Rachel Brathens articles

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Radical Honesty with Jessamyn Stanley

July 3, 2020 - This is a time in history when we finally acknowledge the problems we have as a society. For as long as we live, we will remember 2020 as a year of huge change. But - is it enough? There are no quick fixes for issues that have been hundreds of years in the making. There is a beautiful collective healing that is beginning right now, but ultimately, it all comes from within each of us.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 5:24 pm

Gratitude Embodied

It’s easy to know what we are most grateful for, but how often do you take the time to experience true thankfulness through every fiber of your being? Today’s practice will allow you to embody gratitude and take the time to contemplate and feel it within your heart. Tune in as Rachel guides you through an exercise to acknowledge the beauty that is all around you - especially in the little moments.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:47 am
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Gratitude Embodied

July 9, 2020 - It’s easy to know what we are most grateful for, but how often do you take the time to experience true thankfulness through every fiber of your being? Today’s practice will allow you to embody gratitude and take the time to contemplate and feel it within your heart. Tune in as Rachel guides you through an exercise to acknowledge the beauty that is all around you - especially in the little moments.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:37 am

A Meditation to Practice Acceptance

Tune your awareness inward in this practice and ask yourself - how are you doing? How is your body doing? How is your heart doing? What does it feel like to be here right now? We practice sitting with ourselves in meditation, not to perpetually shift or desire change, but to allow whatever is. We are conditioned to resist what’s uncomfortable, but what if your truth lies in embracing the present moment for all that it is? Tune in to discover the answers.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:41 am
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A Meditation to Practice Acceptance

July 8, 2020 - Tune your awareness inward in this practice and ask yourself - how are you doing? How is your body doing? How is your heart doing? What does it feel like to be here right now? We practice sitting with ourselves in meditation, not to perpetually shift or desire change, but to allow whatever is. We are conditioned to resist what’s uncomfortable, but what if your truth lies in embracing the present moment for all that it is? Tune in to discover the answers.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:36 am
LIFESTYLE

2 Methods Yoga Girl Uses to Find Happiness and Balance

If you’ve followed my Yoga Girl account for any amount of time, you’ve probably picked up on something: I can be unconventional. The methods I use to find happiness and balance might not be what you’d expect — but they always, always work for me.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 1:12 pm
HEALING

The Key to Growth is to Let it Burn - It’s Time to Step into the Fire

This is the day you look your fears square in the eye...without running away.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 1:12 pm

Where Is Your Life Balanced and Where Is It Not?

Is your life balanced between home and work? Between self-care and taking care of others? If you take some time today to contemplate your energy input and output, you may be able to recognize patterns that exist. Often, how we show up for ourselves and how we show up for the world relates to the behaviors we witnessed while growing up. But - whatever we learned can be unlearned. Tune in today to begin the process and find balance in your life.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:39 am
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Where Is Your Life Balanced and Where Is It Not?

July 7, 2020 - Is your life balanced between home and work? Between self-care and taking care of others? If you take some time today to contemplate your energy input and output, you may be able to recognize patterns that exist. Often, how we show up for ourselves and how we show up for the world relates to the behaviors we witnessed while growing up. But - whatever we learned can be unlearned. Tune in today to begin the process and find balance in your life.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:34 am

This Week, I Will Focus on Service

Do you long to change the world? It all starts with taking care of yourself. Your actions, thoughts, and belief systems all make an impact on the world around you, but you cannot give from an empty cup. By taking care of yourself, you are cultivating stamina and energy, and creating the best version of you - and that is the person who will change the world. This week we are rooting into the intention to focus on service, for both ourselves and the world around us.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:55 am
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This Week, I Will Focus on Service

July 6, 2020 - Do you long to change the world? It all starts with taking care of yourself. Your actions, thoughts, and belief systems all make an impact on the world around you, but you cannot give from an empty cup. By taking care of yourself, you are cultivating stamina and energy, and creating the best version of you - and that is the person who will change the world. This week we are rooting into the intention to focus on service, for both ourselves and the world around us.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:49 am

Radical Honesty with Jessamyn Stanley

This is a time in history when we finally acknowledge the problems we have as a society. For as long as we live, we will remember 2020 as a year of huge change. But - is it enough? There are no quick fixes for issues that have been hundreds of years in the making. There is a beautiful collective healing that is beginning right now, but ultimately, it all comes from within each of us. We cannot be whole as a society if even one of us is not.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 10:22 am

The Power of Letting Go

This weekend brings us a full moon in Capricorn, a lunar eclipse, and a powerful releasing energy. What are you longing to let go of in your life? Is there an area that feels heavy, stagnant or stuck? In today’s self-care episode, Rachel outlines a step-by-step process for a ceremony to release and let go. After all, there cannot be rebirth without letting go, and you cannot move forward without putting down what is holding you back.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:25 am
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The Power of Letting Go

July 3, 2020 - This weekend brings us a full moon in Capricorn, a lunar eclipse, and a powerful releasing energy. What are you longing to let go of in your life? Is there an area that feels heavy, stagnant or stuck? In today’s self-care episode, Rachel outlines a step-by-step process for a ceremony to release and let go. After all, there cannot be rebirth without letting go, and you cannot move forward without putting down what is holding you back.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:05 am

Are You Grateful for All Parts of Yourself?

