Rachel Brathen

Swedish native Rachel Brathen is an international yoga teacher, New York Times best-selling author, mother and serial entrepreneur residing in Aruba. After graduating school in Stockholm she traveled to Costa Rica and it was here that she found the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. Deepening her yoga practice and also taking her first steps towards teaching, she ended up moving to Central America where she spent years exploring the intricate studies of yoga and spirituality. After moving to Aruba early 2010 she started teaching yoga full time on this Caribbean island. Her classes are a dynamic Vinyasa Flow integrating alignment, core work, and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequencing. With over three million followers in social media, Brathen shares pieces of her life with the world every day and has inspired thousands of people though events, workshops, retreats and trainings.

In addition to teaching worldwide, Rachel is the founder of www.oneOeight.com; an online platform for yoga, meditation, and healing. As the most successful crowd-funded yoga project of all time, the platform is made up of a vast community of dedicated practitioners from all over the world looking to cultivate balance, create space for inner healing and deepen their yoga practice. With an amazing team of experienced guides and teachers, oneOeight offers heart-centered classes designed to fit the always evolving needs of body, mind and soul.

Rachel Brathens articles

Podcast Transcription: Best Friends Forever - with Olivia Rothschild!

Dec 8, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel’s best friend takes over as host of the show to interview Rachel! They start off talking about Rachel’s fears and Olivia asks some very serious questions Rachel normally does not answer (like, “when was the first time you ever farted in front of Dennis?”) and they then venture toward more serious subjects (…like pooping during childbirth).

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 4:39 pm

Podcast Transcription: Following Your Passion, Turning Failure into Success and Never Ever Giving Up On Love with Matt Cuttshall

July 21, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by Matt Cutshall; actor, singer, comedian and social media influencer living in LA. Matt shares the story of how he started a pop/rock band and spent five years of his life fighting relentlessly for that dream only to have it all fall apart right at the cusp of success. He also shares the contrast of growing up in a trailer park to the life he leads now and how it instilled a longing to give back to the world.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 2:08 pm

These are the Truths That Set Me Free

The first time I went on a Path of Love retreat, my eyes felt like they opened for the very first time. The truths I learned set me free from a cage I never even knew I had locked myself into.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 2:51 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Triggers and Teachings

May 25, 2018 - In this episode Rachel dives into the topic of using relationships and challenges for growth, finding ways to express your emotions no matter what society says and the beauty of letting your inner child come out to play. She begins by discussing the different place she is in this week compared to last. From feeling ungrounded and stagnant, Rachel talks about diving back into work-mode and the new energy that came with it.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:31 pm

Our Collaboration with Amazon - Business with Intention

Do you shop on Amazon? Do good as you shop! Donate to the Yoga Girl® Foundation simply by entering the site through our Amazon+Yoga Girl® link. No matter what you buy, 100% of our commission will go straight to the Yoga Girl® Foundation!

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:36 am0

Podcast Transcription: Imperfection, Self-Doubt and Grief as a Journey

Sep 28, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by none other than Cheryl Strayed! Cheryl is a novelist, essayist, column writer and podcast host with the Number 1 New York Times best selling memoir “Wild” (you’ve probably seen the movie, starring Reese Witherspoon!) along with several novels under her belt.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 4:16 pm

Podcast Transcription: How To Set Boundaries And Never, Ever Betray Yourself with Stephanie Birch

April 5, 2019 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by Stephanie Birch, yoga teacher, writer, photographer, and play-at-home-mom. Stephanie opens up about being an introvert and her relationship with writing. She then dives into a deep sharing on her journey through postpartum depression and finding her way to yoga.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 3:22 pm

Vegan Superhero Granola—A Yoga Girl® Recipe to Power Up Your Morning

Looking for the world’s most delicious homemade granola recipe? Now you’ve found it—and it’s so easy to make!

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:03 pm0

Podcast Transcription: On The Road Again

May 04, 2018 - In this episode Rachel is joined by her husband Dennis while traveling through south of France. They talk about their adventures through Europe and their differences in terms of the kind of traveling they enjoy. Dennis shares what it’s like seeing the world from the eyes of a someone who grew up on a tiny island and Rachel shares how she has changed as a traveler since becoming a mom.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:53 pm

See the Signs, Find the Light—Secrets From the Universe

The universe has secrets to tell you… Are you awake? Are you listening? Do you see the signs?

