Rachel trained for 5 years to become a Hatha Yoga Teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (the governing body for Yoga in the UK). She has been self-employed and teaching in Oxford since 2006. Rachel was born in 1966. She is of mixed ancestry from an Indian father and British mother. Rachel has been practicing many different styles of Yoga since 1980. She practiced pregnancy Yoga in 1998. As a single parent, she found it essential to make time for a weekly class and her personal practice. She battles with stress and depression and wanted to understand why Yoga helped her feel better. Her inquiry led her into enrolling in the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Foundation Course in 2005 taught by Lorraine Newman. This experience deepened her practice. It introduced her to anatomy, physiology, pranayama, (breath extension and control) and the bandhas (internal muscular locks, core strength, channeling energy). The Foundation Course led to her enrolling in the BWY Teaching Diploma Course in 2006 with Val Davies. This was a 3.5-year course of intense training and research, with both practical and written assignments. During the Course, she was expected to attend weekly Yoga session with a BWY qualified teacher, develop her own practice and begin teaching. She started teaching her own classes early on during the course in 2006 and became self-employed in 2009 after graduating. On completion of the Diploma, she attended her first Vipassana 10-day silent retreat. This was a deeply profound experience which she would recommend to most people. Rachel held the role as Oxfordshire County Representative for the British Wheel of Yoga for 3 years (2013 – 16). This involved planning In-Service Training events for Yoga Teachers and BWY members, meeting with the Committee, and writing reports for the BWY Southern Region Newsletter. Rachel has established herself as a well-respected Yoga Teacher in Oxford with regular weekly classes. She teaches 3 drop-in sessions that are open to all. She has 6 long term private clients that she teaches 1-2-1 in their homes. She has worked in many fitness centers, gyms, corporate businesses, and Colleges. She holds regular workshops and teaches retreats abroad and in the UK. Rachel attends Yoga classes, In-Service Training events, Kirtans (Indian devotional chanting), Yoga festivals and workshops. Her personal practice is always developing and changing. Rachel loves challenging postures although the ultimate journey is a spiritual one. She continues to be interested in anatomy and experiential spirituality.
What is the answer to the question, ‘Who Am I?’ (अहम् कः aham kaH सो ऽहम् so ‘ham).