Rachelle Gura – Pilates and more

  1. Pilates Teacher, Yoga Teacher, Beginner Gentle Yoga, Yoga Tune Up.

Happy Anniversary Rachelle!  Rachelle Gura has been teaching Yoga, Pilates, Yoga Tune Up, The Roll Model Method at YogaVision for 2 years. Her offerings as wide ranging and unique – just like she is.  Here is a little insight into what makes this teacher so special.  Look for her classes here

Where are you from?

Winnipeg born, grew up in Lake Tahoe, then Toronto for high school.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Freckly, Idealistic, Vibrating.

Who inspires you?

A friend with MS, her positive outlook staggers me.

How long have you been doing pilates?

8 years.

What got you into your first pilates class?

I taught the kickboxing class just before it, gave it a try and hated it!

When did you know you were hooked?

I became hooked after three classes and trying another yoga style.

Describe your teaching style?

An explorative journey of body awareness, movement and education in reversing the effects of excessive sitting.

What are your classes like?

I begin with a gentle restoration of the muscles. Then, to create balance, we move in all directions available to the major joints. Concluding with strength work to support those joints. My teaching is a fusion of yoga and pilates.

What is your favourite pose?

Bridge because it engages the posterior chain, which is so needed as it is slack most of the time due to excessive sitting.

Favourite song/genre of music to do pilates to?

Ambient, because it doesn’t distract from the practice.

Most powerful yoga moment?

Not long ago during the closing of a class, the connection in the room became overwhelming. Many of us teared up in response to that power.

Why teach Pilates?

To educate people on how they can move to feel better in their bodies, which positively translates into every aspect of their lives.

Why YogaVision?

Salimah, nuff said.

Favourite Mantra?

Sa Ta Na Ma

Favourite Mudra?

Lotus Mudra

What is the biggest difference you see in yourself since starting pilates?

I see the world as a community, not a competition.

What’s in your yoga bag?

I travel light; cell phone, mat.

Favourite pilates buddy?

Olivia, her nickname is Fawn, which says it all.

What would you tell someone who is on the fence about starting pilates?

There is no fence, there is only grass, get your a$$ to a class.