Namaste Yoga + Wellness is a container for the Bay Area’s best yoga teachers to offer their incredible talent and wisdom to students of all backgrounds. These highly experienced teachers have dedicated their lives to sharing the gift of yoga with others and we couldn’t be more grateful. It is an honor to support them and to connect them with yoga practitioners like you.
We are excited to share this special new blog series focused on celebrating your yoga teachers and hopefully giving you a glimpse into the brilliant team that is the Namaste Yoga + Wellness family. We have over 55 teachers in our community and every single person offers something unique!
Meet Rachel Heron:
What is your name and when do you teach?
My name is Rachel Heron on I teach Wednesdays at 5:30pm at Namaste Rockridge!
How long have you been at Namaste?
I began subbing last year and now have two weekly classes!
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
I starting practicing in 1992, and was incredibly moved by all aspects of this path. I knew right away that I wanted to teach asana, and share the love of embodied spiritual practice.
Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts?
Tara Brach dharma talks and Jason Crandell’s yoga podcasts
Which teachers influence your practice?
Desiree Rumbaugh, Siri Petersen Cavanna, Abby Tucker, Sianna Sherman, Ana Forrest
What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
I practice asana and/or meditation in some form almost every day. These practices have become the baseline of self-inquiry and self-care. Each day is different (of course), but it’s my way of awakening mindful awareness and physical/energetic vibrancy.
What is something you wish your students knew?
That sitting still for just 5 mins a day can be life-changing.
What is your morning routine?
Sit for 30 minutes, 15 mins of flowing sun salutes, 15 chaturanga push-ups!
What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
I love sitting with people in stillness and silence. I love being able to guide us into potent deep and non-verbal spaces.
What are you involved with outside the studio?
My husband Bill, 12-year-old son Jai, giving bodywork and counseling sessions.
What is your go-to movement (asana, dance, hiking, etc.) that allows you to feel the most connected to yourself?
Anything that gets my heart pumping. I love it all and do it all.
What is your favorite thing about the Bay Area?
Easy access to nature, beauty even in my urban environment, and ease of getting around by bike.
Anything else you want to share?
Practice is my passion. I feel most blessed to be sharing this passion with my students and clients at Namaste.