Raquel Alves is a Para Yoga, BWY and Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Raquel is also a yoga therapist, she is a qualified Body therapist in various styles, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy and Indian head massage, Reiki and Esoteric healing. She is a Mentor for Yoga Campus Teacher training, a Foundation course teacher and TPOT observer for BWY.
Raquel began her journey at the age of 13 – when initiated into TM meditation. Her interest in yoga asanas started in her early 20’s & began to learn from the Sivananda yoga book. She emigrated to England & her teacher suggested she do a teacher training course which she completed in 1992 & qualified as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher and started teaching then. Still seeking more knowledge, Raquel joined the British Wheel of Yoga to work very closely with Swami Dayamurti with whom she lived for a year. She also completed a yoga therapy course with Sushill Batcharya of Nepal. She has also worked extensively with the Iyengar system, which she uses in her teaching to emphasise correct alignment. She came across Ashtanga Yoga 2000 and begun practicing under the guidance of John Scott. In November 2004 she went to study in India, she spent 4 months studying with Sri K. Pattabi Jois.
In 2006 she met her teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker and is now a Para Yoga Teacher, she assists him when he comes to the UK and Europe to teach.. She has worked extensively with many well known teachers, to name a few, David Swenson, Lino Miele, Mat & Etzy, Sarah Powers, Shiva Ray, Richard Freedman, Ana Forrest, Liz Lark and many more.
She brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching & empowers her students to have fun, and to enquiry within, and empower themselves.