Rachel Sundström

Photo: Gypsy Westwood
Photo: Gypsy Westwood

Rachel Sundström is an internationally certified experienced Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level (E-RYT500) and a Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider (YACEP). 


Rachel was born in England but grew up on the East Coast of South Africa.  It was here, as a young child, that she witnessed her first yoga lesson passing by a village hall.  Many years later Rachel realized why she was so drawn to this dynamic and balanced form of movement.  Her passion for yoga led Rachel to the Sivananda Ashram in London in the late 1990s where she attended her first yoga class.  After completing the various levels of foundational yoga training in London Rachel travelled to the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India to complete her teachers training in 2007.


Since 2007 Rachel has had the honour and privilege of working with many inspiring yoga teachers: Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldman, Stephen Thomas, Michael Hamilton, Douglas Keller, Richard Hackenberg, Brian Kest, Max Strom, Katchie Ananda, Elena Brower, Baron Baptiste, Reni Bickel, Cameron & Melayne Shayne, Shai Tubali and all the wonderful yoga students over the years past and present.


In 2008 Rachel moved from London to Zürich with her family and taught at Yogaflow in Herrliberg from 2009 until December 2013.  Rachel completed her Advanced Teachers Training +300 with AirYoga Zürich in January 2014.  Rachel is now co-founder/owner of YogaTopia Studio in Herrliberg, a beautiful and tranquil yoga shala on the banks of Lake Zürich.


Rachel's focus is on Hatha Flow and Vinyasa Yoga as well as taking inspiration from, and incorporating elements of the Ashtanga tradition.  Classes and private yoga coaching are offered in Herrliberg and the surrounding areas.  Rachel also offers Corporate Yoga in central Zürich, SUP Yoga on the Zürichsee and Yoga Retreats in Ibiza.  Classes are kept small to provide the necessary adjustments and alignments to students.  Workshops and private yoga coaching offer a more tailored development by providing an in-depth knowledge of the yoga practice.  Yoga is not just a form of exercise but a way of life and provides a solid set of tools for a healthy and balanced lifestyle.


Yoga became a natural addition to Rachel's life, which also includes a wealth of experience in holistic therapy. Rachel is also a certified Aromatherapist and Reflexologist since 1995 and NLP Coach since 2004. In her spare time Rachel enjoys being creative by designing and making meditation malas (www.malatopia.ch) and offers creative mala workshops at various locations in Switzerland and Europe.



2019 Practice You Workshop, Elena Brower, AirYoga, CH

2019 Chakra Seminar, Shai Tubali, Yoga & Ayurveda Centre, CH

2016 Yoga Workshop, Richard Freeman, CH

2016 Budokon Workshop, Cameron & Melayne Shayne, Athayoga, CH

2015 Ashtanga Workshop, David Swenson, Planet Yoga, CH

2015 Yoga Therapy Intensive, Doug Keller, AirYoga CH

2015 Schweizerische Lebensrettungs-Gesellschaft Pool Basic, Pool Plus, CH

2014 Reni Bickel SUP Yoga Workshop, Gearloose, CH

2014 Cert. Advanced Teacher Training RYT500, AirYoga, CH

2013 ATT+300 Master Teaching, Stephen Thomas, AirYoga, CH

2013 ATT+300 Teacher´s Seat, Stephen Thomas, AirYoga, CH

2012 ATT+300 Philosophy, Douglas Keller, AirYoga, CH

2012 ATT+300 Anatomy, Richard Hackenberg, AirYoga, CH

2012 ATT+300 Bridge, Stephen Thomas, AirYoga, CH

2012 Brian Kest Power Yoga Workshop, AirYoga, CH

2012 Max Strom Workshop, AirYoga, CH

2011 Alex Baechler & Daniel Anner Acroyoga Workshop, CH

2011 Katchie Ananda Anusara Workshop, AirYoga, CH

2011 Kino MacGregor Ashtanga, Purple Valley Yoga, India


2010 Kino MacGregor Ashtanga Workshop, AirYoga, CH

2010 Baron Baptiste Vinyasa Workshop, Leela Yoga, CH2010 2010 Michael Hamilton Ashtanga Workshop, AirYoga, CH

2007 Dipl. Yoga Teacher - Int. Sivananda Vedanta, India

2006 Cert. Ayurvedic Indian Head Massage - S.E.E.D. UK

2006 Cert. Hot Stone Massage - S.E.E.D. Institute, UK

2006 Cert. Maternity Reflexology - Susanne Enzer, UK

2006 - 2007 Therapist - Neal's Yard Remedies, UK

2006 - 2007 Member of Elmbridge Comp. Therapists

2005 Cert. Emergency First Aid - Lifepulse Training, UK

2004 Cert. NLP Practitioner - Carole Kinsey & Ass. UK

2004 - 2008 Member of IFPA, UK

2002 Cert. Emergency First Aid - Lifepulse Training, UK

2002 Cert. Aromatherapy in Pregnancy and Labour - ITHMA

2002 Cert. Aromatherapy Product Blending - ITHMA, UK

2002 Yoga Levels 1 & 2 - Sivananda Vedanta (London), UK

1999 Cert. Chakra Healing & Indian Aromatics - ITHMA, UK

1998 Dipl. A & P and Clinical Science - ITHMA, UK

1998 Dipl. Aromatherapy & Acupressure Massage, ITHMA, 

1995 Dipl. Reflexology - School of Total Health, S/Africa

1995 Dipl. Aromatherapy - School of Total Health, S/Africa