A dancer since the age of 6, Rachel has been studying the body and movement for her entire life. She minored in Modern Dance at Washington University in St. Louis and pursued her personal training certification in 2013. She believes in bringing joy back to movement and challenging people to step out of their comfort zones for improved results. Her own transformative weight loss journey gives her special insight into making fitness a lifestyle and empowering others to achieve their goals, and she approaches training with creativity to meet each individual’s needs. Over the past 4 years, she has continued to further her education with four additional certifications and trains a wide variety of clients with goals including weight loss, injury recovery, cardiovascular conditioning and muscle gain. She trained full time for 3.5 years at VIDA Fitness City Vista, and in March of 2017 launched her independent business and trains her clients at a private studio in Downtown DC.
Rachel first started taking yoga classes intermittently over 15 years ago as part of her dance training. She took classes more regularly with Támi Jacobs in Baltimore from 2008-2010 and then in 2013, she began studying with Eric Schwarz. After attending two of Eric’s retreats during the summer of 2015, she knew she needed more yoga in her life for energetic balance. Yoga quickly became the vehicle she was seeking to bind her relationship with movement and physical practices together with a spiritual grounding. She found in yoga the peace she now seeks to create in herself and others and decided to pursue her yoga teacher training at The Studio DC in the fall of 2015. She believes that challenging ourselves in safe and accepting environments is the truest path to self-realization, and approaches all instruction with a creative spirit.
Rachel has been teaching at VIDA Fitness and The Studio DC since April of 2016, and at Past Tense since April 2017. In addition to Eric Schwarz, she has studied with Davis Burroughs, Anna Franklin, Elena Papina, Abby Dobbs, Alicia Moyer, Sonja Kubota Johansson, and Michael Peterson to deepen her own practice and feed her passion for learning.
Rachel believes that when we give ourselves the gift of moving for the sake of moving, breathing, being — rather than to achieve a particular result — we can be amazed that we feel better, that our spines grow longer, our shoulders and hips begin to open and we feel an empowerment in our bodies. She seeks to share with her students the beautiful reward of balancing effort with acceptance, and fire with surrender, while maintaining an alignment focused practice.