Yoga for Stress Relief

This five week series class is designed to help students get grounded during the busy holiday season. Along with proper alignment, there will be a heavy emphasis on breath and meditative focus, setting an intention, and overall healing. We will focus on unwinding tension in the neck and shoulders, low back, and hips. All are welcome, including those with injuries and pregnant women!

This course will be offered on Mondays, January 7th – February 11th from 7:00 – 8:15 pm

This 5 week series is being offered Pay-What-You-Can $25-$100. The value of this series is $100. Sign-up from here.

You can pay online for the series in increments of $10 between $25-$100. You are also welcome to pay over the phone at 434-218-7677, or in person at our Jefferson School location when we have other services going on.

This series will require a minimum of 8 people to be signed-up. If we haven’t hit the minimum we will contact those already signed up so that we all have a chance to recruit a friend or two in the last few days!

Please note: No substitutions. Cancellations for this series must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the first class; refunds will not be issued after this point. Refunds are not available for missed classes.


Rachael McGowen completed the Ana Forrest 200-hour Forrest Yoga teacher training in 2010 and has since also completed the Forrest Advanced teacher training. She’s currently working toward a 300 hour certification in Iyengar and yoga philosophy. Her teaching is most heavily influenced by Forrest Yoga because it is designed specifically for healing the aches of Western bodies and has a heavy focus on breath, healing, hands-on teaching, addressing injuries, alignment, and embodying spirit – all while being delighted by a fun, challenging, and intensive physical practice.

She recently moved to Charlottesville from Brooklyn, where she taught at Bend and Bloom, and has also taught in San Francisco at The Mindful Body, Yoga Tree, Innerstellar, and Moksha, along with working with numerous regular private clients. She encourages her students to focus on a specific intention with every practice, and to also incorporate these intentions into their lives off the mat. Rachael has also completed many workshops and trainings by other teachers in, among others, anatomy, pre- and post-natal, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and therapeutic yoga. Rachael is not only an agent for transformation of her students, but through her work in environmental sustainability. She lives here in Charlottesville with her husband Shawn and children Benji and Sylvia.