Living with chronic pain or discomfort can be all-consuming. You structure your life and daily activities around managing your symptoms, and there are a lot of things you just can’t do any more – or you do them and pay the consequences. Sometimes it feels like that’s just how it is now. After all, you’re getting older, maybe you’re living with stressors or a diagnosis you can’t change, and there’s not much you can do, right?
And yet, you’re here because you’re not ready to give up. You know in your heart that more is possible.
Yoga tradition and modern science agree that you’re right. You are more than your symptoms – you are a multifaceted being with enormous capacity for adaptability and resilience. Even when there are circumstances you cannot change, there’s a lot that is within your control.
On the one hand, the reasons we don’t feel good are many.
On the other hand, feeling better can be, in practice, very simple. The key is understanding your symptoms in a different light. Your symptoms are not telling you that you’re broken, they’re asking you to change. And when you learn to work with your body to make changes that matter, so many more possibilities open up.
As a yoga therapist, my job is to partner with my clients to create that change.
I’d love to be your guide as you learn to take charge of your own healing. How? By expanding your awareness of how you are moving and feeling, and learning to work with your body’s own innate feedback system to create more ease.
I support my clients to:
- Reduce chronic pain and tension
- Become more responsive and resilient under stress
- Recover from or adapt to illness or injury
- Return to activities that are important to them
- Improve their strength, stability, and ease of movement
- Improve their energy and wellbeing
What people are saying:
Rachel is the rare yoga teacher who emphasizes the importance of finding a sense of ease and joy while doing yoga, and to respect one’s own body and limits… This is a teacher who believes in my ability to deeply listen to my own body and bring about my own wellbeing and peace.– Michelle
Will you join me?
What would you do if you felt better? I’d love to work towards that goal together. To get started, click below and set up a free consultation call. We’ll meet for 20 minutes on Zoom to discuss whether my approach for yoga therapy is the right fit for you.
So how does it work?
Most people begin their private yoga therapy journey with a free online consultation. This is your chance to share your goals, get your questions answered, and learn more about my approach to yoga therapy. If you’ve already taken classes with me, you may choose to skip this stage.
If you decide that we’re a good fit to work together, you’ll choose from one of two options for private sessions. Sessions can be done online via Zoom video conferencing, or in-person at my office in Hillcrest/ Banker’s Hill (or a combination).
In your private session, we’ll meet for an hour to do a practice designed just for you. We’ll start with small movements to assess your movement patterns and build your awareness of how you’re moving and feeling. Based on your goals and what we notice during these early phases, I’ll then work with you to build a practice that supports you to move better and feel better.
What is yoga therapy?
As a yoga therapist, I’m interested in how the tools of yoga can be used to support healing and promote wellbeing. You can watch a video on my approach to yoga therapy here.
What people are saying:
I started yoga therapy with Rachel to reduce persistent knee pain and instability after two knee injuries over the past decade. Working with Rachel and doing roughly 3-5 minutes of targeted exercises per day has reduced my knee pain and instability to the point that I rarely consider it when choosing activities. It’s also reduced my low back pain, a long-term issue that I thought was just the way it was. Now I’m shocked that it’s not! I have less tension in my hip flexors and between my shoulder blades, and I have the tools to address all these issues when they do flare up due to too much sitting or commuting.– Katie
How many sessions do I need, and what does it cost?
If your goal is to get personalized feedback, support, or instruction about one specific area such as: how to do a particular pose or poses, adapting your postural yoga practice for a particular injury or limitation, using a particular prop, or getting started with yoga practice as a beginner, a single session may be sufficient.
A single session includes:
- One hour of time reserved just for you (or you and a friend)
- Written notes from our session within 3 days to help you remember what we covered
- A personalized action plan to continue working on on your own if you wish
The cost for a single session is $100.
