My Journey

My name is Rachel Ward. I am originally from Santa Monica, California, but I spent a good portion of my early life living in Taos, New Mexico, soaking up its magic. As a child, I attended Neem Karoli Baba Ashram   for 10 years with my mother to sing kirtan & learn about meditation & the mindful life she worked to cultivate.   My mother took me to visit Amma whenever she was in town, usually remote locations in those days, and to Indian holy celebrations, immersing me in the colors and culture of all the things which would eventually inform my teaching style.  After relocating to Ojai, California at the age of 11, I was surrounded by people living their yoga.   As a young adult in university in New York, I struggled with anxiety, depression, and poor self image, so I began to practice yoga again, even taking a yoga course for PE credit! In 2010 I moved to London and married my wife and began to practice yoga almost everyday. Yoga has changed my life both mentally and physically.  Yoga has been the most effective tool to keep my anxiety at bay and has taught me that we are all capable of retraining the mind.  After completing my 200-hour teacher training, I became focused on bringing my students the opportunity for self transformation.  My classes are challenging yet accessible and open to all levels, including beginners.  

I draw my inspiration from my incredible students daily with all their hard work and commitment to self-growth! In addition, I have done teacher trainings & workshop intensives with some of the most inspiring teachers including Jean Hall Jason Crandell, Anna Ashby,  Kathryn Budig, Patrick Beach, Carling Harps, Tim MIller.

 Generosity, kindness & love connects us all, and my service to others in the form of yoga teaching is my path.  

  • BFA English Literature Ithaca- New York

  • 200h TT Yoga Dharma UK

  • 300h ATT Triyoga UK

 

My influences:

My favourite yoga practice is smiling.