About Rachel Hull
Rachel Hull is a Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, who will be commencing a 4 year Bachelor's of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
in 2013. Originally from Australia, she spent 16 months teaching Yoga in Shanghai, China, and many years
in Bali, Indonesia. She is now living in Sydney, Australia.
Rachel began Prenatal Iyengar Yoga classes in 1987, while pregnant with her son Dylan. This was the beginning of a lifelong journey, and now she has been practicing for 25 years, and teaching for 16. In
1992, Rachel began an apprenticeship with Louisa Sear and the old Byron Yoga Studio - where most of
the teachers were Iyengar influenced. She also practiced and assisted for many hours and years in
Ashtanga Vinyasa classes, although now practices more gently.
In 1997 Rachel attended the 9 month-full time teacher training with Yoga Arts, and subsequently taught
on both Yoga Arts 9 month and 2 month teacher trainings for many years. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher – ERYT 500, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
In 2001, Rachel commenced a two-year Ayurvedic Lifestyle Training with a Tibetan Ayurvedic Physician,
which, along with Yoga, has transformed her life. Since this time, Ayurveda has had a powerful influence
on her approach to Yoga, and she is regularly asked to share her Ayurvedic knowledge in trainings and workshops. She is passionate about including the wisdom of Ayurveda within the Yoga class, in order to provide a balanced Yoga journey.
It is challenging to define Rachel's teaching style in one sentence, as she has absorbed many influences
from various Hatha Yoga systems including from: Iyengar Yoga (prop usage and detailed attention to alignment), Viniyoga, Svastha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Satyananda Yoga, and Organic Movement. And of course, Ayurvedic wisdom weaves it's way into the classes regularly.
In her earlier years, she was trained and worked as a massage therapist & bodyworker, giving her hands
on experience working with different bodies. In 2009, Rachel studied Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory
for 3 months with a Javanese Acupuncturist.
Rachel is grateful to many people, with Dianne Currie (1st asana teacher - Iyengar Yoga), and Louisa Sear (past teacher and employer, inspiration and friend) warranting particular mention. Rachel has also spent
time Chennai , India with Dr. Ganesh Mohan, and in Mysore, India with Mr Venkatesh, and has attended workshops with T.K.V Desikachar, Pattabhi Jois, Donna Farhi, Dena Kingsburg, Shandor Remete, Mata Amritananda Mayi, Clive Sheridan, David Life and Sharon Gannon (Jivamukti Yoga), Libbie Nelson, Krishna Das, plus many others... She has spent many hours discussing Yoga related subjects over dinners, as well
as worked intensively with Emil Wendel (philosophy), David Muehsam and Chris Kummer (anatomy).
Shakti Spirit Yoga had both 200 hour and 500 hour training programs registered with Yoga Alliance, but as Rachel is taking a study sabbatical at the moment, the trainings are not currently running.