about Rachael

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Hello, I’m Rachael and I teach Yoga classes and workshops, and specialise in one to one Yoga to meet individual and changing needs. I’m also a keen writer, and a lover of Lindyhop dancing (1920’s 30’s 40’s swing dance).

I trained to teach Yoga in India and in the UK giving me both Eastern and Western perspectives on the practice. I have a keen interest in Western psychology which I think makes a great companion to Yoga, and my passion is the transformation that ’embodied’ living brings about.

My influences and style…

I teach from the foundation of Hatha Yoga which is the most well known and practiced form of Yoga in the West. If you’ve heard of styles such as Vinyasa and Iyengar, they have all evolved out of Hatha Yoga. Hatha tends to promote stillness in postures, where Vinyasa for example is much more dynamic meaning that there is more movement. For me right now, stillness is what’s important. It’s tough for us to be still because we live in a world that requires us to keep moving either physically or mentally, and often both. The antidote to the affects of constant movement is stillness. Having said that, I do infuse some flow into my classes, and use props to aid your practice which comes from the Iyengar tradition. I also integrate Somatic movement methods (Feldenkrais and Thomas Hannah Somatics). These are great tension releasing movement therapies and promote mindfulness. I teach Yoga with a view to  encouraging you to re-connect with your ‘feeling sense’ which so many of us have lost touch with. I am interested in all of the different wisdom traditions from Western psychology, to Buddhist philosophy, and Mythology from around the world.

A person who doesn’t breathe deeply reduces the life of his body. If he doesn’t move freely, he restricts the life of his body. If he doesn’t feel fully, he narrows the life of his body. And if his self-expression is constricted, he limits the life of his body.

Alexander Lowen, American Psychotherapist

 

Training

  • Yoga Vidya Gurukal, India, 200hr Teacher Training (2010)
  • Yoga Campus, London, 200hr Teacher Training (2014)
  • Yoga Nidra Foundation, Uma Dismore Tuli
  • Restorative Yoga training, Judith Hanson Lasater
  • Kosha’s – Unleashing the Science of the Soul, Rod Stryker, Parayoga
  • ITEC Level 3 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology Dip.
  • First Aid training
  • Thomas Hannah Somatics

 

 

Yoga is… transformation in motion.