The word Tova in Hebrew means “good”. For me, yoga is a lifestyle, and YogaTova is a guide to living the good life, one that is deeply satisfying on more than just a superficial level. For in spite of having a truly blessed, abundant, full life, it is a daily choice and a practice to actively seek out the good in each moment. And I know that when I make the conscious decision to see the beauty, radiance and grace that surrounds me and flows through me all the time, life becomes a little more easeful.
That is the inspiration that fuels my teaching and my life – that I can be an active participant in the creating and unfolding of my existence. My yoga practice has enabled me to see joy in the mundane, divine in the earthly, meaning in the suffering, to find the middle ground in the extremes, and ultimately to see the holiness and oneness of the universe and all it encompasses through the prism of non-duality. Join me in a class, a workshop, an Immersion, or for a private session to start the journey to your good life!
"I looked forward to Rachel's yoga classes every Sunday at my synagogue. She did an amazing job combining torah teachings, yoga practice and spirituality. She introduced me to unique yoga poses and supported me every step of the way. She was by far, the best yoga teacher I have had and an inspiration to me!"
— Laura Singer,
"Rachel speaks from the heart. There is an enthusiastic power behind her kind words, which has propelled not only my teaching but also my personal practice."
— Phyllis Rowley,
RYT200, Wayne, NJ
"Rachel is my teacher and my mentor. Taking her classes always leaves me inspired and transformed. Her deep Anusara and anatomy knowledge is profound and I learn something new EVERY class with her.”
— Leeron Benesh,
RYT200, Tenafly, NJ
"Rachel's classes are so creatively put together, that you always feel uplifted afterwards. Thank you Rachel for so generously sharing your knowledge and love.”
— Anna K.,
"Rachel is creative, encouraging and fun to work with. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and she's willing and eager to share it. I'm so glad to have studied with and learned from her.”
— Nancy Seeback,
RYT 200, Suffern, NY
"Rachel is a highly skilled and inventive teacher who offers insight, supportive clear instruction, and self acceptance to her students."
— Chaya Spencer,
Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, Owner Shree Yoga, Upper Saddle River, NJ
"I have taken classes with Rachel twice daily at 3 seperate 4 day retreats. She beautifully integrates challenging yoga postures with Jewish Spiritual teachings. Her clear instructions guided me into asanas I had never done before. She is skillful at offering subtle corrections that deepen the experience. I have been able to carry what I learned in her classes into my daily practice."
— Bruce Phillips,
"The sense of purpose, calm and determination that comes from practicing Yoga with Rachel continued to inspire me throughout the time we worked together and does still now. Although she is geographically too far from me to study with, we continue to communicate regularly. I feel blessed that she has been part of my life."
— Babs Reiff,
“Rachel is a master teacher, in theory and practice. She communicates the inner and outer aspects of yoga, walks the talk, and is an absolute pleasure to work with as a retreat and event planner. The depth and flexibility of her offerings is of immeasurable value.”
— Adam Segulah Sher,
Director of Transformative Experiences, Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Falls Village, CT
“Rachel exudes a magical gift for helping her students feel the connective tissue between their jewish spirituality, their bodies and the sacred joy of expanding aliveness. Combining a deep intelligence for the texts of spiritual tradition and of the body, Rachel’s integrative skills are matched by her playful, uplifting style. A joy and a transformational pleasure to practice, learn and move with her!”
— Rabbi Myriam Klotz,
Director, Spirituality Initiative, HUC
“I wanted to thank you for your time, efforts and energy to make our Anusara Immersion series interesting, fun and challenging. Your knowledge, explanations and teacher guidance were wonderful. I enjoying this learning experience and have tried over the months to incorporate a little of this into my life and my yoga teaching.”
— Amy Bachmann,
RYT 200, MS Exercise Physiologist, Ridgewood, NJ
“Rachel has inspired me to move and get in shape since I met her. Since I'm her mother, that's been her whole life. As a baby I would have to get her untangled from every sort of asana. It must be in her blood! Our oldest photos are of Rachel in crazy poses. All kidding aside, since Rachel introduced me to yoga, some 10 years ago, I have grown a half inch and am able to move in ways that I know would not have been possible without her guidance. She has a gentle way of teaching yoga that always leaves me surprised to see what my body can do!”
— Barbara Zucker,
Rachel’s mom, Highland Mills, NY
(this one is kind of a joke of course, but thought it might be funny)
“I would highly recommend the Immersion to anyone who wants to deepen the practice and gain a fuller understanding of Anusara from historical, philosophical, spiritual and physical perspectives. Rachel did a wonderful job of balancing the lecturing, philosophy, movement, etc. It was obvious she has a deep understanding of the philosophy and excellent knowledge of anatomy. ”
"Rachel is a very gifted teacher - confident, sensitive and caring, insightful, well-prepared, knowledgeable, serious and intense yet playful. She has a great deal of wisdom for such a young woman. I enjoy her classes very much - some of my physical challenges make it difficult for me to participate more fully - but I do what I can and I appreciate being comfortable doing so." — Bea Cronin,