Students Share their Akupara Yoga Experiences
Earth, Water, Fire Retreat, May 2009: Testimonials and Photos
Kahuna Falls as seen from below: ‘Earth, Water, Fire Yoga Retreat’ in May 2009, North of Hilo, Hawaii
“For me, it was an opportunity to get away from the normal routine of life. The setting caused me to simplify (no long showers, hair dryers, radio, tv, etc) and to slow down a bit. The gardens and the yoga studio provided a sense of comfort, beauty and peace for the whole time we were there. I had a week of being surrounded by complete love and peace - a combination I think we all need to experience from time to time.
I enjoyed the kundalini yoga because it helped me release some pent up emotions.”
-- Kathy Morris: Earth, Water, Fire Retreat May 2009
“The food was fabulous. The ayurvedic chef really made meals an unbelieveable treat. And he gave us the best food advice -- eat dessert first!
Yoga practice room at The Center at Kahuna Falls: ‘Earth, Water, Fire Yoga Retreat’ in May 2009, North of Hilo, Hawaii
The people I met and practiced with were all special and lovely. This was one of those life experiences that you want to relive over and over.”
-- Rebecca Thompson: Earth, Water, Fire Retreat May 2009
“My experience at an Akupara yoga retreat was profound. Not only did I savor the beauty and wonder of Hawaii and the joy of an in-depth, weeklong yoga practice, but I also gained personal insights and felt I developed true friendships. It was the growth experience of a lifetime.”
-- Susan (first name only please): Earth, Water, Fire Retreat May 2009
“When I relocated to Sedona a year ago I decided to take private yoga lessons. Since I had physical limitations from an injury several years ago I felt it was important to find someone with a strong physiology background. Also, as a strong believer in the mind-body connection for healing; it was important to find someone with a similar philosophy. When I first met Rachel I felt her amazing energy and spirit and knew she was the right person.
My sessions with her have been extremely beneficial and she has enlightened me to the wonderful aspects of yogic philosophy. During our sessions she ensures I use proper form and breathing techniques and has inspired me to face my physical challenges in a safe and caring manner. I have noticed improvements in core strength, flexibility, and balance. Yoga practice for Rachel is truly an art form that comes from the heart. Her vast knowledge and strong intuition makes each session challenging for the body, calming for the mind and a great opportunity to learn.”
-- Charlene: Hatha Yoga
Let Your Love Flow Retreat, December 2010: Testimonials and Photos
Sunset at Prana del Mar Retreat Center: Setting for ‘Let Your Love Flow Yoga Retreat’ outside of Cabo San Lucas in December 2010
“If you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join an Akupara yoga retreat, by all means, do so. It could quite possibly be the best thing you do for yourself all year. It most certainly will be the best week of your year.
Rachel is a wonder. She pours her years of yoga training and experience, along with all her heart and soul, into her retreats. You are free to simply dip your toes in the yogic waters or dive in with all you’ve got. It’s up to you. As for me, I can’t wait for Rachel’s next Akupara retreat.”
-- Helen (first name only please): Let Your Love Flow Retreat December 2010
Beautiful secluded beach, just after a challenging hike: part of the ‘Let Your Love Flow Yoga Retreat’ outside of Cabo San Lucas in December 2010
“Rachel is an enthusiastic and dedicated yoga teacher. She is inclusive and accommodating. It is apparent how much she loves what she does.
Rachel is an amazing yoga teacher. She has a passion for yoga and for ayurveda, and it shines in everything she does. Her retreats are well planned and approached with love and devotion.”
-- Karen Robins: Let Your Love Flow Retreat December 2010
“Rachel’s classes have brought much enrichment to my life and yoga practice! I love her joyful spirit and the wealth of knowledge in yoga philosophy & practices that she so openly shares. She is a true yogini with a genuine dedication to living a yogic lifestyle. She inspires me and I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn from her!”
-- Carrie Konyha: Hatha and Kundalini Yoga
“I have been attending Rachel Hollingsworth’s Kundalini Yoga class for over a year. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first class or you have attended several sessions, Rachel welcomes everyone with a big, beautiful smile and wonderful positive energy! I am consistently impressed with her professionalism, sense of humor, focus, and grace. She has a natural ability to make each class a unique and uplifting experience. Her class has been a part of my weekly healing routine, which has brought about positive changes both physically and mentally. Rachel has a beautiful inner light and open heart that makes it easy for her students to stay present and benefit from her yoga instruction. She has been a blessing in my life as I have found myself opening up my mind and spirit through her teaching. Sat Nam!”
-- Dave: Kundalini Yoga
"The experience I had in Rachel's yoga class was a magnificent one! She is such a kind, loving, sweet person and teacher. I felt so comfortable with her and I really enjoyed the class. She definitely has a gift for teaching and it shines through! I love to take Rachel's classes and I definitely learn a lot from her! She's just GREAT!"
-- Iam Joy: Kundalini Yoga
"We are people who need to love, because love is the soulís life,
love is simply creationís greatest joy."
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