Rachel Brathens articles

FOOD

Vegan Red Lentil Soup from the Yoga Girl® Kitchen

Lentil soup is an easy, hearty, healthy meal that you can make a big batch of and freeze! In times like these where we don’t have many answers, one of the most calming things to do is to get in the kitchen and make a healthy nourishing meal.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:43 pm

How To (Not) Kill Your Spouse During Quarantine - Our 10-Year Anniversary Episode!

This week’s episode is a special one as Rachel has on the ultimate guest, her hilarious and down to earth husband, Dennis Schoneveld! Rachel and Dennis are recording from Aruba on their 10th wedding anniversary as they have found themselves at home, like the rest of us.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:23 am

Do This Restorative Yoga Pose Right Now!

Today’s Feel-Good Friday episode features one of Rachel’s favorite restorative yoga poses ever, Viparita Karani or Legs Up the Wall pose. Tune in to learn how to access the pose, it’s many benefits, and variations for different body types. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stuck in a loop of fear, this pose could be everything you need. You can even do the pose while you’re listening to this episode!

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:23 am
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Do This Restorative Yoga Pose Right Now!

April 3, 2020 - Today’s Feel-Good Friday episode features one of Rachel’s favorite restorative yoga poses ever, Viparita Karani or Legs Up the Wall pose. Tune in to learn how to access the pose, it’s many benefits, and variations for different body types. If you are feeling overwhelmed or stuck in a loop of fear, this pose could be everything you need. You can even do the pose while you’re listening to this episode!

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 7:28 am

Things You Love About Yourself

At Yoga Girl Daily, we love to make lists! Today as a self-care practice, let’s all make a list of the things we love about ourselves! What qualities to you have that make you feel great, confident, unique and beautiful? There is no limit, the longer the list, the better. The more permission you give to yourself to shine bright, the more you influence others to do the same. The truth is, you’re pretty great. Let’s acknowledge it!

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 7:12 am

Go on a Gratitude Walk

Today’s gratitude practice will bring you to your feet – we are going on a gratitude walk! This isn’t any ordinary walk. With every step you take, make yourself fully present in the here and now. Stay very conscious to your surroundings that you might not notice otherwise or take for granted. Find as many things that connect you to gratitude as possible. Slow down enough, give yourself space and time to notice how many beautiful elements you are surrounded by.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 7:11 am

Soften and Let Go

Today for our meditation practice, our awareness is brought to our lower belly. As you practice today, notice the physical shifts that happen in the low abdomen with every breath. With each inhale, there is growth, expansion and an energy increase, and with every exhale there is contraction as you release that energy back into the world around you. This is a place on our body that we usually hold onto. Today’s practice will invite you to soften and let go.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 7:10 am

The Kindest Thing I Can Do for Myself Right Now Is…

What is the kindest thing you can do for yourself right now? The holidays are a beautiful time of year but they often ask a lot from us. Don’t forget to show compassion for yourself, too! It’s not selfish to take time for self-care, it allows you to show up as your best self and feel more motivated to get everything done. Today’s episode of Tune-In Tuesday will allow you to really tap into this energy of being kind to yourself and asking for what you need. Tune in to fill your cup!

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 7:09 am

I Trust in My Ability to Make Good Decisions

It is really important that we make our own decisions, but more so that we are confident in them! The more time we spend doubting ourselves or looking for an answer outside of ourselves, the more time we spend out of alignment with our authentic souls. Our heart always knows the answer; sometimes the practice is sitting in silence and reflecting on what that is. Today’s Make It Happen Monday will reaffirm that you’ve got this!

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 7:07 am
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How To Speak Your Gratitude Out Loud

April 2, 2020 - Throughout this pandemic, who have you been most grateful for? Is there someone in your life, near or far, that has been so helpful, so supportive, and in general, just great to be around? The connections we have with others are more important now than ever as we find ourselves in a time of physical isolation. Today, we are dedicating our gratitude practice to someone who has made all the difference. Tune in to tap into that gratitude in your heart and then speak it out loud.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:02 am

How To Speak Your Gratitude Out Loud

Throughout this pandemic, who have you been most grateful for? Is there someone in your life, near or far, that has been so helpful, so supportive, and in general, just great to be around? The connections we have with others are more important now than ever as we find ourselves in a time of physical isolation. Today, we are dedicating our gratitude practice to someone who has made all the difference. Tune in to tap into that gratitude in your heart and then speak it out loud.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:26 am

What Are You Holding On To?

As you settle into your meditation practice today, ask yourself if one area of your body is holding on to more energy than others. So often, our mental state leads to physical manifestations in the body. Is your head heavy? It could be from running through worst-case scenarios all day. Do you have a lump in the back of your throat? You may be holding back an unspoken fear. Are your shoulders and upper back tight? Does it feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on them?

