A Series of 15 Teachers’ Stories in 15 Days
celebrating Yoga Tree’s 15 Year Anniversary.
This fall I celebrate 22 years of yoga practice. I came to my practice from a dance background, in search of something “more.”
In my first yoga class I found a new breath, in the form of kapala bhati, my whole body tingling and alive and curious and disoriented.
My experience of asana was that it required “more” of me than I had ever given–more attention, more awareness, more surrender, more willingness to open, more acknowledgment of limitation, more possibility to deepen into myself.
Over these many long years of practice I have never once doubted that this is my path toward self-knowledge and embodied living. Each time I come to the mat, each time I sit before a group of students I am truly grateful for the gift of this practice.
It has deepened my capacity for compassion, given me access to intuition and empathy, and just plain humbled me to the mystery of this big life.
Rachel Shaw stumbled upon the original Jivamukti yoga studio in NYC in 1992. Her studies with Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon and David Life inspired her to become a certified teacher through the Sivananda Ashram.
Rachel has since studied in the lineages of Kripalu, Iyengar, Astanga, Forrest and Anusara yoga. She is fascinated by the energetics and alignment of advanced asana, and how they relate to and influence seated meditation practice.