L_extendedProviders and practitioners:  Five Rivers Yoga welcomes your client and patient referrals for yoga therapy and mindfulness meditation instruction. Please contact us for more information.

Research into the clinical and scientific benefits of integrative, mind-body methods of healing is confirming the value of these practices.

I am an instructor with the following research studies at the University of California, San Francisco:

  • Integrative Approaches to Cancer Survivorship with the IACS Study at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. This is a novel research project based on Ayurveda that explores the effects of individual lifestyle, nutritional, and physical activity recommendations for managing cancer related symptoms and improving overall quality of life.
  • Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain with the YoMa Study (Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain and its Mechanism of Action) at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. This pilot study follows protocols for National Institutes of Health-funded studies (2005, 2011) that had overwhelmingly positive results and supported further research that may benefit the many people who suffer with back pain.
  • Mindful Breathing with Project INSPIRE, a five-year study with the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine investigating the effects of mindful breathing in pre-hypertensive women, related to stress-induced breathing inhibition. This study can lead to new knowledge related disordered breathing to blood pressure regulation, and may be relevant to the search for non-pharmacological methods to prevent some forms of chronic hypertension.
  • Restorative Yoga with the Practicing Restorative Yoga or Stretching for the Metabolic Syndrome (PRYSMS) at the University of California (San Francisco and San Diego) investigated the benefits of stretching and restorative yoga for the Metabolic Syndrome, a cluster of health conditions related to higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.

“Rachel seems to intuitively know the best practice with which to help us every week, whether to unify us and strengthen our connection by placing us back-to-back, to activate my husband’s energy through the enervating cancer treatments, or to allow us to rest in restorative poses.  She is intuitive in her yoga practice and ability to relate to individuals, which makes her a rare find indeed.”



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