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"I was sexually abused as a child, and while years of therapy helped me cope with the trauma, nothing returned a sense of connection with my body. A psychologist suggested I try Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and recommended Rachel.
From the start I received validation for my experiences and felt like this was what I had been missing for years.
Each session with Rachel was enjoyable, safe, eye-opening and calming. Whenever I struggled, Rachel knew what to do and helped me process it. I learned the names and reasons for my reactions, which helped me accept myself. I was finally about to accept my body, to connect with it, to appreciate my body and to stop hating and raging at it like I used to.
Working with Rachel was one of the biggest gifts I gave to myself ever. "
"This has been an amazing experience for me. You really managed to create a space where I felt truly comfortable to "do what I feel like" and to explore what that might be.
It's also been incredibly validating to learn about the ways in which trauma affects all people, to know that my experiences make sense and that my body and mind did what they had to do to get by. I'm so grateful to have found this new way to connect with my body."
"I never thought that a yoga instructor would be as supportive as any other therapist and that you'd be such a pillar in my process.
It felt so natural and like a holistic experience within my therapeutic process and journey."
"Wow, what an experience.
I really hope Trauma Sensitive Yoga can become a thing in Israel - there is so much need for it.
I'm really very impressed. I now understand why traditional yoga is so upsetting, and at times unbearable for me."
"I reacted to the war in May differently than I otherwise would have, because of our work together - specifically how we practice making choices.
In the past sirens would trigger me to completely freeze or panic. This time, even though I was still anxious, I was able to notice what was happening in my body and choose how I want to respond. It helped me feel in control, and to cope - even my partner noticed and commented on the change in me.