Rachel M

Rachel discovered yoga in September 2009 and quickly became hooked. She has been teaching yoga since June 2010, which has brought her an infinite amount of job. She completed her 200-hour training at Yogi Hari’s Ashram in Miramar, Florida in November 2010.

Get to know Rachel a little more, read on….

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

As with most big decisions in my life, it just seemed to be the right thing to do. I don’t recall making a specific, conscious decision; I only remember the final decision being a sort of “Of course!”

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe it is my job to safely guide my students through a physical practice in a way that is empowering and encouraging to their minds and spirits. Each individual deserves my unquestioned respect and support.

Describe your teaching style.

I like to have fun and laugh (when appropriate!), because the physical practice of yoga can be pretty nutty. I refuse to berate or be unkind to my students in any way, because it is a very unskilled teacher who makes someone feel belittled or worthless, and I have been on the receiving end of that. Not so fun.

How has yoga helped you physically and mentally?

In both aspects, I am much, much stronger. Yoga has built up my body in an incredibly healthy way and made me far more confident than I used to be.

What was your first true yoga experience as a student?

When I did my first yoga mala (108 sun salutations), a few months after I started practicing. The teacher gave me my first adjustment and words of encouragement, and afterwards I felt so strong and triumphant.

What can you offer your students?

Complete acceptance. I don’t care what my students can or cannot do. I only care that they feel nurtured and encouraged; empowered to be their best in their everyday lives.

What is your favorite pose?

Dragonfly (also called Hummingbird), a pretty crazy twisted arm balance.

What is your most rewarding experience as a yoga teacher?

Knowing my students had a good time in class. Knowing that, at least for the hour or so we were together, they were able to separate themselves from the negative aspects of life and leave a little more prepared to handle what gets thrown their way.