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:29 am
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What Are You Holding On To?

April 1, 2020 - As you settle into your meditation practice today, ask yourself if one area of your body is holding on to more energy than others. So often, our mental state leads to physical manifestations in the body. Is your head heavy? It could be from running through worst-case scenarios all day. Do you have a lump in the back of your throat? You may be holding back an unspoken fear. Are your shoulders and upper back tight? Does it feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on them?

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:27 am
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A Social Isolation Survival Guide

March 27, 2020 - Tune in today as Rachel shares more than ten of her best tips to bring normalcy to your day, to move stagnant energy, and to clear your mind of repetitive thoughts so you can get through this period of isolation feeling whole. From doing yoga to making your bed, these small, day-to-day practices can keep you healthy and grounded in a time filled with so much uncertainty and loss of structure.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 5:29 am

When I Was Little, My Favorite Thing To Do Was…

Today we are venturing back to our childhoods. Are some of your old worries and fears being triggered by this present time of isolation and uncertainty? If that’s the case, you are not alone. The comforting part is - the resources you used as a child are still relevant today. What brought you joy, peace, and fun when you were little? Playing outside? Reading a book? Riding your bicycle?

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 10:05 am
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When I Was Little, My Favorite Thing To Do Was…

March 31, 2020 - Today we are venturing back to our childhoods. Are some of your old worries and fears being triggered by this present time of isolation and uncertainty? If that’s the case, you are not alone. The comforting part is - the resources you used as a child are still relevant today. What brought you joy, peace, and fun when you were little? Playing outside? Reading a book? Riding your bicycle?

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 10:00 am

This Week I Will Find a Way to Feel Purposeful Everyday

Don’t blame yourself if you aren’t overly productive right now. We are in a global pandemic, after all! But at the same time, if it feels like the days are starting to blend together, anchoring into a sense of purpose can make all the difference - especially if you feel as though you’ve lost your purpose right now. Every morning week, ask yourself how you can find purpose in your day, no matter how small. Stick to your yoga practice. Start a small project around the house. Help someone in need.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 10:53 am
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This Week I Will Find a Way to Feel Purposeful Everyday

March 30, 2020 - Don’t blame yourself if you aren’t overly productive right now. We are in a global pandemic, after all! But at the same time, if it feels like the days are starting to blend together, anchoring into a sense of purpose can make all the difference - especially if you feel as though you’ve lost your purpose right now. Every morning week, ask yourself how you can find purpose in your day, no matter how small. Stick to your yoga practice. Start a small project around the house.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 10:47 am
FOOD

Vegan Blueberry-Lemon Muffins from the Yoga Girl® Kitchen

When days are spent at home, it can be a perfect time to bake! These blueberry-lemon muffins are delicious, vegan, and easy to make if you are looking for some baking inspiration.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:42 pm

A Social Isolation Survival Guide

Tune in today as Rachel shares more than ten of her best tips to bring normalcy to your day, to move stagnant energy, and to clear your mind of repetitive thoughts so you can get through this period of isolation feeling whole. From doing yoga to making your bed, these small, day-to-day practices can keep you healthy and grounded in a time filled with so much uncertainty and loss of structure.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:19 am

This Is Clearing You Out For Something New

Today is Feel-Good Friday. While not many of us are feeling generally good, today’s practice will help lift your spirits, at least a little bit. In this episode, Rachel shares a very important poem from Rumi. She has carried this poem with her throughout her life, and it is now more relevant than ever. Tune in today to listen to it, embrace it, and treat each emotion that runs through you honourably. They just may be clearing you out for something new.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:18 am
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This Is Clearing You Out For Something New

March 27, 2020 - Today is Feel-Good Friday. While not many of us are feeling generally good, today’s practice will help lift your spirits, at least a little bit. In this episode, Rachel shares a very important poem from Rumi. She has carried this poem with her throughout her life, and it is now more relevant than ever. Tune in today to listen to it, embrace it, and treat each emotion that runs through you honourably. They just may be clearing you out for something new.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:15 am

Can Gratitude Be Found in the Hardest Times?

As humans, we tend to focus on the challenge at hand. However, if our current struggle is slowly unfolding, if it is unclear when it will end, and if we really aren’t sure how to handle it - it can become all consuming. Right now, it is as if the world is going through a collective trauma, with each of us at varying degrees of discomfort. If you are one of the luckier ones listening to this podcast right now, tune in to return to gratitude so we may do what we can for the lesser fortunate.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:50 am
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Can Gratitude Be Found in the Hardest Times?