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:45 pm0

Podcast Transcription: The Bet

Oct 26, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is joined once again by her husband and baby daddy, Dennis Schoneveld! Both Rachel and Dennis have big things coming up - Dennis is participating in his second Iron Man at the same time that Rachel is leading a yoga teacher training. They discuss what happened the last time Dennis did an Iron Man - and how it was the most they’ve ever fought as a couple.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 11:02 am

Podcast Transcription: Healing Physical Pain, Finding Your Core and Movement as a Spiritual Practice with Lara Heimann

Nov 10, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by Lara Heimann; physical therapist, master yoga teacher and anatomy genius. They talk about one thing and one thing only: THE BODY. Your body is a miracle!

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 12:38 pm

Podcast Transcription: Nurturing Your Friendships with Olivia Rothschild

Jan 11, 2019 - In this episode, Rachel is recording from NYC with her best friend Olivia Rothschild. Rachel and Olivia “met half way” in NYC for the only reason that they wanted to spend some time together and have a little break from the husbands and the babies. They chat about life, sex, having more babies, shaving, veganism and all the usual things best friends talk about.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 2:19 pm

Podcast Transcription: #MeToo

Nov 30, 2017 - In this weeks episode Rachel joins the #MeToo movement and shares her own stories of sexual harassment and abuse. She journeys back to the first moment she every felt objectified as a young girl and retells a few experiences with varying degrees of intensity where she felt violated, taken advantage of or abused. She also dives into the challenging topic of victim blaming and how speaking up and shedding light on our experiences can lead toward empowerment.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:45 pm

How to be Amazed by Life, Even When You Can’t Feel The Light

LIFE—it amazes me. Every day, with its highs and lows, ups and downs… Life is amazing. I’ve experienced tragedy, loss, pain and suffering, but as I look at the sunrise bringing a new day, my heart flutters in complete awe of life.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 5:22 pm0

Podcast Transcription: The Flight from Hell

Sept 22, 2017 - In this episode Rachel tells the hilarious story of how she flew from Stockholm to Aruba last week and how everything that could have gone wrong did (at the same time!). Prepare for some very disgusting but crazy funny storytelling! She also talks a little bit about anger and transforming it through comic relief.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 12:58 pm

Watermelon Mint Cooler—Beat the Heat with this Yoga Girl® Juice Recipe

In case you haven’t heard, not all juices have to be green! One of my favorite Yoga Girl® Kitchen recipes tastes like summer in a glass. It’s hydrating, refreshing and perfectly sweet.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:04 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Being Vulnerable, Feeling Your Feelings and Owning Your Sh*t

Aug 04, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel talks about a new practice she’s incorporated into her life: the art of being vulnerable. She talks about how being vulnerable and feeling your feelings right away sets us up for a whole new lightness of being, the challenge of making and keeping girlfriends and how to tap into a sensitive place as a teacher so we can improve the quality of what we share with the world.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:51 am

Podcast Transcription: Powering Through and Mellowing Out

May 11, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel reflects on her latest weekend trip to LA to teach a yoga class at a fitness festival. She talks about the different mindset she had being separated from her baby girl compared to previous solo trips, and how this allowed her to turn on the fiery side of her personality so she could tackle an intense weekend with a strict run of show.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:46 pm

The Island Yoga Story: A Vortex of Love and Dream Come True

You know when you dream about something big for so long that it becomes a faraway fantasy? And then, when it happens, you can’t stop pinching yourself to make sure it’s real? The Island Yoga story is that dream come true for me.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 5:31 pm0

Podcast Transcription: The Spiritual Practice of Making Music with Trevor Hall

Sept 29, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by singer-songwriter Trevor Hall! Trevor shares his life story and get ready because this one comes with a TON of wisdom. He shares how a deeply rooted passion for music launched him into a successful career as an artist without ever actually setting out to become famous in the traditional sense of the word.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 1:24 pm

Podcast Transcription: A Story of Rape and Responsibility with Thordis Elva

Aug 25, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by Thordis Elva; writer, journalist, public speaker and crusader for women’s rights. Thordis shares the powerful and painful story of how she was raped by her boyfriend at only 16 years old, the downward spiral it sent her on and how she was able to eventually find healing by confronting her perpetrator (who she ended up writing a book with!).

