Rachel Smith-Bahadir is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) and Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with the Yoga Alliance who fell in love with yoga over 15 years ago. As a former ballet dancer and a litigation paralegal, Rachel found yoga enhanced her dancing, complemented her other activities, provided balance and insight as a litigator, and relieved physical pain. Rachel was a military brat (born in the UK) but considers herself to be a Georgian (that’s Georgia, USA). She also has close family ties to Texas. However, she has been living in Istanbul, Turkey for the last 3 years and considers it home too.
Rachel is also a member of the IAYT and received her 200 hour, 500 hour and Prenatal Yoga Certifications from programs offered by Sue Hopkins, ERYT500, PYT at Etowah Valley Yoga & Yoga Etc. While completing her training and since then Rachel has attended workshops with many yoga greats like Lillah Schwartz; Marlysa Sullivan, PT, PYT; Nicolai Bachman; David Keil; Sarah Powers; Melina Meza; Michael Sitzer, Candice Goch, MSPT; Abbey Brewer; Haris Lender; Seane Corn; and Matthew Sanford. In addition to attending workshops Rachel has taken classes from many other wonderful yogis and yoginis.
In 2015 Rachel became a Certified Kidding Around Yoga Teacher and has been teaching kids almost every week since (at schools, gyms, community centers & private homes). Rachel loves teaching both kids & adults. She especially enjoys teaching the therapeutic elements of yoga, the Chakras and incorporating laughter & fun into her classes.
Preregistration required for most classes – Savoy Classes are drop in upon approval of 1st class. All Classes are taught in English.
– Mondays 9:15 – 11:15 a.m.; 11:45 – 1:45 p.m. (private & group classes) – Balancing Life Yoga;
– Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:30 p.m.; 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (private & group classes) – Balancing Life Yoga;
– Wednesdays 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ages 3-6 (Kids Classes) – Savoy Compound, Ulus Istanbul;
– Wednesdays 5:30 – 6:30 Ages 7-10, (Kids Classes) – Savoy Compound, Ulus Istanbul;
– Wednesdays 9:00 p.m. -10:15 p.m. (Adult Group Class) – Savoy Compound, Ulus Istanbul, Turkey
Classes run from September – June (with breaks for holidays); No classes in July; August (private classes & workshops only)
– Class Schedule subject to change – more Fall classes TBA