Rachel Bilski

Rachel Bilski started life in the countryside of northern England before natural curiosity whisked her away around the world. She began practicing yoga after a life-changing meditation retreat, and has since combined her passions for travel and yoga by attending intensive retreats and trainings throughout Europe and Asia.

Rachel is the manager of Yoga Pod Saigon and co-founder of Shanti Niwas, a yoga collaborative through which she holds yoga retreats in Portugal and teaches classes in Vietnam. Rachel takes a holistic and therapeutic approach to Yoga teaching, knowing that yoga holds many of the answers for life off the mat. You can follow her other musings on yoga, travel and life on the Shanti Niwas blog, Yoga Trade, Balance Garden orDaily Cup of Yoga.

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Articles by Rachel Bilski


The Sixth Limb of Yoga: Dharana The Sixth Limb of Yoga: Dharana The Sixth Limb of Yoga: Dharana The Sixth Limb of Yoga: Dharana


Dharana, the sixth limb of yoga, is the practice of maintaining focus on something, as a means of making the mind stable and binding body,...

Yoga & Relaxation: 3 Practices to Reset & Restore Yoga & Relaxation: 3 Practices to Reset & Restore Yoga & Relaxation: 3 Practices to Reset & Restore Yoga & Relaxation: 3 Practices to Reset & Restore


Stress and tension are all too common in today's society. If you're feeling overworked, over-tired or overwhelmed, try these 3 yogic...

Stress vs Self-Care: How to Elicit the Relaxation Response Stress vs Self-Care: How to Elicit the Relaxation Response Stress vs Self-Care: How to Elicit the Relaxation Response Stress vs Self-Care: How to Elicit the Relaxation Response


Our bodies are equipped with an exceptional counterbalance to the toll of life’s stresses: the relaxation response. Here's how to trigger...

Dirgha Pranayama: An Introduction to Three-Part Breath Dirgha Pranayama: An Introduction to Three-Part Breath Dirgha Pranayama: An Introduction to Three-Part Breath Dirgha Pranayama: An Introduction to Three-Part Breath


Feeling anxious, stressed or even just a little short of breath? Dirgha Pranayama, a simple, 3-part breathing technique can help you feel...

Mindful Consumption for a Joyful New Year Mindful Consumption for a Joyful New Year Mindful Consumption for a Joyful New Year Mindful Consumption for a Joyful New Year


We can use mindfulness like a second skin to help protect ourselves from absorbing negative nutriments. Learn how to mindfully manifest a...

Why We Twist in Yoga: The Benefits of This Simple Action Why We Twist in Yoga: The Benefits of This Simple Action Why We Twist in Yoga: The Benefits of This Simple Action Why We Twist in Yoga: The Benefits of This Simple Action


Twists are an integral part of yoga, but why do we do them? Read on to discover why twists are so good for you and how they help energize...

Suffering & Sweetness: Understanding Duhkha and Sukha to Deepen Your Practice Suffering & Sweetness: Understanding Duhkha and Sukha to Deepen Your Practice Suffering & Sweetness: Understanding Duhkha and Sukha to Deepen Your Practice Suffering & Sweetness: Understanding Duhkha and Sukha to Deepen Your Practice


Understanding duhkha and sukha can help deepen your practice and help you learn to find contentment in the present moment.

Is Your Chi Blocked? Is Your Chi Blocked? Is Your Chi Blocked? Is Your Chi Blocked?


Energy is driving force of all life, but it is delicately maintained. When your chi becomes blocked, your physical and mental state can...

Headstand Headstand Headstand Headstand


Conquer your fear by learning about all of the benefits of headstand (and inversions), how to safely practice it and 3 tips to help you...

Satsang Satsang Satsang Satsang


If your spiritual cup is feeling a little empty, you’re probably yearning for satsang. Learn what this Sanskrit word means and why it's...

Yoga Teacher Yoga Teacher Yoga Teacher Yoga Teacher


It's normal to have doubts if you're new to teaching yoga. Here are five common ones addressed from a rational, positive perspective by a...

Home Yoga Practice Home Yoga Practice Home Yoga Practice Home Yoga Practice


Be inspired to create your own sequence with these tips and gain confidence in your at-home yoga practice.

