We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Dellefield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, what matters most to you?
I went back and forth about this but I’d have to say integrity. It’d be easy to say that integrity is just about telling the truth, and while that is true, in business and in life, it’s much more than that. Brene Brown quotes that it is “choosing courage over comfort; choosing right over what is fun, fast or easy; and choosing to practice our values rather than simply professing them.” Integrity, to me, means staying true to my core values, to what is important to me as a human, and to what I want to offer to the world based on my strengths and passions. It’s being acutely aware of the way I spend my time and with who I spend it with, and of the way I communicate. In business, it’s being upfront with my clients, it’s cultivating an uplifting community based on my principles, and it’s making decisions based on what is right and true on a human level. It’s ensuring that I leave every interaction feeling like I was moving in alignment with my core values, rather than assigning a dollar sign to someone’s head. This could very well sound idealistic, and that’s okay with me. I know what moving out of integrity feels like, and it doesn’t feel good. It feels like swimming upstream for hours on end and feeling like I haven’t made any progress no matter how hard I try to move. Moving out of integrity is the epitome of stress in the body and in the mind. I quit my corporate job in February to pursue fitness full time. After I put my two weeks in, I was surprised at how emotional I was to be leaving. Maybe that was my subconscious telling me that the gym I was leaving for wasn’t in integrity with what I wanted to offer and the big dreams that I had. I felt like it was hard to be excited about the jump out of corporate. At first, I thought it was because I was making a mistake and that I wasn’t meant to teach. I also chose to tune that voice out that was whispering that something wasn’t right. And for a few months, I was out of alignment with my core values and felt that in my body – I was anxious all the time. But it turns out that I needed to get really clear about what people I wanted to associate myself with and who I wanted to do business with. I’m not at that gym anymore and though I am starting fresh, I feel whole, light, and empowered. It’s funny though – I teach integrity in yoga as well. Integrity in knowing that putting your leg over your head depends entirely on your anatomy and that kind of flexibility has nothing to do with mindfulness or yoga itself. Integrity in understanding the “why” of your practice – why do you feel the need to put your leg over your head? Why not try moving in tune with the breath and stop when your body tells you to stop? It’s in these ways that integrity can truly be felt in the body. The business I am focused on growing is based in integrity. I want my clients to feel comfortable knowing exactly who I am and exactly what I offer. I want to make sure I am cultivating an environment where they can ask questions and trust that I will give them an honest answer. I want to make sure that my clients feel strong and empowered in the integrity of their bodies.
What should our readers know about your business?
Racheldyoga was built from my love of movement. That started when I was young – I started playing softball when I was 5 and continued playing competitively for 14 years until I broke my ankle. But my body had taken a beating. I had debilitating hip and low back pain and something had to change. I began to couple my love for strength training with yoga to help with mobility, flexibility, and pain management. What began as solely a physical practice turned into a greater sense of strength and peace, a more confident and empathetic sense of self, and a clearer mind. I implement a holistic approach to physically challenging practices, whether that be in the yoga studio or in the gym. I focus on safe alignment, smart sequencing, and the breath. My experience teaching yoga brings a unique take on personal training, strength training, and mobility. Each session is based in the breath and I enjoy challenging my clients to practice mindfulness throughout the day, even if we aren’t training together that day.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What’s great about Los Angeles is that you can have a different experience each time you visit – it’s so eclectic and unique, no matter where you are! First thing’s first: the beach. I’d take my friend to Malibu or Hermosa Beach and spend a day riding bikes along the beach trails, grabbing coffee and drinking it by the water, and eating cafe food outside. Next: entertainment. The Roxy or the Troubadour are such iconic places for music. I’d also love a trip to the Comedy Store to watch some improv. The food will be fantastic anywhere you go, but I’d take my friend to Leo’s Tacos, Gjelina, Ginger’s Divine Ice Cream, Sidecar Doughnuts, and The Boy and the Bear Coffee. To work off the food we ate, I’d finish our trip off with a hike. I love Murphy’s Ranch and Nicholas Flat.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh wow, I love this question! First, I’d like to dedicate this to my Holistic Yoga Flow family. My teachers, Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom, have been pillars in my practice and in my own style of teaching. Their yoga moves beyond the asana into mindfulness, alignment, and subtle anatomy. It’s a true embodiment of integrity on and off the mat. I’m so grateful to know them, practice with them, and learn from them! The people that I’ve met through HYF are some of the most “on fire” people I know. They inspire me to step into my power and have lent many helping hands and listening ears this past year. I’d also like to dedicate this to my boyfriend (cheesy, I know). He’s been my rock, a sounding board, and my biggest cheerleader. He is steady in his principles, he is kind, patient, and funny, and I couldn’t do this without him!
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