March 26, 2020 - As humans, we tend to focus on the challenge at hand. However, if our current struggle is slowly unfolding, if it is unclear when it will end, and if we really aren’t sure how to handle it - it can become all consuming. Right now, it is as if the world is going through a collective trauma, with each of us at varying degrees of discomfort.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:39 am
LIFESTYLE

My Favorite Books on Yoga and Spirituality

These books are books that I return to again and again for different reasons. They have all been in my life for years, some of them for a really long time. They’ve completely supported me on this journey, or in some shape or form, helped change my life.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 5:19 pm

A Meditation to Embody Your Emotions

It’s okay to not feel okay. It’s okay to not be productive. It’s okay to not know any answers. It’s okay to feel joyful, even though there is so much struggle surrounding us all. For today’s meditation practice, let’s settle into the practice of placing our hands on our hearts and embodying the emotion present within us here, now. The human experience is filled with so many complexities, and all are valid. Tune in to allow, embrace, and accept everything that is present.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:03 am
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A Meditation to Embody Your Emotions

March 25, 2020 - It’s okay to not feel okay. It’s okay to not be productive. It’s okay to not know any answers. It’s okay to feel joyful, even though there is so much struggle surrounding us all. For today’s meditation practice, let’s settle into the practice of placing our hands on our hearts and embodying the emotion present within us here, now. The human experience is filled with so many complexities, and all are valid. Tune in to allow, embrace, and accept everything that is present.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 9:56 am

Become Familiar with Your Fear

Right now, fear is being collectively felt all around the world. While this universal fear is justified and necessary, it still needs to be eased - and the best way to do that is to do the exact opposite of what we usually want to do. We can’t put our heads in the sand and pretend like nothing is happening, we have to become familiar with our fear. Take some time today to allow your worries and anxieties to hold space in your heart.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 11:26 am
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Become Familiar with Your Fear

March 24, 2020 - Right now, fear is being collectively felt all around the world. While this universal fear is justified and necessary, it still needs to be eased - and the best way to do that is to do the exact opposite of what we usually want to do. We can’t put our heads in the sand and pretend like nothing is happening, we have to become familiar with our fear. Take some time today to allow your worries and anxieties to hold space in your heart.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 11:25 am

I Trust That Things Are Going to Be Okay

Today’s intention is centered around our trust in life. Can you, in the midst of a struggle, take a deep breath, place a hand on your heart, and know that life is taking you where you’re meant to be? Do you have an intimate relationship with trust, or is this concept completely new to you? Tune in to lean into the discomfort, allow whatever is stirring in your heart, but never lose that anchor in knowing everything will be okay.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 10:18 am
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I Trust That Things Are Going to Be Okay

March 23, 2020 - Today’s intention is centered around our trust in life. Can you, in the midst of a struggle, take a deep breath, place a hand on your heart, and know that life is taking you where you’re meant to be? Do you have an intimate relationship with trust, or is this concept completely new to you? Tune in to lean into the discomfort, allow whatever is stirring in your heart, but never lose that anchor in knowing everything will be okay.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 10:16 am
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Testing for COVID-19, Working Through Fear and Making Sense of a Global Pandemic

March 20, 2020 - As coronavirus has the entire world in its grip, this global energy of fear has left many of us in a place of uncertainty. Will there be a resource shortage? Why isn’t everyone self-isolating? And what if the most unlikely happens, as it seems to be happening every day? In times of such uncertainty, many of us are feeling emotions we have never felt before – and many past traumas may find themselves resurfacing.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 6:11 am
FOOD

Hearty Veggie Soup from the Yoga Girl® Kitchen

Craving some comfort food or just want an easy one-pot meal? This soup is for you! Loaded with nutrient-dense and fiber-rich vegetables, your body and soul will thank you.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:12 pm

Testing for COVID-19, Working Through Fear and Making Sense of a Global Pandemic

As coronavirus has the entire world in its grip, this global energy of fear has left many of us in a place of uncertainty. Will there be a resource shortage? Why isn’t everyone self-isolating? And what if the most unlikely happens, as it seems to be happening every day? In times of such uncertainty, many of us are feeling emotions we have never felt before – and many past traumas may find themselves resurfacing.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:19 am

How to Prioritize Your Health

This week’s self-care practice is an important one - we are prioritizing our health. You may think focusing on self-care right now is silly, but this practice is more important than ever and should be taken seriously. We cannot underestimate the importance of our health. Tune in today as Rachel goes over some important changes to make in your daily routine and lifestyle. By taking care of ourselves, we are automatically taking care of each other.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:18 am
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How to Prioritize Your Health

March 20, 2020 - This week’s self-care practice is an important one - we are prioritizing our health. You may think focusing on self-care right now is silly, but this practice is more important than ever and should be taken seriously. We cannot underestimate the importance of our health. Tune in today as Rachel goes over some important changes to make in your daily routine and lifestyle. By taking care of ourselves, we are automatically taking care of each other.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:11 am

Find Gratitude in the Uncertainty

Right now we need to focus on the blessings in our lives more than ever. Finding gratitude during difficult times is not an easy task, but if we only focus on the hard, the bad and the scary, it may take over our lives. Can you shift your perspective to the beautiful things that still exist around you? Can you stay realistic, well informed and not put your head in the sand, but also be grateful for the good things in your life?

