We do yoga to become steadier, expand our comfort zones and practice falling gracefully. We coordinate movement with breath and body with mind. Yoga helps us cope with life and even thrive.
Rachel was a competitive runner throughout high school in New York City and college in Vermont (BS in Environmental Science). She was introduced to yoga by a college friend and became hooked to the noncompetitive, nonjudgmental atmosphere. Through a variety of post-graduation jobs and locations, Rachel practiced asana and taught anyone who was willing to try. To further her personal practice, she completed an Ashtanga teacher training at It’s Yoga in San Francisco (2003.) After a few years teaching yoga in Bay Area public high schools, Rachel moved to Encinitas and started teaching adults. She completed the Anusara Immersions and Teacher Training with Michael Fukumura in 2009. Rachel now practices at the Ashtanga Yoga Center where she is humbled by the dedication required to sustain a daily practice. Rachel’s approach to yoga is “structured play.” She loves watching her students become more comfortable in their bodies and gain confidence. Poses that begin as “impossible” become possible when approached from a place of play and good alignment. Her classes are challenging to all levels. In addition to teaching yoga, Rachel has the exciting role of dogwalker and petsitter. Though she tries to practice non-attachment, her furry friends are the one thing on earth she couldn’t live without.