If your goal is to change your movement patterns, reduce pain or other symptoms, or make other substantive long-term changes, I recommend starting with a package of 5 sessions done every week to two weeks. Some people will feel complete after these five sessions, and others will want to continue to consolidate improvements and discover what more is possible. This usually looks like an additional 5 sessions, which can be spaced out more for a total of 3-4 months of work.
A package of 5 private sessions costs $375, which is a 25% discount from the single-session fee. It includes all the services of a single session plus e-mail support for as long as you’re a client.
Here’s an example of the results my clients are getting during their first five weeks of sessions:
Working with Rachel has changed the way I notice how I’m moving, and how I listen to my body. I was able to go for a walk while wearing my giant 3-year-old in a carrier on my back with ZERO pain for the first time in years!– Rachelle
Not sure which is best? Need a payment plan or want to space sessions out more than is recommended? Want to practice with a friend or partner? A free consultation is a great way to address your specific concerns before you book!
Online and in-person options
Online Yoga Therapy
I offer online appointments using Zoom video conferencing. Online sessions are ideal if you want to practice from your home, reduce travel time, or if you live outside of San Diego.
To book your online appointment, be sure to select the ONLINE option when booking. You will be emailed a unique link to connect for your session.
What people are saying about online sessions:
The way you were able to pinpoint where I was holding tension, or just in general the way I was moving over Zoom is incredible. It was helpful that you knew what I was doing, even if I didn’t.– Julie
In-Person Yoga Therapy in San Diego
I also offer in-person appointments at my office in Hillcrest/ Banker’s Hill (3344 Fourth Avenue, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92103).
I have regular office hours Tuesdays (8:45am- 3:00pm) and Sundays (9:00am- 3:00pm). If you want to book during these hours, you can do so through my scheduling page.
In-person appointments for other days and times can be arranged by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/ text at (619) 838-7206.
IMPORTANT NOTE: this building is not ADA compliant and getting to my office requires one flight of stairs. If you need elevator access, please contact me using the e-mail or phone number above and I can set up your appointment for you at an alternate location.
Parking: There is metered parking around the building (free on Sundays), and free parking in and around Balboa Park two blocks over on Sixth Avenue, as well as on some of the surrounding streets.
To book your in-person session, be sure to select the IN-PERSON option when booking. You will be e-mailed instructions for the day of your appointment.
All discount packages can be used for online or in-person appointments, or a combination. For assistance with scheduling or any questions, please contact email@example.com or use the button below.
What do the sessions look like?
Every session is different! I don’t come in with a plan. Instead, we co-create the session based on your goals and how you are feeling. Sessions may incorporate any of the following:
- Conversation about what you’re experiencing, your goals, successes, and obstacles
- Yoga poses and other movements
- Breath work
- Restorative yoga poses and other restful practices
You will learn a balanced approach to healthy movement and yoga postures that may include: building strength, observing how your joints are moving, and applying what you learn about smaller movements to yoga poses for greater mobility, stability, and ease.
You will develop strategies to integrate breath, movement, and stillness into your life to support your sense of vitality and well-being.
You will work in other parts of the body that affect the region we are focused on (for example, if we are working on hips, we will also likely look at the feet).
You will check in with your body and communicate what you’re experiencing. I will guide you through using your body’s innate feedback system to customize your practice.
You will observe how you are moving in and out of poses so that you do not arrive in a place of tension or discomfort.
You will have your wisdom and experience honored – you will be in charge of your own body and will make choices that feel safe, along with my guidance.
And therefore, you will experience an approach where we explore multiple options to find the one that works best for you.
This may not be a good fit if you are looking for:
- A lot of passive stretching
- A focus on the aesthetics of the poses
- A dogmatic one-sided approach to the practice
- A class where you are told what to do and are not asked for your input
Our work together helped me greatly increase the mobility in my shoulders, and it made me more aware of how I position my body in bed so that I can decrease my back pain. I notice when I’m standing “wrong” and am working on adjusting my posture gradually. Just having the tools to address how I move and breathe has increased my awareness throughout the day.– Stacy
Ready to join me?
Still have questions?