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:28 am
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Find Gratitude in the Uncertainty

March 19, 2020 - Right now we need to focus on the blessings in our lives more than ever. Finding gratitude during difficult times is not an easy task, but if we only focus on the hard, the bad and the scary, it may take over our lives. Can you shift your perspective to the beautiful things that still exist around you? Can you stay realistic, well informed and not put your head in the sand, but also be grateful for the good things in your life?

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:27 am
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GaryVee Shares the Secret to Success + Why Happiness is Part of Your ROI!

March 13, 2020 - Are you looking to grow your business - or are you struggling to start one? Having a hard time balancing work and family life? Trying to use social media to grow your business but wondering how to stay authentic in the process? Then this podcast is for you! In this week’s episode, Rachel is joined by the king of entrepreneurship, Gary Vaynerchuk.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 4:35 am
HEALING

30 Days of Space

Introducing 30 Days of Space! A Yoga Girl® Community Challenge for Self-Care and Peace-of-Mind. 30 days, 30 themes, and 30 free yoga classes designed to create space in our hearts, our bodies and our minds as we find ourselves in a time of social distancing and uncertainty.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:35 pm

Meditate Your Way Through the Discomfort

It is likely that you are experiencing some form of discomfort or uneasiness right now. Today’s meditation practice will help you move through that discomfort - not by escaping it or changing it, but by burning through it. We are so conditioned to think that we need to feel happy and at peace all the time, but the harder emotions are here for a reason! We need to notice them, witness them, and process them.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:54 am
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Meditate Your Way Through the Discomfort

March 18, 2020 - It is likely that you are experiencing some form of discomfort or uneasiness right now. Today’s meditation practice will help you move through that discomfort - not by escaping it or changing it, but by burning through it. We are so conditioned to think that we need to feel happy and at peace all the time, but the harder emotions are here for a reason! We need to notice them, witness them, and process them.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:50 am

To Feel Calm I Need…

In this moment, what do you need to feel more grounded? How can you invite more calm into your life? Usually we act on what our minds tell us to act on, but when we take the time to feel into our bodies and hearts, the answer we receive can be very different. Maybe you don’t need to stock up on toilet paper, but maybe you do need to breathe in fresh air, to phone a friend, to turn the news off, or to move your body and release stagnant energy.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:07 am
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To Feel Calm I Need…

March 17, 2020 - In this moment, what do you need to feel more grounded? How can you invite more calm into your life? Usually we act on what our minds tell us to act on, but when we take the time to feel into our bodies and hearts, the answer we receive can be very different. Maybe you don’t need to stock up on toilet paper, but maybe you do need to breathe in fresh air, to phone a friend, to turn the news off, or to move your body and release stagnant energy.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 8:49 am
FOOD

Immunity Juice from the Yoga Girl® Kitchen

This powerhouse juice will keep your immune system strong and your mind at ease, knowing you are giving your body the natural medicine it needs to clear the body of toxins, support and strengthen the immune system.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 3:04 am

This Week I Will Remain Calm and Stay Well Informed

As you move through a challenging time wherever you are in the world, it is crucial to find the balance between staying grounded in the present moment and remaining well informed with the situation at hand. If we go too far to either side, we can stray down a rabbit hole of fear and panic or start pretending that nothing is wrong. Tune into today’s episode to root yourself into an important intention - to remain calm but to also stay well informed.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 10:07 am
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This Week I Will Remain Calm and Stay Well Informed

March 16, 2020 - As you move through a challenging time wherever you are in the world, it is crucial to find the balance between staying grounded in the present moment and remaining well informed with the situation at hand. If we go too far to either side, we can stray down a rabbit hole of fear and panic or start pretending that nothing is wrong. Tune into today’s episode to root yourself into an important intention - to remain calm but to also stay well informed.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:58 am

GaryVee Shares the Secret to Success + Why Happiness is Part of Your ROI!

Are you looking to grow your business - or are you struggling to start one? Having a hard time balancing work and family life? Trying to use social media to grow your business but wondering how to stay authentic in the process? Then this podcast is for you! In this week’s episode, Rachel is joined by the king of entrepreneurship, Gary Vaynerchuk.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:24 am

The Best Way to Show Kindness

When you do something kind for someone you love, you not only make their day but yours as well. Today that is our top priority! Let’s really make an effort to do something unusually kind for an important person in our lives. It may even be something you don’t particularly want to do - but when you’re done you will understand just how great it feels. Tune in to turn someone’s day (and yours!) around.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:23 am
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The Best Way to Show Kindness

March 13, 2020 - When you do something kind for someone you love, you not only make their day but yours as well. Today that is our top priority! Let’s really make an effort to do something unusually kind for an important person in our lives. It may even be something you don’t particularly want to do - but when you’re done you will understand just how great it feels. Tune in to turn someone’s day (and yours!) around.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:20 am

What Makes You Who You Are?

