Rachel began her exploration into the wellness industry with a dis-ease around living the status quo and a very short-lived blog aptly named The Natural Vibe. Her blog chronicled her exploration of and interest in healthy living and alternative health practices. She parlayed that experience into a writing job with the online newspaper and now defunct Examiner.com, where for the next few years she wrote on various alternative health topics. This experience provided a wonderful opportunity of being able to research and create more understanding of topics that interested her. Around this same time she began to feel pulled to teach yoga. Through her own practice, she was finding a sense of calm and connection unlike anything else she had ever experienced and she desperately wanted others to be able to find that as well. However, she struggled with severe stage fright and for several years put her teaching dream on the back burner, thinking she would never be able to overcome her fears. She continued to be interested in health and wellness, but eventually settled into a corporate cubicle position to pay the bills. A few years passed and sedentary life was really taking it's toll. She began feeling the pull to teach again. Eventually, she came to understand that if she didn't follow this aspiration, she knew she would always feel less than fulfilled. Quite the motivator! So, she cashed in all her PTO and signed up for an immersive 200 hour training.
She began teaching yoga in 2011 after 10 years of practice and began spreading the namaste to a multitude of studios all over the metro. She will tell you that her fears did not disappear once she received her certification. For several years she battled against stage fright and impostor syndrome. For years she started classes feeling terror and ended them feeling elation and purpose, continually being reassured she was on the right path. And yes, eventually the fear faded away.
In her time as a yoga teacher she has taught over 4,000 group and private sessions across five countries. She has garnered several other yoga certifications and has had the pleasure of teaching to most all populations and experience levels.
She has worked in studio management and through that began to delve into training new yoga teachers. In 2016 she helped develop and lead the first 200 hour curriculum at Yoga Patch in Kansas City. She currently manages the program and co-leads alongside YP owner, Maria Murphy. She calls Yoga Patch her soul studio and teaches the vast majority of her teaching schedule to the community-at-large there. Over the years of leading classes and developing relationships with her students, she began encountering questions that fell outside the scope of a yoga teacher. These questions-and her lack of answers-lead her to explore other ways in which she could expand her reach and help her community further. She dove into life coaching and completed trainings in two different approaches on the modality. She began coaching clients in May of 2018. She continued her studies and in 2019 received her associates degree in fitness and nutrition coaching, a holistic nutritionist certification from AFPA and the designation of behavior change specialist from NASM-a very busy few years! Forever learning and growing, she has begun to work toward her Yoga Alliance 500 hour training, to be completed in 2020.
Rachel believes yoga has been the most transformative force in her life. Allowing her the guidance, opportunities and tools to craft a life full of passion and the drive to help others do the same. Rachel hopes her story and her coaching can help others in their pursuit to uncover their goals and to encourage them to follow the things that pull at their soul, even when it's scary.