ABOUT ME

Hi, I’m Rachael.  I help you reconnect with the wisdom of your body – so you can get out of your head and constant overthinking and re-discover your sense of self trust, calm and connection.  

I know that when we are able to feel calm and connected to our needs, our values, our intuition, we have more capacity and potential to create meaningful change in our lives, our work, and ultimately the world around us.  

Whatever your circumstance or background, this work is vital if we want to make a positive impact on those around us whilst avoiding stress and burnout.  

I can help you explore this through somatic coaching, yoga, meditation and other embodiment practices.  

I help you to value “being” rather than doing more. To connect with your body, your purpose, your intuition, your life force.

When you feel connected to yourself and the wisdom of your body, you are intrinsically connected with those around you and the world you live in.

I work with individuals and groups as a somatic life coach and also as a yoga, movement and meditation teacher.

As a somatic life coach I draw upon my years of knowledge and experience of the interconnection of the body with our human experience through the blend of my background as a healthcare professional and as a yoga and meditation practitioner.

My approach is compassionate, intuitive and body inclusive –  I believe embodiment is for every body.

Through my work as a healthcare professional,  I am confronted on a daily basis by how the impact of our fast paced modern lifestyle leads to a disconnect between the body and mind. This means it is difficult for us to notice and give ourselves what we really, truly need (whether sleep, rest, exercise, nourishing food, connection with others, or something else).

Over time, this has a negative impact on our mental and physical health.  My personal experience is that rediscovering our relationship with ourselves helps us to counteract this – it gives us space to slow down and connect with ourselves and the world around us with compassion and intention.  

My practice has helped keep me to manage my own physical and emotional health and has led me to become passionate about sharing and teaching yoga and somatic practices so that others can become empowered to use theses positive effects to support their own health and general wellbeing. 

From a practical perspective, I believe in using yoga and related practices therapeutically to help others to manage their specific symptoms and health problems (as an adjunct to traditional medical approaches) and have a particular interest in using yoga and other wellbeing practices to improve stress and anxiety.    

Qualifications:

I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS.  I am up to date with basic life support training (BLS) and safeguarding adults and children level 2+3.

Yoga + Movement related:

I am an accredited Yoga Alliance Professionals teacher.  I hold a 200 hours yoga and meditation teaching certificate from Evolve Yoga Training and hold an additional 100 hours yoga therapy certification (2020) in yoga therapy for stress and anxiety (certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals), alongside various other yoga CPD including those led by Donna Farhi, Judith Hanson Lasater, Nitya Mohan and Lisa Peterson.

Whilst I have previously studied and practised with an Ashtanga style teacher, I now practice and teach “post lineage” yoga.   My teachers and influences over the past few years have included Jane Craggs, Charlene McAuley, Lisa Peterson, The Mohans and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.

I have completed training with Lisa Peterson in 2020-21 in Somatic Movement Education (Hanna Somatics) and am a qualified somatic exercise coach.

My areas of interest include stress, sports recovery and women’s health.

I am part of a mentoring group under the supervision of Jane Craggs and also take part in peer supervision.

 

Coaching:

I trained as a certified body-oriented coach (ICF accredited training) with The Somatic School in 2020.

I take part in regular supervision and regular CPD.  I am currently undertaking CPD in Organic Intelligence.