Her journey began more than 20 years ago, when Raquel signed up for an Iyengar yoga class with Jan Campbell in Nashville, TN. The precision of the physical practice along with the challenge to connect spiritually resonated profoundly within her. After moving back to her hometown of Los Angeles, Raquel was fortunate enough to experience a multitude of approaches and styles, practicing with teachers; Saul David Raye, Eric Schiffman, Ally Hamilton, Rodney Yee, Bryan Kest, among others. Along side her passion for yoga, she also took up the practice of Zen Buddhism; taking her Buddhist precepts (Jukai) in 2002.
Raquel creates a practice that brings to life the holistic and healing nature of yoga, allowing people to simply yet deeply access and connect more passionately with their authentic power and spirit. Raquel’s belief that this approach, coupled with her background in Zen Buddhism has allowed her to find a natural synergy between yoga and an inner connection. Her teaching style integrates real-life experience and the science and philosophy of yoga; enhancing a mental, physical and spiritual context for your heart, body and mind in the world. An advocate for women, minorities and equality for all beings, Raquel has dedicated her life to bringing understanding and consciousness to the human condition we all carry. Creating a pathway to a world community.
Raquel is the owner of Liberation and Liberation (Too) School of Yoga in Nashville, teaches 200hr Yoga Teacher Trainings, teaches at yoga festivals, retreats as well as a seasonal guest teacher on Martha’s Vineyard; conducting workshops on yoga basics, the Koshas and Chakras. Raquel also studies mantra with Vedic Priest, Shiva Kumar.
Raquel is humbled and honored by her students and how profoundly the practice of teaching has influenced her as a constant student of this amazing and beautiful life.