Rachel discovered yoga five years ago while facing a trying time in her personal life. She quickly learned that yoga helps her be a better human both on and off her mat.
She found teaching through one of her most influential yoga instructors and mentors, Leah Johnson, who encouraged her to take the plunge and sign up for teacher training.
As a self-described raging introvert, she never thought she’d want to teach, but she found the creativity and ability to connect with people to be a much deeper passion than just practicing alone. She finds teaching to be the perfect way to tap into her creative side to balance out her day job writing, editing, and managing projects for engineers.
Rachel loves practicing and teaching all-levels Vinyasa Flow, Guided Vinyasa, Candlelight Vinyasa, Short-Form Ashtanga, and Yin. She believes every mind and body can benefit from each of these in their own way and aims to teach each in a way that is accessible to beginner yogis and veterans alike.
Rachel grew up in Colorado, began spending time in Salida at age 12, and fell in love with the Salida culture and spectacular surrounding mountains. As she works toward making Salida a permanent home, she is grateful to consider the Yoga Olas studio her Salida yogi home both for her own practice and for the opportunity to connect with and teach others.
Off her mat, Rachel writes a blog or two, collects funny socks, adventures, runs trails, skis and snowboards, explores the tops of mountains, and worships her old man grandpa cat, Bailey. She’ll light-up at any mention of animals, glitter, dinosaurs, or grammar. She can often be found enjoying the Caveman pizza with jalapenos at Moonlight or pairing a beer with a plate of green chili nachos from the food truck at Elevation.