Today’s gratitude practice is centered around our physical bodies - and where they struggle. What if, through this struggle, your body is trying to show you the way? Tune in to learn the epiphany Rachel discovered through her asthma, and how you can embrace every aspect of your body, even the ones that are hard.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:51 am
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Are You Grateful for All Parts of Yourself?

July 2, 2020 - Today’s gratitude practice is centered around our physical bodies - and where they struggle. What if, through this struggle, your body is trying to show you the way? Tune in to learn the epiphany Rachel discovered through her asthma, and how you can embrace every aspect of your body, even the ones that are hard.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:45 am
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Diversifying the Wellness Industry and Using Joy as an Act of Resistance with Latham Thomas

The past few months have given us a glimpse of what the world has the potential to be – a world where we work and commute less, where we have more time in our day to take care of ourselves, and most importantly: where justice is for all. In a world that rewards you for putting work and the idea of success above all else, the pursuit of joy and the practice of self-care is a radical tool of resistance and liberation.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:43 am

A Meditation to Embrace All That Is

The perfect moment to mediate is always here, now - but that doesn’t mean that our meditation practice is easy. Allowing for whatever is stirring inside you - whatever emotion, whatever thought, whatever experience - is a difficult practice that requires patience. It is when we stop resisting and embrace the moment for how it truly is that we can begin to take action. Tune in to allow, embrace and accept.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:22 am
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A Meditation to Embrace All That Is

July 1, 2020 - The perfect moment to mediate is always here, now - but that doesn’t mean that our meditation practice is easy. Allowing for whatever is stirring inside you - whatever emotion, whatever thought, whatever experience - is a difficult practice that requires patience. It is when we stop resisting and embrace the moment for how it truly is that we can begin to take action. Tune in to allow, embrace and accept.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 8:17 am

Why Don’t We Listen to Our Bodies?

How many times have you stayed up when you were tired, held back tears when you were sad, or denied yourself food when you were hungry? How often do you ignore what your body is telling you? We all do this, but the question is - why? Tune in today as Rachel shares the practices that bring her into her body, and what keeps her from it. Then, grab your journal or a friend and contemplate for yourself. What would your life look like if you answered your body’s call?

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:12 am
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Why Don’t We Listen to Our Bodies?

June 30, 2020 - How many times have you stayed up when you were tired, held back tears when you were sad, or denied yourself food when you were hungry? How often do you ignore what your body is telling you? We all do this, but the question is - why? Tune in today as Rachel shares the practices that bring her into her body, and what keeps her from it. Then, grab your journal or a friend and contemplate for yourself. What would your life look like if you answered your body’s call?

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:07 am
SELF LOVE

Real Self-Love Is An All-Or-Nothing Deal — Are You All In?

For the longest time, my self-love wasn’t real. I used to think that when it came to self-love, I was doing a pretty good job. I’d look in the mirror and, for the most part, I always felt okay about being me. Catch that? For the most part...

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 4:01 am

This Week, I Will Trust in My Body’s Infinite Wisdom

Your body tells you a story every day. It could be called a gut reaction or your sense of intuition - but how often do you listen to it? This week’s intention is one you can anchor back into again and again and infuse into every area of your life. It is the practice of listening to what your body is telling you versus accepting the story of your mind. Tune in to learn how to incorporate this practice in your life, and give yourself what you truly need.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:34 am
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This Week, I Will Trust in My Body’s Infinite Wisdom

June 29, 2020 - Your body tells you a story every day. It could be called a gut reaction or your sense of intuition - but how often do you listen to it? This week’s intention is one you can anchor back into again and again and infuse into every area of your life. It is the practice of listening to what your body is telling you versus accepting the story of your mind. Tune in to learn how to incorporate this practice in your life, and give yourself what you truly need.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:28 am

Diversifying the Wellness Industry and Using Joy as an Act of Resistance with Latham Thomas

The past few months have given us a glimpse of what the world has the potential to be – a world where we work and commute less, where we have more time in our day to take care of ourselves, and most importantly: where justice is for all. In a world that rewards you for putting work and the idea of success above all else, the pursuit of joy and the practice of self-care is a radical tool of resistance and liberation.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:55 am

How to Practice Self-Massage

If you aren’t sure why or how to practice self-massage, or if you feel any sort of aversion or discomfort toward it, then today’s self-care practice is for you! Practicing self-massage can relieve stress and tension in your body and mind, and leave you feeling calm and connected. Tune in as Rachel goes through a step-by-step process to practicing self-massage, and all the areas of your body that could probably use a little love. We promise you will feel great after!

