The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root word yuj, which means union or connection. Connection is the foundation of Rachel’s yoga practice, and she weaves this thread into her physical therapy practice. She believes that patients need to feel seen and heard and that if they feel connected, they will have the support they need to thrive. She aims to connect patients with their innate inner wisdom and to help them uncover their potential for transformation and healing.
Rachel is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, yoga teacher, and the Director of Program and Staff Development at Evolution. She earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont in 2018 and her 500-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Certification in 2021. Rachel is particularly interested in the relationship between breathing and the nervous system, and has advanced coursework in both the physical therapy and yogic approaches to breathing. Rachel’s physical therapy practice continues to evolve as she studies within many healing traditions, including CranioSacral Therapy, therapeutic yoga, and Ayurveda, which is the ancient science of health, healing, and longevity. Traditional western medicine tends to break the body down into parts. Her treatment philosophy takes a more holistic approach. She believes we are more than a collection of shoulders, hips, and knees, and she treats the whole person: body, mind, spirit, and senses. Ayurveda teaches that the main causes of imbalance and disease are being out of sync with nature and the seasonal cycles, overuse of the senses, and not listening to our instincts and intuitions. Her treatment style aims to be both preventative and responsive to current imbalances, to create the optimal conditions for healing, and to treat the root causes, not just the symptoms. She has successfully supported many patients in their healing journeys who have not had success with prior interventions by listening deeply to patients’ goals and values, and helping them to remove barriers to their success. She empowers patients to be active partners in their treatment and recovery, and she works hard to support her patients in making sustainable changes for their health and wellness.