Shri Yoga teacher spotlight on Rachel Lauderbaugh. She found her way to yoga through her time in the military, and it saved her life.
Rachel came to Yoga 17 years ago at Ramstein AB, Germany, working as a young woman in the United States Air Force. She choose a yoga class at the gym because it was an escape from her male co-workers who thought yoga was too easy for a workout. She did yoga on and off base until 5 years ago when a teacher suggested she take teacher training. Rachel thought it would be fun to teach on base and help others find yoga. So she signed up, went to India, and discovered she knew nothing about yoga. It was more then the postures. She had never looked into the other parts of Yoga, had never heard of the 8-limbs, or Patanjali. But she dove deep into her practice, and after an intensive month, her yoga practice turned into a life’s path. She went from doing yoga, to practicing it. Yoga after the military saved her life. She suffered greatly from PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety. The more she practiced the more she learned, the more she could listen to herself and heal. The yoga teaching 200 hour program led her down the road of many Trauma sensitive yoga training’s, and then finding iRest and finding her true yogic path. This path of self-healing and in turn helping others started 17 years ago, and continues to this day.” If I miss a day of yoga or meditation, it’s as if I have missed my medication and I don’t feel right. I continue to teach yoga and meditation, to help others learn that there is healing and hope within them.