This is not a testimonial; this is a career changing story. I am so proud to have done my 300 hours teacher training with Rachel at Samporna Yoga, India and have assisted in courses in which Rachel was teaching. Learning from Rachel was not only a good experience; it was a career changing experience. She has inspired me so much to an extent that sometimes when I am teaching classes, I see myself naturally copying her style. Rachel’s immense experience and mastery of all corners of yoga is her biggest strength. She has deep knowledge in anatomy, adjustment, alignment, pranayama (etc.) and makes them so approachable to her students. She also has very deep knowledge of the spiritual and philosophical aspects of yoga and as a person she embodies the “ethics of a true yogi”.

Having practiced with so many teachers from all over the world, I can also say that Rachel’s asana classes are amongst the best I have ever practiced. She uses her deep knowledge of anatomy and her extensive experience of all fields of yoga to sequence her classes in such a way that by the end of the class she takes you to a deep state of mental and physical relaxation. She takes her students from a world of spirituality, from awareness of the subtle body to awareness of the physical body, and vice versa. She inspires her students to push themselves beyond their boundaries but to also be aware of their bodies’ limitations, and respect such limitations. She taught me to focus on the journey, rather than focusing on a posture. She taught me to be a true yogi and to stay away from fakeness.  Today I am opening my own studio, and would like to dedicate a big part of my success to this beautiful soul, to whom I am forever grateful.

Hala, Beirut, Lebanon (500RYT)