“Alignment is not just about your body,
it is about living your life with less effort and more ease.”
~ Rachel Krentzman
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Rachel Krentzman PT, ERYT 500, C-IAYT
With extensive training in Purna Yoga and Iyengar Yoga, and over twenty years experience in the field of physical therapy and rehabilitation, Rachel shares a deeper perspective on the mind-body-spirit connection in the realm of pain management and optimal health and well being.
St. Louis, Missouri,,
Even with my training as a nurse, 30+ years of yoga practice, teacher training, and multiple workshops – I am still learning new things! Rachel has such a wonderful, in depth knowledge of anatomy and a very clear way of sharing that knowledge verbally, through visuals, and then demonstrating how it works with yoga poses…truly a gift.
Happy Back Yoga Academy Graduate 2020,
I ENROLLED IN RACHEL’S HAPPY BACK YOGA PROFESSIONAL TRAINING ON THE ADVICE OF A FRIEND WHO READ HER YOGA BOOKS, “YOGA FOR A HAPPY BACK” AND “SCOLIOSIS, YOGA THERAPY & THE ART OF LETTING GO.” I MUST ADMIT THAT I HAD RESERVATIONS ABOUT A TOTALLY ONLINE CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSE, AS I AM A “HANDS ON” LEARNER. AFTER WATCHING MY FIRST VIDEO LECTURE WITH RACHEL, MY CONCERNS WERE ALL PUT ASIDE. RACHEL IS SO THOROUGH IN HER EXPLANATION, PRECISE IN HER CUES, AND DETAILED IN HER MODELING OF THE POSES. I ACTUALLY FEEL LIKE I BENEFITED, BECAUSE I COULD REPLAY THE VIDEOS AS MANY TIMES AS I NEEDED TO IN ORDER TO ABSORB IT ALL. THE ZOOM MEETINGS TIED IT ALL TOGETHER, AND ANY QUESTIONS WERE ALWAYS THOROUGHLY ADDRESSED. AND NOW I HAVE ALL THE LECTURES AND PRACTICES FOREVER!
THE HAPPY BACK YOGA COURSE MADE MY PERSONAL PRACTICE MORE INFORMED, HEALTHIER AND MORE PROFOUND. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT SHARING MY NEWFOUND KNOWLEDGE WITH MY STUDENTS.
Very enriching training, both as a yoga practitioner and yoga teacher. The classes were very detailed and integrated theoretical and practical training which gave me a whole new perspective on yoga. I am already incorporated all that I learned into my practice and the classes I teach.
MSPT, COMT, RYT,,
Rachel’s workshops combine sound scientifically-based knowledge with the wisdom of Yoga. Rachel is an eloquent speaker, a natural teacher and a gifted healer. I felt like I learned more than I expected to learn in an experiential way and had a lot of fun doing it.
,Author of Hatha Yoga Asanas, Yoga Teacher, and Medical Doctor,,
As a health care professional, Rachel brings in-depth knowledge and insight to her teaching that is an invaluable benefit to her students. Her expertise regarding musculoskeletal mechanics and pathology, combined with her compassionate instinct as a healer, form the perfect union of precision and tenderness. It was my privilege to study with Rachel and I gained an enhanced expertise and skill in yoga therapy, anatomy and kinesiology. This training is essential for any yoga teacher seeking a deeper knowledge of how to safely and competently guide students with injuries and joint problems safely through their yoga practices.
Rachel is a teacher’s teacher. As a seasoned physical therapist and healthy back expert, she brings a broad base of knowledge and the confidence that comes from experience to every injury and interaction. Her gentle way and healing hands have helped me manage my back issues and her full and purposeful life inspire me to live my life mindfully.
After the very first time I used Rachel’s instruction to free up the shoulders and neck several of my students said they felt relief from persistent and long-term tension and pressure. The simplicity of the poses made them useful for each and every student with a minimum of adjustment, which is great for a relatively large class. It works like magic.
Registered Yoga Teacher,,
The Happy Back Training with Rachel was an incredibly valuable experience. It has given me more confidence teaching my classes, knowing that I can safely instruct students who come to me with back pain. I was able to start using Rachel’s therapeutic sequences immediately in my classes and my students are very happy! Thanks, Rachel!
I was completely impressed with the Happy Back program. It is a well-structured curriculum that provides a highly dynamic learning environment and prepares students well for the challenges of assessing, treating, and instructing clients on the health and management of their spine. As a physical therapist new to the therapeutic aspects of yoga, I felt it was highly valuable, very applicable, and tremendously thought-provoking. Rachel is superb, her teaching is outstanding, entertaining, relevant, and genuinely instructive. How lucky we are to do what we love. Take this class. Two thumbs up!
Author, Asanas for Autism,,
The Happy Back Training with Rachel was a game-changer for me. I came away from the training with a wealth of knowledge, tools and confidence to be able to provide therapeutic classes and private sessions for individuals suffering from back and neck pain. Rachel’s incredible knowledge and experience as well as her approach to teaching is like no other. She creates an open, thoughtful, and supportive atmosphere for learning and growing as teachers and students. I would recommend this training to anyone who has a passion for yoga therapeutics and wants to have a deeper understanding of anatomy and facilitating spinal health.