Rachel is the director of a personal innovative inspire Kiwis to move more, eat better and to live a life they love. Rachel is also a mum, marathoner, yoga teacher and an award-winning writer, top shelf lifestyle interviewer, and columnist.
It goes without saying that Rachel is one heck of an inspiration and we are stoked to have her involved with the project as she joins the collective as a brand ambassador and contributing writer. Being a Yogi, you can expect a mix of topics surrounding yoga specifically for runners from Rachel.
Where are you based? Mt Eden, Auckland
What do you do to pay the bills? I’m an award winning writer who has worked for many of the biggest titles in NZ. I was an investigative journalist before having a family. I’ve been a columnist, feature writer and blogger in recent years, working for a string of titles including the Herald, Sunday Star-Times, Herald on Sunday to lots of magazines. I’m a wellbeing columnist (and healthy recipe creator) currently for Good magazine as well as Juno Investing magazine. I freelance write for lots of newspapers and magazines as well as run my own lifestyle website www.inspiredhealth.co.nz
I also work with corporates on contract with writing work, but my speciality these days is writing on fitness/health/wellness/nutrition/events/health/lifestyle… but then again I write on anything really. I wrote a sports story for a newspaper the other week.
What do you love to do outside of work that really makes you smile?
Yoga. Run. Play my alto saxophone. I’m a garden-geek. Share great wine with friends. Bliss out at a beach.
Why do you run? Is it for fitness, competition or something else? Fitness, health, happiness.
I love to run events – and also help disabled Kiwis run events. I’m an ambassador for a charity that helps disabled Kiwis participate in mainstream events. I’ve guided a lot of disabled athletes through marathons and half-marathons.
So you are a Yogi. How long has you been mastering this? What’s your yoga story?
I’d dabbled in it for years. I’ve been fully qualified since 2014 and truly believe in it as an incredible tool for the mind, body and soul. My speciality is working with runners (elite to weekend warriors), but I also teach a beginner yoga class (for anyone of any ability), which I love. For me, it’s about using yoga to increase a runner’s range of mobility, to re-balance the body, iron out niggles etc and the breathe and meditation work is terrific for a runner’s mind and also in the end miles of a race. I’m unique in this area really as most yogis don’t run long distances. I teach at two Auckland studios and I also teach privately.
What part of running culture do you enjoy the most?
The best people run. They’re goal-crushing and have a sparkle in their eye too. It’s magic out there.
You are really passionate about giving back through running and involved with the Achilles Charity. Can you tell us moe about this?
I’m an ambassador for the Achilles Charity which helps disabled kiwis to participate in events. I’ve guided lots of runners through half-marathons, fun runs and marathons in NZ and overseas. To run my own race is amazing, but to help someone else achieve their dream means even more. I keep really fit so I can help people through races when needed (and if I can fit it into my timetable). I make time for this because I love giving back. I love the people. And these disabled Kiwis inspire me. Running a marathon is tough, so the respect I have for example of a blind runner for doing this without sight is immense. So much trust is involved. It’s an honour to do this for someone else. I feel lucky.
Why are you involved with the Good People Run project?
It’s a cool community of Kiwis (and further) who dig running and give back to the community in different ways. It’s about sharing a passion. So I’ve got a soft spot for fellow runners and really looking forward to sharing my passions with the community.
If you were to choose one place to run forever- where would it be?
Bethells Beach, west Auckland. It’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
If you were to choose a spirit animal (bear with me on this) that best reflects you, what would it be and why?
If I could choose one, I’d choose a leopard because they run so darn fast!! But that’s not me, I’m no elite athlete. I’m just a girl runner who gets a kick out of this biz. ;)
What can you not leave the house without when heading for a run?
My happy face. Running makes me smile. If I’m on my way out the door for a run then I’ve got a smile on my dial.
You are asked to give a TED talk. What would your talk be about?
The incredible rise of yoga in NZ and how it can transform your life. And no, you don’t have to be a circus animal to do this s###. You just need to be you.
Check out more from Rachel at her blog: www.inspiredhealth.co.nz
We also featured Rachel recently as an inspiring runner for some insights into her life: http://goodpeoplerun.co.nz/inspirational-runners-rachel-grunwell-interview/