Lead Teacher - Rachel Spain
About The Teacher
Yoga warrior, professional dancer, Pilates expert and long-time devotee of the magic of Yoga, Rachel holds the powerful intention to make the world a better place, one OM at a time.
“I’ve loved every delicious minute! I’ve been comforted, inspired, nourished and pampered. Everything was simply restorative and pleasurable. Rachel made yoga accessible for a complete beginner with support and care.” – Stef
Rachel’s journey to yoga started when her Nana to her to a dancing school aged just 8 years old – she was instantly hooked. Dancing provided Rachel with the similar feeling to Yoga – when you dance you are completely in the moment and nothing else matters. When attending a Yoga workshop during her time as a professional dancer Rachel became instantly entranced by the Yoga magic and the immense feeling of lightness that she experienced when practicing. With the realisation that Yoga was much more than just stretching and strengthening the body, she carried this curiosity on to a teacher training with Claire Missingham.
The training changed her life on a profound level, sending her on an inward journey to seek her highest potential in order to help others and try to make the world a better place in whatever small way that she could. She started to see the world in a more open and flexible way, learning to handle and embrace the ebb and flow of life. With the understanding that Yoga and all that it encompasses is a lifelong journey and a lifelong practice, she aims to cultivate grace and gratitude in every moment.
What to expect
Rachel’s classes are fluid, flowing, challenging and with strong intention. As a trained Pilates teacher she provides clear, precise, safe and alignment focussed classes. Synchronising movement with breath, expect to be guided through a dance of asana (yoga pose) sequences to stretch and strengthen both the body and mind, releasing physical and mental tension held from any stress and worry. Her aim is to teach each individual to find their own inner teacher, to avoid rising to the ego and forcing or straining beyond our current limits and to develop a compassionate approach to our needs, both on and off the mat. By cultivating acceptance, an understanding that change is constant and the ability to go with the flow, she hopes to help each student on their journey to Santosha – a place of joy, peace and contentment.
Claire Missingham, Stewart Gilchrist, JIvamukti and Annie CarpenterSource: soulshineretreats.secure.retreat.guru