Rachel Meyer is a Boston-based writer and yoga teacher who believes in keeping things real. She draws from her roots in musical theater, theology, and the arts to teach a wholehearted, vigorous vinyasa.
Rachel's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Yoga Journal, On Being with Krista Tippett, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Yoga International, HuffPost, YogaDork, and more. She's trained with and assisted Rusty Wells, MC Yogi, and Amanda Giacomini, taught extensively throughout the West Coast, and studied Systematic Theology under groundbreaking radical theologian (and badass grandma) Rosemary Radford Ruether.
One Sunday morning in 2009, Rachel discovered Bhakti Flow vinyasa, and the teacher who would become her mentor and friend, Rusty Wells. She found therein a rare melding of all the best things in her life: spirit and athleticism, sweat and song, breath and service, theology and laughter, community and rhythm and dance. She knew immediately that she was in the right place. That year, Rachel completed a Certificate in Yoga Philosophy at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she had the pleasure of learning from yoga luminaries Richard Rosen (history and pranayama), Carlos Pomeda (Upanishads and meditation), Gary Kraftsow (Viniyoga and classical theory), and Sally Kempton (Tantra); she then studied Patanjali’s Sutras with Chase Bossart and Kate Holcombe, and completed her 200-hr training with Rusty at his San Francisco studio, Urban Flow.
These days, having relocated to Boston after 14 unforgettable years in San Francisco and Portland, Rachel teaches Ashtanga-inspired freestyle vinyasa and fumbles her way through the 7th Series yoga that is parenting an inquisitive preschooler.
Rachel's vinyasa classes are a music-infused blend of athleticism, dance, and spirit. She crafts an intense flow-based practice rich in yoga philosophy, sweaty with hard work, and celebratory in tone. You can expect a fast Ashtanga-inspired pace, creative sequencing, advanced backbends, arm balances, inversions, and maybe a vertical split or two along the way. Rachel hopes you'll laugh as much as you sweat, and walk out feeling a little stronger, a little softer, and a lot more balanced.
She is delighted to be joining the team at Down Under, and looks forward to meeting you on the mat to share her love for this lyrical, life-changing practice. You can find her at www.rachelmeyeryoga.com or @rachelmeyeryoga