Rachel has been practicing yoga for 30 years and has taught for over 20. She discovered yoga at the age of 19 after being told by a chiropractor that yoga and meditation would help her back problems. She began her studies in Sydney, Australia but later moved to Byron Bay where her training continued in the Iyengar and Astanga methods. One of her first teaching engagements was as the Head of Dance at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore, NSW.
While living in New York from 2000–2004 Rachel met and mentored with ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger which led to teaching in his studios for four years. There she co-created and coordinated their Teacher Training Program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor. Since her return to Australia in 2005, she has gone on to create and facilitate her own teacher trainings and workshops in Australia, India, Bali, Japan, New York and in many major cities in Europe.
Being passionate about Yoga and its many forms she practices Bhakti and studies Gyan Yoga (Self Knowledge) and incorporates the traditional teachings of the Upanishads, Yantra, Mantra and Mudra into her workshops and trainings with her partner and South African yoga and vedanta teacher John Weddepohl
Her classes are often described as a fluid mix of creative playful sequencing, meaningful insights and lighthearted fun
Rachel is also an award-winning musician for her devotional chanting CD Sita Ram and shares Kirtan nationally and Internationally with John who is also an accomplished musician and singer/songwriter: Rachel and John are currently working on their first CD together
She is also a published poet and best selling author and writes for many online and in print magazines. She has just written a book on Yoga for Diabetes and a collection of short essays about her first year on Insulin. Most recently has developed a passion for creating short films.
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