Trust in Your Truth Through the Knowledge of Hinduism's 6 Pramana Trust in Your Truth Through the Knowledge of Hinduism's 6 Pramana Trust in Your Truth Through the Knowledge of Hinduism's 6 Pramana Trust in Your Truth Through the Knowledge of Hinduism's 6 Pramana


Learn how the mind functions through the lens of Hindu philosophy and the six pramana.

A Call to Action: Karma Yoga's Origins and How to Practice This Selfless Lifestyle A Call to Action: Karma Yoga's Origins and How to Practice This Selfless Lifestyle A Call to Action: Karma Yoga's Origins and How to Practice This Selfless Lifestyle A Call to Action: Karma Yoga's Origins and How to Practice This Selfless Lifestyle


Karma yoga is known as the yoga of selfless action. Delve deeper into its philosophy, origins, practices and some guidance on if it's the...

Yoga Travel Yoga Travel Yoga Travel Yoga Travel


Only needing your body, breath and mind, you can easily maintain your yoga practice even while traveling. Here are four tips how!

Know More About Jnana Yoga: The Path of Wisdom Know More About Jnana Yoga: The Path of Wisdom Know More About Jnana Yoga: The Path of Wisdom Know More About Jnana Yoga: The Path of Wisdom


Jnana yoga is the yogic path of wisdom, but maybe not in the sense you're thinking. Learn more about this classical school of yoga and...

Dharana and Dhyana: Misconceptions of Meditation Explained Dharana and Dhyana: Misconceptions of Meditation Explained Dharana and Dhyana: Misconceptions of Meditation Explained Dharana and Dhyana: Misconceptions of Meditation Explained


As much as the yogic concepts of dharana and dhyana seem so similar, so, too, are they different. Separating them as stages in a process,...

Bhakti Yoga: How the Path of Devotion Connects Us in a Disconnected Modern World Bhakti Yoga: How the Path of Devotion Connects Us in a Disconnected Modern World Bhakti Yoga: How the Path of Devotion Connects Us in a Disconnected Modern World Bhakti Yoga: How the Path of Devotion Connects Us in a Disconnected Modern World


Bhakti is one of yoga’s four main paths to self-realization. As the path of devotion, Bhakti yoga can help connect us to our community, to...

Contemplation Contemplation Contemplation Contemplation


Explore curiosity, questioning and contemplation. And get practical advice on how to connect with your innate inquisitiveness.

Namaste and Namaskar: Greeting the Divine Namaste and Namaskar: Greeting the Divine Namaste and Namaskar: Greeting the Divine Namaste and Namaskar: Greeting the Divine


Palms together at heart centre, a bow of the head and a soft whisper of 'Namaste' or 'Namaskar.' Why do yogis greet each other this way?...

The Meaning of Moksha The Meaning of Moksha The Meaning of Moksha The Meaning of Moksha


To reach moksha all we need to do to find peace and purpose in this life is to remember that we are more than just a physical body. But how...

The First Step of Yoga: Yama The First Step of Yoga: Yama The First Step of Yoga: Yama The First Step of Yoga: Yama


The five Yamas provide social codes of conduct that are necessary for a true understanding of the spirit of yoga. Here's an introduction to...

Reality Reality Reality Reality


Explore the concepts of Brahman and maya, as well as how yoga can be used as a tool to lift the veil of reality.

Silence Silence Silence Silence


Silence is a practical (and spiritual) means of improving well-being, finding clarity and re-engaging with the world around you.

Meditation & Mindfulness: What's the Difference? Meditation & Mindfulness: What's the Difference? Meditation & Mindfulness: What's the Difference? Meditation & Mindfulness: What's the Difference?


Mindfulness and meditation get a lot of attention, but what's the difference between these two practices? Here's what these two techniques...

Q&A by Rachel Bilski


How do I use mala beads? How do I use mala beads? How do I use mala beads? How do I use mala beads?


Most meditation practitioners use objects of concentration to help focus the mind on the present moment; whether breath, drishti or...

Can yoga help me reboot? How? Can yoga help me reboot? How? Can yoga help me reboot? How? Can yoga help me reboot? How?


We’ve all heard that classic question when technology starts playing up; “have you tried switching it off and on again?”...

What should I do after I meditate? What should I do after I meditate? What should I do after I meditate? What should I do after I meditate?


With meditation, often comes clarity. Imagine shaking up a bottle of water that’s half full of sand; the constant motion creates a...

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