March 12, 2020 - What qualities do you have that make you you? If you think about your childhood, is there a personality trait that you have carried with you throughout your life? What do your friends and family say when they describe you as a person? Today, focus your gratitude practice on that quality that is inherently part of your being. Whether you are compassionate, resilient, or resourceful, be thankful for it.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:18 am
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What Makes You Who You Are?

March 12, 2020 - What qualities do you have that make you you? If you think about your childhood, is there a personality trait that you have carried with you throughout your life? What do your friends and family say when they describe you as a person? Today, focus your gratitude practice on that quality that is inherently part of your being. Whether you are compassionate, resilient, or resourceful, be thankful for it.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:35 am
SELF LOVE

How to Hold Space for Yourself

Setting boundaries is a radical act of self-love. It draws a firm line between you and other people’s bullshit. It is not your job to clean up everybody else’s mess, or to be on the receiving end of drama and gossip that doesn’t involve you!

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 6:59 pm

A Meditation to Quiet Your Mind

We all go through challenging times where we feel overwhelmed, unsettled, and too busy in our minds. Those moments are the perfect time to sit down and meditate. Tune in to today’s episode for a chance to release anything that is lingering on your mind. They key is to come back to your body, back to your breath, and back home, again and again. Let’s begin.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:51 am
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A Meditation to Quiet Your Mind

March 11, 2020 - We all go through challenging times where we feel overwhelmed, unsettled, and too busy in our minds. Those moments are the perfect time to sit down and meditate. Tune in to today’s episode for a chance to release anything that is lingering on your mind. They key is to come back to your body, back to your breath, and back home, again and again. Let’s begin.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:44 am
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Healing Childhood Wounds Through Parenthood​

March 6, 2020 - How can you know yourself deeply if you’ve never touched the depths of your anger or reached the height of your joy? We have to feel our emotions to process them in a healthy way – and our ability to do that is often impacted by how our parents led us through sensitive moments as children. But what if our parents left us with empty spaces in our hearts? A beautiful opportunity for healing presents itself when we cross the threshold into parenthood.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:23 am
HEALING

The Healing Component of Sharing

We live in a world that constantly, constantly tells us to change. To improve. To get better. Transform yourself; get thinner, stronger, more fit, continue to climb the ladder, make more money. Be a better mother, a better father, a better leader, a better person.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 6:21 pm

I Feel Empowered When…

Our ability to feel confident, strong and centered in our decisions can impact the course of our lives. Do you stand up for what’s right, set boundaries for yourself, and tell people how you feel - or do you shy away from challenges? Today’s episode will help you identify the routines, experiences, or people that allow your fiery side to come out to play. Tune in to walk through your day feeling at home in your body and strong in your heart, mind and soul.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 8:47 am
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I Feel Empowered When…

March 10, 2020 - Our ability to feel confident, strong and centered in our decisions can impact the course of our lives. Do you stand up for what’s right, set boundaries for yourself, and tell people how you feel - or do you shy away from challenges? Today’s episode will help you identify the routines, experiences, or people that allow your fiery side to come out to play. Tune in to walk through your day feeling at home in your body and strong in your heart, mind and soul.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 8:42 am
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Yoga Every Damn Day

March 9, 2020 - We could all use a little extra motivation to get on our yoga mats. This week, we are making it our intention to commit to a daily practice. Tune in as Rachel shares how to commit to a yoga practice and what exactly to do on the mat. The benefits of yoga are clear - it keeps our bodies strong and spacious, it frees our minds so we feel at ease, and it allows us to ask ourselves what we need right here, right now.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:43 am

Yoga Every Damn Day

We could all use a little extra motivation to get on our yoga mats. This week, we are making it our intention to commit to a daily practice. Tune in as Rachel shares how to commit to a yoga practice and what exactly to do on the mat. The benefits of yoga are clear - it keeps our bodies strong and spacious, it frees our minds so we feel at ease, and it allows us to ask ourselves what we need right here, right now.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:42 am

Healing Childhood Wounds Through Parenthood

How can you know yourself deeply if you’ve never touched the depths of your anger or reached the height of your joy? We have to feel our emotions to process them in a healthy way – and our ability to do that is often impacted by how our parents led us through sensitive moments as children. But what if our parents left us with empty spaces in our hearts? A beautiful opportunity for healing presents itself when we cross the threshold into parenthood.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:19 am

