Name: Rachel Los
Hometown: Coon Rapids, MN
Teaching for 4 1/2 years
Why I became a teacher:
I struggled with major depression from ages 15-21. Depression led me to addiction which led me into some pretty dark places. Through yoga, I found a way to let go of the stress and pressure I constantly put on myself to be happy. Instead of happiness, I found santosha- or contentment. I want to inspire others to also lift themselves out of whatever 'funk' they may find themselves in. I want to help people find hope.
Favorite pose and why:
I have a new favorite pose all the time. Right now, it's plank. Once I figure out how to adjust myself into a place of work AND ease, I truly find joy in my strength. I also have to be hyper-aware of how I talk to myself during plank. I have to keep reminding myself that I am a strong able-bodied woman and be careful not to talk myself out of how awesome plank is!
Favorite tune to hear in class:
Honestly, I prefer silence in my current practice. I love the 'tune' of my ujjayi breath.
Favorite tip or quote:
"You are not a body, you have a body. You are a soul." -Picasso
Advice to beginners:
When in doubt, breathe. When stressed out, breathe. Bored? Angry? Sad? Happy? BREATHE. Everything you feel in yoga is real and your breath is your greatest tool to get past all of the discomfort of the asana (poses). Keep on going to class, working hard, and the clarity will follow. Trust.
Where you can find me when I'm not at Heat:
Whole Foods. It's my second home. Or you can find me at my real home in New Hope with my husband , our 10 month old son, and kitty Eskimo.
My husband and I got married at Pizza Luce in downtown Minneapolis. Then we ate pizza and drank beer.
What do I emphasize in my classes?:
I emphasize that every body is different. Yoga is primarily to let go of the attachment and image of the body. We are here using these bodies as mobility, to get around. The asana practice is for maintaining that body, and it's a way to thank it. Meditation is for maintaining the soul. I also emphasize the way you talk to yourself. What do you tell yourself when the asana gets tough? Do you build yourself up or break yourself down? It can be powerful either way, and getting used to making no judgment towards your practice is even more powerful.