Rachel Ottaviano - Breathing Space

Rachel tried her first yoga class nearly two decades ago and dabbled in the practice over the years, but became a serious practitioner in 2010 when looking for stress relief and self-care from her busy role as a public elementary school teacher. Coming to her mat after a busy day of teaching allowed her to completely release and renew her energy. Over the years, Rachel incorporated many parts of her practice- breathing, meditation, asana, and mindfulness- into her classroom with students. She loved seeing how daily breathing and mindfulness helped her young students self-regulate and manage their emotions. After nearly a decade of consistent practice, Rachel completed her 200 hour training at Embrace Yoga DC in 2019. She is grateful to combine her two passions, yoga and education, and share mindfulness and yoga to young learners in a fun, accessible way. 

Rachel¬†is a former elementary school teacher and has worked in schools that required teachers to incorporate social emotional learning and wellness into daily class routines. She has experience with several curriculum and created her own programs as a teacher to nurture student’s social and emotional skills. She has 15+ years experience as an educator.

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