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:40 am
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How to Practice Self-Massage

June 26, 2020 - If you aren’t sure why or how to practice self-massage, or if you feel any sort of aversion or discomfort toward it, then today’s self-care practice is for you! Practicing self-massage can relieve stress and tension in your body and mind, and leave you feeling calm and connected. Tune in as Rachel goes through a step-by-step process to practicing self-massage, and all the areas of your body that could probably use a little love. We promise you will feel great after!

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:30 am

Infuse Your Home with Gratitude

Today’s practice focuses on infusing that special area of your home with an energy of gratitude. Take a moment to reflect on the most sacred part of your house. It can be a room, a corner, or even your favorite chair! Why is it so special to you, and do you cherish it for all it brings? Tune in as Rachel shares her ritual for infusing her own sacred space with gratitude - the key is to be present.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:07 am
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Infuse Your Home with Gratitude

June 25, 2020 - Today’s practice focuses on infusing that special area of your home with an energy of gratitude. Take a moment to reflect on the most sacred part of your house. It can be a room, a corner, or even your favorite chair! Why is it so special to you, and do you cherish it for all it brings? Tune in as Rachel shares her ritual for infusing her own sacred space with gratitude - the key is to be present.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:03 am
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We are Part of the Problem (And How to be Part of the Solution)

June 19, 2020 - How many times have you thought that racism was perpetrated by a select group of ‘bad’ people, that you were completely separate from it, or even that racism didn’t exist at all? The truth is, as white people we have inherent biases and prejudices within us and whether we like it or not, we benefit from that privilege every day.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:59 am

A Meditation to Balance the Breath

After a day of taking in so much information from the external world, our meditation practice is a way for us to bring our awareness back within - back to our inner voice. Sometimes when we listen within, we realize that our outer world is not balanced. Maybe there is one area where you are giving more than you are receiving, or maybe there is another area where your output is greater than your input.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 9:58 am
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A Meditation to Balance the Breath

June 24, 2020 - After a day of taking in so much information from the external world, our meditation practice is a way for us to bring our awareness back within - back to our inner voice. Sometimes when we listen within, we realize that our outer world is not balanced. Maybe there is one area where you are giving more than you are receiving, or maybe there is another area where your output is greater than your input.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 9:52 am

What is Hard for You to Talk About?

Getting to know yourself on a deep, intimate level can greatly impact your healing journey - and that includes the parts of your life that are hard for you to talk about. What is an area of your life, or a story from your past, that can’t quite come to the surface right now? Tune in, grab your journal or a friend, feel for the answer within your heart, and go at your own pace. There is a part of you that wants to let that go.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 10:45 am
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What is Hard for You to Talk About?

June 23, 2020 - Getting to know yourself on a deep, intimate level can greatly impact your healing journey - and that includes the parts of your life that are hard for you to talk about. What is an area of your life, or a story from your past, that can’t quite come to the surface right now? Tune in, grab your journal or a friend, feel for the answer within your heart, and go at your own pace. There is a part of you that wants to let that go.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 10:39 am

This Week, I Will Bring Darkness to Light

The important first step of healing is admitting to the problem and bringing it to light. Right now, all the big wounds we have as a society are coming to the surface, and at the same time, your own wounds may be making an appearance, too. This week, we are focusing on bringing all our darkness to light. Whatever is buried or hiding within you, whatever you’re trying not to feel, whatever pain you are bypassing or numbing - make a commitment to shed some light on it.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:50 am
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This Week, I Will Bring Darkness to Light

June 22, 2020 - The important first step of healing is admitting to the problem and bringing it to light. Right now, all the big wounds we have as a society are coming to the surface, and at the same time, your own wounds may be making an appearance, too. This week, we are focusing on bringing all our darkness to light. Whatever is buried or hiding within you, whatever you’re trying not to feel, whatever pain you are bypassing or numbing - make a commitment to shed some light on it.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:45 am

We are Part of the Problem (And How to be Part of the Solution)

