Rachel Collins has a backgound and a degree in Psychology and spent many years working with families and children with special needs, including autistic children. Her work with special needs children led her to explore Ayurveda and Yoga as viable health systems. Rachel has been practicing Yoga since 2001 and has been teaching Yoga at Elysium Sanctuary since 2006. She completed the Heart of Yoga with School of Ashtanga Yoga Dublin in 2006. She furthered her training with David Swenson, Manju Jois, and John Scott. She completed her Teacher Training Diploma with John Scott Yoga (RYS 200) in 2014. She continues to teach Ashtanga Yoga according to the teachings of John Scott and follows his adherence to precision in movement and guiding the class with the traditional Sanskrit count. Simultaneously while training in Yoga, Rachel pursued her passion for Ayurveda. She trained as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Therapist with the European Institute of Vedic Studies under Vaidya Atreya Smith. She received a certificate of Advanced Clinical Study in Ayurveda from the Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation in Nagpur, India. Rachel completed a 4 week internship in 2017 at his Ayurvedic Panchakarma clinic in Nagpur where she deepened her clinical practice including learning advanced Ayurvedic treatments. She is the founder of Anadi Ayurveda offering both consultations and treatments in Ayurveda. Rachel also teaches the Ayurveda curriculum for the Earthwise Yoga Teacher Training program. She recently founded Vivaha Yoga in order to offer the powerful combination of Ayurveda and Yoga as one unified system of practice. Rachel has experienced the multitude of health benefits that Ayurveda can provide and has witnessed that its application to Yoga not only increases the profound benefits of Yoga but also provides the firm foundation for the yoga student to be able to meet his or her goals on and off the mat.