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Rachel Giffin is one of the top yoga instructors I have met.
 In over 20 years practicing Yoga & Meditation, rarely have I ever met such a gifted natural talent in being able to deliver the whole yoga package to clients and students. Rachel is a true Yoga adept – in Asanas right through to meditation, relaxation and spiritual practices as well as Nutrition & Wellbeing.
I recommend her services highly to anyone looking to improve the quality of their life and wellbeing with Yoga. Dr Mike Squirrell, Director, Harley Street Physiotherapy  www.harleystreetphysiotherapy.com


I have had the privilege of practicing yoga with Rachel in 2 very different environments.  She has been truly outstanding in both capacities which is a testament to the breadth and adaptability of her knowledge and skill as an instructor and as an inspiration. My first encounters with Rachel were at Google where she teaches 1 hour classes for super highly charged ‘Googlers’ (we were cool, but we were stressed!).  Somehow Rachel managed to extract us from our overactive minds to focus inwards (often kicking off the classes with different breathing techniques), and fit in dynamic and strength work as well as stretching and relaxation all within the 60 minute slot.  She was incredibly adept as building the practice of regular attendees, as well as helping beginners to feel confident and stay safe. She accommodated pregnancies and injuries. When I first started with Rachel, I had done yoga before, but since suffered from a prolapsed disc, and had incredibly limited range of movement.  Even in a group class environment Rachel looked out for me and gave me adaptations when I needed them, and the right encouragement to push myself when I was ready to build back up.

After several years of practicing regularly with Rachel at Google, I left the company, but couldn’t quite bring myself to leave Rachel.  She found a slot in her schedule to teach me and my husband privately at home which has really been a revelation. The personalisation, care and breadth of skill and practices that Rachel brings to us is second-to-none.  At the start of each session she establishes what is going on with our bodies and us, and tailors the sessions to whatever we need that particular day (be that counterbalancing the physical stresses of my triathlon training, teaching us her ‘magic 10’ so we can practice independently, or overcoming an unwanted hangover!).  She incorporates advice on healing and physical wellbeing in many capacities as well as core yoga. My body has been transformed in so many positive ways working with Rachel that I never managed to achieve through physio. I finish our weekly sessions feeling mentally charged and physically blissed, and I can’t thank Rachel enough for what she brings to us. Charlotte Monico

I had been to a few Yoga classes before going to Rachel’s and even though I enjoyed them it didn’t necessarily resonated within me.The first time I went to Rachel’s class it felt like a coming home. A coming home where I was finally listening to my body, connecting with it, and working with it to feel more alined and aware of my inner landscape. Not only it impacted my physical fitness but for me the most valuable gift Rachel gave me was a tool to regulate my emotions and develop inner peace. ​The way Rachel guides the class is like a journey from start to end. She gives you a deep understanding of how each posture influences and is felt within the body as well as how it connects to the mind. The precision of her verbal cues is immaculate and had I more balance I would be able to practice entirely with closed eyes. Since my very first class with Rachel I became a devotee regular and this has had an incredible ripple effect on my life from my general health and sense of joy to my relationship with others. I even got certified as a Yoga teacher myself in January in India. It’s also a great source of inspiration as I always learn something new in each and every class which for me is the paramount of teaching excellence. Thanks Rachel for bringing yoga into my life and giving me the true understanding of its incredible transformative and spiritual power. Namaste Marie Schwob

Attending Rachel’s yoga classes has had a fantastic effect on my physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Since I started attending a few months ago, Rachel’s charisma and skill as a yoga teacher has inspired me to commit to regular yoga practice twice a week, after years of dipping in and out with other teachers. I can see my physical strength building week on week, and every class lifts my mood and energy levels. Rachel’s extensive experience shines through and classes are not only varied, but also offer an opportunity to build and improve my practice at my own pace. Rachel’s instruction also helped me to correct some bad habits I’d gotten into, as she describes which muscles each posture should be working and how to be careful to perform the postures correctly to avoid injury. I can get stuck in my head, so the yoga classes at our office offer a space to connect with my breath and body and I find it easier to focus on my work in the afternoons afterwards. Rachel’s classes are definitely a highlight of my week! Claudia Goldblatt

