- Cincinnati, OH, USA
Rachel Roberts is a yogini, writer, cruise director and guiding force. Rachel initially found yoga in 1998 at the recommendation of a naturopathic doctor who suggested asana and pranayama as a way to control her worsening asthma.
In 2008, Rachel left her home in the U.S. to travel the world through yoga, studying under great yogis throughout Europe and Asia. In 2009 Rachel continued her learning at Sri K. Patabbhi Jois’ Ashtanga Research Institute in Mysore, India and attended the Mandala teacher training in Bali with Shiva Rea. She has been blessed to count among her teachers Sharath Rangaswamy, Saraswathi Rangaswamy, Sandra Diadara Bianco, Katiza Satya, Marco Bianco, Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Paul Dallaghan and Neil Barker and she continues to expand her studies through workshops and advanced practice with teachers like Katy Appleton, Mark Whitwell, David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Tim Miller and Richard Rosen. Roberts leads weekly classes in the Greater Cincinnati area as well as international workshops and retreats on yoga and meditation.
Seeking ways to further spread her love of yoga, she used her creative backgrounds in both marketing and photojournalism on the website This End Up . The site chronicled her journey and the inspiring changes that occurred in her life; giving Rachel the chance to share the lessons she’s learned with a broad audience and to aid others along a similar path.
In 2009 She started a line of yoga and mantra-inspired jewelry while living in Bali. In 2010 Rachel opened The Yoga Bar in the heart of downtown Cincinnati to create a yogi community center in her hometown. In October, 2010 she was gifted the title of ambassador for Lululemon Athletica. She founded Bija Yoga School in 2012 under the guidance and with the blessing of her primary teachers at Gaia Tree Yoga. In 2013 she opened the second location of The Yoga Bar in Newport, Kentucky.
She regularly leads workshops and international retreats, is the founder of Yoga on the Green in Cincinnati and has been a featured teacher at Yoga conferences and festivals. Rachel was the winner of the Spring 2014 Bad Girls Ventures class and was awarded a $25,000 investment in the Yoga Bar studios