching and from there became a certified Yin teacher, Nidra, Kundalini, Bhakti, and Prenatal trained teacher. She studies the Vedas (the philosophy that all of Yoga is based on…basically how to live within and connected to nature). Influenced by Somatics and the study of connective tissues and the fascial body, Beverly’s teaching asks people to slow down and truly learn to value the body that carries them through life so that they have more opportunity to experience moments that are not ruled by external reactions, but instead are free of stress and believing they have to have or be or do something in order to be worthwhile. Her form of guidance cannot be categorized into any one box and is recognized as helping with release of stress and anxiety and how the physical body is intimately connected with these life experiences. She is grounded in technical knowledge with a deeply empathic understanding of each individual she works with. Some of her students have nicknamed her the Body Whisperer.
In a world that encourages us to shut down and tune out, she instead asks you to feel, experience and step back into life.
The practices you will learn do not require you have a mat or twist yourself in knots. They are practical, Life changing practices that are accessible to any age, shape and almost any human. Improve your wellbeing, find more peace and be able to walk into any Yoga studio and understand your body enough so you may be empowered to follow your practice as befits your needs, your life and your heart.
Available for wellbeing conferences, corporate conferences, Teacher Pro-D Days, Yoga Teacher Trainings, Private Coaching and Retreats.
“Remember it will always be a practice so enjoy learning from the imperfection of everything.” Beverly
Thank you to all my teachers; especially Jeffrey Armstrong, Max Strom, Janet Stone, Saul David Raye, Bernie Clark, and Paul and Suzie Grilley. Also Dawn Cartwright, Seane Corn, Dr. Ray Long, Rod Stryker, Rolf Gates, James Bailey, Mark Whitwell, Niki Doane, Gahl Sasson,Shiva Rea, Ara Cusack, Nathalie Keiller, Kia Miller, Cameron Gilley, Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa and Gloria Latham. (Online and by book Donna Farhi and Anodhea Judith) Everyone I encounter is a teacher and the lessons of my life are innumerable. Thank you to each and every one of you. I promise to forever be a student. ~ Beverly Akhurst