"A connection to inner perception and living principles."
“Change is a constant part of life both within us and the larger pattern of nature. Finding our comfortable seat within asana, we learn through our bodies how to apply effort and when to let go, how to breathe through resistance and fear, to sink ourselves to the waxing and waning of the moon and to embrace a calm equanimity as we go through life’s natural evolution.” -My Teacher Sharmila Desai from this video.
One to one Yoga sessions
Rachel is currently not taking any more one to one yoga sessions.
Rachel is a multi style trained yoga teacher, with focus Ashtanga Vinyasa System, and Yin.
In one to one session Rachel utilizes yoga postures to help postural imbalances, cultivate awareness to body and mind , teach breath work (pranayama) which may help with stress and other health benefits.
About Classes Rachel teaches
The Ashtanga primary series is called Yoga Chikitsa meaning yoga therapy. It is immensely grounding and has many layers to its methodology. It is systematic set of postures (asana) linked together through breath (pranayama) movement (vinyasa) and gaze (drishti), that cultivates focus and allows you to observe the subtle fluctuations in within your body and mind.
Ashtanga was brought to the west by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, who is from the south of India in a town called Mysore. His Grandson Sharath Jois continues to teach at the Institute in Mysore today.
I teach and assist this in two ways…
Ashtanga Primary Series Mysore Self Practice - I assist my teacher Mike Berghan at Te Aro Astanga.
This is the traditional method, taught one to one in a group setting and open to all levels. The student has to memorize the sequence of postures (asanas), that are taught one by one. As the student memorizes and develops in their practice more asanas are given. Generally this is taught in silence to help cultivate inward perception. Physical adjustments are given to help support and align. Please click here to read more about Ashtanga, the Mysore Method of Astanga and Mike Berghan at Te Aro Ashtanga.
Ashtanga Half Primary Led class
This is the same set of postures, as Ashtanga Mysore Method. But this is taught as a led class with alignment verbal cues to guide you through. It is only half of the sequence ending with the finishing sequence.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin yoga is a slow practice, where we hold the postures from 2-5 minutes and relax into them, letting go.
Physically we are working on the connective tissues and fascia (a 'glade wrap' type of tissue that encases our organs and muscles) within the body releasing and letting go. This also stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as the rest and digest part of the nervous system. When this part of the nervous system is ‘turned on’ a more accepting attitude can be cultivated, one of ease, compassion and gratitude.
This slow practice of Yin is a perfect vehicle for cultivating mindfulness practices. Moving from the state of doing to non-doing, just being.
We live in a world of achieving, rushing and striving -as my teacher Norman Blair puts it. The yin practice cultivates calming cooling, slowing and surrendering state of being. As we move through the postures using breath as a tool of awareness, being with the sensations of body experiences we can cultivate and develop insight of non-judging and kindness.
This can be a beautiful complementary practice to the Ashtanga practice.