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 1:36 pm

Podcast Transcription: What Scares You? (Part 1)

Nov 16, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is once again joined by her yoga teacher trainees for a special two-part podcast segment. The topic of this group sharing is Fear and answering the question “What scares you?”. We are all dealing with fears somewhere in our own lives - in our relationships, family or work lives. Sometimes fear is purposeful, but often it holds us back or paralyzes us.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 5:19 pm

Podcast Transcription: Female Entrepreneurship and Redefining Success with Sophia Amoruso

April 19, 2019 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by an unbelievably inspiring entrepreneur known for being a leader in business (and named the richest self made woman of all time!); founder of Nasty Gal and GirlBoss - Sophia Amoruso. With these titles and successes behind her, Sophia jumps right in to speaking from the heart by sharing the depressive funk she has been in lately.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 1:37 pm

Podcast Transcription: Taking a Leap for Love with Dennis Schoneveld

May 12, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by her husband Dennis and their baby girl, Lea Luna! They talk about how they first fell in love, what it's like working together with your spouse, life as new parents, dealing with social media fame and much more. Dennis shares how he found his passion for yoga (it wasn't through Rachel!) and why he was reluctant to be a guest on the show.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 10:12 am

Podcast Transcription: From Resentment to Kindness (with a Fever of 103)

Jan 12, 2018 - In this episode Rachel’s talks about anger and resentment. When we feel wronged or hurt, instead of lashing out, is there a way we can use challenging situations as a way to grow? As something she’s personally dedicated to working on in 2018 Rachel gets candid and honest about her personal anger issues and how harboring resentment holds her back in relationships.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 11:39 pm
Self Love

Self-Love and Humility—Can You Have Both? This Truth Changes Everything.

Why is it frowned upon to praise ourselves? Why does being humble mean putting yourself down every time anyone lifts you up? Stop hiding your self-love.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:50 pm0

The 5 Lessons Your Family Relationships Teach You About Life

The bond between you and your family is for life, for better or worse. It’s incredibly special because the bond comes with built-in life lessons designed for you to heal and evolve; 5 of these lessons flash like neon signs right in front of us.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 7:22 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Serenity, Now

Apr 06, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is experiencing a few days of serious pain and tells the story of her latest project on her path toward peace: a bathtub. After being given the advice to soak in water as a practice of self-care, she sets out to install a bathtub in her house and what was supposed to be a 2-day project suddenly took on a life of its own and became 3 weeks of construction and, of course, disturbance.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:27 pm
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- Sunday, 4:51 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Yoga Every Damn Day

May 19, 2017 - In this episode Rachel shares how she found the yoga practice and how she started the movement that is #yogaeverydamnday. She also shares her best tips for starting up or maintaining a daily yoga practice, what yoga is like after having a baby and why suffering from intense back pain in the early stages of her practice turned out to be her biggest blessing.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 12:09 pm

Podcast Transcription: My Favorite Books on Yoga and Spirituality

Aug 3, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel shares her all-time favorite books on Yoga and Spirituality. She dives into the words that came along with her on adventures, the stories that supported her, and the passages that changed her life. Books often represent so much more than the paper they are made out of. To Rachel, her books are sacred keepsakes that are filled with little notes, letters, and pictures that tell the story of what she was feeling as she held these books in her hand.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 4:59 pm

Podcast Transcription: Competition and Jealousy - The Business of Yoga

Feb 02, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel dives into the very sensitive subject of competition, jealousy, and cattiness in the world of yoga and business. She shares her own stories of being on both sides of the spectrum - both having felt nervous about other teachers competing with her and having had other teachers create drama over competition.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 5:39 pm

How to Cope With Loss and Darkness: My Life Lessons on Growth

No matter what you’ve been through, coping with loss doesn’t always get easier. But I've learned that darkness holds life lessons we all need for the 1 thing we’re here to do: GROW.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 6:17 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Becoming a Force of Good In The World By Feeling Your Feelings and Choosing Your Community With Care

Sep 08, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel talks about the magnificent power of taking charge of your emotional well being. When we feel whole and safe, we are able to harness that energy and take charge to make a difference in the world - in our own way. YOU have the power to change the world. You do! She talks about the challenge of staying away from gossip and drama and gives examples of how to continuously bring love into situations that try to pull us toward negativity and judgment.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:50 am

