Therapeutic Yoga for Shoulders and Hips

Learn to decode your body’s hidden language

Sometimes I feel like I’m waging a battle with my body. Maybe you can relate? Persistent pain, tension, and a cascade of injuries can seem like impossible obstacles to living the life you want, and when problems keep recurring, it can feel like a never-ending struggle.

There is another way. Many of us know deep down inside that the body isn’t trying to stand in our way. It’s doing the best it can under the circumstances. Your body is on your side.

The key to working with the body instead of against it is the ability to decode what your body is telling you. Sensation – including pain and tension – is your body’s method of communication, and to feel better, you need to become conscious of the quieter sensations that are currently below your level of awareness.

But how can you develop this awareness so that you can interpret what your body is telling you?

That’s where I come in

Hi, I’m Rachel. I’m on a personal journey to reduce my persistent pain and tension, and I’m passionate about sharing tools with others so they can do the same. As a therapeutic yoga teacher, I can guide you to understand your own movement patterns and internal feedback mechanisms better. As your awareness grows, you can work with your body as a powerful guide to better movement. And when you move better, you feel better. Pain can go down, and energy, strength, and stability naturally increase as a result of improving movement patterns.

Working with Rachel has changed the way I notice how my body is moving, and showed me how to better listen to what my body is communicating.  I was able to go for a walk while wearing my giant 3yr old in a carrier on my back with ZERO pain for the first time in years!

– Rachelle

Introducing Therapeutic Yoga Group Classes!

Group classes are a great way to try this therapeutic approach to yoga practice. By sharing the cost with other students, you can access customized therapeutic programs for a more affordable price. How does this work?

  • Attend one live online class a week for 8 weeks.
  • Learn about your body’s movement, using practices such as simple breathing exercises, small intentional movements, and yoga poses.
  • You will receive a brief customized program to work on between classes. This should take you 5-15 minutes a day.
  • You will have access to e-mail support from me for the duration of the program to ask questions about your program and any issues that you’re experiencing.
  • After 8 weeks, you’ll have collected a set of tools that you can use to support your well-being whenever you need them.

During the classes, you’ll notice how you’re feeling and use that information to make adjustments, while I guide your exploration and provide personalized feedback to support your growing awareness. You will always be in charge of your practice, and I will always be there to support you. Because therapeutic work is highly customized, you may work on different poses or movements than other members of the class, especially during the second half of the program. This allows for a practice that has the most benefit to you!

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. Whenever I attend her class, I immediately feel more at ease and a sense of calm comes over me. I think this is because I know this is a teacher who believes in my ability to deeply listen to my own body and bring about my own well-being and peace.

– Michelle

The first session in March and April is sold out. Stay tuned for future dates. If you’d like to receive an e-mail when I offer this again, CLICK HERE and send me a message to let me know.

This program is a good fit for you if:

  • You have a history of injury, persistent pain or tension patterns in your hips or shoulders and you’re interested in learning more about your movement patterns and how they might relate to your symptoms.
  • You’re curious and excited to explore how your body is moving, and you’re ready to try something different.
  • You have 5-15 minutes a day most days to practice what you’ve learned.
  • You’re willing to be on camera in a small group of 3-5 students. (If you’re not comfortable in this environment, check out my private sessions.)
  • You’re willing to slow down and listen to your body.

This program may not be the best fit if:

  • Your main goal is flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, or achieving certain poses rather than how you’re moving and feeling. (Those can be secondary goals, but if they’re your only reason for practicing yoga, this will not be the right program for you.)
  • You’re don’t believe you can change how you’re moving and feeling (or don’t want to).
  • You believe there’s only one right way to do yoga and aren’t interested in letting your body guide you.


Therapeutic Yoga for Shoulders and Hips is being offered on a sliding scale, which means you choose the pricing that’s most appropriate for your situation. The cost is $15- $25 per class. You must sign up for the entire series of 8 classes.

Community Pricing: $120 ($15/ class) – This level is appropriate if you’re a member of a marginalized group or you are experiencing financial hardship.

Standard Pricing: $160 ($20/ class) – This pays for you to attend the program. If you can afford to invest in your well-being, this price will compensate me for my time.

Supporter Pricing: $200 ($25/ class) – This level is intended for those who are able to pay a little more for classes. This allows me to offer the community pricing rate for those who need it, and supports the development of the program.

The first series in March and April is fully booked. Watch this space for updates, or click below to send me a message and ask to be put on the list to get notified when I offer this class again.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What equipment do I need for this class?

  • You need an internet connected device with a working camera and microphone.
  • Many folks like to practice on a mat, but the classes can be adapted to use your furniture if you can’t get down on the floor, or you can lay out a blanket or rug for padding if you don’t have a yoga mat.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move.
  • You will receive a list of other props or household items by e-mail. If you don’t have formal yoga props, don’t feel you need to go out and purchase them (unless you want to). The practice can be done with common household items you probably already own!

How much space do I need?

You need enough space to lie down comfortably with a little space to move your arms and legs. You will also benefit from having a closed door or a small clear space at the wall wide enough to stand with your back on the wall.

Do I need to have my camera on? How about my microphone?

Because of the therapeutic nature of this class, I need to be able to see you so that I can provide feedback and support for refining your movement. This means your camera needs to be on. If your room is too small to get your whole body in the shot, we can usually make it work, but you may have to move your device during the class. I will provide support with setting up the camera for the most useful view. Your microphone will be off during the class, but I may ask you to turn it on or message me in the chat box about what you’re noticing during the class.

Do I need to attend the classes live?

Yes. Classes will not be recorded, and any missed classes cannot be made up. If you need to miss a week, that’s fine; however, I cannot refund the fees for missed classes. Live classes will be Tuesday evenings from 6-7pm Pacific Time for 8 weeks starting March 2nd, 2021.

I’ve never done yoga before. Is this class appropriate for me?

Yes. All levels of experience are welcome and supported in this class.

What paperwork is needed?

After you pay to reserve your spot, you’ll receive some paperwork to the e-mail address you used to sign up. (Want to use a different e-mail? Message me at and let me know.) You’ll need to provide a brief health history, including any areas of pain or difficulty, so that I can provide a program that meets your needs.

My shoulders and hips are fine, but my back (wrist, knee, etc.) hurts. Is there a class for me?

When movement patterns in the shoulders and hips are not ideal, we compensate for the missing movement with other parts of the body. This means that how you move at the hips affects not only the hips, but also the low back, knees, ankles, feet, and even the shoulders or neck. And the shoulders – you guessed it – affect your hands, wrists, elbows, necks, upper backs, and everything else in the body. For this reason, many people find that the work we do in this class can help with discomfort in other areas. However, you should expect that the focus in this class will be on shoulder and hip movement.

What’s the cancellation policy?

You must pay in full to reserve your spot. Any cancellations received before March 1, 2021 will be refunded minus a $25 cancellation fee. No refund will be issued for cancellations received on March 1st or later, or for classes you do not attend.

Still have questions? Send me a message and let me know what’s on your mind.