From Rachel Divine:
Yoga Yoga Yoga, I could not imagine a life without yoga. I don’t mean me and my practice, I mean I already know how much I love it, but because I can share yoga with others and hopefully they love it so much, they too will share with others.
Hi, Im Rachel Divine and I grew up in Los Angeles and NYC. After a lifetime of yoga, (more than 20 yrs) I realized that yoga along with my humor kept me in a good place mentally and physically after an intense 2001. It was then that I began my journey to be a yoga teacher so that I could share this great science with others. I have been a teaching as a yoga therapist for more than 12 years
I am an E-RTY 500 hr certified teacher. The “E” means experience. Along with experience comes knowledge and wisdom on how the body moves, breathes and can feel.
I studied with some great teachers: Alan Finger, Dana Flynn, Shiva Rea, and Nischala Joy Devi, Gary Kraftsow, Twee Merrigan and more. I first started my teachers training as a way to further my own understanding about yoga, but also as a way to help heal myself and then others. Soon realized there was a lot more to yoga than meets the eye. I am most fascinated with yoga therapy.
If you were to ask me “what kind of yoga do you teach?” I teach the kind of yoga you need. Yoga therapy is about you and your body and where you are today and where you want to be in 30 – 60 – 90 days.
As a therapist I bring in my 20+ years of experience, training and teachings I have taken to help you where you are today and where you want to be tomorrow.
My foundation of yoga is Tantric based. Tantra yoga is actually not sexual, rather, the goal of tantra yoga is to awaken and harmonize the male and female aspects within each person. Balance, The word Tantra in Sanskrit means weaving. Yoga.. “union” They are very similar indeed.
We Tantric Yogi’s weave all the things we have learned, tricks on our path, various methods, experiences, skills and we use this in our very own life. And though this, we teach others.
Since we are all individuals with different pasts, it is important to know many different paths we can take when practicing yoga.
What hurts? Why is it hurting? What can we do to help that pain go away? I.e. pains, stress, illness, limitations etc etc. Yoga Therapy offers that.
Yoga Therapy is like studying the tree of life itself. Instead of limiting itself to any single branch of the tree, it’s learning many schools of thought and weaving it all together. I have had almost 10 years of learning behind me. As an active member of International Association of Yoga Therapists, I also make sure that I am in touch with leading doctors and yoga therapists world wide.
I work closely with the medical community in developing holistic and preventative health programs. I work with clients with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, back pain, obesity, shoulder, knee and hip injuries, fibromyalgia and more. I am registered with Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga therapists.
IAYT supports research and education in Yoga, and serves as a professional organization for Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists worldwide. Their mission is to establish Yoga as a recognized and respected therapy.
I attend SYTAR The Symposium of Yoga Therapy and Research annually. This event brings for the lastest Yoga in the medical and therapy fields.
I went to Panama to practice my Spanish and bring yoga into a country that is unfamiliar with yoga. I came back to California to seek treatment for breast cancer, I have since opened Yoga Divina, I am a member of El Concillio at City of Hope and creating newsletters for cancer survivors and teaching yoga workshops at local hospitals which are sponsored by Susan G. Korman Foundation.
As a Cancer Survivor and a Yoga Therapist, I know first hand how yoga can help with stress, body changes and life.
I like to work with those who not only want to feel better they need to feel better both inside and out. Yoga offers both.
I love sharing what I know. I love seeing people stretch and smile. I love hearing that people feel better. I love knowing they sleep better. I love that people share what I teach them.
I think yoga should be fun and not frightening; enlightening and not intimidating. My classes are intense and informative. My goal is that you will be able to use what you learn in class with me at home when you need to relax, stretch or just want to touch your toes!
At the end of the day we all want feel better and so I help you open up on the out side so you can open up on the inside.
Qualifications and Certifications
ISHTA Certified 500 hrs New York 2002-2004 Prenatal Yoga Trained New York 2003 Cancer & Cardio Certified California 2004 Restorative Certified New York 2004 Senior Care Trained New York 2005 Shiva Rea Trance Dance California 2006 Pranassage Certified* Costa Rica 2007 Anusara Inspired** Costa Rica 2007 Yoga for Diabetes California 2010 SYTAR 2011 California 2011 E-RTY 500 Yoga Alliance Certified 2011
Further studies include work with world-renowned yogis such as Shiva Rea, Mark Whitwell, Erich Schiffman, Rod Stryker, Judith Lasater, Desiree Rumbaugh, Bhavagan Das, Thomas Ashley-Farrand, Dana Flynn, Rachel Zinnman, Gary Kraftsow, Larry Payne Ph.D, and more. *Pranassage is like Thai Massage ** Anusara style create by John Friend.
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