Rachel Bairstow began practicing yoga in 2003 as a way to relieve both stress and the boredom of her hackneyed gym routines. When the inner quiet and focus she found on the mat began to trickle into other corners of her life, Rachel knew she had found more than just a form of exercise; she had found a discipline for her spiritually inquisitive mind and a home inside a body which, until then, she had only minimally appreciated.
Rachel began teaching yoga in 2007 and discovered Forrest yoga shortly thereafter. When she trained with Ana Forrest in 2008, Rachel heard her speaking about yoga as a system of healing and living with honesty, strength, and a sense of personal wholeness. As she began to uncover more and more lost or silent parts of herself through Forrest, Rachel knew she wanted to give to others the gifts of this yoga that she herself had reaped.
Rachel believes in all forms of yoga as a powerful tool for connecting to the best parts of ourselves and allowing them to flourish. Students in Rachel’s classes learn to use poses, breathing, and deep meditative focus to become students not only of yoga, but also students of themselves and their lives. Rachel welcomes all levels, all abilities, and all walks of life.
Rachel Bairstow instructs the following:
Core Flow will restore and strengthen all muscles in the core. The class is suitable for all levels and will consist of breath work to engage deep abdominal muscles, yoga poses linked to breath which activate and condition the core, as well as deep stretching and strengthening of the muscles that work closely together with the core to achieve maximal benefit.
Ceremonial Forrest Yoga
Ceremonial Forrest Yoga uses smudging (a cleansing ritual involving the burning of sage), setting an intent, and calling in the Four Directions to invite a sense of the sacred to our Yoga practice. Throughout our asana practice we will call on the Directions and their natural and energetic properties to guide our movements. In this ceremony, we will welcome the energies of the North and the winter solstice. Our practice will celebrate the healing, restorative power of the breath, and the deep quiet that nourishes our greatest creativity. No specific religious background or affiliations are necessary; only a willingness to connect to something larger than yourself. Aho!
Forrest Yoga is a deep, inspiring practice that integrates different styles of yoga to build strength, gain flexibility, and awaken the core. Its intent is to create a sense of liberation in one's body, along with a powerful sense of self. Forrest Yoga emphasizes: activating the core to become strong and centered; intentional and focused breathing to oxygenate the body and engage the senses; and creative and intelligent asana sequencing to invigorate the body and nourish the spirit. All bodies and all levels are welcome. This class is heated to 80-85 degrees.
Foundations of Forrest
Foundations of Forrest both prepares new yoga practitioners for an all-levels Forrest yoga class and is ideal for the practitioner in need of a slower-paced class to aid in healing injuries and reducing chronic pain. Through careful, intelligent sequencing, this class offers tools for releasing tension in the neck and shoulders, building core strength to relieve back pain, and generating an overall sense of well-being and self-awareness. The attention paid to breath and sensation will leave you feeling energized, focused, calm, and renewed. This class is heated to 80-85 degrees.
Prenatal Yoga is geared toward expecting moms and will offer a safe yoga class during this time of tremendous change in the body. This class will offer a workout, focus and connection on breath for relaxation, as well as support and community during this exciting time for expecting moms. Please - women only.
A New Year's Eve Journey
A New Year's Eve Journey
with Rachel Bairstow
Monday December 31 (10:00 p.m. - 2019!)
Embark on a New Year’s Eve journey like no other! Join Rachel for a ceremonial yoga class that will transform your New Year’s resolutions into concrete, real, and embodied intentions. We will begin with a ceremony to connect you to your future/wiser self and invoke your own help in making you the person you most want to become in 2019. With this intent as your guide, you will move through a dynamic Forrest Yoga sequence designed to release old patterns of tension and create space to bring your best self forward into the new year. After a sweet savasana, we will come together for a toast as the clock strikes midnight.
*Note: This class is limited to 40 attendees
Cost: $35 / $30 before December 25
All workshops are non-refundable.