Moving Forward in Life After Loss: Through Pregnancy and a Yoga Mat

Daydreaming with your friends about the future is the best. But what happens when all your plans vanish in an instant? Moving forward with my life after the loss of my best friend could flip any event into pain or crisis—like finding out I’m pregnant, or losing a yoga mat.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 5:06 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Self-Love, Fear of Dying, Rose Quartz Spheres and a Crappy Day

Nov 03, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel gets real and emotional about her hardships in the midst of a particularly crappy day. She talks about her contrasting struggle with low self-esteem and the huge fear she carries around the wellbeing of her daughter while simultaneously feeling content and happy in leading her first teacher training.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 12:17 pm

Follow Your Wild Heart to Become Who You’ve Always Been

You have a brilliant mind with thoughts that can build a better world. The mind is powerful. But listen carefully: don’t let your thoughts become your identity.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 3:36 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Just a Mom - Sleep Deprivation and Other Stories

Sep 01, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel gets real about her in-the-moment struggles: dealing with some serious sleep deprivation. She talks about her greatest challenges as a mother, being sensitive about comments she's getting on Instagram, feeling overall crappy and the realization that she wants to be more than "just a mom".

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:43 am

Podcast Transcription: Sex, Sarcasm and The Meaning of Consent

Feb 09, 2018 - In this episode Rachel is joined by her husband Dennis (who’s getting more candid and slightly more inappropriate for every episode!). They start off talking about a recent disagreement they had and how they process things completely differently when they fight.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 5:31 pm

Podcast Transcription: Walking Through Fire, Letting The Other Shoe Drop and Telling Your Story with Glennon Doyle

Oct 27, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by Glennon Doyle; #1 NYT Best-Selling author, activist, philanthropist and founder of Momastery; an online platform that changes the lives of millions through storytelling. Glennon shares the story of how she found the love of her life in soccer player Abby Wambach immediately following the release of her #1 New York Times Bestseller Love Warrior (a tale of marriage redemption!) and the value of being truthful - even when it's inconvenient.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 12:12 pm

Podcast Transcription: Yoga with Usher and An Emergency Toolkit For Wellbeing

Jun 08, 2018 - Yoga with Usher and An Emergency Toolkit For Wellbeing In this episode, Rachel begins sharing how she feels this week – elated, joyful and on top of the world. She begins by sharing her recent experience of taking a yoga class with Usher and what it was like being led by a well-known superstar, chanting while he sang, and hearing the messages and intentions he brought forth into the space that deeply resonated with her own.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:01 pm

Podcast Transcription: Should We All Turn Our Passions Into a Business?

Feb 1, 2019 - In this episode Rachel is joined by one of her best friends, Jessica Taylor. Although good friends with Rachel, Jess honestly discusses her dislike for the online yoga world. Having quit her job as a nurse, Jessica took a teacher training and immersed herself in teaching yoga, pursuing her dream of becoming a studio owner.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 2:55 pm

For New Moms Who Fear the Worst: Proof You're Not Alone

Is fearing the worst normal for new moms? This constant worry that something awful is going to happen to my baby… It paralyzes me at times. I obsess over it.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:58 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Path of Love

Oct 5, 2018 - In this weeks episode Rachel speaks to us from Path of Love, a retreat she has been assisting for the past week in Motala, Sweden. To begin, Rachel tells the story of her own Path of Love experience when she participated in May, 2016. She shares the story of what brought her there (she finally went after booking it twice and cancelling!) and what came out of it (Hint: Her name is Lea Luna).

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 6:20 pm

Why the Moments That Matter the Most are the Ones That Go Unnoticed

I live for the little moments in between. Not the moments when I cross the finish line of a goal, not the events that make headlines, but those moments that usually aren’t even noticed.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:38 pm0

Don’t Wait for Happiness to Find You- Choose it Now!

