I have always wanted to be a massage therapist ever since I can remember. I was very fortunate to be able to graduate from a wonderful school in New York called The Swedish Institute and live my dream. I put my heart and soul into every massage. I receive a great deal of happiness and a sense of accomplishment knowing I have helped someone who is stressed or sore to feel better and relaxed.
“Yoga is not about self-improvement. It is about self-acceptance.” - Gurmukhi Kaur Khalsa It is true that we find yoga out of a great need. In Rachel’s case, that great need arose in 2005 after a serious knee injury while attending college as a dance major. This dark moment in her life lead her to one of her greatest passions and life’s dharma; To teach yoga asana and become a lifelong dedicated student in the study of the eight limbs of yoga. Though her dharma is ever-evolving, it has grown to encompass the teaching of functional mobility, the inclusion of accessible asana for ALL BODIES and abilities, and the sincere desire to help her students to witness themselves as they truly are; complete and beautiful sentient beings. The eight limbs of yoga have allowed Rachel to find harmony, peace and balance in her life. Which, she greatly desires to share with you. She has studied and taught many different forms of movement throughout her life including various styles of dance (ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, African, and contact improve), Pilates, and Yoga Asana (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, Hatha, Pre-natal, children’s yoga, Restorative, Power, and Vinyasa). She draws on this knowledge to inform her teaching style. Rachel also holds a B.S in Elementary Education and Early Childhood development. Rachel Completed her 200 hr. Vinyasa yoga certification and training at Rasa Yoga Center in Medford, and Ashland, OR. in June 2016 under the guidance of Sarah Sol, Krista Holland, and Jaimie Elmer. In addition to this she has had the blessing of continuing her education with such prevalent teachers as Max Strom, Desiree Rumbaugh, and Djuna Mascall. She looks forward to continuing her education throughout her lifetime and believes the best teachers are dedicated students. Rachel is authentic, compassionate, humble and non-judgmental. Her goal is to make yoga accessible and challenging while bringing greater awareness to the spirit, energetic and physical body, and mi
Ripley has studied and practiced traditional Tang Soo Do martial arts for over 20 years and holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt certification through Tang Soo Do Moo Do Kwan International. She has also been trained in and taught MMA in New York City. She has spent the last several years exploring different types of fitness training such as kickboxing, flexibility/yoga, and strength training/conditioning. Her passion is teaching and helping people realize their hidden potential!
Gary has been practicing martial arts for over 15 years with an emphasis on Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing. He spent several years honing his craft by coaching amateur MMA fighters and has adapted his skill set to help people lose weight, build confidence, and have fun while doing it through fitness kickboxing! He’s helped people get stronger, become more flexible, and feel their everyday aches and pains decrease. He applies real-world experiences to his lesson plans and wants to see everyone achieve their goals.