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aboutrachel

  • Rachel is a senior teacher of alignment-based and therapeutic yoga. She is a registered Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 Hrs teacher, the highest qualification by way of teaching hours and ongoing education/training. She has taught in Hong Kong, Taiwan, London, Thailand, Nepal and Amsterdam.

  • She has taught on 30+ international Yoga Alliance certified training courses. Her areas of expertise include posture and breath practices, philosophy and history of the yoga tradition, Sanskrit (beginner, intermediate and advanced levels), sitting and meditative discipline.

  • Rachel is a consultant of Ayuvedic nutrition, holistic health and teaches Ayurvedic workshop and holds retreat. She has qualifications in both Ayurveda and Yoga from Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in New Zealand and has done extensive internship in the Ayurvedic Herbal Research Center in Vrindaban, India.

  • She continues to advance her knowledge in the science of body movement by undertaking study in anatomy, myofascia (“Anatomy Trains” system) and Somatics.

  • With regard to the physical yoga posture practice, Rachel’s teaching is focused on the alignment of the spine and pelvis as well as the cultivation of deep awareness and balance in the pelvic floor muscles.

  • Rachel holds an MA degree of the program of Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of University of London, UK (2013). She has been engaged in the study of Sanskritic texts and the meditative practice for 12 years.

  • She is the author of the book “Yoga, the Process of Meeting the Self” (translated Chinese title, published in Taiwan 2012)

  • 2017 New book "Ode to Sensation: Connecting Movement, Fascia and Experience."


  • MA, Traditions of Yoga and Meditation, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of University of London, UK.
  • M.B.A The Claremont Graduate School, California, USA
  • Diploma, Ayurveda Lifestyle Management, New Zealand (NZQA)
  • Diploma, Yoga, New Zealand (NZQA)
  • B.A. Taiwan

Core Concept and Principle


The way we move is the way we are. Movement is the essential expression of our being. To move freely is itself the joy of life.


We seldom notice “movement” itself. Often it is only when we attempt to ‘move’ in a specific way that we become aware of the body’s limitation, imbalances and pain. It is largely the ‘unconscious’ movement patterns (sitting posture, walking gait, repetitive movement for work or single sport activity) or lack thereof that set us in the “shape” that we are.


The modern ‘illness’ of sedentary lifestyle has given rise to many movement-based exercises as counter measure. e.g. aerobics, Pilates, gym workout, yoga, and the variety of dance-based exercise. However, we are moving as we go about our daily lives. In fact, it is this largely ‘unconscious’ movement patterns that set us in the “shape” that we are currently. Furthermore, aging is essentially the decline of the quality of the range of our movement, which is at its core, the body’s relationship to gravity.


“Fitness” of body is not just how strong or flexible you are doing aerobics, yoga or sports. By doing certain ‘exercises’ repeatedly, certain muscles/joints will become overly used and strained. It will cause imbalances and pain as well as distort how you sit, walk and even sleep.


In the long run, a balanced physical structure can only be achieved by engaging in a balance of various movements, collectively. That includes a good proper alignment in the way you conduct your work and chores, sit, walk and of course, exercise.


Whether you want to learn to safely retrain the injured muscles post trauma recovery, strengthen the core/back muscles, tone the pelvic floor after childbirth, or to lose weight and become fit, it is important to first understand the specific ways you move in daily activities. In other words, what “shape” you are carrying now.


In addition, nutrition and the health of your physical structure form a “cause-and-effect” flow of process. Optimal nutrition including the proper functioning of toxin elimination mechanism is part and parcel of achieving your goals effectively and productively, be it regaining joint mobility or reducing muscle achiness or increasing your sport performance.


Method and Approach


What is occurring at the physiological level is likely to have its corresponding symptoms at the musculoskeletal layer. If there is adhesion or stagnation in certain myofascia areas, the condition will directly affect the physiological functioning of the body.


If you are suffering from any of conditions below:

  • Back pain
  • Sore, stiff & tight neck/shoulders
  • Knee pain
  • Hip stiffness
  • Constant muscle achiness
  • Joint pain/achiness
  • Core weakness
  • Muscles imbalance due to work posture patterns
  • Breathlessness


It is possible that you may also have the following symptoms/ailments:

  • Weak or problematic digestion
  • Problematic elimination patterns
  • Slow metabolism
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling bloated/swollen
  • Menstrual discomfort
  • Low immunity
  • Poor quality sleep

Offerings


Health/Nutrition + Alignment/Movement Patterns


Personal Consultation

We begin the process of addressing your concern, conditions or specific purpose by conducting a detailed analysis to understand the present state of your movement patterns. Then we will work towards achieving the purpose steadily and methodically by customized movement sessions and cohesive nutrition guidelines.




Group Classes

Max. 5 ppl. Alignment and therapeutics-based yoga/breath regulation/meditation classes


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Lectures/Workshops
  • Sept/2016
    “Understand lower back pain causes and types and how to alleviate at home”

  • Oct/2016
    “The hidden danger of ‘abdomen slimming exercises’ – Learn proper core muscle awareness and how to engage full body movement that trains a strong core”

  • Nov/2016
    “Smartphone Symptoms –neck and shoulder stiffness and soreness and how to alleviate at home”

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    Certification Courses

    Yoga Alliance 200/300/500 Hrs Accreditation


  • 2016/12 ~ 2017/09
    Advanced Philosophy Course “The Mirror of Compassion, Prāna, Citta and Spandana”

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    Client Example


    Client came with the following list of complaints:


    • Headaches from tight neck and shoulders
    • Lumbar pain from standing/sitting for long period of time
    • Stiff hip joints
    • Weak core
    • Being frequently out of breath
    • Disturbed sleep pattern



    Customized Program
    • Passive myofascia release - shoulders/neck
    • Active myofascia release - shoulders/neck region and hips
    • Dynamic stretch – hips and pelvic floor muscle groups
    • Alignment based Yin meridian yoga – hips
    • Alignment based Yang yoga – spine, hips and shoulders
    • Yoga/breath work to awaken the “breathing muscles” of chest, spine and diaphragm
    • Somatic exercises to develop body movement awareness
    • Exercises to learn to link movement, breath, posture together

    Results and Effects
    • Disappearance of the onset of headache
    • Overall posture realignment
    • Significant improvement of breathing from awakening of the “breathing muscles”
    • Normalization of the elimination patterns
    • Significant improvement of PMS Syndrome
    • Significant improvement of PMS Syndrome
    • Significant improvement of sleep quality