I met Rachel as she was teaching the yoga class to the company I was running at the time (Long Tall Sally) and she was a close friend of my PA. I was pretty sceptical of Yoga as a genuine form of exercise and would regularly make fun of my PA when she came from the morning sessions complaining of working hard. I was never the less convinced to try a session one on one as I was keen to improve my flexibility for marathon training.  That was 3 years ago and i have been working with Rachel consistently ever since in weekly sessions.  I definitely don’t make fun of the hard work required and am a proper convert on the benefits of Yoga. Every single session is different and Rachel prepares classes based on what i have going on at the time, what injury or niggle i have (including researching various injuries and reading the medical reports). When my executive coach suggested i try a specific mindfulness practice i asked Rachel to help me with this and she delivered the prescribed course though her own brand was even more effective in helping me ‘center’ I love doing Yoga with Rachel – it is challenging, improves my flexibility and core strength and helps my general sense of well being – I have tried a few other teachers and thus far none compare. Andrew Shapin, CEO

I have been lucky enough to attend Rachel’s classes over the last 3 years, during this time she has inspired me to embrace yoga as part of my life.  Since then I’ve attended lots of different classes but always enjoyed Rachel’s the most.  Rachel varies every class keeping it fresh and interesting, I always come away with a new understanding of my body, I feel stronger and more grounded.  I can’t thank Rachel enough. Alison Doherty, COO, Long Tall Sally

I do not wear Birkenstock sandals or knit my own muesli, so when choosing from some employer-sponsored gym classes to counteract more than thirty years of sedentary, hunched-over desk and computer work, it might seem odd that I picked Rachel’s yoga classes. Truth be told, I was looking for the easier option. Twenty minutes into the first session, I knew I had miscalculated. I have never smoked and am not overweight, but still it was Just So Challenging. For a time I wasn’t sure I could last out the full hour, but I did. First lesson: yoga is not for wimps. I got my breath back. Later came the muscle aches. And yet… for a while I felt more energized and ache-free than I had for some time. And it felt good. Almost fun, in fact. And I thought maybe if I could stick with it I’d feel that way more often. So I went back. Again. And again, and again. And bit by bit, as I improved, it became a routine. And then a ‘practice’. And then just like that, I noticed that Rachel’s classes had become the high point of my week. She has a terrific way of encouraging you to push yourself just enough without it seeming like it IS a push. A class might appear relaxed, yet it can also be a workout, just brilliantly disguised. Led with a perfect mix of friendliness, seriousness and humour, each session feels like a miniature holiday from work.
Now two years on, and I feel healthier, fitter and more flexible than I did a decade ago. My catalogue of desk-work aches has evaporated and my body moves more easily. And the benefit doesn’t stop with the physical. I also focus better, make more reasoned decisions, get less frustrated(*) about setbacks, and my sleep has improved. I am determined NEVER to revert to my pre-yoga self! (*) Ironically though, I do have one new frustration in my life that wasn’t there before. I REALLY don’t like anything coming up at the last minute that might stop me going to Rachel’s class! Simon Baldwin
First of all I wanted to say a big thank you for your classes here, I unfortunately only can attend the Thursday ones, but if I could I would attend Mondays as well as I truly think you’re one of the best yoga teachers I’ve ever had (and I like trying new classes and new styles so I have seen quite a few!) 
You have an amazing energy, and I love the fact that each of your classes has a different focus and that none is the same. I particularly like that you instill a bit of spirituality and info on how the body works and why we do some things (e.g. not eating right before class or drinking during class) but that you also focus on strengthening the body before doing postures. It’s something I rarely find here in London, where I think a lot of yoga classes go really fast through asanas without really preparing students for them. 
Your classes feel both really challenging and relaxing at the same time, and I think it’s a very hard balance to strike in such a short period of time! I gave feedback to the Gfit team that we needed a 1.5 hour yoga class with you but don’t think it would be possible unfortunately 🙂 The relaxing aspect has a lot to do with you calming voice and chanting that I particularly enjoy so thanks again for that!
I look forward to your classes here and am very sad whenever I cannot attend! And by the way if you’re organising a yoga retreat or workshops please let me know as I would love to attend if I can! Thanks and see you soon! Beatrice Ehrhart

