An interview with Mallory Bales...
Rachel Grudner’s Yoga Story
I found yoga..
Rachel found yoga in a time of despair. Her parents were going through a divorce and sister through an addiction. Rachel came home from school during this time to try to “save the family” and ended up finding yoga. One of her friends recommend meditation to get through these times and shared the magic of a book called The Yoga Tradition. She was able to turn to yoga when life got rough. Rachel started consistently practicing at home and before she knew it became a yoga addict! Her yoga teacher ended up telling her about the temple of Kriya yoga which sparked some interest for Rachel. She wanted to learn more about the philosophy of yoga and also had so many questions for her teachers. She realized a teacher training would answer those questions and fulfill her longings of learning more about yoga. She ended up signing up for a teacher training program shortly after, and the rest is history!
“True divine marriage between individual self and the universe”. Yoga taught me how to celebrate my life in a way that was not vain. “Yoga has taught me that there is something greater than me and it is super humbling. “ Rachel brought up Dennis Rodman and how he literally ‘married himself’. She said that was one of her first thoughts when she thought of what yoga means. Let’s look deeper into what marriage means. Marriage literally means the union of feminism and masculine energies. Yoga is a union of all parts. I think that was such a brilliant and hilarious way of remembering what it truly means!
What does Abhyaasa’s philosophy practice for awakening mean?
“It is always an ongoing journey inward. You may come to crossroads but you know to keep moving forward. If you can permit yourself to be fearless and true to yourself than you’ll realize everything you’re looking for is waiting inside for you. Everything you could ever need is already deep inside of you, you just need to be willing to open your heart. “
The most important value to bring to the mat..
Rachel’s most important value is to let go and listen to her body. Rachel’s best practices are not predetermined by how she thinks it is going to be. She listens to her body. She feels what is right and lets it flow naturally without judgement.
Yoga could heal the planet because..
When we connect to ourselves on a higher level we are able to expand to infinity. When you tap into the wisdom that is already inside of you healing will happen naturally. “You just wake up and it’s a whole different reality. “ By working on yourself you will naturally help heal the planet since it is a natural process.
Something interesting most people don’t know about Rachel..
Rachel used to be a competitive Irish dancer. Now isn’t that fun to know!
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