Rachel de Simone DPT, RYT 500

Director of Yoga Programming and Staff Development

Lead Faculty – Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga for Life Programs

Staff Physical Therapist and Yoga Instructor

Movement has always been part of Rachel’s life. As a former dancer, she is compelled by the fluidity, gracefulness, and creativity of vinyasa yoga, the precision and strength of alignment-based practices, and the clarity and focus found in stillness. For Rachel, yoga is a form of self-expression and a process of connecting to the most authentic parts of herself. Her personal practice continues to teach her how to live truthfully and reflectively.

Rachel completed her 200-Hour teacher training at Laughing River Yoga 2012 and a restorative yoga specialist training at Kripalu Yoga in 2016. She recently completed her 500-hour training at Kripalu and is certified as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. Rachel is a lifelong student and is currently continuing her studies at Kripalu in Ayurvedic Health Counseling. In addition to teaching yoga, Rachel is also a physical therapist who integrates yoga and physical therapy into a holistic practice that treats mind, body, and spirit.

What can you expect from Rachel’s class?
Rachel’s teaching continues to evolve from her own practice. She integrates Ayurvedic, yogic, and Buddhist wisdom into her teachings to help students boost sattva (harmony and energetic balance). Her classes align with the rhythms of nature, with different energetic tones based on the time of day and season. It is her intention as a teacher to create a vinyasa krama, or a wise progression of movement, breath, meditation, and mindfulness woven together around a theme. Rachel believes that yoga is a practice of unlearning the habits of our reactive minds, unveiling the illusion of separateness, and waking up to our true nature, which is peaceful, loving, and kind. She hopes your practice empowers you to live from your heart, and to begin cultivating peace in the world by cultivating peace with yourself.

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