Rachel Land

About Rachel Land

Rachel found yoga as a teenager. It challenged her body, then calmed and clarified her mind. Over the next 20 years, through a Business Degree, a stint in corporate marketing, and international travels, it became a touchstone that she returned to repeatedly until it sparked the idea of something more. In 2011 Rachel finally became a Yoga Alliance registered teacher. Since then she has completed courses in Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition, Sports Training & Development, Mentoring and Yin Yoga, and completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine.

Why Flexible People Can Still Benefit from Yin Yoga

Senior Yoga Medicine® teacher, Rachel Land, shares four ways that even the most flexible yogis can benefit from yin yoga. Yin yoga is commonly equated with passive stretching, which is perhaps why some people see it as an unhelpful practice for more flexible people. If the aim of yin yoga were merely to increase range of [...]

By |2019-09-10T17:43:24+00:00September 10th, 2019|

5 Common Poses That Require Greater Than Average Mobility

Senior Yoga Medicine® teacher, Rachel Land, examines five familiar poses and explains the value of adopting a more open-minded approach to asana. If there were one belief I could dissuade my students of it would be that there is a single version of a pose that everyone can achieve with patience and persistence, and that [...]

By |2019-08-28T01:13:00+00:00August 19th, 2019|

4 Reasons to Prioritize Teaching Beginners Over 60

Senior Yoga Medicine® teacher, Rachel Land, explains on Yoga International why you may want to focus more attention on this fast-growing demographic. I started my teaching career in my mid-30s, when I was physically active and mentally driven. Power vinyasa was initially a great fit for me, but when I, quite by accident, started working [...]

By |2019-10-16T19:44:52+00:00September 1st, 2019|

Arm Balance Recovery

Senior Yoga Medicine teacher, Rachel Land, shares with Yoga International a feel-good self-massage sequence that you can use to relieve upper body soreness. Arm balances and inversions occupy a special place in yoga practice. They defy us to flip our perspective, to challenge our courage and confidence. Because they also test muscles that are seldom [...]

By |2019-03-28T03:45:23+00:00March 25th, 2019|

3 Innovative Ways to Improve Balance With Yoga

Senior Yoga Medicine teacher Rachel Land for Yoga International breaks down core balance-pose concepts and offers three creative ways to challenge your balance in order to improve it. 3 Innovative Ways to Improve Balance With Yoga If I had to choose one family of yoga poses to focus my time and energy on, it would probably be balance poses. Firstly, it’s [...]

By |2018-11-26T19:37:21+00:00August 30th, 2018|

7 Strategies for Healthy Hamstrings

Rachel Land for Yoga International. Senior Yoga Medicine teacher Rachel Land offers her top 7 tips for relieving tension in your hamstrings and keeping them happy, healthy, and strong. 7 Strategies for Healthy Hamstrings If there’s one thing people associate with yoga, it’s flexible hamstrings. After all, how many of your friends refuse to attend yoga class, protesting that [...]

By |2018-11-22T22:03:19+00:00June 18th, 2018|

Avoiding Avidya: 10 Yoga Myths Busted

Rachel Land for Yoga Digest discusses some of the myths and misconceptions about yoga. Mark Twain said “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”, and this seems to be as true in yoga as it is elsewhere. Certain phrases have been repeated often enough in the yoga world that we have come [...]

By |2019-03-22T22:58:23+00:00March 22nd, 2019|

Unexpected Ways Yoga Can Prevent Injury

Rachel Land for Yoga Digest shares three unexpected ways that yoga can prevent injury that you may never have considered. UNEXPECTED WAYS YOGA PREVENTS INJURY Thanks to the growing popularity of yoga asana practice, we hear more and more about yoga injuries. There are risks involved with practicing yoga, as with anything else. But what sometimes gets [...]

By |2018-11-22T21:12:21+00:00May 31st, 2018|

Three Reasons to Practice Side Plank

 Rachel Land for Yoga International goes over why you should consider replacing the plank in your practice with a side plank. Then, she demonstrates seven variations on the side plank to keep your practice fresh. Three Reasons to Practice Side Plank Instead of Plank Plank, which is integral to vinyasa practice, is a powerful pose with [...]

By |2018-11-21T23:37:42+00:00March 5th, 2018|

4 Common Postural Patterns That Cause Yoga Injuries

Rachel Land for Yoga Journal shares four common postural patterns to be aware of that may cause yoga injuries and how to avoid the risk of injuries in those areas. Posture and injury are closely connected. Here are four common postural habits that have the potential to cause yoga injuries, plus the simple fixes that can [...]

By |2019-03-15T23:04:38+00:00February 17th, 2019|