breath movement meditation
I believe in living life with passion and purpose. I am a big fan of all things wild and free, and acknowledge the power of reconnecting with our wildish natures, re-establishing natural cycles, diet, movement and lifestyle. This helps us to live with integrity, intuition and innate intelligence which in turn increases longevity and helps us to live a more fulfilled life.
I am Rachel, an international yoga and dance fitness teacher and certified holistic health practitioner. I specialize in exercise for health and vitality and mindful movement therapy.
I began my personal yoga practice in childhood, eventually studying to become a teacher in 2010, graduating a hatha YTT in the Sivananda lineage in 2012, later completing two yin yoga teacher training programs. Since then I have been lucky to have hosted many yoga retreats, hundred's of group classes and been a resident teacher with some of Asia's most well known and loved wellness resorts, hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
I am happy to announce that as of January 2023 I am now able to offer masterclasses and personal tuition in my new yoga fusion program, Jing Shen. I was first introduced to Qi Gong back in 2014, shortly after I moved to Asia. From 2019 to 2022 [after a lifetime of study and passion for ancient Eastern healing arts and having lived much of my adult life in Asia] I decided to fully immerse myself in the practices of Qi Gong and Daoist yoga. I quickly became aware how much my health, energy levels and general well being was advanced by combining Qi Gong with my own personal yoga practice. While developing what I later christened, Jing Shen Yoga I completed several intensive training programs, became a student of traditional Chinese Medicine with the Chinese University and conducted many hundreds of hours of research in order to create the most effective, authentic and complete program I could offer.
I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to share the benefits of yoga with so many people from every corner of the globe including many professional athletes, weight loss patients, people experiencing chronic illness, addiction treatment and depression. While my hands on experience in the field of health is somewhat diverse I have long maintained a special interest in the holistic approach to women's wellness.
I have been teaching dance fitness classes and workshops for over 14 years now and truly believe dance, like yoga to be one of the most effective forms of exercise for body, mind and spirit. Dance is a natural and enjoyable form of movement which offers effective exercise and helps us to connect to our bodies without the wear and tear that many forms of athletic training and exercise programs bring. If the body suffers or we do not enjoy exercise then our actions are counter productive because they will not work in the long term. Both yoga and dance are recognized to improve health and increase lifespan.
I believe the connection to the body is sacred.
My greatest passion is helping others recognize their health, fitness and lifestyle aspirations while showing people how they can optimize their lives and achieve greater happiness through mindful movement, correct diet and following a more natural or conscious lifestyle.
Over the past 20 years I have studied many spiritual practices and nature based belief systems. An advocate of earth's medicine and the sacred arts. I have traveled extensively, visiting numerous ancient temples and monuments, learning from many wise and generous teachers. I am certified in multiple holistic healing modalities. I believe that health is our birthright and something that is organic. I also believe that prevention is better than cure and that there are certain things that we can do to maintain and enhance our health and well-being. Honoring the cycles of nature, the seasons and our own bodies through exercise, diet and mindfulness can increase our health, vitality and life-span.
Since I began teaching I have been guided to countless, amazing and beautiful women and men who have been able to heal themselves and realign their bodies with mother earth's energies, through the medium of yoga. To them, I owe more than words can express.
COMMITTED TO HELPING YOU FIND THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO HEAL YOURSELF - MIND, body & sPIRIT -
MIND bODY SPIRIT
private yoga classes
Group Classes & Retreats
WOMEN'S WELLNESS CONSULTATIONS
JING SHEN YOGA
AND QI GONG
TO INVOKE THE WILD SPIRIT IS TO EMBRACE WHAT IT MEANS TO TRULY BE ALIVE.
To invoke the wild spirit is to embrace what it truly means to be alive.
When we reconnect with our own natural rhythms, those that mimic the rhythms of nature we reignite our passion and zest for life.
I believe within each and every one of us there lies a longing for the wild, that which is untamed and free. Our bodies like our minds can become stagnated when they are not exercised or stimulated. Unnatural lifestyles can leave many of us feeling un-stimulated on so many levels. As a species many of us have been coerced into unnatural cycles in order to please others schedules and expectations and meet the demands of modern living.
Today in the developed world people move less than ever before, spending more and more time indoors and following completely unnatural patterns, lifestyles and diets.
Remaining seated for extended periods daily has been linked to numerous diseases. Movement is indicative of life. On the other hand social media, magazines and tv shows bombard us with fad diets, ten minute abs and images of what we are meant to believe is the perfect body. These images cause us to compare ourselves to others, scrutinize and even overly criticize our own bodies. This is completely unnatural and causes so much unnecessary suffering. While we can benefit from having something or someone to aspire to we must also remember that we are all unique and our bodies carry the story of our own individual lives. Athletic bodies are not always healthy. Over exercising and not taking the time we all need to rest and relax can be just as harmful as not exercising at all. As the wild world follows a cycle of four seasons which bring balance and harmony to the earth, we too must seek to find balance in our own lives and bodies as we discover our own seasons or personal patterns.
Psychological processes are greatly influenced by the body. Unnatural movement, pushing our bodies and over exercising is dysfunctional and ultimately leaves us feeling disconnected.
Yoga guides our minds back to our bodies and our bodies back to the breath allowing us to experience the healing and rejuvenating powers of embodiment. Asanas [yogic postures] act as vehicles of energy which when practiced correctly have the power to balance the elemental forces within the body. This in turn stabilizes the nervous system and boosts the function of our innate immune system. Yoga postures enhance bodily sensations and help us to embrace the sensual world while honouring our wild, beautiful and unique bodies. If this practice is further brought into harmony with nature's cycle the benefits are boundless.
Rachel to me knows more and is more than is beyond this earth. She is a spirit of life, a magical, beautiful force that has lifted me from darkness. Rachel did more than teach me yoga she set me free.
Freya Little, United Kingdom
The gift you gave to me of sharing your time and practice of yoga was not only inspiring but reopened not only a practice but a renewed way of living life.
Sheridan Carpenter, Australia
During my 10 years as a professional coach I have never met a yoga teacher who is as genuine.
Coach Wallis, Phuket, Thailand
Rachel, thank you for your beautiful spirit and incredible energy. As I told you after only one week you had really changed my life. You are very special. Thank you for everything. Basically thank you for being you.
Alina Chikhana, Montreal, Canada
As for me Rachel is the teacher I have been waiting for all my life.
Axi Ugnich, Russia
I can’t tell you enough how much I miss your classes, you were truly the best.
Lynn Bradbury, Spain
5 stars is not enough. Rachel, my soul sister :) thank you for being patient with me, caring for me, uplifting me, and being the truly beautiful, talented, passionate teacher, friend and mother that you are. Since meeting you my life has changed and I'm not exaggerating, You have the soul of a prophet and the heart of princess Diana. You have taught me to be me and to love me and to worship the body I live in. Thank you and I love you.
Donna Peskett, Spain
There are few people I would recommend without exception. Rachel would be one of them
Andrew Fairburn, London
I met Rachel in June and she is such a magical, enthusiastic person in everything she does. I took part in her yoga, meditation and dance classes. I am looking forward to going to one of her retreats so I can recharge my batteries again. Everyone needs to have a friend like Rachel :)
Wendy Norris, Chaing Mai, Thailand
Very much appreciate your yoga class and the way you taught! After one session the pain in my leg is gone. You are absolutely awesome!! I will come back for your classes again for sure!! :)
Hilda, Phuket, Thailand
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