Rachel found her yoga practice in 2005 after a serious knee injury while attending college as a dance major. Rachel’s passion and love for yoga is infectious—and some might say an obsession. Seriously. She just can’t stop doing it, talking about it, reading about it, teaching it, and applying it to everything she does. She’s studied many different forms of movement in a variety of places from New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, to her home in Ashland, Oregon. These studies include Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Bikram yoga, ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, African, contact improve and contemporary styles of dance, and Pilates. She draws on each of these as inspiration.
Rachel is a born teacher and has been doing so for a really long time, since the age of 13. Dance teacher, elementary school teacher (she holds a B.S. in elementary and early childhood education), preschool teacher, nothing really stuck until she found yoga. She is authentic, compassionate, humble and non-judgmental.
Her goal is to make yoga accessible and challenging while bringing greater awareness to the spirit, energetic and physical body and mind. She cares deeply about holding space for her students practice and dedicates her time to developing safe, creative, challenging, satisfying classes that cultivate and inspire personal transformation and inner peace. Her sincere desire is that each of her students find the essence of themselves which is Sat Chit Ananda; Truth, Consciousness, and Bliss.
Rachel completed her 200 hr. Vinyasa yoga certification and training at Rasa Yoga Center in Medford and Ashland OR. in June, 2016 under the guidance of Sarah Sol, Krista Holland, and Jamie Elmer. She looks forward to continuing her education throughout her lifetime and believes that the best teachers are dedicated students.
When she is not obsessing over all things yoga, Rachel enjoys painting, singing, cooking, hosting women’s circles, reading, dancing, camping, hiking, adventuring, laughing with friends, and most of all spending time with her husband and two sons.