Tal Rachleff has been studying and practicing yoga and movement for over fifteen years. In June 2002, Tal co-founded Kula Yoga Project, a freestyle vinyasa studio located in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. Though Kula Yoga Project has received many accolades, including being named “Best Of” by New York magazine in 2005, Tal is most proud to have helped create a vibrant and inclusive yoga community in downtown Manhattan a few blocks from Ground Zero. Over the past several years, Tal has studied with Gabrielle Roth (5 Rhythms), Anna Halprin, Emilie Conrad (Continuum Movement), and has practiced Somatic Awareness, qigong and tae kwon do. Over the past year, Tal’s most significant and intensive study has been with Joanna Macy, founder of The Work That Reconnects and revered eco-philosopher, author, engaged Buddhist, and scholar. Tal seeks to bring this much-needed work for healing, community-building, and transformation to the yoga world through The Yoga That Reconnects and by leading Yoga In Action circles.
Tal has completed several teacher trainings with John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga, and did his first teacher training with master teacher Alison West in NYC. More recently he has studied with Seane Corn and Hala Khouri, co-founders of Off the Mat, Into the World. His teachers outside the world of asana include Douglas Brooks, with whom he has studied yoga philosophy for hundreds of hours, and Joanna Macy, eco-philosopher and Buddhist scholar, and the founder of The Work That Reconnects. He is inspired by the work of Julia Butterfly Hill, Van Jones, Paul Hawken, Paul Shepard, Ted Roszak, David Abrams, Andy Fisher, and many, many other great beings.
Tal is currently a leader for What’s Your Tree and Off the Mat, Into the World, which create small group circles for sustainable social change. See engagenet.org for more information about these organizations.
A portion of proceeds from this class will go towards the 2009 Seva Challenge to support health and healing for the people of Northern Uganda.