About Rachel

Rachel Lanzerotti, MSW, E-RYT500, IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapist is the Founder of Five Rivers Yoga Therapy and the San Francisco Yoga Therapy Collaborative. She is a Body Systems Yoga Therapist, meditation teacher, counselor, health educator and specialist in back pain relief.

As a dedicated practitioner of over 20 years, Rachel infuses a personalized blend of gentle movement, posture, breathing, meditation, coaching, and Ayurveda to release tension, improve strength and balance, and increase vitality.

Her evidence-based approach in working with clients has been researched by multiple National Institutes of Health-sponsored studies. Rachel’s process and methodologies of working one-on-one over time have received consistent, science-based results.

Rachel also launched the Aging Well program of San Francisco Village. She has taught at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was a featured presenter on “The Modern Science of Yoga” at the SF Asian Art Museum. She is currently a faculty member of Essential Yoga Therapy, where she mentors and teaches yoga teachers and therapists-in-training.

Rachel has been published in numerous journals, research studies, and periodicals including Stanford Magazine, and with the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective on topics ranging from yoga, health, aging and sexuality to gender, racial justice and human rights.

She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from San Francisco State University and a BA in Human Biology and Feminist Studies from Stanford University. For a decade prior to founding Five Rivers Yoga Therapy, Rachel ran an organizational consulting practice with community-based groups. She spent many years focused on direct action work for nonprofit and social change organizations.

Rachel works with clients privately in San Francisco. When she’s not supporting transformation through breathing, mindful movement, and coaching, you may find Rachel cooking yummy Ayurvedic food, walking near the ocean, singing, or sitting a silent meditation retreat.

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Therapeutic Modalities Rachel is trained or certified in and integrates into private sessions can include, but are not limited to:

  • Essential Lower Back Program (low back pain relief and strengthening)
  • Therapeutic Yoga for Upper Back, Neck & Shoulders
  • Yoga & Ayurveda for Healthy Digestion
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Advanced Relax & Renew® Restorative Yoga
  • Buteyko Clinic Breathing Method
  • Mindful Breathing
  • iRest® Yoga Nidra
  • Yoga During Chemotherapy and Cancer Survivorship
  • Embodied Anatomy for Yoga, Body-Mind Centering®
  • Mindfulness Yoga & Meditation
  • Essential Yoga Therapy



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