Raquel Hernández-Cruz

YogaSlackers Teacher Since 2012

Raquel, originally from Puerto Rico, has woven her diverse passions and late-blooming athletic achievements into a unique tapestry of life and teaching. Transitioning from marine biology to a globe-trotting yoga and movement instructor with the YogaSlackers, Raquel discovered her calling after a transformative yoga journey in India. Her teaching, influenced by her own experiences of learning to handstand, slackline, run, and even acrobat as an adult, embodies the principle that learning and personal growth are limitless. Raquel’s story is a vivid illustration that is never too late to embrace new challenges and excel.

Today, Raquel is celebrated nationally and internationally for her ability to guide students to overcoming self-imposed limitations. Her classes are characterized by meticulous instruction, compassionate communication, and a nurturing energy that inspires achievement and inner peace. By sharing her path of mastering disciplines later in life, Raquel imparts a powerful lesson on the art of learning itself. Her journey underscores that personal transformation and skill acquisition know no age barriers.

Raquel’s profound connection to water—manifested in her love for SUP acro, waterlining, handstanding on SUPs, and kite surfing—mirrors her approach to teaching: fluid, adaptable, and exploratory. This connection, alongside her triumphant triathlon journey, from back-of-the-pack finishes to race wins, highlights her dedication to pushing boundaries, whether on land, sea, or air and is the main reason she is known to be Powered by Yoga. Raquel’s narrative is not just about the physical feats of yoga and balance but a broader, inspiring message of perpetual growth, resilience, and the joy of discovery at any stage of life.

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General Education

  • MS Marine Biology

    2006 NSU Oceanographic Center, Dania Beach, FL

  • BS Coastal Marine Biology

    2003 University of Puerto Rico in Humacao, Puerto Rico​

Yoga & Movement Arts

  • YogaSlackers

    Slackline Yoga, AcroYoga & Slackro Teacher

    2012 YogaSlackers, Virginia, USA

  • AcroYoga International

    AcroYoga Teacher

    2012 AcroYoga International, Guadalajara, México​

  • 200 hrs Ashtanga Yoga Teacher

    2009 Ashtanga Yoga Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

  • 500 HRS Akhanda Yoga Teacher

    2008 Akhanda Yoga Institute, Tapovan, India

  • 200 HRS Traditional Hatha Yoga Teacher

    2006 Akhanda Yoga Institute/World Conscious Yoga Family Yoga Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India​

  • YogaEd K-8 And Tools For Teacher's​

    2007 YogaEd, Soaring Eagle Yoga, Miami, Florida​

Healing Arts

  • Pranic Healing, Institute For Inner Studies
    Puerto Rico & New York

    1998 - 2005: Basic Pranic Healing, Advanced Pranic Healing, Psychotherapy, Crystal Healing, Pranic Feng Shui, Arhatic Preparatory Level, Higher Clairvoyance, Kriyashakti and Soul Meditation.​

  • Reiki Master & Magnified Healing​

    2009 San Juan, PR​

Inclusion, Communication & Consent

  • Peer Space Holder​

    2021 Justice Movement, Online​

  • Aiming for Allyship

    2023, 2020 Justice Movement, Online

Safety & First Aid

  • Wilderness First Responder

    2016 - 2019

  • YMCA Lifeguard ​

    2003, San Juan, PR

  • Emergency First Response – CPR/AED/First Aid

    1997 - Present

  • DAN Oxygen & First Aid For Scuba Diving Injuries

    1997 - 2009

Other Certifications

  • AAUS Scientific Diver​


  • Basic Boating Safety Course

    2002, Natural Resource Department, PR

  • Dive Supervisor

    2003 PDIC Dive Supervisor
    1998 PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
    1998 SSI Search and Rescue Diver
    1997 PADI Open Water Diver
    San Juan, Puerto Rico


May 1, 2024
May 12, 2024
Free Handstands Training

12 Days of Handstands – Online Training Program

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

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June 13, 2024
June 16, 2024
Berkshire Yoga Fest

YogaSlackers at the 2024 Berkshire Yoga Festival

The inaugural Berkshire Yoga Festival is a 4-day event featuring over 100 offerings including yoga, meditation, music, hiking, art installations, YES talks, social gatherings, a vendor village and more. World-renowned teachers, artists, and scholars lead classes at the breathtaking campus on Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. ...

