Description of Yoga Retreat
Who we are:
||Rachel has been practicing yoga for 28 years and has taught for over 20. She discovered yoga at the age of 19 after being told by a chiropractor that yoga and meditation would help her back problems. She began her studies in Sydney, Australia but later moved to Byron Bay where her training continued in the Iyengar and Ashtanga methods. One of her first teaching engagements was as the Head of Dance at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore, NSW.|
While living in New York from 2000–2004 Rachel met and mentored with ISHTA yoga founder Alan Finger which led to teaching in his studios for four years. There she co-created and coordinated their Teacher Training Program, becoming a senior facilitator and mentor. Since her return to Australia in 2005, she has gone on to create and facilitate her own teacher trainings and workshops in Australia, India, Bali, Japan, New York and in many major cities in Europe.
Being passionate about Yoga and its many forms she practices Bhakti and studies Gyan Yoga (Self Knowledge) and incorporates the traditional teachings of the Upanishads, Yantra, Mantra and Mudra into her workshops and trainings with her partner and South African yoga and vedanta teacher John Weddepohl
Her classes are often described as a fluid mix of creative playful sequencing, meaningful insights and lighthearted fun
Rachel also co-created and produced a popular Australian Yoga Video series and a Kid's Yoga Video. She is an award-winning musician for her album of chanting and devotional song, Sita Ram, and has since produced two more CDs with Nyck Jeanes as the band Subway Bhaktis. She now shares Kirtan nationally and Internationally with John, an accomplished musician and singer/songwriter: They are currently working on their first CD together
She is a published poet in several anthologies including the Poetry of Yoga, which was published in 2011. She writes for mindbodygreen, yoginit, the global yogi, travel yoga and many more online magazines and most recently has developed a passion for creating short films.
John started practicing yoga and teaching in 1969 when he opened his first yoga studio in downtown Johannesburg South Africa. After completing a successful career in music he travelled to India to join his teachers with whom he has lived and studied since. It is through the grace of his teachers that he has assimilated the knowledge and understanding of Upanishadic wisdom and Yoga.
Urged by his teachers to share this knowledge John teaches Atma Gnanam -Knowledge of the Self - in the Advaita Vedanta tradition and lineage of Adi Shankara and Asta Yoga of Agustya in the yoga tradition of the Tamil Siddhas.
Since leaving India John has featured on the Bali Spirit and Berlin Yoga Festivals and as a guest on Teacher Trainings and workshops around Europe, India, Australia and Cape Town where students love his quick wit, sense of humour and down to earth practical approach.
Unusual to find a knower of vedanta - a Gnani - who is also a Siddha Yogi (accomplished in yoga), John together with his partner international yoga teacher Rachel Zinman conducts teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats around the world. As The Subway Bhaktas (previously Subway Bhaktis) they share their love of music in Kirtan often.
Feeling pop yoga complicates a simple process John teaches Ishta-MALA a gathering of yoga adaptable for everyday individual needs, abilities and time constraints.
'Struggling to find meaning, love, and understanding in the world eventually we discover we are the meaning in everything. Long before you look for meaning or happiness, love and happiness have already found you.'
Because Johns initiation into knowledge has taken many different forms from traditional healers- sangomas - in Africa to sadhus living on ashrams in Bihar, Orissa, Nepal, Rishikesh and Tami Nadu his teaching reflects these different traditions.
Spending the majority of his time teaching abroad, John still sees Africa as home, where the connection between nature and the creation are still intact and unspoiled in many areas. John has a daughter Natasha and lives in Cape Town South Africa.
to find out more about John visit www.theyogaco.com join him on facebook at Urb@n Vedanta and Urb@n Yogi
Sample Daily Schedule Overview
• Vinyasa flow practice
Talks on Self Knowledge ( Atma Vidya)
• Intro to Ayurveda
• Ayurveda for the Doshas
• What are the Gunas
• Prana Tejas Ojas
• Ayurveda and Tantra
• Balancing your system through Tantric tools
• Ayurvedic lifestyle
• Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra
• Mala Yoga sequence
• Group Yantra constructions
•KIrtan and Bhajan
please note: schedule is subject to change
Contact:Rachel at email@example.com for a registration form to reserve your space
Retreats are Yoga Alliance approved for international accreditation and participants will receive a letter of completion at the end of the Retreat
Images from Bali and India