Rachel de Simone DPT
Movement has always been part of Rachel’s life. As a former dancer, she is compelled by the fluidity, gracefulness, and creativity of vinyasa yoga, the precision and strength of alignment-based practices, and the clarity and focus found in stillness. For Rachel, yoga is a form of self-expression and a process of connecting to the most authentic parts of herself. Her personal practice continues to teach her how to live truthfully and reflectively.
Rachel completed her 200-Hour teacher training at Laughing River Yoga with Emily Garrett and Sofi Dillof in 2012 and a restorative teacher training at Kripalu Yoga with Sudha in 2016. She is currently pursuing both a 300-Hour Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification and an Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification through Kripalu Yoga. In addition to teaching yoga, Rachel is also a physical therapist who integrates yoga and physical therapy into a holistic practice that treats mind, body, and spirit.
What can you expect from Rachel’s class?
Rachel’s teaching continues to evolve from her own practice. She integrates Ayurvedic, yogic, and Buddhist wisdom into her teachings to help students boost sattva (harmony and energetic balance). Her classes align with the rhythms of nature, with different energetic tones based on the time of day and season. It is her intention as a teacher to create a vinyasa krama, or a wise progression of movement, breath, meditation, and mindfulness woven together around a theme. Rachel believes that yoga is a practice of unlearning the habits of our reactive minds, unveiling the illusion of separateness, and waking up to our true nature, which is peaceful, loving, and kind. She hopes your practice empowers you to live from your heart, and to begin cultivating peace in the world by cultivating peace with yourself.