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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Education

General Education

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MS Marine Biology

2006 NSU Oceanographic Center, Dania Beach, FL

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BS Coastal Marine Biology

2003 University of Puerto Rico in Humacao, Puerto Rico

Yoga & Movement Arts

Slackline Yoga, AcroYoga & Slackro Teacher

2012 YogaSlackers, Virginia, USA

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

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YogaEd K-8 and Tools for Teacher's

2007 YogaEd, Soaring Eagle Yoga, Miami, Florida

200 hrs Traditional Hatha Yoga Teacher

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

Inclusion, Communication & Consent

Peer Space Holder

2021 Justice Movement, Online

Aiming for Allyship

2023, 2020 Justice Movement, Online

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

Safety & First Aid

2016

Wilderness First Responder (Exp 2019)

2003

YMCA Lifeguard

1997

Emergency First Response – CPR/AED/First Aid (Exp 2011)

DAN Oxygen & First Aid for Scuba Diving Injuries (Exp 2009)

Other Certifications

2003

AAUS Scientific Diver

2002

Basic Boating Safety Course, Natural Resource Department, PR

2000

PDIC Dive Supervisor

1997

SSI Search and Rescue Diver

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

PADI Open Water Diver

Future Events

March 2024
April 2024
June 2024
July 2024
December 2024
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March 1, 2024
March 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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March 15, 2024
March 21, 2024

Puerto Rico: Climbing, Slacklining, AcroYoga and Surfing Retreat

Your choice of 4 to 7 Days of Climbing, Yoga, AcroYoga, Slackline, Handstand, and Surfing in Puerto Rico. This is an All Level event. ...

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April 1, 2024
April 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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Latest Blog

Blog

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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Experience

YogaSlackers

YogaSlackers Teacher Training

Present - 2014: Lead Teacher

Wanderlust Festival

2019 - 2013: O'ahu, West Virginia, Vermont, Colorado, Tahoe, Mnt Tremblant
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

2019 - 2016: AcroYoga & Slackro

Acro Israel

Israeli Acro Convention

2019: Slackro

AcroLove

AcroLove Festival

2019 - 2018: AcroYoga & Slackro

Red Rocks Rendezvous

Red Rocks Rendezvous

2018 - 2013: Slackline Yoga & AcroYoga

AcroYoga International

Divine Play

2018 - 2013: Slackro and Handstands

Dutch Acro Convention

Dutch Acro Convention

2017 & 2016: Slackline Yoga, AcroYoga & Slackro

Mammoth Yoga Festival

Mammoth Yoga Festival

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

yoga journal

Yoga Journal Live!

2015 - 2013: Slackline Yoga, Slackro and Conditioning

Nantucket Yoga Festival

Nantucket Yoga Festival

2016 & 2015: Slackline Yoga, AcroYoga & Slackro

Past Events

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