Rachel Lanzerotti, MSW

Public Class Instructor, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Public Classes Taught

  • Back Care Basics
  • Better Breath to Destress
  • Balance for Life and Posture
  • Therapeutic Yoga Series for Lower Back Pain
  • Therapeutic Yoga Series for Upper Back, Shoulders, and Neck
  • Yoga for Healthy Digestion


Rachel Lanzerotti is a body systems yoga therapist, meditation teacher, counselor, and health educator. As a dedicated practitioner for over 20 years, she infuses a personalized blend of gentle movement, posture, breathing, meditation, and coaching to help people release tension, relieve pain, improve strength and balance, and increase vitality.

She has led classes at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine since 2010, and also consults and teaches for many UCSF research studies on yoga’s benefits for low back pain, metabolic syndrome, and cancer survivorship.

Ms. Lanzerotti is the founder of Five Rivers Yoga Therapy and the San Francisco Yoga Therapy Collaborative, and she teaches meditation at San Francisco Village, where she launched the Aging Well Program. She has taught at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and was a featured presenter in the program, “The Modern Science of Yoga” at the SF Asian Art Museum in 2014, a collaboration with the Osher Center.

She has been published in numerous journals, research studies, and periodicals, including Stanford Magazine, and with the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective on topics ranging from yoga, health, aging, and sexuality to gender, racial justice, and human rights. She also spent 10 years running an organizational-consulting practice with community-based groups, focusing on nonprofit and social change organizations. 

Education and Training

  • Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and Essential Yoga Therapy (EYT)
  • Experienced Yoga Teacher (e500RYT), Yoga Alliance
  • Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training Program, Spirit Rock Meditation Center
  • The Essential Low Back Program Certification, Essential Yoga Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Practicum Awareness and Relaxation Training, Bob Stahl, Instructor
  • “Advanced Relax & Renew” Restorative Yoga Certification, Judith Hanson Lasater, Instructor
  • MSW, San Francisco State University
  • BA, Human Biology and Feminist Studies, Stanford University

Personal Statement and Approach

I’m passionate about teaching therapeutic yoga because we enliven the body and nourish connection. I love sharing accessible yet transformative body-mind practices: ways to breathe better, move with greater ease, and cultivatewholeness, balance, and presence. 

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