The goal of yoga is yoga. Period.
Rachel discovered yoga in 2005 as part of an Eastern Religions class she was taking as an undergraduate. Upon leaving her first yoga class, she immediately knew of the power of the practice. For Rachel, yoga has changed the way she views herself, her body, relationships, and the world around her. Yoga ignited a deep sense of compassion and acceptance in Rachel, and since that time she has been working towards her goal of sharing this power with others.
In both her professional job as a mind/body therapist and as a teacher of yoga, Rachel strives to create a space for healing and transformation. She believes that the true purpose of yoga is to provide insight into the patterns of the mind, and by recognizing and detaching from these patterns one can become more aligned with the Self, where divine knowledge exists.
Rachel’s classes allow students to look inward through asana, vinyasa (breath synchronized movement), pranayama, mudra, and meditation. Rachel guides her students toward facing their self-judgments with inspired sequences that foster a heart-mind connection. Intention setting, psychology, and yoga philosophy are weaved throughout her dynamic and challenging classes.
Rachel is available for public classes, private sessions, couples yoga, trauma sensitive yoga, and yoga psychotherapy
"Practicing yoga with Rachel has been a mind and body awakening. Rachel's depth of knowledge, passion and experience she shares makes her classes interesting and challenging. The pranayama, breath work she incorporates helps me focus in and out of class. My beginner husband enjoys her practice as well and can see and feel the difference since he started practicing yoga with Rachel."
"My young son has been seeing Rachel as a therapist since he quit his conventional talk therapist out of frustration. Rachel's integrative use of yoga movement, breathwork, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy has made a positive impact. Rachel acknowledges his feelings while holding him accountable for his actions. She gives him "work" outside the office, so he applies what he learns in life situations. He is happy he is learning to control his emotions and looks forward to his sessions with Rachel."
"In a sea of practitioners, Rachel is truly someone special. I have tried many other yoga teachers and none have inspired me like Rachel has. Under her tutelage, I have discovered just how yoga can stretch and free both the body and mind. Rachel’s knowledge of yoga has eased so many of my symptoms, like anxiety, allergies, fatigue and insomnia. Her individual yoga sessions can be specially tailored to address any health concerns and take only ten minutes a day. As an individual who has struggled with her health, I cannot possibly express in words just how grateful I am for this gift- and it is a gift that keeps on giving. Rachel demonstrates each pose and then adjusts her students to maximize their benefits from each position. In this way, every one of my sessions has built up my understanding and knowledge of yoga and its poses, allowing me to continue my practice at home. Rachel, I cannot thank you enough for all you have taught me. Namaste."