July Team Player: Rachael Fine



Favorite part of yoga?

The way that it can so easily translate into everyday life!  I try to take everything I learn on the mat into every situation I encounter in my daily life…from gratitude, to BREATHING, to acceptance and forgiveness.  I also love that it’s referred to as a “practice” no matter how advanced you are – it’s like life practice and yoga practice all mixed into one!

Where did you grow up?

Good ol’ Fauquier County, VA!  I like to explain this one as “Where Virginia stops being NOVA and starts being…agricultural.”  (My house was within walking distance to 4 separate dairy farms and my high school was next to a cornfield.  That should paint a pretty accurate picture for you.)

What inspires you?

What doesn’t?

(But also those P&G “Thank you, Mom” Olympic commercials get me every time.  After my initial reaction of sobbing happy tears for several minutes, I feel like I can take on the world, all thanks to my mama, crazy talented athletes, and perfectly timed piano music!)

Favorite food? 

I have a sad weakness for cheese.

Favorite quote?

“Go wherever your heart takes you.”  True life:  It’s from one of those Dove candy wrappers.  I read it, loved it, and then I got a heart tattoo on my foot.

Favorite yoga pose and why? 

I mean, let’s be real here.  Who doesn’t love a good Savasana?

Favorite holiday? 

I’m a pretty peppy person to begin with, but the Christmas season amplifies that by about a billion.  I love everything about the holiday season – the hustle and bustle, the twinkling lights, the music, the movies, the chilly air…I can’t get enough of it!  The world is a happier place during that time!

Favorite album or artist?

I have recently fallen in love with Sam Smith.  Have you heard his voice?  It’s like velvet curtains are rubbing your eardrums.

If you could take a yoga class from any teacher in the world (living or dead), who would it be? 

Tamal Dodge (living) – he was my absolute favorite teacher when I was living in LA.  He’s a tiny man with a calming voice, amazing ukulele skills (he would play and sing during Savasana!), and the ability to make you WORK YOUR BUTT OFF without even knowing it.  My friends and I would have “Tamal Tuesdays” – we’d go to his class and then grab dinner/drinks/FroYo.  I dream of the day I can do his retreat in Fiji!

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