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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July 30, 2024
August 4, 2024
YogaSlackers Sam and Raquel

Northwest Acro Camp-Out

Connect, Play and Recharge! Acrobatics, Therapeutics, Swimming, Amazing food & more ...

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Bellingham, WA
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December 1, 2024
December 18, 2024

YogaSlackers Teacher Training

Mark your calendar and start training for next year's teacher training. The 2024 training will have a strong focus on slackline yoga, acroyoga, and slackro. This is your opportunity to learn to deepen your practice, learn new teaching techniques, and join a supportive community of like-minded individuals. This training is perfect for those looking to expand their knowledge and take the next step in their teaching journey. ...

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December 1, 2024
December 8, 2024

2024 Thailand Retreat

The Thailand ‘retreat’ is an intensive and immersive event that covers yoga, slackline yoga, acroyoga, handstands and conditioning. A week of focusing on learning the foundations of all these practice in an effort to deepen your understanding and take your practice to the next level. You will receive expert guidance from experienced instructors, benefit from progressive training and one-on-one coaching in a beautiful location. Includes double occupancy accommodation, a snack and three meals per day. ...

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December 21, 2024
December 27, 2024

Waterline Adventure Retreat in Thailand

Pack your swimsuit, the YogaSlackers Slackline Adventure is back! Now better than ever. Less time boating from place to place. More time on the slacklines! ...

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Koh Ngai, Thailand
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February 1, 2025
February 8, 2025

Cuba: Climbing Adventure with Earth Play Retreats

Join in Cuba for an amazing climbing retreat. This event will include sightseeing, yoga, acro, slacklining, handstands and much more. ...

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Havana, Cuba
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Cuba: A comprehensive Packing List

Here is a comprehensive guide to packing for Cuba, designed to help you navigate the challenges and ensure that once you arrive, your focus can be on exploring the beauty of Cuba, rather than worrying about what you might have left behind.

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Raquel Hernández-Cruz

Cuba: A comprehensive Packing List

Here is a comprehensive guide to packing for Cuba, designed to help you navigate the challenges and ensure that once you arrive, your focus can be on exploring the beauty of Cuba, rather than worrying about what you might have left behind.

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  • YogaSlackers

    YogaSlackers Teacher Training ​

    2014 - Present, Lead Teacher

  • Wanderlust Festival: Slackline Yoga, Slackro And Conditioning​

    2019 - 2013: O'ahu, WV, VT, CO, CA, Mnt Tremblant CAN, Whistler, CAN
    2017: Sunshine Coast (AU) & Lake Taupo (NZ)
    2016: Lake Taupo (NZ) & Thredbo (AU)

  • Breckenridge Yoga Festival

    Breckenridge Yoga Festival​

    2019: Slackline Yoga, AcroYoga, Slackro and Handstands​

  • BKK acro

    Bangkok Acro Convention​

    201-2016: AcroYoga & Slackro

  • Acro Israel

    Israeli Acro Convention​

    2019 & 2023: Slackro

  • AcroYoga International

    Divine Play

    2018 - 2013: Slackro and Handstands​

  • Red Rocks Rendezvous

    Red Rocks Rendezvous

    2018 - 2013: Slackline Yoga & AcroYoga​

  • AcroLove

    AcroLove Festival

    2019-2018: AcroYoga & Slackro​

  • Mammoth Yoga Festival

    Mammoth Yoga Festival​

    2018 & 2017: Slackline Yoga, AcroYoga, Slackro and Handstands​

  • Dutch Acro Convention

    Dutch Acro Convention

    2017 & 2016: Slackline Yoga, AcroYoga & Slackro​

  • yoga journal

    Yoga Journal Life!

    2015 - 2013: Slackline Yoga, Slackro and Conditioning​

  • Nantucket Yoga Festival

    Nantucket Yoga Festival

    2016 & 2015: Slackline Yoga, AcroYoga & Slackro​

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