Rachel Spain Yoga and Pilates

About Rachel

"My classes guide the student through an integrated yoga practice that includes asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathwork), Kriya (energy activation) and Meditation (deep inward focus) The asana style varies on the needs of the student and can range from strong vinyasa flow to gentle restorative postures.

I believe, if we do the practice, every one of us has access to reach our highest potential. This practice helps us shed that negative stuff which holds us back... it takes us inwards to discover our true nature....it transcends ego consciousness and releases us from the shackles of the lower mind filled with self doubt, self loathing and criticism.

Do this practice consistently without expectation and life will only get better. I can vouch for that.


“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”
Mahatma Gandhi 

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Rachel is a passionate Sattva Yoga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher. She also teaches Pilates and Fitness but is more focused on Yoga these days. You will find Rachel splitting her time between Ibiza and the UK teaching workshops, private sessions and retreats.

Yoga sessions with Rachel are fully integrated, including all aspects of yoga not just 'the asana' which has become the main focus for many western practitioners. Classes are fluid, strong and dynamic with a deep belief, trust and personal experience of the positive effects yoga can have, not only physically but energetically, mentally and spiritually. Following the teachings of the Himalayan Tradition through the lineage of Babaji and also Patanjalis yoga sutras, the ashtanga eight fold path, Iyengars precision alignment and Desikachar's spiritual influence (Krishnamacharya lineage) be prepared to activate prana (energy), breathe deeply , flow gracefully, deepen concentration and focus, meditate, stretch, strengthen, sweat, chant and challenge yourself, always with a sense of humour, always to inspiring uplifting music and always with deep respect and gratitude for the sacred teachings past down from the Masters and Rishis. 

Rachel feels blessed to be on this incredible ever evolving journey and is eternally grateful for all the teachers in her life. Continuing her studies is an essential and exciting part of her yoga practice, most recently studying intensively with Anand Mehrotra, Master and Founder of Sattva Yoga Academy in Rishikesh, India.  Rachel has also studied with wonderful teachers Claire Missingham, Stewart Gilchrist, Annie Carpenter, Jivamukti (Sharon Gannon and David Life).

"Your purpose here is to evolve, to transform, to experience your radical aliveness, to awaken to your True Nature. You are the Path. The Path is you. The time is NOW."

Anand Mehrotra

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Teacher Training and Education

Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts.
Pilates Foundation.
Claire Missingham Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training.
Assistant and Mentor for Claire Missingham.
Morley College.
YMCA

Sattva Yoga Academy 300 hour Yoga Alliance



Qualifications

Sattva Yoga Academy 300 YATT- 2019

Claire Missingham Vinyasa Flow 200 YATT -2010
Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology- 2008
Pilates Foundation teacher training -2006
Pelvic floor-Rachel Swindle
Injuries and healing
Connective Tissue- Gary Carter
Pre and post natal-Rachel Swindle,
First Aid
Pilates on the ball- Susanne Lauhsen
Scoliosis-Dominique Jansen
Injuries to the lower extremities
Lower back injuries- Suzanne Scott
Cardiovascular system- Gary Carter
Shoulder injuries- Suzanne Scott
Neck and upper limb injuries,
Pilates for the older client-Hana Jones
Seeing with your hands- Hana Jones
Psoas workshop – Liz Koch
Gym Instructor Award YMCA-2002
Indoor Cycling YMCA-2002
Exercise to Music RSA -1996

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