Rachel

Rachel V - JanuSirsasanaHere’s the official 411 on Rachel:

A lifelong athlete, Rachel originally came to the mat during her undergrad years because it was an incredible workout. After practicing many different styles with many different teachers, she found a love for Vinyasa. She received her 200hr certification in January 2011 and has been teaching ever since. In May 2013 Rachel furthered her studies at Integral Yoga Institute and received her 85hr Prenatal Yoga certification. With the inspiration and support of her community, she created her own immersive yoga retreat company, Heart Thread Yoga, in May 2014. Rachel seeks to create a nurturing environment where students can learn and practice yoga in a caring and accessible way. Her classes are often filled with funny quips, laughter, hard work, and great music. She (immensely!) enjoys creating a space where EVERYONE can feel comfortable practicing yoga asana, with the belief that a balanced body = a balanced life.

We asked Rachel:

Why do you practice yoga?  I semi-jokingly have mentioned to people that I am a recovering “type A” personality – before I began practicing yoga, my mind was racing all the time, thinking about how I could be the best at everything. I was a super overachiever, and I don’t think I was very nice to those around me/people that got in my way. It was really nice to come to yoga class and, over time, let that racing mind drop into the background. I started being nicer to people and to myself. I started to let myself be vulnerable, and be ok with that. Yoga helps me to understand and recognize that we are all just humans, trying to get by – and we need love and kindness to make that easier.

What fuels you? Laughter, smiles, hugs, dogs – especially my girl Vera! – yoga, gardening, listening to wisdom from older people, wine, dessert, ice cream, pie, friends, THE SUN! sleeping, and lots of water.

What can people expect in your Mighty classes?  I love music, and making playlists! I appreciate classes with no music, but for me when there is a great playlist that the teacher obviously thought about and the arc of the songs follow the arc of the class, it’s super powerful stuff. I also love to focus on proper alignment; I was doing yoga postures incorrectly for about 4 years before one of my teachers pulled me aside to talk about my alignment.  I’d like to have my students just be practicing correctly from the start. Once you start to tune in to the body and breath, you can really soar on your mat.

Rachel’s favorite piece of wisdom:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”–Maya Angelou