Rachel Cieslewicz

Rachel Ciesleicz Rachel was raised primarily in the Mojave desert of St. George, Utah. Rachel’s yoga journey started young, at the age of five. She dedicated herself as a student of yoga at the age of 18, while attending the University of Utah. Rachel’s main path is Ashtanga yoga. Her guru is Manju Jois. Other insightful yoga teachers are Sondra Fraleigh, Jeff Silverstein, Stephen Brown, Peter Francyk, and D’ana Baptiste, from whom she received a 600-hour yoga certification.

Rachel continuously inspires others to learn what it truly means to live a fulfilling life of joy. Her young son, Canyon, inspires her own deepest love and strength. Her lyrical and purposeful classes carry the intention for others to find their own inner beauty and strength, and to connect with their infinite potential. Her students develop the courage and love, on and off the mat, to manifest their dreams and live a beautiful life. This is all while becoming healthy and strong in body, mind and soul.

Rachel and her husband, Eric Martin, created Yoga Soul Studio (yogasoul.biz) as an expression of love, for a healthy community. She guides each student and teacher of the studio to share wonder, learning, positive growth, strength, beauty and healing. Her wish is to assist all seeking, to manifest their own personal human potential and truth. She is thrilled to thrive in her next chapter in life as the owner of Centered City Yoga.

Rachel is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 500-hour E-RYT. She holds a B.S. in exercise sport science from the University of Utah. She integrates yogic philosophy into her other life passions as an elite runner, cyclist and endurance coach. She is a certified Pilates instructor and licensed massage therapist.

Yoga Style or what you teach?
I love to teach: Ashtanga, power, core based, vinyasa flow. Everything I teach has an Ashtanga influence.

Favorite yoga related book?
Too many to list! Favorite authors—not necessarily yoga, but spiritual pathways, are Pema Chodron, Richard Freeman, Osho, and Reginald A. Ray.

Favorite Asana?
I love backbends and cannot limit that to one! I also have a passion for vatayanasana.

What would be your superpower if you could have one?
I would have the ability to transport myself instantly to anywhere at any time. I sure love to see the World. I just don’t love the time it takes to get there!

Two things from your bucket list.
Write a book and spend a year traveling with no agenda to learn culture and be friends with all of my fellow humans I meet.

Arbitrarily cliche question: How has yoga impacted your life?
I use it as guidance, for how I think, feel and relate to myself, and of course everyone I touch.