How many times have you thought that racism was perpetrated by a select group of ‘bad’ people, that you were completely separate from it, or even that racism didn’t exist at all? The truth is, as white people we have inherent biases and prejudices within us and whether we like it or not, we benefit from that privilege every day.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:06 am

What Love Looks Like

Today’s episode features the poem, ‘What Love Looks Like’ by one of Rachel’s favorite poets, Rupi Kaur. If you are in need of some heart opening and some feel-good vibes today, tune in to learn the true meaning of love - and exactly what it looks like.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:59 am
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What Love Looks Like

June 19, 2020 - Today’s episode features the poem, ‘What Love Looks Like’ by one of Rachel’s favorite poets, Rupi Kaur. If you are in need of some heart opening and some feel-good vibes today, tune in to learn the true meaning of love - and exactly what it looks like.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:51 am

Acknowledge Your Teachers

The past few weeks have been an eye-opening and crucial learning experience for many of us, especially when it comes to the anti-racism work to be done that is long overdue. With every learning in your life comes someone to thank for the teaching - and today’s theme is focused on just that. Today we are putting gratitude into action and acknowledging those who have put effort, energy and time into educating us on the injustices that exist deep within our society.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:21 am
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Acknowledge Your Teachers

June 18, 2020 - The past few weeks have been an eye-opening and crucial learning experience for many of us, especially when it comes to the anti-racism work to be done that is long overdue. With every learning in your life comes someone to thank for the teaching - and today’s theme is focused on just that. Today we are putting gratitude into action and acknowledging those who have put effort, energy and time into educating us on the injustices that exist deep within our society.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:17 am
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A Meditation Toward Peace

June 17, 2020 - We come to our meditation practice to find peace - but it is a journey to get there! Meditation is a practice, and finding peace means embracing all layers of ourselves with open arms. Only once we find acceptance will we discover true peace. Tune in today as Rachel takes you on a journey from your breath, to your physical self, and your energetic body. As you embrace all layers of yourself and align in this moment, you may just find peace along the way.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:15 am

A Meditation Toward Peace

We come to our meditation practice to find peace - but it is a journey to get there! Meditation is a practice, and finding peace means embracing all layers of ourselves with open arms. Only once we find acceptance will we discover true peace. Tune in today as Rachel takes you on a journey from your breath, to your physical self, and your energetic body. As you embrace all layers of yourself and align in this moment, you may just find peace along the way.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:35 am
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How Do You Feel When Everything is Still?

June 12, 2020 - With the current climate of the world, many of us may be noticing little things that we have never realized before. Little things that are actually big things, from the voices we elevate in the media to the color of bandaids. In this episode, Rachel starts by touching on the Black Lives Matter movement from the place of a learner, an observer, and a listener - as all white people should be doing right now.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 4:38 am

What Area of Your Life is Bringing You Discomfort?

Many of us may be feeling some discomfort in our lives right now, whether it is due to the current world climate, our immediate surroundings, or feelings within ourselves. When you experience discomfort, what is your instinctual reaction? Do you take all measures to avoid it? In today’s episode, you will take a hard look at the areas of your life that are bringing you any feelings of uneasiness.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:16 am
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What Area of Your Life is Bringing You Discomfort?

June 16, 2020 - Many of us may be feeling some discomfort in our lives right now, whether it is due to the current world climate, our immediate surroundings, or feelings within ourselves. When you experience discomfort, what is your instinctual reaction? Do you take all measures to avoid it? In today’s episode, you will take a hard look at the areas of your life that are bringing you any feelings of uneasiness.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:10 am

This Week I Will Take Extra Time to Process

June 15, 2020 - Right now, we have the opportunity to spark a global healing. Healing requires us to acknowledge that something has been broken, and it also requires us to do the work and process our own emotions. We tend to bottle up anger, fear, frustration and sadness - but bottling our emotions doesn’t do anything to help the world! This week we are setting the intention to take extra time to process.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:52 am
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This Week I Will Take Extra Time to Process

June 15, 2020 - Right now, we have the opportunity to spark a global healing. Healing requires us to acknowledge that something has been broken, and it also requires us to do the work and process our own emotions. We tend to bottle up anger, fear, frustration and sadness - but bottling our emotions doesn’t do anything to help the world! This week we are setting the intention to take extra time to process.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:46 am

How Do You Feel When Everything is Still?

