Rachel Drummond, M.Ed., RYT 200

Yoga Practitioner, Handstand Enthusiast, and Lover of Words

Yoga Practitioner, Handstand Enthusiast, and Lover of Words

I love learning, being in my body, and creative expression. Yoga gives me a place to practice all three. Ashtanga yoga is a physical and mental discipline, fueled by breath and tempered with compassion. This practice gives me a place to accept what is, ask for what I need, and sharpen or soften as needed.

Beyond yoga, I’m an international university instructor turned yoga teacher, writer, and certified coach. I’m a sixth-generation Oregonian from the US Pacific Northwest, currently living in Madrid, Spain. I love bringing people together in beautiful places to practice embodiment.

My yoga journey

I walked out of my first Ashtanga yoga class thinking:
“Wow… I feel so calm. I NEED this practice!”

“But wait… how will I make TIME for it?”

I was a stressed-out graduate student, feeling like an 88-year-old in a 24-year-old body. I had a million things to do on my calendar, but the only thing that made me feel good was the 90-minute Ashtanga yoga class I took twice a week.
 
I knew I needed this practice to be a healthier version of myself, but I didn’t know how I’d make time for it.
 
After I finished my degree, I found an Ashtanga shala in Eugene, Oregon. I met a wonderful group of kind, quirky, and globally-minded yogis. Their kind and compassionate personalities eclipsed their ability to become human pretzels on their mats.
 
I always wanted to teach yoga but didn’t know where to start. When I accepted a summer English teaching job in rural Japan, my teacher asked: “Are you going to teach yoga?” When I shared I liked yoga with the students, they asked: “Will you teach us yoga?” I said yes, and I’ve been teaching yoga ever since.
 
For over a decade, I’ve enjoyed practicing and teaching yoga in North America, Asia, and Europe. I carry my yoga community’s inclusive, informed, and non-dogmatic influence with me when I step into a yoga class.
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