A day at the beach is all I need to remember life’s greatest lessons. Our minds can latch onto drama, for example, and we act like the only way out is a big, cryptic secret.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:28 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Manifesting Abundance

April 7, 2017 - What is the true meaning of success? Is it possible to manifest financial freedom and still stay true to who you are? How can we do business with a heart? To answer these questions we dive into the topic of money, success and manifesting abundance. In this episode Rachel shares stories from her past to find the secrets to how she built a thriving business out of nothing.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 12:31 pm

Podcast Transcription: Are We What We Eat? with Ella Mills

Nov 17, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by Ella Mills; creator of the insanely popular food blog Deliciously Ella. Ella healed herself from a devastating disease through plant based food and a healthy lifestyle and has since dedicated her life to inspiring the world through the art of cooking.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 7:04 pm

Want to Manifest Your Dreams? You Might be Forgetting This Important Step

Do you dream in secret? That might be your problem! If I’ve learned anything about manifesting my dreams, it’s this.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 4:41 pm0
Self Love

What Makes You Enough is Not What You Think

Are you enough once your abs are toned and you can balance on your hands? HELL. NO. What makes you enough is not defined by tricks your body can do. Your strength runs much, MUCH deeper.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 4:34 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Family Business (and A Little Bit of Politics)

Dec 15, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel shares the story of how she left her baby for the first time ever to travel to Los Angeles for a photo shoot and how, inevitably, chaos ensued.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 12:12 am

Podcast Transcription: Self-Love, Fear of Dying, Rose Quartz Spheres and a Crappy Day

Nov 3, 2017 - In this episode Rachel gets real and emotional about her hardships in the midst of a particularly crappy day. She talks about her contrasting struggle with low self esteem and the huge fear she carries around the wellbeing of her daughter while simultaneously feeling content and happy in leading her first teacher training.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 1:12 pm

Yoga Is Hard, Even for Yoga Girl® — Why We Must Lean Into the Struggle

Don’t let Instagram or magazine covers fool you — everyone struggles, on their yoga mat and on their life’s journey. Even though my name on Instagram is Yoga_Girl, this is my truth: Yoga is not easy for me.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 11:00 am0

Podcast Transcription: Gratitude, Cloning and Turning a Bad Day Around

Mar 16, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel shares the love she feels for her dog and how the fear of losing him drove her to do some very (very, very) irrational things (including the craziest story you’ve ever heard). She talks about deep soul connection with another being, fear of loss, the issue with “perfection” and how allowing yourself to be human brings the biggest relief.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:40 pm

Podcast Transcription: Body Positivity and Finding Self-Love in a World of Non-Acceptance

Aug 18, 2017 - How can we find self-love in a society that constantly pushes us toward non-acceptance? In this episode, Rachel talks about body positivity and loving her postpartum body while struggling with that little voice in the back of her mind telling her she isn't good enough. She shares a recent and fairly amusing story of how the insecurity sent her spiralling into some truly irrational behavior and gives tips on how to stop the vicious cycle of self-judgement.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 1:42 pm

Podcast Transcription: What If We All Just Did Whatever the F*ck We Want?

Jan 25, 2019 - In this episode, Rachel shares some big life changes she’s had over the past week. Dealing with a crazy toddler - who only does exactly as she wants to do all the time and throws a fit if she doesn’t - has left Rachel both admiring her daughter and exhausted by her. Cue the large life changes: Without a thought, Rachel cut out the braid her best friend put in her hair 12 years ago (the same best friend who passed away). She waxed her legs (despite not caring how hairy she was).

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 4:03 pm
Being of Service

Feeling Hopeless? Read This and Return to Love

The more we learn about what’s happening around the world, the more we experience our own heartache and pain, the more it can feel like hope is lost. Like love is gone. But there is only one constant, and it never, ever runs dry.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 6:27 pm0

Everyone’s Goal is to Be Loved, but Are We Seeking It the Wrong Way?

The thing is, we all just want to be loved. All of us. Everyone’s goal is the same. But we could be seeking it all wrong, actually leading ourselves away from love and toward fear. So, we need to know how to read the signs.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 5:27 pm0

Podcast Transcription: The Birth Story

March 31, 2017 - In this first episode of "From The Heart”, Rachel gets intimate and personal, sharing her detailed birth story with the world for the very first time. On March 13, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl: Lea Luna. Longing for an unmedicated water birth at home, she ended up going to the hospital after 18 hours of intense labor.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 12:34 pm

Podcast Transcription: Walking Through Fire, Letting the Other Shoe Drop and Telling Your Story with Glennon Doyle

