Rachel Skinner, LMT, CYT
I am a born healer, space holder, and seeker of wisdom. I have explored a variety of different traditional healing modalities and have found my strengths in yoga, Thai massage, astral meditation, and Bowen technique. In 2012, I completed a 500hr yoga teacher training that included a Thai yoga massage training. Thai massage showed me how human touch can comfort and heal both physical and emotional wounds. In 2016, I became a licensed massage therapist, graduating from a 650-hour massage program and opened my own practice in Los Angeles. I traveled to Thailand twice to further my studies in Thai Massage and Thai Traditional Medicine. Most recently, I live in Portland, Oregon and my work has returned to the energetics of the body with training in Bowen Technique.
The goal of my work is to help people find inner peace with themselves and in difficult life situations. Clients report experiencing deep reassurance and connection and often describe being in an altered or euphoric state during our sessions. I show clients how to look for answers by going inward instead of grasping for things outside of themselves. With yoga, meditation, and bodywork, my work has always been formulated to help people experience the astral plane and embrace their Higher Self where they shed all limiting beliefs and cultural conditioning and where they become one with the Universe. I keep returning to the wisdom that we have everything we need inside of us. The journey becomes a quest to unlock the Truths already embedded in our cells.
Since returning to Portland, I’ve been loving establishing myself in my community through my work and through creating Portland Moon Sisters. Moon Sisters grew out of my deep desire to build community among inspired, soulful women, and the belief that sisterhood can help women heal soul wounds, reclaim their feminine power, and unlock deep self-respect and self-love. We come together every New Moon to immerse in the energy of sisterhood and unify our intentions around a theme of transformation. Together, we create a powerful presence to break out of our culture’s ingrained behavioral molds of competition and divisiveness, replacing them instead with connectedness and support. This and collaborating with Caroline Cardino in creating Rising Moon School of Yoga has aligned me with my soul’s path and purpose of teaching.
Caroline Cardino - Yoga Teacher, Visionary Craniosacral Worker, Spiritual Coach
A life-long Seeker, I’ve explored many yoga, meditation, and spiritual traditions for over 20 years. I began teaching yoga full time in 2007 and practicing Visionary Craniosacral Work in 2008. Over the past decade, my teaching practice has developed into a nondogmatic blend of the movement and energetic practices that resonate with me most.
My yoga teaching is student-focused: each class is intuitively sequenced to meet the needs of those present. I love helping people discover new ways to inhabit and relate to their bodies. I love witnessing students grow stronger and more fearless in their practice. I love facilitating their spiritual and energetic journeys, and I deeply appreciate the way my own journey evolves in the process. I believe there are as many ways to practice yoga as there are people, and that my role as a teacher of yoga is to help others find their practice.
I’ve taught classes and workshops at studios in Los Angeles, Austin, and Portland, working with hundreds of yoga and bodywork clients seeking pain relief, emotional healing, or energetic alignment. Since 2007, I've completed three Forrest Yoga Teacher Trainings, and trainings in Prenatal & postpartum Yoga, TRE (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises), tai chi, qigong, Zen Shiatsu, massage therapy, and Visionary Craniosacral Work.
Co-creating the Rising Moon School of Yoga with Rachel has been a deeply fulfilling opportunity to share the full spectrum of Yoga with other seekers. Under the umbrella of our School of Yoga, I’m launching my first Yoga Immersion & Teacher Training in January, 2020: an easily accessible, six-month online program bookended by two intense, experiential Immersion Retreats. My intention is to create a non-dogmatic, integrated, embodied experience of yoga for those in a process of transformation and self-evolution.
I currently offer Visionary Craniosacral Work, yoga, guided meditation, qigong, spiritual coaching, and trauma healing sessions in both Portland and Los Angeles.