What is Yoga?

When I went to my first Ashtanga yoga class, I remember being so impressed by my teacher’s flexibility and strength. I thought: “There’s no way I can move like she does.” It may seem like yoga is about doing fancy poses, but the benefits of yoga are more profound. In Sanskrit, the word yoga means “to yoke” or “bring together” or linking breath and movement to calm the mind. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali define yoga as: “Yogas chitta vritti nirodha” which means “Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind”.

Online Ashtanga Yoga 

I enjoy many styles of yoga, but Ashtanga is the lineage that I teach the most. I’ve practiced Ashtanga regularly for more than a decade. Through practicing and teaching primary and intermediate series, the repetition of these systems has given me infinite opportunities to reflect and observe patterns in my body and mind. As well, the deep ujjayi (victorious) breathing drops me into a place of calm.

Ashtanga yoga works well for online yoga classes. Because we follow the same sequence of postures, many of my students enjoy being able to focus on being present in their practice and not guessing what comes next.

It’s true that Ashtanga is vigorous, but it’s also adaptable and accessible for anyone who feels motivated to practice.

Ashtanga Yoga is a traditional system of yoga that links breath and movement and the foundation of vinyasa-style classes. It was passed down from Krishnamacharya to his students and made famous by the Jois family, who have taught this system in Mysore, India and around the world for over 70 years.

With the blessings of my teachers trained by the Jois family, I humbly and joyfully teach Ashtanga yoga.

Private Yoga Lessons

Studio classes are great for many, but they aren’t for everyone. If you find yourself wanting more one-on-one time to ask questions or adapt specific postures to your body, a private yoga lesson is a great way to deepen your personal practice. As well, if you’re recovering from an injury or surgery or want to explore more challenging postures like arm balances and handstands, private yoga lessons give you tips and tricks to develop the autonomy needed for a steady and comfortable lifelong practice.


Can I practice yoga if I'm not flexible?

Yes! Being flexible is not a prerequisite to practice yoga. Yoga is a complementary practice that can help you build strength and increase your mobility, and flexibility on physical and mental levels.


Is yoga only for women?

No. Yoga is for everybody regardless of gender identity. 

What do I need to practice yoga?
  • Yoga mat or a clean patch of floor
  • Comfortable clothing that supports movement
  • An internet connection and laptop or mobile device with a web cam that can be adjusted
  • Optional: props such as blocks, straps, or towels

Rachel is a Registered Yoga Teacher 200-hour (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance.

Payment & Cancellation Policy
Payment for yoga passes is accepted in the shop.

Cancellation for private yoga lessons will be refunded if cancellation is made 48 hours in advance.

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