RACHEL CIESLEWICZ-Co-Founder of Yoga Soul St. George Utah, ERYT-500, Bachelor of Science—University of Utah, LMT, Founder of NewAgeAthlete.com
Rachel was raised primarily in the Mojave desert of St. George, Utah. Rachel’s yoga journey started young, at the age of five. She dedicated herself as a student of yoga at the age of 18, while attending the University of Utah. Rachel’s main path is Ashtanga yoga. Her guru is Manju Jois. Other insightful yoga teachers are Sondra Fraleigh, Jeff Silverstein, Stephen Brown, Peter Francyk, and D’ana Baptiste, from whom she received her 600-hour yoga certification.
Rachel continuously inspires others to learn what it truly means to live a fulfilling life of joy. Her young son, Canyon, inspires her own deepest love and strength. Her lyrical and purposeful classes carry the intention for others to find their own inner beauty and strength, and to connect with their infinite potential. Her students develop the courage and love, on and off the mat, to manifest their dreams and live a beautiful life. This is all while becoming healthy and strong in body, mind and soul.
Rachel and her husband, Eric Martin, created Yoga Soul Studio as an expression of love, for a healthy community. She guides each student and teacher of the studio to share wonder, learning, positive growth, strength, beauty and healing. Her wish is to assist all seeking, to manifest their own personal human potential and truth. She is thrilled to thrive in her next chapter in life with Centered City Yoga.
Rachel is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a 500-hour E-RYT. She holds a B.S. in exercise sport science from the University of Utah. She integrates yogic philosophy into her other life passions as an elite runner, cyclist and endurance coach. She is a certified Pilates instructor and licensed massage therapist.
ERIC MARTIN-Co-Founder of Yoga Soul St. George Utah
Eric is an exemplary example of a highly successful businessman living a balanced yogic lifestyle. He holds a B.S. in computer science, with an MBA in business finance and administration, and is an RYT 200 with the Yoga Alliance. He has spent almost 25 years assisting the turn-around of distressed businesses in many industries. His current role is CIO of a company based in Manhattan with dozens of offices throughout the United States and Canada as his full time job. In his off hours, Eric coaches clients for running and cycling, and assists his loving wife, Rachel, managing Yoga Soul in St. George, Utah. This highlights the truth that it is possible to have a family, run a business, and be a huge asset working an executive role with great health and inspiration due to his healthy lifestyle.
How did Eric find yoga? The truth is, yoga found him and restored his health after 2 separate motorcycle accidents, which left him in severe and chronic pain for 15 years. In 2000, after much searching he ended up in a yoga class in a gym. After a few weeks of attending gym yoga, he found his pain began to subside slightly. But he felt there was more than could be offered in a gym. Thus began a search for a deeper practice. Eric traveled extensively for work. He began seeking yoga studios at each city he visited for work. He was exposed to a plethora of styles and teachers.
In 2003, Eric met Manju Jois on one of his many business trips to New York. Eric was changed by Manju’s powerful and authentic teaching ability. His residual back pain disappeared with Manju as his teacher. Eric has since dedicated himself to training under him. Manju is the pure lineage of Ashtanga since his father Pattabhi Jois passed away several years ago. He teaches a simple, profound practice that sets Eric and anyone whom dedicates to learning under him apart from all who teach an incomplete yoga style. Eric teaches yoga with the spirit of Manju in his heart. He stays close to his Ashtanga roots with perfect adjustments and a humble, yet empowering voice. The opportunity to experience Eric as your teacher is an experience to seek after. Eric teaches on at Yoga Soul on Sunday mornings and along with a select few other classes.
Yoga found Jenny in 2006. She loved it! It made her feel good. The best surprise was that it not only strengthened her physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. As an active mother of 5, involved in church and community, yoga brought a needed balance to her life. In 2007 Rock Climbing became a part of her life as well. Combining the two, she has taught hundreds of youth and adults rock climbing and yoga. Jenny completed her 200 hour yoga training in Ashtanga/Vinyasa in 2013 from The YogaLoft in Ogden.
She will always be a student of the practice and is grateful for the loving guidance and wisdom her teachers have shown her. Jenny’s Vinyasa classes fuse energy, breath and movement into creative sequences that strengthen the body, enliven the senses and help you to intelligently play your edge. An athletic and vibrant practice based in ashtanga and unique each time, these classes deliver a leaner, more athletic body and a calmer, more focused mind. Jenny’s Shortform Ashtanga classes are based on the Primary Series. It is a foundational, consistent class with movement initiating from the rhythm of your breath. The lean flexible muscles and breath control developed in this class help with whatever athletic adventures you participate in and is a great preventative for injury and illness.
If you would have told Alan five years ago that he would be an accomplished 70-year-old yoga teacher, he would have laughed and called you crazy!
