Rachel Schmidt is a therapeutic yoga instructor who specializes in yoga for trauma-related issues, such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, and chronic pain. Rachel offers many modifications to make her classes truly accessible to all bodies and abilities, and she weaves a combination of yoga postures, guided meditation, mindfulness, and breathing exercises (pranayama) in every class. Her students always appreciate her combination of compassion, humour, and encouragement.

A former PhD student, Rachel was diagnosed with leukemia while halfway through her degree. During treatment she discovered private yoga therapy, which became an essential tool for repairing her body, mind, and soul. She eventually abandoned her stressful academic path for a yoga therapy career, and she now works to help others cope with traumatic events through the healing benefits of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation.

Rachel completed her 200 hour teacher training at Santosha Yoga in Ottawa and went on to complete her 500 hour training at Yoga Therapy International in Vancouver, where she taught at the Burnaby Mental Health and Addiction Centre. She now teaches therapeutic yoga for the Ottawa Police and for patients at the Seekers Centre Pain Clinic.

As a mother of two young children, a triathlete, and a “recovering” Type A personality, Rachel credits her yoga practice for keeping her grounded and reminding her what’s important.

Yoga teaches us to cure what should not be endured, and to endure that which cannot be cured.” -B.K.S. Iyengar