Rachel Bilski

Rachel Bilski started life in the countryside of northern England before her 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 co-founded Shanti Niwas, a yoga collaborative through which she holds yoga retreats in Portugal and teaches classes in Vietnam. You can follow her musings on yoga and life on the Shanti Niwas blog.

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Articles by Rachel Bilski


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.

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.

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