If he’d known how complex and exhausting training was going to be, he may not have done it. But since he has completed the 200 hours of Ashtanga yoga teacher training, he has discovered he is extremely grateful that he can share his practice and conviction of the power of yoga with others, and they, too, will gain the benefits. Especially those who may never have believed, for a lot of reasons, that they could participate.
Alan sincerely believes in the benefits that yoga can bring to everyone. He greets everyone with a warm smile and carries a calming spirit. If you have attended one of Alan’s classes, you know he lives what he teaches. His goal is to reach out to those just like him; people in their later years, or just beginning who might be intimidated. I want to reach these people and show them they can do it! he says, “When one sticks with yoga, the impossible becomes possible and the possible becomes easy.”
No matter your age, experience, size or fitness level we hope you will come see him and learn for yourself how yoga can truly transform your life. Try Alan’s delightful classes which open with gentle twists, grounding and standing tall, slow gentle stretching, and lots of breathing techniques.
Madalyn began her yoga journey in 2014. From the start, she could tell there was something special about the practice and fell in love. A few short months later, her teacher mentioned a yoga study offered by the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. Even though the studio was 3.5 hours away from her hometown in northern Minnesota, being a firm believer in following your intuition, Madalyn followed her heart and dove right in. After 18 months of driving back and forth regularly, in 2016 she completed her 200-hour teacher training.
Yoga has fundamentally changed the way Madalyn experiences life. Her yoga practice continues to teach her to approach all aspects of life with a sense of curiosity, love, and gratitude; she hopes her students will have a similarly transformative experience. By encouraging students to meet themselves exactly where they are be it concerning flexibility, strength, habits, or emotions her priority as a teacher is to foster an environment where students can safely and holistically benefit from yoga.
Madalyn’s practice, which continues to evolve every day, draws from various yoga traditions. Her classes include an eclectic blend of these traditions, drawing inspiration from Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini, Viniyoga, Vinyasa, and Yin yoga.
When she’s not on the mat, Madalyn enthusiastic about living life to the fullest. This usually means spending as much time as possible outdoors, going to concerts and music festivals, and seizing any opportunity to learn. She is currently attending Dixie State University as a psychology major, and aspires to research and practice yoga/meditation therapy as a treatment for clients struggling with mental illness and substance abuse.
SONDRA FRALEIGH, Professor
Shin Somatics – an approach to healing and personal transformation developed by Sondra Horton Fraleigh through her teaching of dance and movement, integrative bodywork, philosophy and meditation. Her work is informed by her certification in the Feldenkrais Method and CranioSacral Therapy – as also her study of Myofascial Release, Effective Communication, Japanese Butoh, Yoga, and Zen meditation.
For more than 30 years, Professor Sondra Fraleigh has been a leader in the study of movement and dance. She is professor emeritus of the State University of New York, College at Brockport, where she chaired the Department of Dance. Her innovative choreography based in somatics and inspired by butoh has been seen on tour in America, Germany, India, the UK, and Japan. She served as president of the Congress on Research in Dance, and as a Faculty Exchange Scholar for the State University of New York. Her articles have been published in texts on dance and movement, philosophy, somatics, and developmental psychology.
Professor Fraleigh is the author of seven books: Land to Water Yoga (2009), BUTOH: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy (2010), Hijikata Tatsumi & Ohno Kazuo (2006), Dancing Identity: Metaphysics in Motion (2004), Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen and Japan (1999), Researching Dance (1999), and Dance and the Lived Body (1987). She has also published many articles and book chapters, including “Freedom, Gravity, and Grace” in the Somatics Magazine/Journal of the Mind/Body Arts and Sciences, and “How Things Fall Apart: Alteration of Body in Music and Dance,” in Bodily Expression in Electronic Music, edited by Deniz Peters, Gerhard Eckel, and Andreas Dorchel, London: Routledge Press, Routledge Reserach in Music, 2012. She received the Outstanding Service to Dance Research Award from the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) in 2003.
Sondra Fraleigh teaches international workshops through her Eastwest Somatics Institute, which certifies Somatic Movement Therapists through Yoga Alliance and ISMETA. She lives in the beautiful red desert country of St. George Utah and is often a guest teacher of dance and somatic studies in the United States and other countries. Sondra also composes music, having studied music since childhood, and composition as a music major and graduate student. Lou Harrison advised her graduate thesis on music for dance. She believes that the living body of the earth and our human body are interwoven, and that healing the earth and ourselves will be the major work of the 21st century.
JOHN T. JONES II, Ph.D.
John is the Director of Red Rock Meditation Center where he teaches courses on mindfulness and cultivating positive mind states (loving-kindness, compassion, gratitude, appreciative joy). He is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at Dixie State University where he teaches multiple courses, including Personality Theory and Mindfulness and Well-being. He has been studying mindfulness for over a decade and practicing formally for four years. He lives in St. George with his wife Kirsten and their two children Abby and Oliver. He teaches Mindfulness Meditation at Yoga Soul. Website: http://redrockmeditation.org/index.html