I have been attending Rachel’s yoga classes for over 7 years. I still look forward to every class – no 2 classes are the same and I always come away feeling refreshed and re-invigorated. OFten the classes are  dynamic – a great complement to other forms of exercise (cycling, running, gym etc..). At other times, a slower rhythm, with a particular focus on a part of the body, giving me the space to escape from the everyday, and get perspective on life.  As a teacher, Rachel is an inspiration – in equal measures fun, calm and caring. She makes new joiners to the class feel welcome and not excluded. Whilst never judgmental, Rachel’s influence has encouraged me to consider my impact on the world around me, whether that is how I treat other to introducing a more plant-based diet. Finally, I look forward to the days when she ends a class with her beautiful singing voice! Tom Simpson

My first encounter with yoga was when I was at university. I went to a class with a few friends and we walked out of the class 10 minutes in! We were bored, had no idea what we were doing and felt so disengaged and uninspired by the teacher. Fast forward a few years later and within 10 minutes of my first yoga class with Rachel I was hooked. She took the time to explain everything and really opened my eyes to how out of tune I felt in my own body at that moment in time. My first real passion and interest for exercise came from running, but after a few races and many injuries, I now stick to going to the gym and yoga. Having a greater awareness of my body, my alignment and how I feel has helped me greatly with my strength exercises at the gym. Had I discovered yoga sooner, it’s highly likely it would have helped me with my running and I may not have got myself in such a pickle with injures. Practicing yoga has not only benefited me exercise-wise, but having a better connection to my body has improved my posture and my confidence.I can’t stress enough that yoga is for every body, shape and size. It’s not all handstands and backbends, you don’t even need to be able to touch your toes. As with anything in life, slowly but surely you find out your strengths and weaknesses and progress and grow from them. After 1 1/2 years of practicing yoga with Rachel once a week, my balance on one foot still has a long way to go (my tree pose still looks like it is braving a storm), but other parts of my practice have improved. After A LOT of practice and falling over I can confidently do a headstand, which is something I never would have thought myself capable of doing before. Everyone gets something different from partaking in yoga, be that some headspace, a good stretch or a moment to stop, be still and really take the time to be present and grateful for what our amazing bodies are capable of. In Rachel you could not ask for a better guide in teaching the practice of yoga. She is kind, caring and really takes the time to get to know everyone and their bodies. It can be daunting to enter a room with just a mat and no where to hide, but with Rachel’s careful guidance you ease into every posture and move without even realising it. Although, it’s not all smooth moves. We all have a tumble sometimes and shake it off with a giggle. No one watches anyone else or judges another on what they can or can’t do, we’re all too busy doing our own thing, be that touching the floor or our knees. Both options are as good as each other. Whatever level you are, if you ever have the opportunity to practice yoga with the lovely and inspiring Rachel, please grab it. 10 minutes into your first class you’ll thank yourself. Kat Lacey

Up until about a year ago, I was still very much in the mindset that only cardio exercise was the way to a disciplined body. I’d been doing other sports for a while and really felt that it was really satisfying to get my heart racing and sweat pouring off me to really feel like I’d worked out. The only problem was that I’d be still aching for days afterwards, with very stiff muscles, and the long recovery times meant I struggled to stay active through the rest of the week. Then, after some encouragement, I decided to try out Rachel’s yoga class on Monday nights. I realised a couple of things:
1. It wasn’t easy and was more than just ‘gentle stretching’ – I was still sweating by the end of it! I felt challenged therefore the full satisfaction of a work-out
2. It was really helping me physically with my recovery from other sports – helping me to stretch out the muscles I’d often not be paying attention to
3. It was mentally challenging too, which I really wasn’t expecting – to focus on breathing and making the mind still isn’t easy!
All of sudden, my weekly routine didn’t feel right unless I was going to yoga too. It’s helped me a lot with my flexibility and balance (both were pretty poor to start with) and also is a wonderful treat to ease yourself into the week with. When Mondays in the office can be a bit overwhelming after the weekend break, Rachel’s yoga class can help bring some calm and focus for the rest of the week ahead. Rachel’s style is brilliant – she takes into consideration how the class is feeling energy-wise and if there are any particular areas people want to work on. Looking at my colleagues who attend regularly, I’ve noticed an improvement in everyone, not just myself and she’s able to help people across various levels, from beginner to advanced. Bhavna Weeks, Evidently

