Rachel is a trusted advisor to people suffering with chronic physical, mental and emotional pain. As a certified yoga therapist, she’s coached hundreds of one-on-one clients in movement, mindfulness, meditation and daily lifestyle. She’s trained in a wide variety of pain reducing movement techniques including over 1,000 hours with Functional Synergy’s pure movement leading to her professional certification as a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), somatics, primitive reflex integration, and the Reembody method. She’s also a deep practitioner and teacher of meditation techniques including her primary focus of insight meditation and secondary area of heart based practices including metta. In addition to her longstanding personal meditation practice, she’s completed courses with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, and with Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. In addition to her daily meditation practice, ongoing meditation studies, and moment by moment mindfulness practice, Rachel joins a small pan-North American virtual group each week to deepen her practice in community.
Prior to her training as a yoga teacher in 2010 and subsequent yoga therapy certification in 2018, Rachel worked for 10 years in programming, recruiting and professional development. During this time, she had the privilege of working with clients and colleagues from all over the world. These early career experiences nurtured her deep interest in all people as individuals with their own story to tell and life to explore.
In her current work, she teaches her clients how to be in their bodies and minds with less pain, strain and stiffness and more joy and acceptance. She has a gift for seeing more points of view than the one that shows up first in line as well as a natural ability to celebrate accomplishments (and on that note, she’s skilled at making anything into an accomplishment worth celebrating). She knows that the gift of feeling – whether sensations or emotions – isn’t typically respected in our culture. But she also knows that it should be. And it’s her work to open that doorway for anyone who wants to experience their lives fully and completely.