I was amazed at what fun the class was—Rachael Goss is a fantastic teacher, and don’t worry if you’re a beginner—you can move at your own pace. Classes last about an hour, and are fun and educational. Come see what you’re capable of!
I am a member of Yoga Alliance and have a RYT 200 hour certification. I completed my teacher training in 2009 from 3rd Street Yoga in Pittsburgh. However, I started teaching informally in 2008 and have been teaching since that time. I work closely with my mentor, Joanne VandenHengel to host a bi-annual retreats for teachers-in-training and I have also guest taught the trainees since graduating from the program. These experiences have exposed me to many kinds and styles of yoga, though my practice is rooted mainly in Hatha. I teach what I like to think of as "Mindful Flow" classes - bringing the Buddhist practice of mindfulness to a slow but fluid practice of asana (postures). I tend to have mixed levels and ages in my classes, so I work hard to accommodate, yet challenge, everyone who walks through the door. For me, yoga is about connecting with the body and the breath - but it is also a way of life.
I have always been interested in body movement and breath awareness, though it hasn't always been yoga. I began an independent study of Western Buddhism when I was a teenager, and that interest continues to this day. I have a B.A. in world religions and an interest in multi-cultural ritual and worship. I started Martial Arts when I was nine years old and spent ten years over the course of my life studying various forms, mainly Tagei Jutsu and Tae Kwon Do. I have also taken dance classes from jazz to swing. I spent two years exploring "Fire dancing" or "spinning poi" - a traditional form of Maori dance that involves spinning chains of fire around ones' body. Naturally, I found my way to yoga, but my first class was not "love at first sight." In fact, I hated yoga the first time I tried it!
Undisturbed calmness of mind is attained by cultivating friendliness toward the happy, compassion for the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and indifference toward the wicked.