With the current climate of the world, many of us may be noticing little things that we have never realized before. Little things that are actually big things, from the voices we elevate in the media to the color of bandaids. In this episode, Rachel starts by touching on the Black Lives Matter movement from the place of a learner, an observer, and a listener - as all white people should be doing right now.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:20 am

How to Fuel Your Fire

It is imperative that we take care of ourselves right now so that we can take care of other people, too. We will not serve anyone if we burn ourselves out! Today’s self-care practice is one that is often overlooked, but it will help fuel your fire so you can ignite the world around you. Tune in to begin.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:14 am
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How to Fuel Your Fire

June 12, 2020 - It is imperative that we take care of ourselves right now so that we can take care of other people, too. We will not serve anyone if we burn ourselves out! Today’s self-care practice is one that is often overlooked, but it will help fuel your fire so you can ignite the world around you. Tune in to begin.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:04 am

Thank You to Those Doing the Work

The words ‘thank you’ are some of the most powerful in the world. They have the ability to change your day and everyone’s around you. These words become even more important when there is a lot of movement and shifts happening in the world. Today, we are showing our gratitude to all those doing the work to challenge the status quo - through protesting, having hard conversations, donating and educating themselves. Change happens in many different ways, tune in to give thanks to all.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:39 am
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Thank You to Those Doing the Work

June 11, 2020 - The words ‘thank you’ are some of the most powerful in the world. They have the ability to change your day and everyone’s around you. These words become even more important when there is a lot of movement and shifts happening in the world. Today, we are showing our gratitude to all those doing the work to challenge the status quo - through protesting, having hard conversations, donating and educating themselves.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:35 am

How to Be a True Ally to Women of Color with Rachel Cargle

In this episode, Rachel introduces her community to Rachel Cargle. A writer, speaker, and educator, Rachel Cargle’s work is centered around educating white women on how they can support women of color in genuine ways. Rachel Cargle begins this discussion by sharing how she began this journey of activism and how she didn’t have a choice as a black woman trying to exist in a world not built to support her.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 12:23 pm

Cultural Appropriation with Susanna Barkataki

In this episode, Rachel invites Susanna Barkataki to discuss the topic of cultural appropriation. Susanna is a teacher, inclusivity promoter, yoga culture advocate and the author of the original article, “How to Decolonize Your Yoga Practice” that was widely circulated across social media over the past few weeks.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 12:13 pm

A Meditation to Respond (Not React)

How often has something come your way that caused you to react without even thinking beforehand? Today’s meditation will allow you to consciously feel your feelings and stay present as they arrive. The more we practice this, the more we can use this ability in our day to day lives. The ultimate goal is to respond from the source of truth within us, not to react to whatever story our mind is telling us. Tune in to take a deep breath and bear witness to all that comes your way.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:31 am
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A Meditation to Respond (Not React)

June 10, 2020 - How often has something come your way that caused you to react without even thinking beforehand? Today’s meditation will allow you to consciously feel your feelings and stay present as they arrive. The more we practice this, the more we can use this ability in our day to day lives. The ultimate goal is to respond from the source of truth within us, not to react to whatever story our mind is telling us. Tune in to take a deep breath and bear witness to all that comes your way.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:27 am
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Black Lives Matter

June 5, 2020 - Today’s episode features three guest hosts, Dianne Bondy, Maite Onochie, and Rocky Heron, all guides on the yogagirl.com platform and voices from the Black community. Coming from different global perspectives, they share their views on how they see the world right now - and how the world has seen them. Offering up their deep wisdom on everything from white supremacy, complacency and allyship, this episode will help you question your own attachments to race.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:03 am

How Are You Doing Right Now?

Ask yourself how you are genuinely doing right now. What do you need? As we continue to fight for justice everywhere, don’t forget that we need to take care of ourselves along the way. With all work comes the need for rest. Part of activism is sourcing your strength and mustering all your resiliency to keep going. Showing up for the world can be exhausting - but this is how the Black community feels all the time, and this work needs to be done.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:31 am
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How Are You Doing Right Now?

June 9, 2020 - Ask yourself how you are genuinely doing right now. What do you need? As we continue to fight for justice everywhere, don’t forget that we need to take care of ourselves along the way. With all work comes the need for rest. Part of activism is sourcing your strength and mustering all your resiliency to keep going. Showing up for the world can be exhausting - but this is how the Black community feels all the time, and this work needs to be done.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:17 am

This Week, I Will Listen

As a society, we have a lot of learning to do right now - and learning involves listening. When you actively listen to someone without reacting and without waiting for your turn to speak - when you truly listen - change happens. This week we are setting the intention to listen deeply, show up, and hold space.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:56 am
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This Week, I Will Listen

June 8, 2020 - As a society, we have a lot of learning to do right now - and learning involves listening. When you actively listen to someone without reacting and without waiting for your turn to speak - when you truly listen - change happens. This week we are setting the intention to listen deeply, show up, and hold space.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:48 am

