Hi. My name is Rachel Rose and Alteayoga is my blog. I am a qualified yoga instructor. I studied for about 550 hours (5.5 years) in the Viniyoga School of Spain. My teachers were Claude Maréchal and Carmen Sánchez Segura. I have been practising hatha yoga since 1999. I am also a qualified masseur, technician of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Chemistry graduate.
My approach to yoga is, at once, humanistic and scientific. I am a humanist in that I adhere to the central Viniyoga philosophy that “the yoga adapts to the person, not the person to the yoga”. I am a scientist in that I believe that a thorough understanding of not only anatomy but of contraindications and postural modifications is essential to safely teaching yoga. I also believe that yoga is a kind of science. There is a clear protocol set out in the philosophical texts, and the student needs only adhere to the protocol and observe the results in order to “prove” the theories. I often quip that “I don’t do yoga, yoga does me”. Indeed, I use humour in all my classes, as I believe that laughter is not only the best medicine, but the closest one comes to meditation in daily life.
I am 44 years old, born in Canada, resident in Europe since 1997. I speak four languages (English, French, Spanish and Italian). My interests, aside from yoga, are singing and composition, vegetarian cookery/nutrition, and gardening. My favourite flowers are peonies and roses, although I am a passionate cultivator of orchids. If you would like to join my yoga classes, you are welcome. However, I will interview you first, at no cost to you, in order to understand how best to serve you. I have a Facebook page called Alteayoga, and I keep it up-to-date, so you can snoop around there for a while, if you’re not sure.
Here is a photo of me. Sorry if I am not in a spectacular yoga pose. You will just have to go on faith that, yes, I can stand on my head. 🙂