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Raquel Alves
Yoga Teacher

In Trusted Hands

Raquel has a wealth of expertise and extensive training to call on, including:

  • Uniquely, being one of the two Para Yoga Licensed Teachers in the UK

  • Qualified with British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) & Sivananda Yoga

  • 500 hrs RYT & 500 hrs E-RYT with Yoga Alliance

  • Certificate of Education, Surrey University

  • Senior Teacher Trainer and Mentor for Yoga Campus

  • Foundation Course Teacher and Teaching Practice Observer (TPOT) for British Wheel of Yoga (BWY).

  • A Yoga Therapist, Body Therapist, Ayurveda, Aromatherapy, Indian head massage, Reiki & Esoteric healing.



Rich Linage

Raquel met her current teacher, Yogarupa, Rod Stryker in 2006 and has studied extensively with him in the ParaYoga discipline and assists him when he comes to the UK and Europe to teach.

Raquel began her journey at just 13, taking up Transcendental Meditation (TM) before undertaking self-study from the Sivananda Yoga book in her early 20’s and qualifying as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher in 1992.

Raquel then lived with Swami Dayamurti (Swami Satchidananda) for 1 year and worked with her for 7 years as well as completing a yoga therapy course with Sushill Batcharya of Nepal.

From 2000 Raquel studied Ashtanga Yoga under the guidance of John Scott. In 2004 she spent 4 months studying with Sri K. Pattabi Jois in India.

More recently, from 2012 she has extensively studied with the Himalayan Institute, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, USA. 

She continues her own learning and has worked widely with many international renowned teachers, including David Swenson, Lino Miele, Mat & Etzy, Sarah Powers, Shiva Ray, Richard Freedman, Ana Forrest, Liz Lark, Judith Lassiter, Doug Keller, Rolf Slovik, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Sheri Fredrickson and many more.


Personal Ethos

Raquel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teaching, encouraging and empowering her students to observe, learn, understand, challenge their habits, thinking and bodies, whilst having fun and building strength, calm and stability.

About Me

“Teaching is my great joy. Sharing my passion, passing on knowledge and witnessing individuals connect with their inner strength and wisdom is a true privilege.”

I know of no other teacher that has such sound knowledge and depth of understanding of yoga philosophy and all aspects of Yoga practice

Raquel is like a Yoga Guru to me!


Student of Raquel for over 10 years

I love Raquel’s teaching for her integrity, humour, insight and vast knowledge, all that helps enrich our practice.

Raquel has the ability to deviate from her class plan if needed, to correct bad habits and posture and to challenge and open our minds to change.



Student of Raquel for over 10 years

Raquel is an exceptional teacher with a genuine passion and depth of traditional belief, knowledge and experience that she so willingly shares

Raquel’s teaching has helped me transform on so many levels! 


Student of Raquel for over 5 years

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