yoga has always been a part of my life

about me

I am a yoga teacher, writer, creative leader and innovator. Yoga has always been a part of my life; one of my earliest memories is of watching my grandmother lighting ghee-soaked wicks to greet the rising sun, a ritual that I continue to this day, even though I now salute the sun as it rises above the London skyline. My yoga classes reflect my experience and I am inspired by nature, culture, philosophy, myth and the world around us. I combine dynamic breath-led yoga, qigong and meditation with restorative calm; in sequences that help my students to discover their own creative expression and awaken their spirit.

I co-founded the youth arts and education charity Eastside Educational Trust, which provides creative opportunities to disadvantaged children and young people across London. I served as the charity’s Director for twenty-three years (1994-2017), working in partnership with organisations as varied as Adobe, the British Film Institute and Disney. I have an MA in English and Modern Languages from Oxford University and a Diploma in Arts Management from Birkbeck College. My main focus is now on writing and teaching yoga.

Alongside my yoga teaching, I am an independent assessor for Arts Council, England, on the advisory board of The Literacy Consultancy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. I also write for a range of creative publications as well as creating content for the UK’s leading online yoga website, Movement for Modern Life.

I trained as a yoga teacher at Yoga on the Lane with Naomi Annand and Adam Hocke. I trained with Charlotta Martinus and the Teen Yoga Foundation at Yogacampus to teach yoga and mindfulness to teenagers. I also trained in qigong and yoga with Mimi Kuo-Deemer.


Education, training and qualifications

200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga on the Lane with Naomi Annand & Adam Hocke - (200 hours)

Teen Yoga & Mindfulness Training Level 3 Sports Coach with Teen Yoga @ Yogacampus - (60 hours)

Qigong for Yoga Teachers: Immersion at Triyoga with Mimi Kuo-Deemer - (16 hours)

Vinyasa Flow: A Teacher’s Immersion at Triyoga with Mimi Kuo-Deemer - (35 hours)

Diploma in Arts Management at Birkbeck College, University of London

MA English & Modern Languages (Spanish) at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

BA Hons English & Modern Languages (Spanish) at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)


I thoroughly enjoyed my classes with Rakhee, which she adapted for my pregnancy without any fuss, but with care and consideration. Her classes are thoughtful and intelligent and I appreciated her rich use of language and visualisation, which really added to my experience.
— Susie Gerke - Yoga Teacher