Rachael is a yoga teacher,
a healer of the feminine
in women and men,
a playwright and poet.
Growing up amongst diverse cultures
in a low socio-economic community
in Auckland, New Zealand, and a
7 year marriage in her 20s to a
spirited and kind man of Arab/Israeli
nationality influenced her globally
Rachael has taught in developing
nations in South East Asia, and
in Europe and Turkey. She has
trained yoga teachers from an
international community in
Cambodia and Indonesia and
has been a guest teacher trainer
with Shri Yoga in Brisbane,
Australia. Her style is influenced
by multiple yogic disciplines.
Yoga, tender movement and
touch, creativity, and play are
tools Rachael facilitates in her
work with you.
At home in Wellington, New Zealand, she currently teaches private yoga for women, courses in Wellington studios, Partner Yoga classes, workshops, and retreats in New Zealand and internationally. 8% of Rachael’s yoga teaching income is donated to Nadia’s Initiative.
A theme runs through the teachers who have inspired me, whom have helped shape me and my own teaching approach - they’re all a bit radical! From Melek, my first teacher, giving ourselves a foot massage and a chat as our yoga practice or practicing to the sexy summer tunes of Santana in her small Turkish living room, to Yolande Alice Carrell teaching permission for 'womb' and 'vagina' to have a place in yoga with women, to Gopala and Karla offering liberating yoga practice with postures that could look like any shape as long as the shapes make you feel really good. And Sunder, Tonie and Suraj shaping the teacher in me beyond the teacher (that’s cryptic and that’s why I love their teaching!).
Based in Turkey and Los Angeles, Melek motivates people to lead healthy lifestyles and practice Yoga as a part of their daily routine.
SUNDER SINGH KHALSA, TONIE NOOYENS, SURAJ KHALSA
Lead Kundalini Yoga Teacher Trainers in the Asia region, bringing over
30 years experience and wisdom to their teachers.
GOPALA AMIR JAFFA
In Byron Bay, Australia, Gopala nurtures the Rainbow Family of play and connection, revolutionising yoga as a social and interactive practice.
Karla's approach is to surrender ideas of achievement in practice and to surrender to what is there. Her studio is in Auckland, New Zealand.
“It was an amazing experience to do yoga with Rachael. She guides with soft and powerful energy. I felt held by her energy and my breath and body could dance together - my kundalini rising gently. After yoga with Rachael, I felt as if I had created my own heaven ”
- Senem Yurttakalan
“Rachael's class was very effective at connecting with the body and flowing in kundalini energy. It helped me particularly with the recalibration of my nervous system. Her gentle attention and caring energy made the experience very comfortable and physically safe.”
- Tolga Cokdeger
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