About Beech

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About Kris

The first love of my life was athletics. There’s nothing like the feeling of entering that flow state set off by testing the limits of one’s ability and overcoming challenges faced in the sporting environment.

Growing up, I played as many sports as I could, but I developed the most profound love for the game of hockey. As I advanced further up the competitive latter, I initiated an unhealthy performance mindset. Negative thought and behavioral patterns established in my adolescence eventually grew stronger as my hockey career advanced and those moments of entering flow happened less frequently.

I lost enjoyment for the game but was determined to find it. I realized I needed to change my performance mindset to do so. Developing a consistent mindfulness practice enabled the shift and was the key to my getting the passion and love for the game again.

As an athlete, meditation and mindfulness made sense to me because I immediately understood that it was a workout for the mind…like going to the gym. Training mindfulness improved my resilience and allowed for the natural experience of entering flow to occur more consistently.

After a while, people were curious and often asked me how to do it for themselves. I found myself giving instruction, and that’s when it dawned on me: if I was going to instruct others, I wanted to better my knowledge on how to share my experience and the training effectively. I officially became a certified mindfulness instructor in 2015 after attending McLean Meditation Institute.

Within the AIM Mindfulness courses, combined knowledge and expertise I’ve gained as a professional athlete, along with through my educational pursuits, will be attained. I’m a long-standing meditation and mindfulness practitioner who has learned how to integrate the practice and philosophy not only in the sporting environment but all facets of life.”

Kris Beech, Founder and mindfulness coach


About Kris


The first love of my life was athletics, which gave me the joy of competition. There’s nothing like the feeling of entering that flow state set off by testing the limits of one’s ability and overcoming challenges played in the sporting environment.

Growing up, I played as many sports as I could, but I developed the deepest love for the game of hockey. As I advanced further up the competitive latter, I initiated an unhealthy performance mindset. Negative thought and behavioral patterns established at 15 years of age eventually grew stronger as my pro career advanced and those moments of entering flow happened less frequently.

I lost love for the game, but was determined to find it. I realized I needed to change my performance mindset. Developing a consistent mindfulness practice enabled the shift and was the key to my getting the passion and love for the game again.


As an athlete, I was drawn to it because I immediately understood that it was a workout for the mind…like going to the gym. Training mindfulness improved my resilience and allowed for the natural experience of entering flow to occur consistently.

As I was practicing mindfulness, people would ask me how to do it for themselves. That’s when it hit me: if I was going to instruct others how to do it, I was going to learn even more about it and better my knowledge and gave me the inspiration to start AIM Mindfulness to teach it. I officially became a certified mindfulness instructor in 2015 after attending McLean Meditation Institute.

Within the AIM Mindfulness courses, a combined knowledge and expertise I’ve gained as a professional athlete, along with through my educational pursuits, will be attained. I’m a long-standing meditation and mindfulness practitioner who has learned how to integrate the practice and philosophy not only in the sporting environment but all facets of life.

Kris Beech, Founder and mindfulness coach

  • Washington Capitals

     

  • Pittsburgh Penguins

     

  • Nashville Predators

     

  • Columbus Blue Jackets

     

  • Vancouver Canucks

     

Kris’ Credentials

  • Certified Meditation Instruction (McLean Meditation Institute, 2015)

     

  • MSc. Sports Management (Ulster University Business School, 2016)

     

  • Certified Canadian Mental Health First Aid, 2017

     

  • Selected by the Washington Capitals in with the seventh-overall pick in the 1999 NHL entry draft

     

  • Played seven seasons in the NHL and AHL (Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Vancouver Canucks)

     

  • Selected by the WHL's Calgary Hitmen with the third-overall pick in the 1996 bantam draft

     

  • Played eight seasons in Europe (SHL, NLA, Liiga, Czech Extraliga, DEL, EBEL, EIHL)

     

  • Played four seasons in the WHL (Calgary Hitmen, 1996-97 to 2000-01)

     

  • Named to CHL Top Prospects Game (Calgary Hitmen, 1998-99)

     

  • 1999 WHL Ed Chynoweth Cup champion (Calgary Hitmen)

     

  • Named the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' most valuable player (2003-04, 2005-06)

     

  • 2006 AHL Calder Cup champion (Hershey Bears)

     

  • Won the Swedish Hockey League SM-silver medal (HV71, 2008-09)

     

  • Swedish Hockey League Le Mat champion (HV71, 2009-10)

     

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