This is Why You Are Important

Today’s Feel-Good Friday episode features a poem that will hit you straight in the heart. It is called, “Your Soft Heart” by Nikita Gill. We are all vulnerable, gentle beings who care so deeply about this world. Sometimes, along the way, we don’t nourish that part of ourselves. We start to put walls up and ignore the side of us that weeps every time we hear something sad on the news.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:13 am
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This is Why You Are Important

March 6, 2020 - Today’s Feel-Good Friday episode features a poem that will hit you straight in the heart. It is called, “Your Soft Heart” by Nikita Gill. We are all vulnerable, gentle beings who care so deeply about this world. Sometimes, along the way, we don’t nourish that part of ourselves. We start to put walls up and ignore the side of us that weeps every time we hear something sad on the news.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:00 am
FOOD

Vegan Breaded Tofu with Pesto Mayo from the Yoga Girl® Kitchen

Looking for a vegan plant-based meal that's easy to whip up and is also kid-approved? Look no further!

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:18 am

How to Find Gratitude in the Mundane Moments

Your day is full of regular, mundane habits such as brushing your teeth, washing your hands, getting dressed, or preparing your next meal. With all these routine moments comes the perfect opportunity to infuse them with gratitude! You are so lucky to have access to clean water, clothes to keep you warm and dry, and food to nourish and sustain you. Tune in to find the sacred and purposeful moments that make up your life.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:11 am
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How to Find Gratitude in the Mundane Moments

March 5, 2020 - Your day is full of regular, mundane habits such as brushing your teeth, washing your hands, getting dressed, or preparing your next meal. With all these routine moments comes the perfect opportunity to infuse them with gratitude! You are so lucky to have access to clean water, clothes to keep you warm and dry, and food to nourish and sustain you. Tune in to find the sacred and purposeful moments that make up your life.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:44 am

I Am Beautiful the Way I Am

Beauty is a feeling, it comes from within! What does beauty mean to you? Today we are going to tap into the affirmation that we are beautiful exactly the way we are. We tend to spread ourselves thin around the holidays, and we are often bombarded with messages around the theme of “new year, new you”. This affirmation is your remedy! Don’t let anyone else define beauty for you. Anytime you feel lesser than this week, reconnect to this affirmation and repeat it to yourself as needed.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 6:16 pm

Learn the Best Way to Reflect on 2019!

With 2019 coming to a close, it’s time to reflect on the past year and everything that occurred in it. Whether or not 2019 was challenging or easy for you, what was something amazing that came your way? Big or small, long or short, a person, place or thing, an accomplishment… reflect on it! Write or share about it. Reflecting on a success, an achievement, a blessing, will allow you to feel gratitude for what came through, be open and prepare you for what’s coming next.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 6:12 pm

A Meditation to Feel What You Feel

It’s time to drop into our meditation practice, which means slowing down, taking the time to drop into our body, our breath, and most importantly - our emotions. Meditate on how you are feeling right now in this moment? What’s happening in your heart, what is your heart trying to tell you? Use your breath as a way to tune in. Use your body as a way to feel into your heart. Allow what is there to be, then practice honoring that emotion by giving it a little bit more space and room to feel it.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 5:58 pm

Who Do You Seek Guidance From?

When you don’t know where to turn, who do you seek guidance from? Who has been influential in your life? What have they taught you? Today, we are sending them some gratitude and some love. There are many blessings in life, an important one to acknowledge is our teachers.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 5:39 pm

Will You Stand in the Center of the Fire and Not Shrink Back?

In today’s episode, Rachel shares a beautiful message that she comes back to again and again, one that has stirred her heart and touched her soul. Tune in to find the meaning of joy, sadness and finding your true self. If you’re open to it, the universe holds so many invitations.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 5:33 pm

This Is the Reality Check You Need

It’s officially the week of Christmas! Today’s affirmation will remind you how beautiful this life and everything that surrounds you actually is. Tune in for a reality check that you can come back to again and again, especially if you find yourself in a challenging moment or need some uplifting energy.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 5:24 pm

The True Meaning of Christmas

What does Christmas mean to you? The holiday season is filled with so much - memories from past Christmases, time spent with or without family, and deep feelings across the entire emotional spectrum. It’s important to get to the root of what is in your heart. Is there joy or resistance there? Tune in to discover the true meaning of Christmas for you. Only then can you connect with yourself and create space for all that is coming your way.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 5:16 pm

A Christmas Meditation

This year Christmas falls on Wellbeing Wednesday, which means Yoga Girl Daily is providing you with the gift of meditation! This is a day of high energy, love, and excitement. It can also be a day of stress, with lots of people to visit and so much to do. Give yourself the gift of five minutes to yourself to sit in stillness. It can make the day so much more special. Remember, the real present is being present.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 4:55 pm

