What’s Happening in January 2017 to get You (back?) on your Mat

~ The divine in me salutes the divine in you ~

Every New Year, we are often motivated to detox, kick start, and get moving.  I encTemple at Angkor Wat - Cambodiaourage each of you to consider adding yoga into whatever regimen you currently have set for yourself.  It may be that yoga is a new challenge for you, you’re trying to add power to your practice, or you’re attempting to slow your practice down.  Whatever your motivation, January is always a great time to turn over a new leaf and discover that new you is just another layer of the you you’ve actually always been.

I am offering many opportunities to join me on the mat this month, please click on any of the experiences below to learn more. I can’t wait to practice with you!

Yoga for Kids at SoulShine Power Yoga (Saturdays in January, 1-2PM)

FREE Partner Yoga at Athleta (Sunday, January 8th, 9:30-10:30AM)

Sun Salutations 101 at Peace of Mind Pilates (Sunday, January 29th, 11AM-1PM)

Beginner Yoga Series at Peace of Mind Pilates (Mondays, 11:00AM-Noon, 6 week series starting 1/9)

Power Vinyasa Flow at SoulShine Power Yoga (Mondays and Fridays, 8:30-9:45AM)

Yoga for Runners at Essex Physical Therapy (Mondays, 6:15-7:15PM)

Poolside Yoga at Essex Physical Therapy (Saturdays, 8:30-9:30AM)

Yoga for Kids at SoulShine Power Yoga

Saturdays, January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th


Register Online Here  *Please create a separate account for your minor to sign them up*
Join me for a fun-filled, four week series of yoga for kids! We will explore fun techniques for decompressing and reducing stress, partner yoga, and lots of games and activities! We will practice active poses (kids-yogaboth individual and partner), balance work, breath work, and relaxation, all in an amusing and entertaining setting. The temperature will be about 80 degrees to help muscles relax. This series is best suited for those aged 7-9, however age is just a recommendation.

Absolutely all levels are welcome!

Please plan to wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move. All participants are encouraged to bring their own mat, water bottle, and hand towel. (Mats are available for use with donation.)

$60 for the 4 week series or $15 to drop-in

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FREE Partner Yoga at Athleta (1 Church Street, Burlington 802.652.1837)

Sunday, January 8th

9:30 – 10:30AM

No registration is necessary for this free event.

Partner Yoga truly lives up to essence of yoga.  Yoga translates to mean “union” and there is no better to enjoy yoga than when in unison with a partner.  You’ll engage in a one hour partner yoga class with me, while also getting a chance to try on Athleta’s newest, softest, total coverage POWERVITA fabric that hugs your body perfectly.

Expect lots of laughter, fun, and yoga!  You’ll also be given an opportunity to enter for a chance to win a pair of POWERVITA capris for you and a friend.

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Sun Salutations 101 at Peace of Mind Pilates

Sunday, January 29th

11AM – 1PM

Register Online Here

Sun salutations are a series of yoga poses performed in a continuous flowing sequence, that are intended to improve strength and overall flexibility of the muscles. However, often participants are uncertain of the poses and either flow through them misaligned or without consideration of personal body limitations.

In this two hour workshop, I will work with a limited number of participants, thereby providing individualized alignment and modification suggestions, that are not necessarily provided during a traditional yoga class. Participants will learn the foundations of the postures that make up sun salutations, building the poses from the feet up to the head with hints and tips on what is most appropriate for individual bodies. Focus will also be given to transitions and how best to flow through the sequences.

Space is limited to only 8 participants. While some knowledge of yoga may be helpful, beginners are welcome to this workshop. Feel free to bring with you as many questions as you like.

$30 if signed up before January 10th / $35 after

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Beginner Yoga Series at Peace of Mind Pilates

Monday 6 week series running January 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and February 6th and 13th

11:00AM – Noon

Register Online Here

Why Yoga? And more importantly, what can it do for me specifically? Yoga is translated from Sanskrit to mean, union, and unlike stretching, yoga is more than just the physical postures one takes during a practice. It’s the connection (or union) of the physical practice to the mind and breath, that allow us to release tension we hold onto, often times without even realizing it. While most recognize that by doing yoga their bodies will become more DSC_8171 cropflexible, many do not realize their mind will as well, fostering an awareness of our own body and how it reacts to your everyday environment. In this Beginner’s Yoga Series, we will explore this linking of the body to our mind and breath. As well as, identifying foundational yoga concepts and where your body fits into your own practice. All levels welcome.

*Classes only good for these 4 weeks during this time slot. Not exchangeable with other classes. Drop ins will be allowed at regular drop-in rates, or punchcards may be used.

$60 for the 6 week series or $14 to drop in

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Power Vinyasa Flow at SoulShine Power Yoga

Mondays and Fridays


Register Online Here

SoulShine Power Yoga is wholeheartedly dedicated to the health, wellbeing and empowerment of our students.  In this moderately paced vinyasa yoga class all levels are welcome.  This class can work for beginners but has options for more experienced yogis/yoginis.  This class is heated to 95 degrees.

$15 to drop in or you can purchase a punch card

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Yoga for Runners at Essex Physical Therapy



Online registration is not available for this class.

This class is held around the pool deck and the temperature in the room is @88-90 degrees. The idea is to use the heat to open tight muscles we tend to repetitively use when we run.  However, this class is appropriate for anyone looking to stretch and relax their muscles.  This class will take place at the Essex PT Meadows location next to CVS.  Enter through the side pool door (around the back) of the Essex PT Building.  Don’t forget to bring along a bottle of water and hand towel!

$10 to drop in or you can purchase a punch card

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Poolside Yoga at Essex Physical Therapy



Online registration is not available for this class.

This class is a general yoga class, welcoming any age, ability or level.  Your interests help drive the content for the class.  Gain strength, flexibility, balance and breath in this class designed around your needs.  Both modifications and challenges will be offered throughout.  Feel free to let me know prior to class what you are interested in working on. This class is held in the Essex PT Meadows location next to CVS.  We meet around the pool deck.  Please enter through the side pool door of the Essex PT Building.  Don’t forget to bring along a bottle of water and hand towel.

$10 to drop in or you can purchase a punch card

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Rachel Lacourciere, Yoga Teacher | 802.922.7162 | niyamanotebook@gmail.com


Every New Adventure Begins with Goodbye

It is with somewhat of a heavy heart that I am posting today to inform all of you of my resignation from Group Fit classes at The EDGE. My last day will be 11/12/15. I will however, continue to teach private sessions as part of the Personal Training department of The EDGE. These sessions are held individually, with couples, or in small groups. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities please contact me for further information.

Please know the past few weeks have been a difficult time for me as I deliberated the direction of my yoga path and whether it would be best served staying with the EDGE’s Group Fit Department or moving onto new opportunities with private clients.

I can assure you that The EDGE is actively working on finding a replacement as they have no intention of cancelling these existing classes. The plan is to continue offering them at the same day, same time, same location, just with a different teacher.

Thanks so much to everyone who has joined me through my years at The EDGE. It is the personal relationships we have established and fostered that have made this such a difficult decision. Please know that each of these connections, with all of you, have also helped me grow and learn more than you and I both will likely ever know.

Goodbye, for now, in this capacity…remembering that every new adventure begins with goodbye.

~The divine in me salutes the divine in you, Namaste~