Raquel Hernández-Cruz

    Raquel’s adventures began many years ago. During her first year in college she started practicing pranic healing meditations. Pain in her neck, back, and shoulders sent her to her first yoga class. Later on, she utilized a combination of asana and meditation to stay focused, healthy, and active while working on her masters degree in marine biology. Only three short days after defending her thesis she boarded a plane to India where she received her first of many yoga certifications. But her intention wasn't to become a teacher, her intention was to dive into the yoga practice….. even more. 

    Never knowing how to keep a good thing only for herself, Raquel soon started offering yoga classes while consecutively working on a PhD degree in chemical oceanography.  She began to notice the impact that just one hour of class twice a week had on her students: physically, mentally, emotionally. That's when Raquel decided that she would benefit the world more by being a full time yoga teacher than a marine biologist! (Yay, for us!) She has since quit her studies, her research, and her job and decided to travel the world meeting amazing humans and teaching the art of balancing.

    As Raquel has continued to travel and avidly pursue her passions, she's completed even more training and certifications, including several pranic healing certifications, Akhanda yoga 500 hrs teacher training, Ashtanga yoga teacher training, Reiki master, yoga for children, and prenatal yoga. She became a doula (because why not?!), an AcroYoga teacher and completed slackline yoga training with YogaSlackers. 

    These days, you can find Raquel (somewhere in the world) balancing the 'real work tasks' of managing YogaSlackers, playing, and sharing her passions with others by leading workshops, retreats, festival classes, and teacher trainings. Her classes are highly influenced by her travels, and her honest desire to connect with people through compassionate communication. She still employs her scientific background to solve complex problems, making no hurdle too large for her to cross. Raquel will patiently and enthusiastically guide you to the edge of your perceived limits… and beyond! She can't help but create an encouraging environment where learning and growing result through playful discovery. So what are you waiting for?! Let's play! 

    Join her free monthly handstand training program: YogaSlackers 12 Days of Handstands

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    San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
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    Teacher Posts

    15 Oct 2020

    Learn how to properly store longer pieces of webbing using a butterfly coil. A great coiling method as it allows you to store and transport long slacklines with or without a bag while reducing the probability of having twists, kinks and turns in your webbing. Plus the skills used to store your gear are the same ones you will use for climbing rope.

    08 Oct 2020

    Have you been hauling around dirty dishes in an effort to reduce single use plastics? So did we, until we started traveling with a dish washing bag. Check what’s in our tiny and convenient essential daily travel gear.

    28 Sep 2020

    Learn three different ways to store your slackline webbing depending on use and space needs.

    21 Aug 2020

    Did you know that there is not a true antonym for the English noun nomad? We learned this the hard way earlier this year, when we were unexpectedly required to “stay put” and stop living nomadically during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    09 Nov 2019

    Every time I exchanged an ‘I have to’ for an ‘I get to’ in normal everyday life, I was allowing myself to express gratitude and appreciation towards the things that I have.

    08 Nov 2019

    Daisy chaining your line will help keep the webbing free of tangles, compact and easy to transport. This is our favorite way to store a slackline: a quadruple daisy chain.

    24 Sep 2019

    It seems like this trio has been together for a lifetime. While we are used to seeing them climbing, running, alpineering, sup-ing across open waters and generally having “fun” together, their adventures as a trio only date back to 2013. But… that was quite an adventurous start.

    14 Mar 2018

    A 1988 Ford Festiva is a small car. Super small. At 28 square feet, it’s efficient and easy to park, but not much of a living space. But the YogaSlackers made it a mini mobile home – and office, and gear hauler, and spreader of good vibes. For ten years, Sam Salwei – one of […]

    05 Nov 2017

    A 1988 Mitsubishi Delica is our home, office and adventure mobile. Check it out.

    17 Sep 2017

    Remember the first time you had to poop in the woods? Raquel sure does. Mainly because it was an unexpected call. Be ready for when nature calls with a few simpe tips.

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    Past Events

    Nov 2019

    Dec 2019

    7th YogaSlackers Teacher Training
    Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Nov 22 – Dec 6, 2019

    NEW longer training with a focus on Slackro!

    With YogaSlackers Sam Salwei, Raquel Hernández-Cruz, and Emily Baxter in collaboration with Caitlin and Dane of Duo Die Acrobatics

    Sep 2020

    Sep 2020

    Join us each and every month for 12 days of handstand training.