Oct 27, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by Glennon Doyle; #1 NYT Best-Selling author, activist, philanthropist and founder of Momastery; an online platform that changes the lives of millions through storytelling. Glennon shares the story of how she found the love of her life in soccer player Abby Wambach immediately following the release of her #1 New York Times Bestseller Love Warrior (a tale of marriage redemption!) and the value of being truthful - even when it's inconvenient.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 11:15 am

Podcast Transcription: Project Alone Time

Jun 15, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel speaks on the importance of taking alone time to rejuvenate and practice self-care. With the demands of everyday life, taking time for ourselves can be challenging but is so necessary if we wish to offer our best selves to the world. Rachel begins the episode by sharing the emotions that surfaced as she left her baby girl and husband back in Sweden and arrived in Aruba alone.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 7:55 pm

Podcast Transcription: Believe In The Good Things Coming with Nahko Bear

Jan 26, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by her friend (and favorite musician!) Nahko Bear. Rachel shares the story of how she first connected to Nahko’s music and how it helped her move through the grief of her best friend’s passing and Nahko shares what it’s like to write music that deeply impacts people all over the world.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 5:47 pm

Podcast Transcription: What Scares You? (Part 2)

Nov 23, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel continues sharing with her group of yoga teacher trainees as they discuss Fear and the answer to the question, “What Scares You?” How does fear hold you back? Does it run your life? Does it paralyze you? How does it show up day-to-day? Listen to what this community had to say about it - it may sound very familiar.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 5:56 pm

Podcast Transcription: The Art of Slowing Down

Nov 30, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel talks about her absolute inability to slow down. After a very intense few years culminating with back-to-back retreats and trainings, her body has started giving her serious signals to work at a slower pace. How do you slow down when moving fast is all you know? Rachel wraps her head around the fact that there is never a time that she is not working.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 10:40 am

Podcast Transcription: Venting - The Art of Working Through Struggles and Returning to Gratitude

Jun 30, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel talks about her travels to Sweden, feeling overworked, the challenge of running a business as a new mom and why trying to be "superwoman" and doing it all just doesn't work. She also talks about how opening up about pain is the first step to healing, failing the no-sugar challenge (ugh!) and what she and her husband are struggling with as parents.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:45 am

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, 10:49 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Learning From Pain, Working Through Baggage and Learning The Art of Letting Go

May 26, 2017 - Is it possible to be so connected to another human being that their pain can be physically felt within you? What happens when we are unable to let go of emotional pain from our past? This, and much more is answered in this weeks podcast episode. Rachel gets deep and personal and touches on a few traumatic experiences from her past. She talks about the physical pain she has carried throughout her life and the realization that it’s all connected to past emotional pain.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:57 am

Podcast Transcription: The Vaccination Debate and Social Media Regrets

June 9, 2017 - In this episode Rachel shares her own experience with making the decision to vaccinate her baby girl, the backlash she received online when she shared it with the world and how she is navigating this very delicate subject.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 4:49 pm

Podcast Transcription: A Perfect Storm

Mar 09, 2018 - In this week's podcast, Rachel talks about how she deals with social media drama and how more than anything, it's a reflection of our inner world and can be a great lesson in sitting with your emotions. She talks about her deep longing of being of service and how it’s evolved from moving snails across the road when she was a little girl to launching non-profit initiatives today, and shares a recent experience with online drama.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:50 pm

Podcast Transcription: Who Do You Need To Forgive? (And Should You Always?)

In this episode, Rachel answers deep and personal questions from her Instagram community - ones that stirred her heart while reading them: How do you forgive someone who really hurt you? Is there a way to know that we’re on the right path in life? How do we continue to practice self-care when we are feeling especially low?

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 7:09 pm

Podcast Transcription: Being Vulnerable, Feeling Your Feelings and Owning Your Sh*t

Aug 4, 2017 - In this episode Rachel talks about a new practice she’s incorporated into her life: the art of being vulnerable. She talks about how being vulnerable and feeling your feelings right away sets us up for a whole new lightness of being, the challenge of making and keeping girlfriends and how to tap into a sensitive place as a teacher so we can improve the quality of what we share with the world.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 1:53 pm

Podcast Transcription: The Inner Critic (part 2)

