Co-founder of Yogassential Raquelle shares her story
From the music industry to yoga and well tech
I'm Raquelle, co-founder of the Yogassential App and also co-founder of fringe.yoga (our sister company).

I was introduced to yoga by my wonderful mum aged 14 although I certainly didn't understand the true benefits of yoga until I had been practicing for a lot longer. A move to London to attend drama school at 16 saw me become a Bikram Yoga addict. Obsessed with the physical and aesthetic benefits of yoga, I fell right into the Bikram trap of ego, impressive poses and competitiveness - I was not really so yogic at this point!!!

I continued in the performing arts industry for a good few years and was honored to reach final 5 in X-Factor 2007 and shorty after the UK tour I moved to LA to further my music career. I had some incredible opportunities and worked with some of the best; Pharrell, Babyface, Rodney Jerkins, Rock City and many more. But slowly and surely I was burning out. Losing myself and turning to lots of unhealthy habits to cope with the loneliness and burning the candle at both ends. I began to fall into a deep, dark hole. When shit hit the fan and I was dropped by my record label (for a second time), yoga truly saved me and only then did I realize its power to invoke mental strength and hopefulness. I returned home with a new zest for life and a passion to share yoga, write conscious music and change the world for the better. I did my teacher training in 2012 at Suryalila with Frog Lotus Yoga. I was then blessed with my two little monkeys in the years that followed and after finding my feet in motherhood, Jodie Merrick (an inspirational yoga teacher and friend) and I decided to set up fringe.yoga in 2015. Yogassential was born in 2016 after my sister, Jessica and I realized that this was exactly what yoga teachers and the world needs to spread the word of yoga and for us all to live more stress free, happier lives.

Namaste,

Raquelle X
Hear Raquelle's music on Spotify here
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