The Most Important Post-Christmas Practice

Did Christmas pass you in a whirl? Then you’re not alone! It’s easy for these days to pass by quickly with constant doing, doing, doing. Today’s episode of Yoga Girl Daily will connect you to the most important post-Christmas practice - one of gratitude. There is so much to be grateful for. Don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate it.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 4:50 pm

How to Love Yourself

Today’s episode is in loving memory of Ram Dass. Ram Dass was one of the most influential teachers in Rachel’s life. She came back to his writings and discourses again and again since she was a teenager. For Feel-Good Friday, she shares one of his most important messages on how we can love and accept ourselves more. We hope this is a message you can come back to again and again, too.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 4:46 pm

Do You Know Where You’re Going?

This week is a powerful one! Not only is a new year coming, but a new decade as well. Spiritually, this transitional period is the perfect time to get really clear and focused on what we want to manifest and in what direction we want our lives to lead. But how do we know where to go? First, by setting an affirmation to anchor into right at the start of the week! Tune in for the perfect affirmation to bring you into the mind space for beautiful and important changes to come.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 4:41 pm

In 2020, I Will…

It’s New Year’s Eve! In today’s episode, we are going to set a clear and concise intention for 2020. What is your goal for the coming year? What do you want to create? What are you longing for? What feeling do you wish to embody? What kind of year do you want to manifest? Setting an intention, and then following the practice Rachel shares for midnight’s arrival, is the best way to bring your desires out of your heart and into the universe.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 4:36 pm

A Meditation For The First Day Of The Year

Happy New Year! Today is a day filled with endless possibilities and limitless potential. In today’s episode, we are going to tap into that power with a New Year’s meditation. Take some time for yourself to sit in stillness today with a completely blank slate. You have the choice with where you want to go next. Use your breath to guide you there.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 4:30 pm

The Gratitude Jar - Let’s Make 2020 a Year of Gratitude!

Today is the first Thankful Thursday of the new year (and the new decade!). Our episode today has an actionable practice to start right now and continue throughout the entire year. We are going to create a gratitude jar! Pick a time in the week to write down what you were most thankful for. By the end of the year, you’ll have a beautiful collection of your most grateful moments. Tune in for the best practice to start your year right.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 4:25 pm

Begin the Year with Action!

It’s already been 3 days since we set our intentions for the new year. Today, let’s check in on them and reflect! How have your intentions influenced your actions over the past few days? How have you incorporated them into your life (or not)? Meeting our goals takes constant work. The best time to start is right now!

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 4:17 pm

How to Turn Intentions into Actionable Goals

Happy Monday! As we slowly find the regular flow of day to day life after the holidays, today’s practice will teach you how to turn the intentions you set for the new year into actionable goals. After all, there is no such thing as a dream too big - they can all be broken down into little steps. Once we can do that, the path ahead of us becomes clear. Our job is to just do the next right thing. Tune in to start on the path that will lead you to all your heart’s desires.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 2:54 pm

Does Your Longing Come from Love or Fear?

So many of us have high hopes for the new year. We often plan on making big changes in our lives (new year, new me!). Today’s episode will ask you the important question - where is that longing to change coming from? Is it coming from a place of fear or judgement? A place that tells you you’re not good enough the way you are? Or is it coming from a place of love? Is the desire to change true to who you are?

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 2:37 pm

A Meditation to Help you Slow Down

It is time for our most important practice - our meditation practice! If you find yourself in the mindset that you don’t need mediation or that it’s not productive, that usually means you need it more. After all, there is nothing more important than getting to know yourself in the here and now. Even 5 minutes of meditation can impact your life in a big way! Tune in to become present with your breath. It will allow you to be present with everything else in your life in the exact same way.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 2:13 pm

Turn Your Challenges Into Change

Looking back on 2019, what was really, really hard? Today’s Thankful Thursday episode will give us the space to contemplate that challenging time as a way to grow. If we can get intimate with the difficult moments, we can start to untangle the knots around what happened. Maybe through that process, you will be able to find a silver lining or a lesson or a blessing. If you sit with it long enough, you may just discover the entire purpose of the challenge to begin with.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 2:03 pm

Plant A Seed... And Watch It Grow

For today’s self-care practice, we are going to plant some seeds (literally and metaphorically!). Surrounding ourselves with nature and taking care of plants is scientifically proven to make us feel good. The most important part? We are going to speak our intentions to our plant friends! This plant represents all the seeds you are metaphorically planting, and speaking your intentions out into the universe is a very powerful practice.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:59 pm

The Simple Secret to a Good Life

There is a simple secret to a good life - do more of what makes you happy! But, do you actually know what makes you happy? Sometimes it’s not as clear as it seems. Today, we take the time to figure it out and make a commitment to dedicate our week entirely to our happiness. Spend more time in the kitchen, in the bath, or reading a book. The little things can mean the most. Don’t take them for granted!

