Rachel was born in England but grew up on the East Coast of South Africa. It was here, as a young child, that she witnessed her first yoga lesson passing by a village hall. Many years later Rachel realized why she was so drawn to this dynamic and balanced form of movement. Her passion for yoga led Rachel to the Sivananda Ashram in London in the late 1990s where she attended her first yoga class. After completing the various levels of foundational yoga training in London Rachel travelled to the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India to complete her teachers training in 2007.
Since 2007 Rachel has had the honour and privilege of working with many inspiring yoga teachers: Elena Brower, Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman, Stephen Thomas, Michael Hamilton, Douglas Keller, Richard Hackenberg, Brian Kest, Max Strom, Katchie Ananda, Alex Bächler, Daniel Anner, Baron Baptiste and all the wonderful yoga students over the years past and present.
In 2008 Rachel moved from London to Zürich with her family and taught at Yogaflow in Herrliberg from 2009 until December 2013. Rachel completed her Advanced Teachers Training +300 with AirYoga Zürich in January 2014. Rachel is now co-founder/owner of YogaTopia Studio in Herrliberg, a beautiful and tranquil yoga shala on the banks of Lake Zürich.
Rachel's focus is on Hatha Flow and Vinyasa Yoga as well as taking inspiration from, and incorporating elements of the Ashtanga tradition. Classes and private yoga coaching are offered in Herrliberg and the surrounding areas. Rachel also offers Corporate Yoga in central Zürich. Classes are kept small to provide the necessary adjustments and alignments to students. Private yoga coaching offers a more tailored development by providing an indepth knowledge of the yoga practice. Yoga is not just a form of exercise but a way of life and provides a solid set of tools for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.