I’ve been practicing Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga for over 6 years now and I have worked with over 10 instructors so far in Asia and Europe. I am happy to say that Rachel is one of the best yoga teachers I’ve ever had! I’ve been a regular Rachel’s student attending her classes twice a week in our Google office for nearly 2 years now. Her classes are must-attend for me as they help me to not only work hard on my muscles but also to totally relax and bring my awareness to a completely different dimension. Every session is different and enriched by yoga chants, breathing techniques and meditation.  As a very charismatic person, Rachel has this rare ability to adjust asanas to a diversified levels of participants (some people are new to yoga, some are relatively advanced) by demonstrating few variations of the same pose. I really appreciate the way she explains every posture with detailed instructions on what muscles should be activated pointing our attention to ‘now and here’ by practising yoga breathing at the same time. Rachel is a true Yoga guru constantly impressing me with her knowledge on other yoga-related topics such as nutrition and wellbeing. Every time I leave Rachel’s class I feel fully satisfied with my practice with wide smile on my face and plenty of energy – I am so glad I’ve met Rachel on my yoga path!  Karolina Lewandowska, Google

I learnt yoga in Rachel’s class for the first time in my life. I felt really anxious at the beginning because I have overweight and not many experiences in sports but I wanted to start moving and it seemed like a great opportunity, also my colleagues encouraged me as they said the teacher is amazing! And they were right. Rachel was the kindest, warmest, most professional and patient teacher I could have, she always gave me extra explanation or help when I needed. If there was a pose I could not do, she showed me other options of similar poses to practise. After 4 weeks of classes I could reach my feet while I was lying down, which I cannot remember when I could reach it last time. My body felt so much better, her classes gave me confidence, a healthier point of view, and more mindful lifestyle. I like yoga because of her! Bogi, Boglárka Fazekas

I have been attending Rachel’s yoga classes for a year and am amazed at the changes I’ve noticed in my mind and body. My strength and balance have improved over the year, I have noticed I am stronger (is that an ab I see forming?!) and that’s in no small part to Rachel and her teaching. Rachel endeavours to make each class varied, focusing on different parts of the body each lesson, keeping it fresh and fun. She is also very accommodating, whether you are a beginner or not, if you have any health issues, and is also encouraging if you are of a more intermediate level. I leave her classes feeling happy, refreshed and more informed about myself. She is an excellent teacher and an all-round great person. Thank you Rachel! Stefania Orlando

Having never stepped foot on a yoga mat before, I didnt really know what to expect when Rachel started teaching at Long Tall Sallybut I soon became hooked. This is all down to Rachel and the energy, enthusiasm, wisdom and class that she brings to each and every lesson. Every week is unique, and we finish the lesson feeling suitably challenged, and knowing a little more about yoga and/or our bodies that we did at the start. Her knowledge and understanding is second to none, and she is genuinely interested in the personal development of each and every person she teaches. Speaking personally, Rachel has inspired me so much I am now enrolling on a course to deepen my own understanding of yoga. My only regret is Rachel cant be my teacher. I really cant recommend Rachel highly enough, and her keen yogi followers all consider her part of Long Tall Sally family

Amy Roberts – Head of HR, Long Tall Sally

Rachel is a true wonder. Having no idea what I was doing, I contacted Rachel through her website and asked her to teach yoga to myself and my two daughters. It was a tricky request because the three of us were of such varying abilities, as my daughters were 9 and 11 years old. Rachel was warm, competent and professional from the start, asking me about our reasons for seeking out yoga instruction, what we hoped to get out of it, our dynamic and so on. The weekly sessions were very impressive, each and every one of them. Rachel pitched the sessions at just the right level and pace to keep us all going without overwhelming any of us. Over the six months Rachel came to our home to teach us yoga, I could see improvement in flexibility and strength in all of us, as well as a wonderful new ability to self-calm and relax. She was lovely and friendly without fault and, quite importantly to me, she treated my young daughters as individuals and whole people which in itself was beneficial to them. I only recently found out that Rachel had never really taught yoga to children before and I was amazed as she was seamless! On the adult level, I have taken a few random yoga classes in the past, and Rachel’s presence and teaching ability are so far superior to any other yoga instruction I have seen, it is simply unbelievable and infinite. Her vast knowledge, her calming and positive presence, her voice, her adaptability in lesson approach, her sunny personality – Rachel is yoga treasure! Jennifer Mathews

“I’ve been taking Rachel’s classes for the past 6 months and I really look forward to them every time. I often have tensions in the neck and therefore headaches. But when I go to Yoga, they usually fade off as the work is really relaxing for the whole body. I would really recommend these classes to anyone!” Gabrielle Cuinier

