Get to know your yoga instructor – Rachel

Rachel’s yoga practice is about the balance of strength and flexibility, both in body and mind. Yoga became a part of Rachel’s daily life as she faced an array of injuries, illnesses, and pregnancies. She is passionate about sharing the many benefits of yoga with all people and conditions, and is insistent that there is a yoga practice for every body. She uses a physical asana practice on the mat to better inform her practice off the mat of living mindfully and joyfully. Rachel’s practices are influenced by her studies in Iyengar, Anusara, and Vinyasa Flow Yoga.

What motivated you to become an instructor?
My yoga practice has helped me though many different personal physical and mental challenges. When I learned how helpful a regular yoga practice was for cultivating wellness of both my mind and body, I knew I wanted to share this practice with others.  Yoga has taught me to love myself, accept that each day I have strengths and challenges, and to make the most of them. I strive to share this with all my students, especially those who may not feel yoga was meant for them.

How would you describe your training personality?
I strive to be approachable and motivating to all my students. Therefore, I try to create a class environment that is informal, welcoming, and reminds students to have a sense of humor while putting in full effort for maximum benefits.

What advice do you have for people that are just getting into fitness?
Give yourself permission to tune in to yourself. So often we waste energy judging ourselves and comparing ourselves to others. Remember that your yoga practice is for you only. You’ll get out of it what you put in. Find your own edge and honor it.

What’s your favorite workout and why?
I love a smooth vinyasa flow that gets my heart pumping but also allows my mind to stay in a meditative state.

What do you like to do for fun?
When not on my yoga mat I’m typically enjoying baseball with my family. We are huge fans of the Cubs and enjoy playing together whenever weather permits.

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