About Rachael:

I teach flowing Hatha yoga in Brighton…

My influences:

I teach flowing Hatha yoga with a focus on the breath, attention to detail within each pose, and an appreciation of the uniqueness of each individual.  My teaching is inspired by various styles of Hatha yoga including Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar, ‘Scaravelli’, Restorative Yoga, Yin & Yang Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Embodied Relational Yoga Therapy.

My experience:

I began practising yoga in 1999 while I had a busy and sometimes stressful job in Hong Kong working as an intellectual property lawyer – yoga became my sanctuary.  Since then I have been taught by many wonderful yoga teachers, including Simon Low, Donna Farhi, Judith Hanson Lasater, Sarah Powers, Julie Gudmestad, Jason Crandell, David Swenson and Peter Blackaby; their teachings have inspired my own practice and teaching.  After the birth of my second child I decided to become a yoga teacher and trained at The Yoga Academy (principal Simon Low) and qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga certified yoga teacher in 2008.  In 2015 I completed a ‘One -to-One Yoga Teaching’ course with Kate Ellis with whom I am currently studying Embodied Relational Yoga Therapy.  I now live and share my yoga with my husband and 3 children in Brighton, and teach in Fiveways and the surrounding area.

What yoga means to me:

One of the amazing things about yoga is that the practice can constantly evolve to suit one’s changing needs – at different times in my life yoga has been a source of revitalising energy, relaxation, health, preparation for giving birth, creative inspiration, emotional support and so much more.

Yoga for me is about becoming present, working with the physical body to still the mind and create a space in which to explore both our physical and spiritual selves.  By focusing on breath and movement we can create space and openness in the mind as well as the body.  This can lead to a new perspective from which to observe ourselves – in particular our restrictions and patterns of behaviour – on both a physical and mental level, and from this new perspective arises the potential for growth and change.  The mindfulness that is cultivated through working with the body and breath on the yoga mat provides many useful insights into our relationship with the world beyond the mat.

Rachael Chung

‘No-one is ever really taught by another, each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion, which arouses the internal teacher…’

Swami Vivekananda