Transformation With Yoga
The mind, body, soul connection is an indescribable and precious one. Yoga is transformational, remarkable, and personal. I’m grateful to be IN my own experience and grateful to be PART of the experience of my students and clients.
Her Journey Through Yoga
Raquel’s journey into yoga began in 2005, while living in New York. As a leader of teams in Oncology Pharmaceuticals, Raquel wanted to be better at interacting, supporting, and developing people and knew that one way to make serious change in her life would be to embrace yoga and all its philosophies.
As she began to feel the transformation yoga had, not just in the physical aspects of her body, but an even deeper level in her life, she couldn’t quite make the connection to what was happening. Yoga and its beauty had begun to TRANSFORM her.
After over a decade of personal yoga practice and teaching, she evolved her career and began an intensive two- year yoga therapy training to interweave her Western Medicine expertise with Therapeutic Yoga to work in Integrative Medicine, as a Yoga Therapist.
Raquel creates private and small group sessions tailored to disease, stage, energetic, physical, mental, and emotional needs not only for the person living it but places a strong focus on those that care for them, as well.
She interweaves many types of philosophy and styles into therapeutic plans to optimize people’s treatment plans as well as recovery. She leads from her heart and meets people exactly where they are with one vision: Bring remarkable transformation to those suffering by empowering people to take control of their own healing and redesign their lives within their new norm.
Raquel leads cancer rehabilitation and recovery therapeutic yoga sessions throughout Chicago, presents at health care venues educating on Yoga Therapy, participates as a Yoga Therapist in clinical studies, and works with oncology health care professionals to build resilience to be better for themselves and for their patients.
She is a writer for Conscious Community Magazine, hosts Podcasts about yoga therapy, and volunteers at Northwestern University, Rush University, and Gilda’s Club.
Raquel is on Faculty for the Soul Institute in Southern California leading numerous yoga therapists in training and directing the oncology intensive curriculum.
Vision for People She Works With During Practice AND After
Raquel creates private and small group sessions tailored to their stage of disease, energetic, physical, mental, and emotional needs. She interweaves many types of philosophy and styles through her classes from her heart, to meet the person exactly where they are at with an uplifting physical, spiritual, and healing experience.
Raquel integrates moving postures, deep relaxation, reflection, breath work, imagery, sound healing, and intention setting that explore, expand, and improve their quality of life.
Her vision is to help bring remarkable transformation to those suffering from Cancer, Parkinson's Disease, and Our Seniors to help them stay nimble and strong.
Raquel believes in EMPOWERING people to take control of their own healing and redesign their lives within their new norm. She founded Living Yoga Therapy to do just that.
Education, Training, and Expertise
Raquel is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), graduating from the Soul Institute in Southern California, now with over 1300 training hours in yoga and yoga therapy and certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
She is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, graduating from Aura Wellness Institute in Massachusetts with High Honors and Soul of Yoga, with over 800-hours in continuing education including Parkinson's Disease, Movement Disorders, Ayurveda, Yoga for Mood Management, Trauma, and Healing with Chakras.
Raquel is also a certified teacher of Yoga of the Heart Cancer and Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs, certified in Chair Yoga for Seniors, and Yoga for Veterans with PTSD.
She has a depth of experience in science and the body, including her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Microbiology, Graduate Work in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and has over 25 years of experience in drug development and marketing in oncology, hematology, pain, and serious liver diseases.
Raquel is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the Society of Integrative Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Parkinson Disease Association.
Raquel Jex Forsgren lives in Chicago and now works with people across the United States, including Florida, California, Washington, DC, and Idaho.