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you so much for helping me this year! You have encouraged me to push myself, be strong and take time out for myself which I am going to find more valuable than ever in these upcoming months. Hayley Cuthbert

Rachel’s yoga practise was not the fist I took part in though first such great experience at multiple levels. From brief and valuable knowledge-packed introduction via helpful in daily-life breathing technics to asanas at the same time keeping all the classes varied and aligned with the team dynamic and needs. What is beaming from Rachel’s practise is her calmness that takes the whole class a step further from just an exercise with at the same time careful consideration of others’ thoughts and belief systems. Add to that, her focus on how to correctly position the body is incredible, she notices things a physio may not that quickly spot. Outstanding! Overall, very mindful transition to here and now leaving us relaxed and craving for more! Ewa Tatarek

We’ve known Rachel for over 5 years and love her upbeat and dynamic classes. And what a voice!  Lying in shavasana with Rachel singing softly to you in Sanskrit has to be one of the most relaxing and blissful experiences we’ve ever had. Rachel started leading dynamic hatha flow yoga at Bulgari hotel spa in the Spring and we’ve enjoyed some revitalizing morning sessions in the calming yoga room with all the mod cons – bolsters, blankets, thick sticky mats and a fire! Melissa & Jasmine Hemsley

I was recommended to try yoga as a good way to speed up my rehab from a significant knee injury, and to balance out the strength and conditioning training involved in the other sports that I regularly participate in, namely Crossfit and ultra-distance events. I was lucky enough to get access to Rachel’s teaching through the corporate classes she offers, and I quickly found the sessions she took to be challenging but at the same time very beneficial. She is able to adapt and tailor her routines to take into account where you may be at any stage of training, or indeed life in general, whether it be aiding in preparation for sports competitions or events right through to helping rehab the body and mind and relieving the everyday stresses of corporate life. I would wholeheartedly recommend Rachel’s yoga practice to those looking for the physical gains – increased core strength and overall flexibility to help push your PBs – through to those looking for a way to manage the challenges that modern life throws at you. Alex Hammick, Associate, Alphasights

I was privileged to participate in the yoga classes Rachel taught at Google in late 2013.  Although I had never practiced yoga before, I quickly came to appreciate her exercises both for their physical challenge, but, more importantly, their cerebral dimension.  I found that hidden in the sequence of her instructions was a code that tied all the exercises wisely together: from a gradual warm-up, to strength, to balance and body control, to a wonderful relaxation.  I was amazed by the variety and completeness of exercise that Rachel could put together using as a prop only a yoga mat. Even though the sequence of the positions we practiced in the class was ordered and symmetrical, it was always interesting, with new gem exercises popping up almost every week. Diomidis Spinellis, Software Engineer, Google. 

We are very lucky to have the wonderful Rachel Giffin as our Yoga instructor here at The Communications Store . Her impact on the well being of our staff has been extremely powerful.
Her lovely calming but paradoxically energetic personality coupled with her reassuringly informed knowledge of Yoga ensures that all attendees to her sessions leave feeling more confident and inspired in their practice , no matter what level.  She has cemented herself as a part of the TCS team , so much so that several regular Yoga attendees have actually booked Rachel outside of their TCS practice .
We have absolutely no reserve in recommending Rachel to any company as the perfect Yoga instructor .
Chantal Miller, Office Manager, The Communications Store

“Rachel comes twice a week to my office to provide her Yoga class. I always very much look forward to the class as it helps me to stop, breathe and find harmony. After it I always feel very relaxed, calm and focused. Rachel helps me improving a lot. She is a great knowledgeable teacher and focus on positions but also on breathing and meditation, which are fundamentals in Yoga. I really appreciate the way she describes with precision how the posture should be which helps understand what body part should be working and breathing. I would recommend to anyone trying Rachel’s class as it definitely improves the quality of life!” Aurelie-aimee Bablon, Rich media campaign manager, Google

I have never considered myself fit until i joined Rachel’s class! Thanks to yoga practice with Rachel I can feel my body becoming stronger and more flexible!I can do plank better then my boyfriend!! On top of that Rachel is amazing teacher, with incredible approach to every student. She makes the practice both challenging physically and relaxing mentally. I love her chanting and reassuring jokes when sweat is dripping from my forehead. It is especially helpful on a busy day when you are losing your head and then take a break to focus on yourself, bring balance to your life. I think Rachel’s practice does all that!! Magdalena Wasilewska