Black Lives Matter

Today’s episode features three guest hosts, Dianne Bondy, Maite Onochie, and Rocky Heron, all guides on the yogagirl.com platform and voices from the Black community. Coming from different global perspectives, they share their views on how they see the world right now - and how the world has seen them. Offering up their deep wisdom on everything from white supremacy, complacency and allyship, this episode will help you question your own attachments to race.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:40 am

How to Support the Cause with Your Practice

What is a self-care practice that you come back to again and again? Yoga? Meditation? Today, our actionable self-care exercise is one that you do often, but seek out a Black teacher to guide you instead. The wellness industry is dominated by white people in the media and online, and we are missing out on so much knowledge because of it. Rachel shares some of her favorite yoga teachers in the Black community and how you can support them with your voice and your dollars.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:40 am
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How to Support the Cause with Your Practice

June 5, 2020 - What is a self-care practice that you come back to again and again? Yoga? Meditation? Today, our actionable self-care exercise is one that you do often, but seek out a Black teacher to guide you instead. The wellness industry is dominated by white people in the media and online, and we are missing out on so much knowledge because of it. Rachel shares some of her favorite yoga teachers in the Black community and how you can support them with your voice and your dollars.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:36 am

Showing Gratitude and Showing Up

The most important gratitude practices are the ones that come with action you can take to support the world around you. Right now, we are bringing all our gratitude, love, kindness and support to the Black community. There are many ways to show uyour gratitude, and Rachel outlines how you can support through your body, your presence, your money, and your voice.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:49 am
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Showing Gratitude and Showing Up

June 4, 2020 - The most important gratitude practices are the ones that come with action you can take to support the world around you. Right now, we are bringing all our gratitude, love, kindness and support to the Black community. There are many ways to show uyour gratitude, and Rachel outlines how you can support through your body, your presence, your money, and your voice.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:36 am

A Meditation to Listen from Within

Today’s meditation allows you to listen carefully to what is happening around you, and use your senses as a doorway to connect within. Settle into your body, breathe, and listen.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:05 am
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What Helps You Remember that Your Body is Sacred?

May 29, 2020 - In this episode, Rachel finds herself in a place of shame after realizing she has gained weight during quarantine. But here’s the thing - she felt no shame at all, in fact she felt great in her body, until she stepped on a scale. What was it inside of her that caused that shift?

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:00 am
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A Meditation to Listen from Within

June 3, 2020 - Today’s meditation allows you to listen carefully to what is happening around you, and use your senses as a doorway to connect within. Settle into your body, breathe, and listen.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 9:56 am

Learn to Unlearn

Why is it so uncomfortable for white people to talk about race and racial issues? The truth is, we haven’t spent enough time having the hard conversations within our own families, marriages, friendships - or with ourselves. As you reflect today, allow yourself to acknowledge the privilege you hold in the silence you have kept. Then, investigate yourself. Educate yourself. Learn and unlearn. We will not be able to make a change in the world if we cannot first be honest with ourselves.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 10:26 am
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Learn to Unlearn

June 2, 2020 - Why is it so uncomfortable for white people to talk about race and racial issues? The truth is, we haven’t spent enough time having the hard conversations within our own families, marriages, friendships - or with ourselves. As you reflect today, allow yourself to acknowledge the privilege you hold in the silence you have kept.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 10:22 am
YOGA

Cultural Appropriation, Inclusivity and Yoga – What I’ve Learned

I want to start off by saying that I am so, so grateful to be in this place. I truly am. There have been some hard lessons along the way but I feel absolutely blessed to be not just a part of this conversation, but a part in making a change.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 1:42 am

This Week, I Will Take Action

This week, our global intention is not about our spiritual journey, it is about those who need our help. To the Black community: do what you need to take care of yourself this week. To the white community: now is the time to take action. Racism is a global issue and white individuals everywhere benefit from the systemic racism that persists in our culture. This week, take action in any way that you can. Rachel shares some resources to show you how to get involved.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:09 am
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This Week, I Will Take Action

June 1, 2020 - This week, our global intention is not about our spiritual journey, it is about those who need our help. To the Black community: do what you need to take care of yourself this week. To the white community: now is the time to take action. Racism is a global issue and white individuals everywhere benefit from the systemic racism that persists in our culture. This week, take action in any way that you can. Rachel shares some resources to show you how to get involved.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 8:59 am

What Helps You Remember that Your Body is Sacred?

In this episode, Rachel finds herself in a place of shame after realizing she has gained weight during quarantine. But here’s the thing - she felt no shame at all, in fact she felt great in her body, until she stepped on a scale. What was it inside of her that caused that shift?

