Hello there, I'm Sarah!
Strength Coach + Yoga Teacher + Entrepreneur + Forever Student + Wife + Dog Mom + Introvert
I've always had a love for sport and movement. Once I started learning how to share that passion with others, I craved more knowledge and will never stop learning as much as I can about exercise science. I received my Coaching Certificate and Minor from the University of Minnesota - School of Kinesiology in 2010.
My first job out of college was coaching jumps for high school track and field girls and boys. I went on to receive my USA Track and Field Coach Level One (2011) and Two (2013) certifications, with specialization in jumps.
I received my Yoga Sculpt Teacher Certification in 2011 and earned my 200HR Power Yoga Teacher Certification in 2015. I am now an ERYT200. I earned my CrossFit ® L1 Training Certification in 2013 and L2 in 2019.
I also hold certificates in BarreAmped®, BUTI® Yoga L1 & L2, Real Ryder Cycling Instructor, and Schwinn ® Fitness Cycling Instructor.
I grew up in Wisconsin, and I first began my yoga journey during a high school gym class, where the teacher popped in a VHS tape of a yoga class. I remember loving it and definitely giggling during savasana. I participated in many different sports, but my favorites were Track and Field, Gymnastics, and Swimming. During my college years, studying Marketing and Coaching at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, I began regularly practicing yoga or attending other fitness classes in the early morning because I loved how much better I felt on the days I started first thing with a movement practice.
I began teaching yoga in 2011. During my time in Minnesota, I also taught Yoga Sculpt and Spin classes. I coached four years of Track and Field and taught Barre and BUTI Yoga classes. During the summers, I taught Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga classes on the lakes!
In 2013, I moved to San Francisco to work in the tech industry, but quickly realized that teaching was what I wanted to pursue as my career. I quit my job and went full-time fitness coach and yoga teacher. During my time in San Francisco, I taught Yoga, CrossFit, Spin, TRX, Barre, and Kettlebell classes. I led several Yoga Teacher Trainings.
I started Island Flow Yoga in 2017. I currently teach in-person Sunrise Beach Yoga classes, and train online clients through Find Your Flow: Personal Training Program and my Intro to Arm Balances self-paced course.
I published my first e-Book, Find Your Core this year! Grab your copy here.
When I am not teaching or working on my business, I'm running or learning how to skateboard. I enjoy hiking and gardening with my husband and taking our dogs on adventures.
Rachel teaches Sunrise Yoga on Sundays at 5:30 - 6:30am.
As a dancer, Rachel’s life has always been about the melding of mind, body and spirit. She was first drawn to Yoga in NYC, training with some incredible teachers. “My favorite Hawaiian saying is, ʻI ulu no ka lala i ke kumu. (The branches grow because of the trunk.) Our ancestors have given us a foundation from which we evolve and strive to do right by. Like Guru, Kumu means the “source of knowledge,” or the “foundation.” Her Yoga classes--like her dance classes--combine a sense of grounding, play, and joy, with a sprinkling of Hawaiiana.
Home-grown Kailua girl, Rachel Berman found herself in New York City where she spent many decades as a modern (and hula) dancer. The bulk of her career was spent performing principal roles with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. She also danced with the hula companies of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu and Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima O Nuioka. She stages Mr. Taylor’s works and has taught Modern, Ballet, Yoga and Hula around the world. She is currently the chair of the dance program at Orange Coast College in Southern CA. Rachel holds a BFA, MFA, is certified in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT ® National Training Curriculum, and has her 200HR CYT