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:54 pm

Turn Doubt into Acceptance

What is a doubt about yourself that you are struggling with right now? We all face insecurities in some shape or form. However, if we don’t speak about them, they grow even bigger. When we expose our challenges, they become more bearable and easy to deal with. Most importantly, we realize that we are not alone in our feelings. Tune in today to find those spots you struggle with and turn your doubt into acceptance.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:50 pm

A Meditation to Let Go

What does it feel like to arrive fully into this moment? As you meditate today, shift your awareness to the body. Can you find areas of tension? Do you sense an energy of clinging or holding on? The beauty of recognizing any tension is the feeling that comes along with consciously letting go. Allow a wave of softness to enter your body. When you release the tightness, you’ll discover that you are enough exactly the way you are. There is nothing you have to hold onto.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:45 pm

Something I Am Grateful for Right Now Is…

Our gratitude practice can be simple, but it is still one of infinite potential. Whether you’re having a good day, and especially if you’re having a bad day, dropping into gratitude can help you gain perspective and snap you out of a funk. Isn’t it beautiful that there is something to be thankful for all the time? Take today to invite gratitude into the present moment. It will help you realize that its always there, sometimes you just need to shift your focus.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:41 pm

How to Shine and Not Hold Back

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, it is that we are powerful beyond measure. Today’s episode of Feel-Good Friday shares words from Marianne Williamson and reminds us of our own greatness. We live in a society that teaches us to play small and not take up too much space. Let’s flip that script and step into our power. You are worthy of everything you can imagine! Every time you shine brightly, you inspire others to do the same - that is how we change the world.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:37 pm

This Week, I Will Get Organized

Are you perfectly organized in every area of your life? Chances are there are some (or many!) areas of your life and your home that could use more structure. When it comes to creating a calm, peaceful, stress-free life, having order in your outside world plays a big role! This week, we are setting the intention to get organized. You can go as big or as small with this as you like. Tune in to motivate yourself to de-clutter your life and find a happier version of you!

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:30 pm

What Makes You Feel Free?

The idea of freedom means something different to each of us. What does it mean to you? To find the answer, we need to reflect on the times when we felt completely restricted, weighed down, pressured and held back, as well as the times that we felt spacious, light and liberated. Tune in today - there may just be a big release waiting for you around the corner.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:25 pm

A Meditation to Find Space

When you find space, you will find freedom along with it. Today’s meditation practice focuses on the art of finding space both physically and energetically. You will use your breath to invite an opening to the parts of your body that feel stuck. Every inhale creates expansion, and every exhale releases something weighing you down. Tune in to find space, lightness, and most importantly… freedom!

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:20 pm

How to Change The Way You Feel About Your Body for Good

January is a common time to find ourselves bombarded with messages around dieting, losing weight, working out, and changing ourselves. Today’s episode of Yoga Girl Daily cuts right to the chase on the most effective way to appreciate your body: by changing your mindset! Having a body is nothing short of miraculous. Tune in to learn an important truth.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:16 pm

A Warning for Those Who Limit Themselves

How many times have you censored yourself to fit in or appear acceptable to society? Today’s Feel-Good Friday practice features the poem Warning by Jenny Joseph. It just may inspire you to be yourself, step out of the box and let your inner wildness shine! Of course we have to work, pay the bills and feed the children, but who says we can’t be quirky, weird and rebellious while we do it?

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:11 pm

How to Make a Life

The best self-care practices are ones that drop us right into the present moment. Today’s Feel-Good Friday practice features a poem written by Jennifer Pastiloff on how to make a life. In seven simple steps, this poem takes you on a journey to live authentically and with your heart wide open. Ultimately, the best way to make a life is live true to you.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 12:54 pm

You Are Capable and Here’s How to Feel It

Tune your awareness into what this week brought you so far. Is there something you accomplished that you are really, really grateful for? Did you cross something hard off your to-do list? Did you solve a problem? Did you face a challenge without backing down? Whatever it was, it was BIG! Don’t allow yourself to breeze over your accomplishments. Be proud of yourself and your ability to do hard things. Tune in to recognize your power and be grateful for how capable you are.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 12:50 pm

A Grounding Meditation

Have you felt unbalanced or unsteady lately? Today’s meditation will allow you to ground yourself deeply to the earth, physically through the soles of your feet and energetically through an anchoring breath. Allow yourself to get out of your head and come back to the present moment. It will bring with it a sense of stability and calm. In all those moments when life is confusing and you feel unsure, tune in to remind yourself that the earth is holding you up every moment of the day.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 12:45 pm