Rebeca Velie Photography
Every moment is an opportunity to realize the nature of your true Self. Practice kindness towards yourself and all other sentient beings. Live lightly on the Earth and in harmony with Nature.
Growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, my parents would take my sister and I to Kruger National Park for a family vacation. The drive would take more than eight hours but that never seemed to matter once we arrived in the reserve. During the day, we would drive around in the car observing the beautiful landscapes of flora, and squeal excitedly whether we had seen an Impala (similar to the wild deer of the United States) or a Lion. At night, cooking the food we had brought with us on the braai (BBQ in the United States) under the stars somehow tasted better. Some of my fondest memories are found here, close to Nature in its most undisturbed form. A source of profound inner peace, I now visit the vast quiescent landscape of these open vistas in my meditation practice.
I immigrated from South Africa to the United States in 2004, following an inner call that had been guiding me as early as I can remember. Although I had pursued a Bachelors Degree in Business Economics and Industrial Psychology, the world of spirit and energy were a passion I continued to follow on “the side”.
Eventually, I left the financial sector to pursue the contemplative life of a mystic, following the inner call to step into my dharma - my life’s purpose. Initially, I studied Ayurveda, certifying as a Lifestyle Counselor. I became certified to teach Hatha Yoga shortly thereafter, and have since continued to study primarily Indian philosophy, Buddhism, Theosophy, Reiki, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Between 2012 and 2013, I had the opportunity to deepen my study and practice of Thai Yoga Bodywork whilst living in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Today, all of these experiences and modalities have blended and inform how I think about the energy of teaching and healing.
I believe that as multidimensional beings, the true source of joy & contentment, peace & fulfillment, resides within oneself. This is the gradual path of spiritual awakening and self-discovery which I believe is found in the doorway of the heart. I believe that each person has the capacity to realize their full potential and express their unique dharmic path with compassion and joy. My approach is grounded in an ethics-based and eco-conscious spirituality, and it is from this view that I am passionate about facilitating the awakening spiritual path of others, as an author, facilitator, and spiritual advisor.
I live with my husband surrounded by water and mountains in the lakes region of New Hampshire. I love long walks outside, watching birds, gardening, cooking, and listening to the masters of jazz like John Coltrane and Miles Davis. My forthcoming book, Yoga and the Five Elements, is now available for pre-order.