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:04 am

How to Turn Your Day Around in 5 Minutes

This week’s feel-good practice is one that Rachel naturally turns toward whenever she is having a hard day. It is a simple, easy, magical practice that takes only 5 minutes! Here’s a hint: it involves your favorite song turned up as loud as it can go, letting the music take over, being in your body, and not caring what you look like. If you guessed dance party - you are right! Tune in for a feel-good practice that will turn your entire day around.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:58 am
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How to Turn Your Day Around in 5 Minutes

May 29, 2020 - This week’s feel-good practice is one that Rachel naturally turns toward whenever she is having a hard day. It is a simple, easy, magical practice that takes only 5 minutes! Here’s a hint: it involves your favorite song turned up as loud as it can go, letting the music take over, being in your body, and not caring what you look like. If you guessed dance party - you are right! Tune in for a feel-good practice that will turn your entire day around.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 8:46 am

Using the Present Moment as a Doorway to Gratitude

Gratitude is always found in the present moment. It is impossible to plan gratitude, or to force it upon yourself - it simply arrives here, now. In this episode, Rachel shares a moment where she found true gratitude within herself, and then grounds you into the present moment to do the same. Your intuition always knows, so tune in to listen to it.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:32 am
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Using the Present Moment as a Doorway to Gratitude

May 28, 2020 - Gratitude is always found in the present moment. It is impossible to plan gratitude, or to force it upon yourself - it simply arrives here, now. In this episode, Rachel shares a moment where she found true gratitude within herself, and then grounds you into the present moment to do the same. Your intuition always knows, so tune in to listen to it.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:29 am

A Meditation to Come Back to Peace

At any moment in time, you have the ability to close your eyes and connect to a force that is always moving within you: your breath. As you meditate today, notice what happens within the body - maybe you sense a softening, maybe you feel warmth, or maybe something shifts into place. Our presence in the body, and in the here and now, is a healing place to be. Tune in to connect with your breath and find a moment of peace.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:39 am
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You Have The Power To Change Your Life (and here is how to begin!)

May 22, 2020 - In this episode, Rachel reflects on the patterns and relationships that haven’t been serving her throughout her life. There is one common thread between them all: she played a role in the decision making. The pace of her life, the people she invited into it, and the work she focused on was ultimately decided by her. What if this is true for all of us? Are we are all actively playing a part in the things that don’t serve us in life?

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:28 am
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A Meditation to Come Back to Peace

May 27, 2020 - At any moment in time, you have the ability to close your eyes and connect to a force that is always moving within you: your breath. As you meditate today, notice what happens within the body - maybe you sense a softening, maybe you feel warmth, or maybe something shifts into place. Our presence in the body, and in the here and now, is a healing place to be. Tune in to connect with your breath and find a moment of peace.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:22 am

My Priority Right Now is…

After dreaming about the life you want to create for yourself, what is the next step? The best way to manifest anything is to start small. First, decide upon your priorities. Second, create a bullet point list of actions that you can actually take. Then, you just have to check them off! Today’s Tune-In Tuesday episode will help you extract a list of action items that will move you closer to your dreams, and help motivate you to begin. Tune in to move forward.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:13 am
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My Priority Right Now is…

May 26, 2020 - After dreaming about the life you want to create for yourself, what is the next step? The best way to manifest anything is to start small. First, decide upon your priorities. Second, create a bullet point list of actions that you can actually take. Then, you just have to check them off! Today’s Tune-In Tuesday episode will help you extract a list of action items that will move you closer to your dreams, and help motivate you to begin. Tune in to move forward.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 8:40 am
LIFESTYLE

How to Take the First Step After You’ve Convinced Yourself Not To

What do you do when you want something, but you've convinced yourself not to go for it? When taking the first step feels impossible, try this.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 7:56 pm

This Week I Will Prioritize My Needs and Focus on One Thing at a Time

Last week brought us a new moon in Gemini and the opportunity to set intentions and find clarity for our futures. This week, it is time to take some action! But the moon in Gemini may have us feeling scattered - bouncing from task to task without actually completing anything. Tune in for this week’s intention, which will allow you to prioritize what you need to get done and focus on one thing at a time.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 11:13 am
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This Week I Will Prioritize My Needs and Focus on One Thing at a Time

May 25, 2020 - Last week brought us a new moon in Gemini and the opportunity to set intentions and find clarity for our futures. This week, it is time to take some action! But the moon in Gemini may have us feeling scattered - bouncing from task to task without actually completing anything. Tune in for this week’s intention, which will allow you to prioritize what you need to get done and focus on one thing at a time.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 11:02 am

You Have The Power To Change Your Life (and here is how to begin!)