I had been practicing Iyengar yoga for twenty years, when I accidentally rang Rachel at Pure balance yoga. 
I was looking for a local Iyengar class to join but we agreed that this was serendipity and met up for a trial lesson at my tiny flat in Marylebone. I was deeply impressed by Rachel’s cheerful and positive personality, combined with consummate professionalism. For some time I had wanted to incorporate some chanting into my routine, the next day Rachel produced a CD of her beautiful voice with sheets of Sanskrit for me to follow. We included this into a comprehensive work out of Pranayama and Asanas.
Rachel pushed me gently to try new postures until I noticed (as did my friends) that I was glowing with energy and looking fit and slimmer.
If I did not live half my year in India I would have a lesson with Rachel every day. I just wish I could find such an excellent yoga teacher in India! 
Frances Wilson, Travel Writer.

At the ripe old age of 24 I had tried yoga couple of times. Once being when I was 16 and then again when I was 19 for 6 months. It was safe to say, I was not a fan. There was too much chanting and breathing out the negative air from my finger-tips and I did not feel I was actually getting any benefits out of the lesson. However, after working in an office for the last 2 1/2 years I noticed my postures getting worse. My mother told me to give yoga another try. I have been attending Rachel’s classes since before Christmas and recently I have been going twice a week. I am an absolute yoga convert!!! I really enjoy each lesson. I’ve noticed my body changing and keep finding new muscles! I was going to the gym 3x a week, yet I’ve noticed more of a chance from yoga. I am able to attend to the classes and completely focus my mind on only yoga for an hour twice a week. Outside of the classes I practise the breathing and stretching, trying to ensure that I have a straight back. These classes are not easy and always challenge me.Rachel is great and her way of leading the class is the best I have encountered. I have recommended her to all my non-yoga friends. Alexandra Brown, Recruiter, Google 

Thanks so much Rachel for introducing me to the wonders of yoga.  I had been to several classes over the years and was never particularly impressed by them – I was more a pilates person. You have changed all that!  Our one on one classes have been an inspiration and done wonders for my mind, body and soul.  To say there was room for much improvement is an understatement.  The difference now in my flexibility and postures is so marked that I wish we had taken before and after pics!  I have also particularly enjoyed the meditation.  As someone who finds it very difficult to still my mind, you have transported me to amazing places filled with light.  I have already recommended you to many of my friends and colleagues and will continue to do so.  I still need much improvement on my hula hooping though! Georgina Cuppaidge, Sony Pictures

I am very lucky because Rachel holds yoga classes at our offices. She is a fantastic teacher, she is a great example, has lots of positive energy and corrects all levels, from beginners to advanced. The part I always like in particular is the Sivananda relaxation at the end -she makes us work hard and then relax and meditate so well that I feel like newborn. Rachels’ classes are one of the main highlights of my week!” Maja Wendenburg, Google

I was sceptical at 1st to yoga, I lead an incredibly hectic (shallow!) life and until meeting Rachel felt I was impervious to any kind of spiritual, physical or mental benefits.  Yoga has transformed my life, I can’t speak highly enough about the positive impact it has had on all aspects of my wellbeing.  This is partly down to the mantra of Yoga but also due to the style of Rachel’s teaching.  As a beginner and probably the most stiff and rigid individual in the world I have always been slightly intimidated by Yoga classes.  However Rachel has a very natural and warm teaching style that helps you grasp both the physical and mental nature of Yoga very quickly. Physically I play an enormous amount of sport, my tennis and football have increased tenfold, I’m more agile on the pitch and have much greater flexibility but most importantly I am now less prone to injury. Mentally Yoga provides an spiritual oasis from the day to day grind of an urban life.  I have found that I am more focused at work and calmer, my capacity to deal with stress has improved dramatically. Finally my emotional wellbeing has also improved since starting yoga with Rachel, I feel a balance and energy that has replaced a feeling a mental and emotional fatigue. Riz Shaikh, Director, the Columbo Group

To whom it may concern.

