I remember when Rachel Knight (aka "Virginia Tech Rachel") first started coming to the studio in June 2016. As an attempt to remember her name, I associated her with a t-shirt she wore on one of her first visits. Virginia Tech is also my alma mater (Go Hokies!) so this was an easy association, but turned out to be an unnecessary one as Rachel quickly became an integrated part of the community. As a practitioner, Rachel really showed up; immersing herself into the community whenever possible and we got to know her beyond just where she went to college.
When our first teacher training rolled around, Marisa and I held an open house to meet anyone interested in joining us and answer any questions. Rachel walked through the door that evening, list of questions in hand! Rachel's thirst for learning transfers from her mat to an informal open house to diving head first into her first Yoga Teacher Training. It's what makes you know that when she's present in any situation, she's with you 100% and it's what already does and will make her an amazing teacher. Read more about Rachel on and off her mat below and practice with her Fridays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 9:30am.
What is your favorite style of class to teach and why?
Hot Power! I love how the power practice combines tension and ease, allowing the practitioner to approach challenging postures with grace and calm focus. I find it so cool that the same practice can be both strong and relaxing at the same time, leaving you totally mentally and physically refreshed.
What made you want to go beyond just practicing yoga and start teaching?
Once practicing regularly started influencing the way I live off my mat, I realized that yoga was not just something I do at the studio. Yoga has flipped my world upside down in the best way, and shown me how to accept my true self. I want to teach so that I can help people find what makes them strong and so they can let go of what doesn’t.
If you had to describe your teaching style in 3 words or less, what would you say?
Let it go.
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
Ardha Chandrasana, Half moon pose
What do you like to do around Richmond?
Kayaking and exploring local restaurants
What’s your favorite food?
Any kind of cereal
Tea or Coffee?
Both! I’m a fan of any hot drink.
“In this place of love all things are possible.” - Baron Baptiste
Why are you excited to teach at Humble Haven Yoga?
The community at Humble Haven is so special. When you’re here, you’re with family -- it truly is a safe and welcoming space where you are loved no matter how you show up.
What’s your favorite song to practice to?
Explosions in the Sky is my all-time favorite band for powerful instrumental tunes.