Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Grant Jackson.
Hi Rachel, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
After graduating from Columbia University, I began practicing yoga in New York in 2000. A move to Los Angeles brought Anusara® yoga into my life, and from that point forward my passion for the practice grew rapidly. Classical Tantrik philosophy combined with rigorous alignment created a dramatic shift in my body, mind, and heart almost instantly. This personal shift inspired me to become a yoga teacher. I hope my vast knowledge, coupled with my authentic concern for my students, creates a safe space for all who chose me as their teacher. All my yoga classes are centered around a unique physical and a spiritual theme which is woven throughout every heart opening, alignment specific practice. Serene yet smart. I subtly laces each practice with philosophy, so you get a dose of zen minus the pseudoscience or hippy-dippy nonsense. Since 2006, I have taught at the best studios in Los Angeles, including Equinox, Center for Yoga – Yogaworks, Roam, and Wanderlust Hollywood. I now teach group asana and meditation classes on zoom, retreats, and one-on-one in-person private sessions. I offer pre-recorded class bundles that focus on asana and meditation.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Smooth Road? Hmmmmm. I think that is all a matter of perspective. I can say that my spiritual practice enables me to navigate whatever bumps the road has to offer. This is my true passion at the moment; helping people wake up to their essence. The essence being that piece of everyone that is already whole and perfect. I’m interested in being present for a full intercourse with life and all it has to offer. If we can all connect to that, Instagram (and whatever other nonsense distracts us from actually participating in life) will become a whole lot less appealing.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Rachel Grant Jackson Movement?
I known for classes that combine clear philosophy and practical meditation with alignment-driven yoga. My classes are open and challenging to students of all levels. We have a community of yogis and yoginis that attend classes from all over the world, literally! We have regular students from Germany, New Zealand, and even Kenya. My students are the best people on the planet. I invite you to come to class for my teaching as well as the beautiful souls who will practice with you.
I teach zoom classes the following days/times PT:
Monday 8:30-9:30 am Move and Meditate
Friday 12:30-1 pm Meditation
Saturday 9-10:15 am Philosophy and Yoga
I offer one-on-one in-person private yoga and meditation sessions.
My website is also full of pre-recorded class bundles and workshops.
Here is a little bit of my philosophy:
I believe if something makes you feel good, you will radiate that goodness to everyone around you.
I think a lot of the clutter of our cyber lives makes us feel bad about ourselves. All the media we consume is telling us all about what’s missing in our lives; stuff we need to buy, places we need to go, people we need to know in order to be fulfilled. Lies! All lies. This is why we need yoga. With every breath this practice reminds you that YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED to be truly, profoundly happy. #truth
Slow your roll, remember – LIVING LIFE IS A PRIVILEGE, and more times than not LIFE IS F*CKING GREAT!
I believe there is a kind of yoga for everyone.
I believe healthy living involves immeasurable amounts of laughter, kale, dark chocolate, pizza, simple adventures, dogs, stories, tequila, and espresso (not necessarily in that order).
This is the real world. Good and bad stuff happens. Life is a pulse. As much as we may not like it, both ends of the spectrum are necessary to sustain it.
Yoga is one tool, an excellent one, to aid in experiencing our time on the planet radiantly and fully.
Yoga is about remembering that your body is a gift and that happiness, joy, enlightenment (or whatever you decide to call it) are yours for the taking every moment of the day…on and off the mat.
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
You know what you know, and you don’t know what you don’t know. Ask questions so you can learn more. Admit when you don’t know something. Always be honest about your skill set. Find a mentor.
- Zoom Classes are donation based
- Private sessions price upon request
- Class bundles as low as $15
- Website: www.rachelgrantjackson.com
- Instagram: rachelgrantjackson