Urban Lotus Project
Rachel Solomon - ULP Teacher
My journey to yoga came from a place of pain; illness, two pregnancies, and life challenges had resulted in chronic back pain. I realized that the pain was limiting my abilities as a mother, and as a creator, and I knew something had to change. After a physical therapist told me to strengthen my core, I began making time daily to practice yoga. I discovered that beyond physical healing, a daily yoga practice calms the mind, reduces stress and helps maintain a calm composure even off the mat. As my body healed, my ability to engage in other activities also increased, and my days became more productive; they were marked by happiness and satisfaction with my contributions to my home and family, instead of by pain. Today, my days are centered around my daily yoga practice, a routine I plan to keep for as long as I am able.
I was introduced to ULP through a co-worker, and knew I had to get involved! Sharing the healing nature of yoga with others is my passion, and I firmly believe that the more people who do yoga, the more peaceful our world will become. As a former elementary school teacher, I felt my skills were a perfect match for ULP.
I am a very creative person, so I spend much of my free time working on various creative projects. I love to sew, and make clothing for myself, for family, and friends. I also enjoy working with wood, writing stories for my children, cooking, and listening to music. Community is at the heart of my world, with friends and family coming over regularly for shared meals and play dates.
My Mantra: There is an ancient saying, “whoever saves one life, saves the whole world.”
Sometimes the world seems so big and scary, it can be easy to become disheartened, and feel that there is no point in even trying to make a change. With seven billion people, it’s difficult to see the effect your actions may have in the long term, or in the big picture. To me, this saying is reminding us that even if you change only one person’s path, and bring them to a better place, your actions have changed the entire world for the better. If my classes help even one student, they are worth teaching!