Raquel (ERYT 500, YACEP, Yin, Viniyoga) began practicing in a studio over 25 years ago with her first Iyengar teacher in Nashville, Tennessee. The precision of this practice along with the deep body-mind connection resonated profoundly within her. After moving back to her hometown, Los Angeles, Raquel experienced a multitude of approaches and styles. Alongside her passion for yoga, she began to practice Zen Buddhism and took her Buddhist precepts in 2002.
Inspired by art, creativity, and belonging, Raquel creates a practice that brings to life the holistic and healing nature of yoga. As a Mexican-American, her faith in the practice of allowing inspires her students to simply yet deeply access and connect with spirit. Her teaching style integrates real-life experience and the science and philosophy of yoga. Raquel leads various 200- and 300-hour YTTs, as well as a multitude of workshops. Always a student, Raquel studies Vedic chanting, yoga therapy, Ayurveda and Vedanta, and she often makes pilgrimages to India to honor and stay connected to the rich legacies of yoga.