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 class a week for 5 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 5 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
This program is a good fit for you if:
- You have a history of injury, persistent pain or tension patterns 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 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.
I really enjoyed the session last night. I felt “unlocked” and I slept better than I have in some time with less pain in my legs, hips and back. I think the exercises you chose for me are perfect.– Ali
- Online 5-week series: Therapeutic Yoga for Shoulders and Hips, September 30th- October 28th, Thursdays 10-11am Pacific Time on Zoom
- In-person 5-week series (San Diego): Therapeutic Yoga for Your Neck and Back, October 18th- November 15th, Mondays 6:30- 7:30 pm Pacific Time at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga (East Room)