Meet Rachel Skipper – Weblog

Inform us a bit about your self… 

Howdy! I’m Rachel. Yoga Trainer of 10 years, specialising in Vinyasa and Restorative practices, graduate of SOAS College with an MA within the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation, and co-founder of The Wellness Philosophy. I’m additionally Mummy to Flo and Ted who’re 4 and 1 years outdated, so very a lot within the thick of it proper now with childcare and educating, however can’t say I’d have it another method!

 What does a typical day appear to be for you?

I’m normally up fairly early, round 5am, to present myself a little bit of time earlier than the youngsters get up to floor myself by practising or planning lessons for the day forward. I discover that with being a working father or mother, preparation is essential, and helps handle my stress ranges all through the day. So, whereas I get the youngsters up and prepared for the day, I’ll put together a giant smoothie to take with me on the go, and normally a light-weight packed lunch too. (My dosha could be very pitta, so ‘hanger’ is an actual subject for me!) On a median day I’ll be educating a bunch class within the morning then maybe seeing a personal shopper. I’ll try to match a power exercise in on the fitness center, and normally have some admin to do for upcoming workshops or retreats that I’m operating with my enterprise companion whom I began The Wellness Philosophy with. Then to select up the youngsters.

My evenings are usually spent both educating, supporting the Yogamatters on-line neighborhood, or having dinner with my household after which placing my toes up. A great ebook in mattress by 9pm is normally how I finish the night time!

How did your yoga journey start and what impressed you to turn out to be a yoga instructor

I made a decision to do my preliminary 200hr instructor coaching again in 2013 on the age of 23, after travelling round Australia as soon as I’d accomplished my BA diploma in Movie Research. I don’t bear in mind a selected light-bulb second, solely the sense of realizing a 9-5 workplace job wasn’t for me, feeling a bit disillusioned, and intuitively searching for out one thing extra. I skilled firstly with a deeply educated Vinyasa yoga instructor, Claire Missingham, who instilled a precision and self-discipline into my observe, in addition to a love for intelligently crafted and artistic sequencing and music! Claire additionally launched me to the great thing about the Sanskrit language (the language wherein many yoga texts are written), which I then studied in additional depth at SOAS throughout my MA and past.

What impressed you to focus on your observe?

Vinyasa and Restorative yoga practices might be seen as being on two reverse ends of the yoga spectrum, and on this method truly steadiness one another fantastically in my expertise. I’ve all the time been a really movement-oriented individual, and as a younger instructor I liked the fluid grace of a well-crafted Vinyasa class. However as I’ve grown older, I respect the necessity to steadiness motion with stillness and relaxation. And as I’ve grown as a instructor, I additionally respect subtly and nuance in my observe, which is one thing that I discovered within the Restorative type, below the skilled steerage of my instructor, Anna Ashby. A quote involves thoughts that I’ve been reflecting on lately from the Tibetan Buddhist, Sakyong Mipham, which says that ‘the physique advantages from motion and the thoughts advantages from stillness.’ This can be a reminder to me that I need to honour the necessity to each transfer and discover stillness as a approach to domesticate wholeness.

How have you ever seen yoga profit your college students?

Neighborhood and connection might be the largest profit that I see. And I solely really recognised this as soon as going again to in-person lessons after COVID. Individuals coming collectively on the similar time every week to consciously breathe and collectively transfer their our bodies is a robust antidote to the detachment and indifference that we will encounter so typically in fashionable city environments. The softer, extra open expressions on individuals’s faces as they end observe, and the pleasant conversations that quietly buzz on the finish of sophistication is a treasured reminder to me that the yoga is most profound when you step off of the mat. In order that’s an enormous profit I’d say!

What’s your favourite quote or life motto?

There are such a lot of! However one which involves thoughts is ‘Count on nothing. Admire all the things.’

What’s arising for you in 2024?

I’ll be operating my first workshop for Yogamatters, Deep Relaxation: Restorative Yoga & Breathwork for Nervous System Well being, on June 30th which I’m very excited to share. I additionally run month-to-month Reiki & Restore workshops via The Wellness Philosophy that are all the time a pleasure, and one other method that I attempt to facilitate connection and relaxation as a approach to elevate my college students sense of wellbeing and wholeness. I’m additionally co-hosting a weekend wellness retreat at Florence Home in East Sussex this December (all the particulars are right here). After all, I’m trying ahead to collaborating increasingly more with the great crew at Yogamatters as effectively and connecting with different academics and like-minded peeps on the neighborhood platform!

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