I am Rachel and I am thrilled to have you here.
I am an accredited Integrative Health Coach, Meditation Teacher, Laughter Yoga Leader and soon-to-be Yoga Teacher. I hold memberships with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists and the Meditation Association of Australia.
With a background in hospitality from a young age, I have long had an interest in good food but it wasn't until 2014 that I really began to understand the impact that diet had on my health. Hearing from other mums in our school community co-op about what organic food meant and why it was imperative to my family, the wider community and the environment. This began a new learning journey in nutrition. Knowing that health wasn't just about the food I put into my mouth. I ventured into more learning to discover what 'wholistic' really meant. Thus completing my Integrative Health Coaching certificate with IIN - the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. This idea of a wholistic lifestyle from a perspective of bio-individuality resonated with me, to really gauge overall health and wellbeing.
My first introduction to meditation was in May of 2002 when I attended my first yoga class. It was approximately 10 years later that I dared venture to my first retreat, which incorporated yoga & long periods of sitting meditation. The meditation component greatly impacted me and my ability to be with the grief I was going through at that time. From there I cultivated a regular nightly practice of Yoga Nidra. My interest in meditation grew as did the need for it in my everyday life. After exploring many types of meditation, I found my preference, in the secular practice of Mindfulness and have developed regular practices using various techniques.
After completing meditation teacher training in 2018 with Celia Roberts, I completed additional intensive training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia.
I enjoy completely immersing myself in ongoing professional development and look forward to going back 'home' regularly to the tranquil retreats at the sanctuary that is BIYOME at Upper Brookfield.
Mindfulness has assisted me in cultivating a more compassionate and accepting way of being, lowered reactivity and enabled the management of chronic anxiety and panic attacks.
I am extremely passionate about sharing my knowledge and holding space for others to learn and implement the life-changing techniques and skills Mindfulness offers.
I am studying Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine under the incredibly wise, compassionate guidance of my long-time teacher and all-around wonderful human - Celia Roberts at BIYOME.
Please be in touch if you would like any further information on how I can be of assistance to you in your mindful life.