...the journey towards the Power of Yoga and Touch
In the Beginning… Dance!
Rachael began her journey into the world of dance at a young age. She attended Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto, Canada. Soon after graduating, she left home and traveled around the world performing on cruise ships. Rachael visited a friend in New York one summer and tried out at Radio City Music Hall to be a Rockette – a dream she had since she was a little girl, and one that came true. She kicked onstage as a Rockette for seven years, even performing on “Oprah” - a true highlight of her career!
In 1997, Rachael moved to Las Vegas, where she performed in shows at Harrah’s, the Flamingo, Luxor and Caesars Palace as well as acted as the Artistic Director, managing all phases of show production. With five successful projects under her belt, she counted herself blessed to receive this opportunity for growth.
During the performance phase of her life, Rachael was heavily involved in fitness. She disciplined her body to compete in figure competition and win the opportunity to appear in Oxygen and other fitness magazines. She became passionate about teaching other dancers that a strong will and strong body create a strong mind. This was important to Rachael, because she herself struggled with body image. The pressures of stage life led her to suffer an eating disorder for many years. The fitness part of her life was an inner search of strength that she lacked in physical body. Struggling with professional and personal pressures this struggle influenced her search towards emotional wellness and 'Yoga."
The Healing Power of Yoga
Rachael's curiosity, a personal obstacle and an injury led her to Yoga. What began as a search for physical strength and flexibility blossomed into a passion for something much more profound. She discovered an inner strength and inner acceptance that she never realized she had. Today, her yoga practice is a spiritual and meditative exploration of a place where she feels safe and authentic.
Certified by the Yoga Alliance, Rachael has been teaching since 2002. On her path, she has met many influential yogis who have inspired her practice and teaching methods. She has studied very closely for the past 5 years with her mentor Annie Carpenter and is eternally grateful for her wisdom. She continues to study different lineages, allowing her unique creative abilities to shine through a Vinyasa Flow style.
Living in a world defined by entertainment, Rachael’s intention is to lead students out of their preoccupation with the ideals of outward perfection and help them tap into their inner truth of love, kindness, gratitude and joy. Her challenging Vinyasa classes combine her knowledge of alignment, dancer’s grace and appreciation of music in a fun, flowing practice.
A World of Well-Being
In November 2009, Rachael completed a Thai Yoga Certification Intensive with Saul David Raye. This momentous experience led her to offer Thai yoga massage and deepened her curiosity about other body work modalities. In February 2010, Rachael went to India with her mentor Annie Carpenter and immersed herself in Ayurvedic healing and self-study. These two life-changing experiences helped Rachael recognize that she wants to educate herself more in the realm of mind, body and spirit. She then went to European Massage School for 10 months and acquired her National State Board License in Massage and Bodywork, which has helped her hone her teaching skills. If interested in booking a session, please go to her contact page and email her directly to schedule an appointment.
In the NOW
Rachael Sellars, E-RYT 500 and LMT, is a driving force behind the growth of yoga in Las Vegas. One can find her teaching group classes at Yoga Sanctuary, Fitness facilities, Notable Las Vegas Spas, Cirque Shows, Hotels, Wellness Corporations and has a large private client base throughout the city. In Rachael’s vinyasa-based classes one can expect a creative, yet disciplined, keen eye for alignment and playful style that provides both beginners and advanced, people of all ages and abilities to explore, heal and integrate body and mind in a safe, loving environment.
The past two years Rachael has been honored to join her teacher/mentor Annie Carpenter and SmartFLOW faculty as a co-teacher and assistant in 200 Hr Yoga alliance Teacher Trainings in Las Vegas and California. Her sensitive approach to mentoring practitioners in training and watch them blossom on and off the mat is rooted in deep respect and passion for Yoga. Rachael hopes to educate, motivate and elevate others to live to their fullest, most creative and authentic potential.
As a Lululemon Alumni Ambassador she has been very involved with them and the Las Vegas community for the last 4 years. Rachael was recently approached by Lululemon to present at Wanderlust Yoga Festival in Colorado. She is humbled, honored and grateful to Lululemon for giving her this amazing opportunity. Go to Wanderlust Yoga Festival and click on Colorado to see more.
With this vast professional background in Dance, Theatre, Fitness, Yoga and Massage her career has given her the knowledge and understanding of integrating physical, mental and emotional wellness.