About Rachel Matz

Rachel is the owner and operator of Grass Roots Studio.¬† She’s an RYT 500 hour instructor and completed her training over a two year period with Awakened Life School of Yoga, traveling to Bali twice and Costa Rica from 2014-2016. She’s trained in Active and Slow Flow Vinyasa, Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra and Shamata meditation.

Rachel played basketball at Ashland University and earned a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Religion, and soon after completed schooling to receive her License in Massage Therapy. Her teaching often mixes components of spirituality and yoga philosophy with physically challenging and structurally intelligent flows. And you can always count on an invigorating array of music to flow with! She believes that yoga begins on the mat, and eventually, with consistency and practice, carries into every aspect of life. The deeper the connections and ties between the body, the mind and the heart, the more passionate, peaceful and purpose-driven life.

When she’s not teaching or practicing yoga, she loves to do anything outdoors¬† with her husband and two Siberian huskies, Atlas and Athena. Rachel also LOVES to travel…don’t hesitate to ask her about her latest adventures!

She hosts two ROOTED Yoga Retreats per year at varying locations around the world, and you can find information on those retreats here :https://grassrootszanesville.com/rooted-retreats/ and leads a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Grass Roots each year. Info on our YTT’s here: https://grassrootszanesville.com/yoga-teacher-training/

Favorite place in Zanesville and why?

  • Pizza- Adornetto’s
  • Dinner- The Market House & Vin Ami
  • Shopping- Girl Upcycled, Earthen Somers Kiln, Y-Bridge Arts Festival, Just Breathe Boutique, Sweet Soul Boutique
  • Drinks- Weaselboy Brewery + Vin Ami
  • Lunch- Russo’s
  • Hiking- BlackHand Gorge

Least favorite yoga pose and why?
Figure 4 work (or anything external-rotation based) on my right side! The mobility in my right hip is limited- it’s frustrating b/c it’s hard work to stretch, but I’m thankful it doesn’t cause me discomfort or pain!

Favorite quote?
“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

– Cecil Beaton