Rachel Zinman Yoga
Flying Free

It's spring in Europe again and as I walk through the forest here I keep seeing new things emerging from the old. A young shoot tentatively making its way from the mottled forest floor. A waterfall crashing onto the rocks below only to find its way back to life in the next current or eddy. Life  can appear fragile as we deal with the variety of physical challenges that are occurring on our planet right now and yet nature also has the power to continually replenish herself. As a friend recently said to me " everything works if we let it, creation too. "
Like nature I too am in a phase of growing something new. The old definitions of who I thought I was have fallen away including the role of wife and mother and even house owner and for the first time in 20 years I am completely free.

I feel very grateful for my beautiful relationship and for all the wonderful lessons and experiences I had but now for mutual reasons Nyck and I have parted and both of us are enjoying new adventures and experiences while keeping our love for each other as a reminder of what's possible no matter what.
So I am on the road now with my rather large red suitcase and a guitar enjoying sharing my playful, joyous and creative nature.  No transition is easy and even though I get angry and go into denial, disbelief and sheer terror I also feel cleansed and vibrant.  I truly believe that eventually life brings us circumstances where we have to face our choices and take a big breath, get on the plane and fly to the next destination...

So with " flying free" as my status update I will be sharing Yoga, Music and more in a variety of destinations  for the next few months and look forward to seeing you there!

European Workshops and Kirtans
This is my 6th year touring Europe and this year I have been enjoying sharing my practices from the last two and half years. I started my tour in Zurich at Air Yoga and shared the Hidden Treasures of Hanuman. This workshop includes dynamic asanas to open the hamstrings, chest, playful inversions and arm balances to connect with your inner monkey. Along with creative asana sequences we have been exploring our inner strength, devotion and courage and learned mantras and mudras dedicated to Hanuman. If you would like to join in on this workshop I will be presenting it in Bern on 10 &11 of June with Carmen-yoga and in Liechtenstein on 17-19 of June at the Yoga Center. Visit my workshop page for more details.
If you feel like learning more about the Gayatri Mantra, it's Mudra sequence and Yantra then join me in Graz, Austria June 25 at Yuna Yoga or in Geneva July 1-3, hosted by Daniel Anner from Yoga Groove. I'll also be sharing Kirtan in Geneva, a mix of old and brand new chants and songs from my new CD "Rasa Lila." 

From Geneva I head to Barcelona to teach a workshop on Lakshmi
and share Yantra Creations at the 1st Annual Barcelona Yoga conference. It looks like a fantastic line up including Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, John Friend and much more. Come support Spains first ever Yoga festival July 14-18th!
My european tour finishes in Norwich, England  and is hosted by Ishta style teacher Jessica Mckenna from Bliss Yoga. I will be presenting a workshop on Yoga for the Seasons and a Kirtan, July 22-24

A Joyful Return to ISHTA YOGA in NYC

After 6 years I will be returning
to visit my teacher Alan Finger,
the founder of Ishta Yoga in
New York City. Alan has invited
me to share a workshop and
Kirtan at his studio. I hope
you'll join me there August 12 & 13th. Click through to the Ishta yoga site for more details.
RASA LILA- the new CD is out!

Finally the CD is available! Titled 
Rasa Lila  (the dance of Krishna and his Beloved, which is a metaphor for the play of life), the CD features 13 new tracks and at 70 minutes is a journey of devotion and celebration. Rasa Lila   is produced by Kamal Engels in Mullumbimby, whose album recorded with the Gyuto Monks at the same time, has just been nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award. The CD features many great musicians and artists augmenting the unique styles of Subway Bhaktis. Click here to listen and download or order

India Yoga Retreat February 16-23, 2011

I am now taking bookings for my India Yoga Retreat for 2012. This year the retreat will focus on Ayurveda for Yogis with poses and practices for your individual constitution plus an over view of  the system of Ayurveda. 

The daily classes will be supported by delicious nurturing Ayurvedic cuisine and optional Ayurvedic massage and activities to keep us all in balance, like Creative Movement, Beach Walking, Kirtan and Bhajan singing and Yantra Creating . Our venue this year is the Beautiful Satsanga Retreat Center located near Anjuna Beach in Goa and named one of the best retreat centers in India. Satsanga is my home away from home and this will be my 5th year there. Taking time out for your yoga practice is the perfect way to start 2012. For more details visit www.rachelzinmanyoga.com


Weekend Yoga Retreat
Kangaroo Valley, NSW

March 23 -25, 2012

I am pleased to be able to offer a retreat in Australia next year at the wonderful centre Avrajita  a unique, purpose-built retreat nestled amidst 40 acres of unspoilt rainforest and native bushland in magnificent Kangaroo Valley, NSW. If you have been wanting to deepen your practice with me but haven't been able to travel to Bali or India, this will be my only retreat in Australia for 2012. The theme for the retreat will be the " Way of  Gayatri" and will include a Kirtan as well. For details visit my retreat page and for bookings contact amala@ozemail.com.au
Ishta System Teacher profiles 
In this newsletter I'd like to feature two teachers who have dedicated them selves to teaching and sharing Yoga in the Ishta style in Australia since 2005.

Ulea Days is a passionate about mantra, ayurveda and the deeper aspects of yoga. She is currently teaching Ishta style classes on the Gold Coast.  Her classes include asana, meditation and the use of ancient tantric techniques to promote calm and stillness. July's term of prenatal classes is just around the corner, so if you  are a mum-to- be, or know one, this is a beautiful course to support parents through this special time.Her website, launching shortly is www.YOGA MOJO.COM.AU  keep a look out in June/ July.For more information regarding class times please contact info@yogamojo.com.au  or 0425 116 465

Lainie Jenkins  has moved back from Chili and is in full swing being a new mum and teaching yoga in Brisbane.
Lainie has been working for Fitness First  Wynnum and Carindale conducting regular Yoga classes and teaching " Discover the Art of Meditation Courses" As of June she will also be conducting classes out of her home in Mansfield, Brisbane. Information on class  times and rates can be found at www.yogaessence.net. In July she will be running a one day Ayurveda workshop. For more info contact lainiesj@gmail.com

Donate To Japan

Here is a project I became involved in shortly after Japan's Tsunami and Earthquake in March. Consider downloading this new App and make a difference to those in need
YOGA WITH YOU” is a digital app for the charity Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Disaster Relief. The app for the Apple iPad is now available from the Apple iTunes App Store for JPY 600, or USD 4.99. All proceeds from the sale of the app, minus expenses, will be used to help people in the quake and tsunami-hit region of northeastern Japan.  
The highlights of this app are that the contributors are yoga teachers from all over the world and that their “Messages from Teachers” introduces ideas on how to relax and become more stable physically and emotionally. One of the featured teachers is B.K.S. Iyenger. He explains how specific asana and pranayama promote relaxation and stability. Additionally, Kundalini yoga teacher, Gurmukh,explains some meditation methods. The combination of music, narration, Japanese and English make this a comprehensive app. We hope you consider downloading it and joining our charity!!  

Featured Yogi Pages on Facebook

As some of you may know I love facebook. Not only because it keeps me connected to my friends worldwide, but also I love to read and hear about inspirational things that are happening out there in the world and to go deeper in my own understanding of Yoga. So here are the pages I visit most days. I am so grateful for all my friends who keep putting love and good vibes out through the internet!


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