I engaged Rachel Giffin to provide a weekly yoga class to employees of Hawker Capital (commodity/global macro hedge fund). The classes had a material impact on the well being and relaxation of members of staff. Rachel’s bubbly personality, combined with deep technical skills and excellent teaching ability, have meant that a wide range of staff have found her classes completely accessible. From complete beginners to seasoned amateurs the classes have allowed staff (who work in a very stressful environment for extremely long hours) to relax and unwind for an hour a week, while improving their flexibility, balance and breathing techniques. I would highly recommend Rachel to any prospective employer; not only is she an extremely competent yoga teacher but she is a breath of fresh air to any environment, helping team spirit and moral. She has a truly professional approach to her work and her genuine love of the medium is infectious.Please contact me if you require any further information.Iona Martin, Chief Operating Officer, Hawker Capital LLP

Rachel’s classes are the highlight of my week, I always leave feeling challenged and invigorated whilst relaxed and calm at the same time. Each sequence and move is explained clearly, so I feel strong and confident in each pose and can see an improvement weekly. The breathing and meditation techniques she teaches have helped me deal with stress and find clarity after a stressful time at work. I have tried yoga on and off for several years but this is the first time I’ve felt confident (and interested) enough to continue my practices at home, and that is thanks to Rachel and her enthusiasm and patience.
I can’t recommend Rachel enough, she is friendly, funny and a brilliant teacher. Kelly Moralee, Account Manager, The Communications Store

Rachel’s classes make a Monday so much brighter. She is incredibly motivated, fun, engaging and warm and provides the most holistic yoga lessons I have ever taken part in – I thoroughly recommend her for all levels of yogi’s. Preeya Varsani, The Communications Store

Rachel Giffin is a very intuitive teacher. She is calm, patient, present and holds the most beautiful space. I cried wonderful tears of genuine joy and release at the end of the class that I took with her. If I lived closer I would take more classes for sure. Sharna Rose, Inner Spin Hoop Dance

Rachel does a weekly class at my office for my staff and me; it helps team bonding, puts them in a fantastic mood and they’re more productive. Brilliant. Steve Ball, Director, The Columbo Group

Dear Rachel,

I am so glad I have found you. Every time I leave one of your classes I feel taller, full of energy but totally relaxed at the same time….As you know I was really worried about my lower back before I started but your attention to the most minute detail in every one of the postures you teach makes me feel in safe hands and I can feel the benefits already.I really look forward to the classes, which says a lot from a gym class phobic like me, and soothing chants. Carmen Hannemann, Head of Events, Bacchus Studio

To Whom It May Concern,

Rachel Giffin is undoubtedly one of the best yoga teachers I have ever encountered (I have practiced yoga in London at the Life Center and in Thailand at the well-known wellness resort Chiva Som).Her lessons are particularly well structured, with a proper relaxation first (for full concentration on the course rather than on one’s day’s events…), then a thorough warm up before a rather intense set of postures. The course then ends with further meditation and chanting. This is simply of the best courses I have ever had as it combines yoga and meditation’s benefits whilst fully stretching the time span of an hour. I therefore highly recommend Rachel as an instructor. With kind regards, Stephanie Betts, Founder, Josephine Home

I am a film executive working on the production finance and legal side of independent film. My job requires me to work very long hours, lots of travel (i currently live between austria and london) so it can be quite stressful at times and on top of that I suffer from IBS.
I started trying out yoga a few years ago. I went to a number of different classes, tried a few different types of yoga buy but never really felt it was right for someone who isn’t that flexible and who usually walks around with a bloated belly!
I recently started doing Rachel’s classes and for the first time I started feeling the positive effects of yoga. She is extremely attentive and teaches you how to position yourself correctly in order to feel the benefits each pose has to offer, to learn to increase your stretch through breathing and meditation while encouraging you to recognize your own progress. Even in group sessions the level of individual attention is truly remarkable and she somehow manages to eliminate any competitiveness and provide a perfect sanctum for deep meditation and relaxation. She has this wonderful relaxation routine at the end of each session which leaves you feeling wonderfully invincible, strong and beautiful!
After 3 weeks of taking a class once or twice a week I started feeling less stressed at work, grew more patient with people and above all my ibs has subsided. The difference in the quality of my everyday life is noticeable and I cannot thank her enough! Even now being back in Austria for a while, she has devised a series of yoga exercises for me which I can do at home by myself and fit them in my daily routine.
Words don’t do this experience justice – just try for yourself and see if you ever get to the lake….Dimitra, Swarovski

