In 2001, Rachel Nichols began her career at a technology magazine publishing company in San Francisco where she sold digital advertising to marketing executives. It was around this time that she was introduced to yoga and for the next three years, when she wasn’t spending long hours in front of her computer, she studied a blend of Iyengar, Yin, and Vinyasa yoga with Dina Amsterdam at YogaTree. A promotion at a larger magazine publishing company prompted a cross-country move to New York City. She began studying with Jeanmarie Paolillo, and fell in love with the YogaWorks methodology of teaching that combines Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Viniyoga. Juggling a stressful corporate job in a crowded city brought her back to the sanctuary of the YogaWorks studio over and over again. While in New York, she followed her passion for holistic health and wellness and completed a certification in Health Counseling through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in partnership with the Teacher’s College of Columbia University. Soon after completing her studies, in June 2008 she moved back to the Bay Area and launched her health counseling practice where she provided clients with the tools that helped them achieve lasting health and wellness. In August 2008, she completed a 200-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in San Francisco, led by Nikki Estrada, and has since taught at YogaWorks, the YMCA, a substance abuse rehabilitation center for women, and on-site at corporations throughout the Bay Area. In 2010 she left her nine-year corporate career in digital advertising sales to become a full time yoga instructor and full time mother to her daughter Lilah and son Boden. In April 2012 she completed a 300-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training in San Francisco to obtain her registration through Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. During her most recent teacher training she studied yoga with Erika Trice, Suzanne Sterling, Tony Briggs, Gary Kraftsow, and Ramanand Patel among others.
Rachel’s goal is to bring peace and ease to the minds and bodies of office workers across the San Francisco Bay Area so that they return to their desk refreshed, energized, and ready to face the rest of their day with a sense of health and well-being.
To find out more about Rachel read the interview: Welcome Rachel and Reboot Yoga to the Eat Life Whole Team