Rachel Stetenfeld

She/Her

Training:

Yandara Institute / 200 RYT Vinyasa Yoga

Shiva Shakti Yoga School / Ayurveda Yoga Certification

Das Atem Haus / Restorative Yoga Certification

Trimurti Yoga / 300 RYT Elemental Based Yoga: Yin, Hatha, Ashtanga, & Vinyasa

Why do you love teaching yoga?

Teaching yoga is the most beautiful way I know to experience being in the present moment with a group of humans. We get to breathe together, move together, & sync our minds, hearts, & bodies to shared intention & awareness. I love watching students experience joy, rest, & the opportunity to overcome challenges. I love sharing the practice that has given me the deepest relationship I have with myself & the world.

 

What can students expect to experience in your class?

Students can expect to have an experience of breath & presence in my classes. I teach with consistent encouragement to be aware of our entire system: breath, gaze, physical alignment, & energetic/emotional sensations. I like to balance rest, gentle postures, heating sequences, meditation, & yoga philosophy for a full rounded experience. My strongest intentions are to yolk to the present experience in ourselves, to truly enjoy being in our bodies, & to create space & time for self-love, self-knowing, & communal care.

What is the greatest benefit of yoga?

To decide on one single great benefit of yoga feels impossible to me, as there is no doubt in my mind that yoga as a foundation can provide benefit to every aspect of our lives. But (!!) what I come back to time & time again is that through mental health struggles, deep uncertainty, relationship pain, & societal trauma, I have had yoga as the most consistent & grounding practice in my life & I know that it has saved my life. The consistency of asana & meditation combined with bringing their principles to our day to day lives can create a ground & a safety that I think is desperately needed.

Personal Inclusivity Statement 

I believe there is no Yoga if the practice & its teachings are kept exclusive & inaccessible. I also believe that there is very little value to these practices if they are not seeping into how we show up to the necessary work of addressing the cultural appropriation of yoga & dismantling white supremacist patriarchy/hetero-normativity in our lives. As a shelter advocate with DAIS, I am passionate about disrupting the barriers that prevent individuals from accessing resources, housing, & mental health support when facing domestic violence. As a childcare provider through MSCR, I am passionate about providing affordable & accessible support for all families in the Madison area. & as a cis-gendered white woman, I am voraciously learning how to be a better ally in the constant fight to dismantle racism, specifically through the powerful forces of Adrienne Maree Brown and Rachel Ricketts!