In this episode, Rachel reflects on the patterns and relationships that haven’t been serving her throughout her life. There is one common thread between them all: she played a role in the decision making. The pace of her life, the people she invited into it, and the work she focused on was ultimately decided by her. What if this is true for all of us? Are we are all actively playing a part in the things that don’t serve us in life?

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 10:12 am

Practicing a New Moon Ceremony

This week, Feel-Good Friday falls on a new moon. The night sky above us will be completely dark - the perfect opportunity to set new intentions to bring to life with the new cycle of the moon. Tune in to learn the steps Rachel takes when celebrating the new moon, and then join us on yogagirl.com at 2pm EST as we celebrate this ritual together.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 10:06 am
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Practicing a New Moon Ceremony

May 22, 2020 - This week, Feel-Good Friday falls on a new moon. The night sky above us will be completely dark - the perfect opportunity to set new intentions to bring to life with the new cycle of the moon. Tune in to learn the steps Rachel takes when celebrating the new moon, and then join us on yogagirl.com at 2pm EST as we celebrate this ritual together.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 9:58 am

How to Infuse Your Food with an Energy of Gratitude

If you come out of this quarantine with a few extra pounds, remember that you are one of the lucky ones. Having food on your table is such a blessing, especially right now. Today’s gratitude practice will help you take specific action to give thanks to the food that sustains you every day. Tune in to learn how to be present with your food, from the moment you begin preparing it to when you are savoring the last bite. Infusing an energy of gratitude into your meal times makes all the difference.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:39 am
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How to Infuse Your Food with an Energy of Gratitude

May 21, 2020 - If you come out of this quarantine with a few extra pounds, remember that you are one of the lucky ones. Having food on your table is such a blessing, especially right now. Today’s gratitude practice will help you take specific action to give thanks to the food that sustains you every day. Tune in to learn how to be present with your food, from the moment you begin preparing it to when you are savoring the last bite.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:30 am
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A Meditation to Self-Love

May 20, 2020 - Meditation is a way to come back to our bodies. In today’s practice, place the palm of your hand onto your stomach and really feel what it means to live in this body, to experience life through this body, to be here in this body here, now. We waste so much time judging ourselves, comparing ourselves to others or immersed in our thoughts - but the pathway to self-love is as simple as just allowing yourself to be. Tune in to become present.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 7:27 am

A Meditation to Self-Love

Meditation is a way to come back to our bodies. In today’s practice, place the palm of your hand onto your stomach and really feel what it means to live in this body, to experience life through this body, to be here in this body here, now. We waste so much time judging ourselves, comparing ourselves to others or immersed in our thoughts - but the pathway to self-love is as simple as just allowing yourself to be. Tune in to become present.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 7:17 am
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Setting Boundaries and Showing Up for Yourself

May 15, 2020 - How often has your intuition warned you that the exchange (physical or energetic!) between you and another individual was unfair, unbalanced or absolutely exhausting? More importantly, how often have you ignored your intuition to benefit that other individual’s needs before your own? In today’s episode, Rachel discusses the importance of setting and keeping boundaries for the sake of your own mental health.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 6:03 am

What is Your Dream Life?

We have all been faced with an upheaval of our normal lives. In so many ways, that is scary and frustrating - but at the same time, it is also full of opportunities. So often, we find ourselves getting caught up in the life we are living that we forget to reach for the life we are dreaming about. But now, as old things fall apart, we have the opportunity to dream a little bigger. If you were faced with no barriers, what is your dream life?

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 10:07 am
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What is Your Dream Life?

May 19, 2020 - We have all been faced with an upheaval of our normal lives. In so many ways, that is scary and frustrating - but at the same time, it is also full of opportunities. So often, we find ourselves getting caught up in the life we are living that we forget to reach for the life we are dreaming about. But now, as old things fall apart, we have the opportunity to dream a little bigger.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 9:58 am
SELF LOVE

5 Ways to Love Yourself First and Live Your Life for YOU

Two truths have changed my life: 1 - You can’t know love, and give love, if you don’t love yourself first. If you try, it won’t be pure or unconditional. 2 - You’re here for a specific purpose that only you have. It makes zero sense to live anyone else’s life but your own! Come home to yourself and your divine purpose with these 5 tips.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 1:21 am
SELF LOVE

A Reminder to Those Who Feel "Too Much"

I feel so very blessed to feel. It’s a profound and holy gift, the experience of feeling. Have you been told feeling is a bad thing, that you can feel “too much?” I have. And I couldn’t disagree more.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 12:39 am