Rachael, Reset Yoga Hub
Our love affair with Rachael, founder of Reset Yoga Club, started like any 21st-century romance.
It started with a few back and forth likes, playing it cool, nothing too desperate, and some subtle story comments, setting the tone for an inevitable, (but casual), slide into the DMs. We were immediately drawn to her cool aesthetic, soft in its expression, always seeming to play with light and once you get to know Rachael, everything about her online presence makes total sense.
She had us hooked from our first chat:
“my classes are laid back, quite strong and a few swear words” “I’m like Billy Connoly, a big haired rascal on the mat”.
She had us at swear words because, frankly, all the best teachers are unapologetically true to themselves, and Rachael is as real as it gets.
We’re pleased to write that our relationship has now evolved to text, that’s to say we have Rachael on speed dial and find ourselves often laughing in response to something she’s shared. So, we were very excited to have her as our Guest Teacher for March and to sit down and get to know her a little bit better:
Describe your first Yoga Class:
My first physical yoga class.... oh hell, I was traumatized. I was in a hotel in Chennai, India where I was working for a worldwide airline. I thought I was booked into a relaxing meditation session, however, it turned out to be a very Advanced Power Vinyasa class. I got my ass kicked in a Kaphalibati infused Revolved Bound Bird of Paradise flow... I thought it was some sort of sick joke.
I had no idea what yoga really was until that class. It made me find grit in my spine that I never knew I had, or needed. I cried and laughed from start to finish. I was so jet-lagged yet intrigued at what I was doing with my body. The teacher was of similar age, really cool, blasted the most insane playlist, swore, and assisted me into poses like magic. I was hooked.
What’s a word or mantra you’ve been coming back to lately?
Evolve, evolve, evolve.
What have you learned about yourself this year?
This year, my life has definitely shifted. I was given the gift of freedom to throw myself into my creative cave and launch my vision for RESET Yoga Hub. I was allowed to truly relax into my being and tune into the humble shades of how I want to guide yoga and its tools. I can feel my intuition and my gut pulling me further into this tradition as if it's living in my bones. 'Yoga' doesn't just stop with the asanas, but it's a mighty fine start. I am so grateful for this practice - which has helped me write a new story in my body each week which in tow helps me be a more authentic storyteller. My roots are down and I'm ready to grow alongside my community.
Is there anything you are currently learning or unlearning at the moment?
I'm an advocate for undoing our experiences with our bodies and stripping back what we have been taught - to begin new stories of creativity. To explore, to play, to move, to fuck up, to cry, and to share so that can we heal ourselves and the world, from the inside out.
What brings you ease?
My first sip of coffee with the birds in the morning. Watching the weather change whilst I finish that first cup. Rest. My people. Late-night jazz with sizzling pans. All aspects of water, hot and cold. Watching our bellies rise and fall.
When/why do you practice?
When I lose touch with myself. When I can feel my brain trying to take over my nervous system - please tell me I'm not the only one that physically feels this? Whenever I get creative/ life/ mood blocks. To get away from the racket of opinions and the noise of distractions. So that I can hear my heart dance around.
What’s next for you?
To take the next big leap and quit my full-time job. To live more minimal, simple, and slow. By building a life with more substance and soul, I can sit back and enjoy the ride.
Favorite quote this month:
"the bravest thing you can do is be unafraid to feel."
Track of Year: Deya Dova - Grandmother Tree & The Feathered Serpent.