Jul 27, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel continues sharing with the rest of her Yoga Teacher Training group on their Inner Critic. The group shares the judgmental, disapproving thoughts they harbor when that negative voice we all have in our heads is leading the way. Now hearing from 50 women from 15 different countries that have shared their most hurtful thoughts they carry about themselves, it becomes so evident that no matter where we come from or how old we are - we are all the same.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 6:04 pm

This is the Key to Feeling Better on Bad Days

Having a bad day? Going through a rough patch? Life crisis? The key to making a bad day just a bad moment so you can feel better is simple.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 2:52 pm0
Being of Service

Heal Yourself, Be the Change: Yoga Girl Inspiration to Do More

If you want to heal yourself and the world, you have to do more; you have to take chances. There’s no way around it. Because making a change means just that – things must change. And things do not change just by wishing they will.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 3:32 pm0

What do Panic, Prayer and Prana Have in Common?

Feeling panicked is anything but fun, but it is helpful! Panic provokes us to accept that something isn’t great and to make a change—or at least, to pray. What does this process have to teach us about ourselves and the prana flowing through everything?

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 3:38 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Becoming Yoga Girl

Oct 06, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel shares the story of how Yoga Girl came into existence! She talks about how her Instagram account came to be and recalls the first time anyone every recognized her from social media (not as much fun as you might think!). She also tells the hilarious story of how she taught her first-ever yoga class abroad.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:49 am

Podcast Transcription: Movement as Medicine with Lara Heimann

Apr 13, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by Lara Heimann, physical therapist and anatomy genius. They talk about the dreaded P-word (P-A-I-N) and Lara gives great advice on how to deal with physical discomfort long term. They talk about the dreaded text-neck that’s impacting young adults all across the globe and what remedies to take to avoid it (listen carefully because this applies to us all!).

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:21 pm
Being of Service

How Can You Best Serve? Drop the Should's and Teach What You Know

I rediscovered myself in 2016. I was so ready to live as my authentic self, but that meant changing how I taught yoga. And that scared me.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 3:31 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Hard Lessons Learned and The Business of Yoga

Aug 11, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel opens up about feeling taken advantage of and how it's a pattern that continuously shows up in her life. She shares a few examples of some very hard lessons she's had to learn in the yoga industry over the years and how even though they helped her grow and learn, she still finds herself too trusting in an industry that's sometimes everything but "zen".

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:51 am

Why Travel if You Never Arrive? Lessons From a Nomad

When I left Sweden to travel the world, my mom would tell her friends I was on a "world tour". I was a free spirit, confident I was meant to wander the world and never settle down. It was part of my identity, going from place to place. Nothing was better than constant travel. But I didn’t know I was keeping myself from the best part: arriving.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 8:38 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Using Hardships to Fuel Your Fire with Isabella Löwengrip

July 7, 2017 - How can we transform darkness into light? In this episode Rachel is joined by entrepreneur, mom and super-blogger Isabella Löwengrip. They talk about juggling a successful career with the responsibilities of motherhood, the importance of women supporting women, using hardships to fuel your fire and how to become your own best friend.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 12:27 pm

Cultural Appropriation: What Is It and How Does It Apply to Yoga?

The topic of cultural appropriation is a sensitive and important one and I will give it the time and attention it deserves.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:00 pm0

Podcast Transcription: What If Every Challenge Is a Blessing In Disguise?

Jan 18, 2019 - In this episode, Rachel shares the lessons her daughter teaches her on a daily basis. From Luna throwing her bowls of food to resting her head on Rachel’s lap during story time, Rachel realizes all of Luna’s behaviors are opportunities for her to self-reflect. If she isn’t present with her daughter she may miss those moments.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 11:30 am

Podcast Transcription: Navigating Marriage and Kids with Dennis Schoneveld​

March 22, 2019 - In this episode, Rachel and Dennis are on a super romantic couple’s trip to Bogota, Colombia (Disclaimer: Rachel’s passport was expiring and they used this as a frantic excuse for a date night getaway). As expected with Dennis on the show, you are in for another hilarious and slightly inappropriate episode.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 5:33 pm

Podcast Transcription: Spring Cleaning For The Body: My Cleanse Story

April 12, 2019 - In this episode, Rachel discusses her current eating and health habits. Over the past months she has not felt 100% and it has left her trying anything and everything that can bring her back to her usual self. She gave up alcohol, caffeine, sugar and went to a raw food diet, with celery juice every morning topped with a parasite cleanse.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 10:05 am

