"I was inspired to study and teach yoga due to the fact it is accessible to everyone. Many people are under the misconception that you have to be “flexible” to “do” yoga…the reality is that you have to be more flexible in the mind than the body to start a yoga practice and you have to find the right class for you. I believe that yoga is about reconnecting with ourselves and discovering our truth and lasting happiness no matter how old we are or what our physical fitness is. Practicing yoga asanas helps to open up sleeping areas of the body and allows us to control and deepen the breath, which in turn quiets the mind. I believe this is when true strength and inner peace is revealed. With a dedicated practice, this increased confidence gives way to physical and emotional transformation bringing equanimity to your whole life.
I will challenge you to find your edge physically but also encourage you to find your passion, follow your dreams and take responsibility for your own growth and happiness. The balance we find on the mat will eventually permeate into daily life off of the mat".
Rachael grew up in Bath, England and first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2002 while working in the Financial industry at Morgan Stanley in London. She practiced Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga before moving to New York with her job in 2005. It was here in Manhattan on an icy cold January winter's night that she discovered Hot Yoga. She remembers walking out onto the bustling street after her first class feeling “sweaty and confused by how good she felt! ". Rachael maintained a daily yoga-office-yoga schedule until she finally took the plunge, followed her heart, quit her job and attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2008. She taught classes throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn for 3 years, to between 4 and 40 students at a time. Rachael then moved to the UK in 2011 to teach in Bristol while becoming certified at the 200hr level. Rachael moved back to NYC to teach before moving to the BVI later that year. It was at this time of personal transformation that Yoganimity was born. The cultural difference moving to the BVI from NYC brought its challenges, however it allowed Rachael to find a deeper level of self practice and into a deeper place of self exploration. Rachael then moved to Cape Town in 2012 with her husband's job and taught Hot Vinyasa and Bikram Yoga there while expecting her first child. She also became certified with the Ananda Sanga Institute to teach Pre and Post-Natal Yoga. She also became a certified Health Coach in 2011 with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in NYC and is a registered children's yoga teacher with Cosmic Kids Yoga. Rachael moved back to the BVI in 2014 and currently lives there with her husband and two children, teaching private and group classes in various locations.