We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Bischoff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachael, what do you attribute your success to?
Mindfulness, movement, and breath. Like many, I’ve experienced overwhelming levels of burnout. I’ve also always had a tough time focusing my entire life, too, which helps to further fuel burnout. My Mom would drop my brother and I off at school when we were young and say, “Hugs and kisses and well wishes for the day….Rachie – focus.” She always encouraged me to seek out natural remedies to help myself which ultimately led to finding yoga at a young age. The overarching feeling of mindful movement, for me, is best compared to defogging a mirror. Trickling behind this newfound clarity has been a wealth of other sweet goodness – setting healthy personal boundaries, healing internal anxieties and wounds, processing stress, introspectiveness. Think of it as turning on a light in a very dark room and finally being able to see.
Don’t let me fool you – developing a practice takes work and dedication, but once you find the sweet spot that works best for you, life can get pretty dreamy no matter how wild your circumstances may be. You won’t put a mindful movement practice down once you pick it up. Connecting the mind with the body makes it a lot easier to stop standing in your own damn way. Success becomes a hell of a lot easier to reach once you lean in to these internal processing tools.
This practice generated so many positive things within my life, so much so that it almost felt as though I was keeping a secret by not sharing it. I began teaching at 19 years old.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I believe my unique experiences with burnout, anxiety, and lack-of-focus have deeply contributed to what makes me the mindful movement facilitator I am today. I’ve spent the past 8 years working for Red Bull, 5 of those years working in Marketing & Communications for documentary feature films like The Dawn Wall, The Fourth Phase, Any One of Us, Distance Between Dreams, and more. I worked on a small but mighty team who brought documentaries to market on a global scale, both through self-release and big partnerships with big-name distributors. More recently, I work as the Media Marketing Manager working for four different brands – Vissla, SisstrEvolution, Amuse Society, & D’Blanc. As you can imagine, these have been big jobs with deep levels of responsibility, and I’ve had (and still have) experienced many meltdowns that make me feel like I’m walking neck-deep in quicksand. I truly don’t know how I would have managed (or even secured) previous and current roles had I not tapped into my favorite processing tools – movement, journaling, meditation, art, music, breath, and more (all of which help to complete the physical stress-response cycle). My mindful movement ‘business’ only exists because of the deep levels of clarity the mindful movement has brought me.
I’m a big fan of finding as many ways as possible to enhance our human experiences. I’m also interested in finding a common language among all individuals. After all, we’re all after the same thing – to be happy and healthy. I incorporate stress-management, introspection, gratitude, and ‘real-life human shit’ elements into my class offerings and workshops which, at this time, are available virtually. We have an open dialogue, we communicate together, and we allow the practice to guide us instead of the other way around. It serves everyone in it’s own unique way. The amount of time that we do get to spend together is occupied by space that allows us to be ourselves, to open our hearts, and to physically and mentally process our stuff.
I offer mindful movement by way of yin yoga, power yoga, HIIT, beginners yoga, sculpt, barre, group fitness, and introspection / intention / goal-setting workshops.
The nitty gritty of starting a new business…there are still times where I find myself holding my head a lot in awe of the level of work in front of me, feeling defeated by the weight of self-doubt, imposter syndrome, negative self-talk, and and and..but the practice seems to pull me through every time. If you’re thinking about starting a new business or setting a new goal, I highly encourage you to explore the benefits and give this silly little processing tool a whirl.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh, easy! Eats– Bluey’s Café (get the brekkie burrito and thank me later), Great White, Lily’s Malibu, Tocaya, Holy Guacamole, Neptune’s Net, Dudley Market Venice, Cha Cha Chicken, Venice Whaler, Cholada Thai. Coffee – Minottis, Toms, Cow’s End, Intelligensia, go to Bluey’s again. Hikes – Los Liones, Sandstone, basically head north on the PCH and turn right and you’ll find a beautiful hike. Yoga – Hot 8, The Yoga Collective, Yoga Salt, SoHo Yoga (when COVID safe). HIIT – Barry’s (take all of the instructors, you’ll fall in love). Surf – If you’re new, make sure you get a lesson and read the water and lineup prior to hopping in. Be mindful of others, use your breath, ask questions! Venice is fun and accessible when it’s small. I personally love riding my longboard in Malibu and southern Orange County. Drool over surfboards – Mollusk, Bing. Margaritas – Casablanca and Salazar.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to attribute a huge part of my success to Laura Rubin of @allswellcreative. She is truly my magic genie in a bottle. I wouldn’t be the movement facilitator I am today without the expanding light that Rebekah Grace Rivera is. I would not be able to get as far as I have without My Mom (Bonnie), the sweetest and brightest beaming ray of sunshine on the planet. My Dad (Ric), the world traveler who doesn’t let anything stop him from living life to it’s fullest potential. My Partner (Derek), for supporting me and cheering me on through a global pandemic.
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