Rachel Sundström is an internationally certified Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level (RYT500) and is a member of Yoga Alliance. Rachel was born in England but grew up on the east coast of South Africa. It was here, as a young child, that she witnessed her first yoga lesson passing by a village hall. Many years later Rachel realized why she was so drawn to this dynamic and balanced form of movement. Her passion for yoga led Rachel to the Sivananda Ashram in London in the late 1990s where she attended her first yoga class. After completing the various levels of foundational yoga training in London Rachel travelled to the Sivananda Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Kerala, India to complete her teachers training in 2007.
Since 2007 Rachel has had the honour and privilege of working with many inspiring yoga teachers: Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman, Stephen Thomas, Michael Hamilton, Douglas Keller, Richard Hackenberg, Brian Kest, Max Strom, Katchie Ananda, Elena Brower, Baron Baptiste, Reni Bickel, Cameron & Melayne Shayne and all the wonderful yoga students over the years past and present.
In 2008 Rachel moved from London to Zürich with her family and taught at Yogaflow in Herrliberg from 2009 until December 2013. Rachel completed her Advanced Teachers Training +300 with AirYoga Zürich in January 2014. Rachel is now co-founder/owner of YogaTopia Studio in Herrliberg, a beautiful and tranquil yoga shala on the banks of Lake Zürich.
Rachel's focus is on Hatha Flow and Vinyasa Yoga as well as taking inspiration from, and incorporating elements of the Ashtanga tradition. Classes and private yoga coaching are offered in Herrliberg and the surrounding areas. Rachel also offers Corporate Yoga in central Zürich and SUP Yoga on the Zürichsee. Classes are kept small to provide the necessary adjustments and alignments to students. Private yoga coaching offers a more tailored development by providing an in-depth knowledge of the yoga practice. Yoga is not just a form of exercise but a way of life and provides a solid set of tools for a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Yoga became a natural addition to Rachel's life, which also includes a wealth of experience in complementary therapy. Rachel is also a certified Aromatherapist and Reflexologist since 1995 and NLP Coach since 2004. In her spare time Rachel enjoys being creative by designing and making meditation malas (www.malatopia.ch) and offers creative mala workshops at various international locations and around Zürich, Switzerland and Europe.