Podcast Transcription: Holding On and Letting Go

Oct 19, 2018 - In this episode Rachel begins by discussing her newly launched Yoga Girl Community - a safe space for people to open their hearts online. From receiving so many deep and personal messages through emails and social media, she knew she needed to find a space to connect us all in a deeper and more tangible way. With the Yoga Girl Community comes the tradition of Sharing Sunday.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 3:11 pm

The Yoga Girl® Method for Manifesting - Journaling on New Year’s Day

I write down my intentions at the start of every year. Here's a peek at my annual reflection and manifestation process on January 1, 2018.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 6:31 am0

Podcast Transcription: The Sleep Episode

Oct 13, 2017 - Sleep is a spiritual practice and without it, we cannot function (there is a reason sleep deprivation is used as a form or torture)! In this episode, Rachel shares how she got her baby girl to sleep through the night - almost! After struggling with intense sleep deprivation for two months she decided to take charge and has since read eight books, had two sleep consultations, asked the world for advice through social media and googled her way to things that actually WORK.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:42 am

Better Than Takeout: Zesty Veggie Noodle Salad (GF & Vegan!)

Who needs a quick, easy meal that still tastes amazing and makes your body feel great? Everyone! Throw in the facts that it’s vegan, gluten-free and as tasty as takeout… And we have a winner, people!

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 1:47 am0

Office Yoga at Your Desk? Try Yoga Girl’s 5 Favorite Poses

When your job makes you sit for long hours, and there’s no space for a yoga mat at your desk...what’s a yogi to do? Try my 5 favorite (and discrete) office yoga poses. Or, be like this person…

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 10:35 am0

5-Minute Meditation for People Who Can’t Meditate

Today is the day you meditate! It’ll only take 5 minutes, and it just might change your life. Doubtful? That’s okay. I’ll tell you why and how to try it right now.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 6:29 pm0

The Only Thing That Matters Is the 1 Thing We Fear

What matters most? Your actions, the conversations you have in your head all day long… When you step back and look at the core motivation behind everything, it’s easy to see if it’s coming from a place of love or a place of fear.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 2:47 pm0

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- Saturday, 4:06 pm0

Truth for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One: Everyone Is Found

How do you cope when someone you love dies? If you’ve lost a loved one, you know pain unlike anything else. Nobody’s road to healing is the same, but maybe this truth that helped me will help you, too.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 4:07 pm0

30-Minute Meal for Busy Vegans: Savory Potato Mushroom Soup

I absolutely love making soup. It’s cozy, it’s healthy, and the main reason—it's just so easy!

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:13 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Quitting Sugar and Making Changes Out of Love

June 2, 2017 - In this episode Rachel talks about her sweet tooth; something that used to mean enjoying dessert after dinner but that lately has become a full-on addiction. How can we make changes in our diet (or in our lives) and stick with them? Is there a way to find a loving approach to quitting bad habits?

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 12:28 pm

Podcast Transcription: How To Heal Your Heart

April 26, 2019 - In this episode, Rachel is fresh out of a 7-day retreat leading the art of feeling your feelings, alongside her own teacher from Path of Love. She shares the experiences of her childhood that taught her to hide her negative emotions and the work she has done since to allow herself to hold space for anger, frustration and sadness - all the feelings we think we should never feel.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 10:57 am

Podcast Transcription: Calm and Confident in 2019

Jan 4, 2019 - Welcome to the first From the Heart episode of 2019 where Rachel shares her intentions for the new year. First, reflecting on 2018 and the challenges that it brought into her life, Rachel notices that she was shook by a loss of confidence. From working too hard and too much, chasing around a crazy toddler and having social media telling her all the things she was doing wrong, Rachel felt self-doubt creep in and latch onto her in the spot that was most vulnerable.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 4:44 pm

Podcast Transcription: The Inner Critic (part 1)

Jul 20, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel invites her Yoga Teacher Training group to join her in sharing a piece of what their inner critic - that judgmental, disapproving voice we all carry in the back of our heads - speaks of, and what life is like when we live from that place. 52 women from 15 different countries share from a place of deep vulnerability and then turn toward the Inner Best Friend - a voice that speaks with unconditional love and support.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 6:11 pm