Raquel Alves is a Para Yoga, BWY and Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Raquel is also a yoga therapist, she is a qualified Body therapist in various styles, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy and Indian head massage, Reiki and Esoteric healing. She is a Mentor for Yoga Campus Teacher training, a Foundation course teacher and TPOT observer for BWY.

Raquel began her journey at the age of 13 – when initiated into TM meditation. Her interest in yoga asanas started in her early 20’s & began to learn from the Sivananda yoga book. She emigrated to England & her teacher suggested she do a teacher training course which she completed in 1992 & qualified as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher and started teaching then. Still seeking more knowledge, Raquel joined the British Wheel of Yoga to work very closely with Swami Dayamurti with whom she lived for a year. She also completed a yoga therapy course with Sushill Batcharya of Nepal. She has also worked extensively with the Iyengar system, which she uses in her teaching to emphasise correct alignment. She came across Ashtanga Yoga 2000 and begun practicing under the guidance of John Scott. In November 2004 she went to study in India, she spent 4 months studying with Sri K. Pattabi Jois.

In 2006 she met her teacher Yogarupa Rod Stryker and is now a Para Yoga Teacher, she assists him when he comes to the UK and Europe to teach.. She has worked extensively with many well known teachers, to name a few, David Swenson, Lino Miele, Mat & Etzy, Sarah Powers, Shiva Ray, Richard Freedman, Ana Forrest, Liz Lark and many more.

She brings a wealth of knowledge to her teaching & empowers her students to have fun, and to enquiry within, and empower themselves.


Raquel instructs the following:
  • Radiant Self - The BackBend Practice
  • Radiant Self - The BackBend Practice
    Full day workshop  10.30am -5pm 
    Investment £60 

    According to the yoga sutras there are 5 causes of suffering called the kleshas. These are deep psycho-emotional triggers that affect everything we do, say and feel.

    The workshop will start with an overview of the kleshas to give you juicy insights into these concepts which we experience daily. Then you’ll move into a heart-opening asana practice to give insight how it can help you access ways to release the fear and smallchanges to and help overcome blockages that may stagnate in the body.

    In this workshop you can expect to:
    - identifywhere you are stuck psychologically and emotionally
    - understand how the kleshas play out in real life through thoughtsand habits
    - work with heart openers through the lens of the kleshas
    - learn the subtle anatomy of heart openers including bridge, bow, and pigeon backbend including modifications and variations

    The kleshas are one of the most accessible andefficient ways to experience very deep shifts of consciousness.

    There will also be a  meditation to build self confidence which is related to the Radiant self and Yoga nidra

    Booking is Essential as limited spaces available