Dear Rachel, Thanks for providing one of, if not the, best yoga experiences I’ve had. Going to yoga twice a week was definitely a highlight of the summer at Google – I always looked forward to it! It’s safe to say that I will miss it a lot. Thank you for always bringing your cheerful and calm spirit, and for pushing me to really stretch myself (literally and figuratively). I wish you all the best and hope I will once again have the privilege to be in one of your classes. Dana Lin

I’ve been attending Rachel’s classes for 9 months now and I couldn’t be happier with the effects they have on my body and mind! Not only am I able to easily shuffle between positions but also I feel really relaxed and energized after every class (whether it’s at 12 or 6PM). An interesting thing that I noticed – thanks to the breathing exercises that we do, I manage to sing better, and control my breath in songs in a much more professional way. What is also worth mentioning is that Rachel is a brilliant teacher. She manages to motivate the whole class even if a position can seem tough at first – everybody ends up trying to perform at their best. Missing any of Rachel’s classes makes me extremely unhappy, that’s why I always do my best to be present 🙂 Gosia Krasowska, Singer and Googler

Rachel brings with her a big smile, peace and playfulness to the classes. She starts in a relaxing way, and makes the more demanding parts feel like a game. Rachel wants us to learn to listen, not only watch, and her instructions are precise enough to do that. She also offers options for us who have tighter joints. And she walks amongst us and corrects poses. Thank you for being a great teacher, Rachel! Jakub Adamek, Software Engineer, Google

I have been attending Rachaels Yoga classes once a week for the last 9 months. Rachel has helped me improve my posture, flexibility and awareness of my body, which has motivated me to work on my hip mobility in my own time. It’s also helped me within warm up and cool down routines whilst playing sport and by using the stretching positions learnt from Rachael it has helped prevent injury and release tension in the body.  Joe Nicolle, Tennis Coach, Westway Sports Centre, West London

This year I have successfully completed two marathons only week’s apart . I have noticed a significant difference in my stamina, core stability and overall fitness having attended Rachel’s classes for the last six months in the run up to the big day(s).
Her techniques have also helped to alleviate post training stiffness- almost instant full body relief and not to mention improved mental endurance as her practice also combines techniques that focus on physical and mental fitness discipline. Yoga has become an integral part of my training regime and now my schedule is over, I have continued my practice and see yoga as a fundamental life style change and necessity.  Thanks for the great introduction Rachel!
Elizabeth England, Associate Industry Manager – Travel

I was recommended Rachel by a friend and being new to yoga, I was a little apprehensive with no idea what to expect from 1.1 teaching. I didn’t need to worry as Rachel is everything I could imagine and hope for in a teacher! From our very first meeting Rachel seemed to know exactly what I want and need from each practise. Rachel is such a kind and generous spirit, endlessly patient and I have definitely grown in confidence and flexibly. She talks through postures clearly and thoroughly as well as encouraging me to challenge myself. Having previously been rather intimidated by yoga, I now embrace the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga and would happily join a class, albeit a beginners one, wherever I can. Jo Brown 


I’ve been introduced to Rachel by my physiotherapy specialist in order to improve my posture and strengthen back core muscles. I had two sessions with Rachel based on her assessment and series of exercises which helped me to relieve the pain and strengthen back muscles. I now continue doing recommended exercises and I can say that I feel pain free and my back muscles are not stiff anymore. She recommended having a monthly review on exercises would be good plan which I’m looking forward to next review.I highly recommend her services to anyone who are looking not just to improve their wellbeing but also to relieve painful muscles after a busy workload on a daily basis. Kourish Monirzad

“Tuesday mornings are the best at AlphaSights – Yoga with Rachel provides you with a relaxed mind and body that carries you with ease through all challenges in the week ahead. Her classes are exceptional and   always adjusted to the individuals needs. Would highly recommend it as the favourite perk at AlphaSights.” Rosa Frehen 

Following weekly Yoga classes with Rachel has been very beneficial for my physical and mental health, strength, personal lifestyle balance. The classes are very diversified from one week to another and allow you to push the effort as far as you wish to go. My body flexibility is getting better every week and my ability to perform other sports (swimming, Thai box, running and more…) was positively impacted by the Rachel’s classes. Always leaving classes with a big smile on my face” Paul, Google (following classes for 4 months)

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