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: Life After Death, Facing Your Worst Fear and The Power of a Brief Life

July 28, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by Amelia Barnes; yoga teacher, artist, designer and author of the book Landon's Legacy. In 2014 Amelia's son Landon was born. He died four days later. This episode is the painful but powerful story about how Landon passed away and the gut-wrenching journey that followed.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 2:03 pm

Podcast Transcription: The Guilt Of The New Mom

Apr 28, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel shares her struggles as a new mom and the guilt and self-doubt that often comes with motherhood. She also talks about the practice of sitting with pain and finding growth and healing by learning how to not escape emotions when they come our way.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:59 am

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: Life on Tour with Nathan Connelly

Aug 24, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by the talented, humble and down-to-earth guitarist from Snow Patrol, Nathan Connolly. First discussing how they randomly ended up in LA together through the connection of a mutual friend, Nathan then dives into how the first show opening for Ed Sheeran went, and what life touring is like (hint: he needs it).

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 4:00 pm

Podcast Transcription: Epiphanies, Self-Care and Being Alone

Jun 22, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel speaks of her time away from her husband and baby girl and the epiphanies that accompanied her during this time alone. She recollects on her past, and how her childhood shaped her into a ‘fixer’ who always put other’s needs before her own. Now as a working mother, Rachel notices how her attention is pulled in thousands of directions, and still never on herself.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 7:45 pm

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: The Family Podcast with Dennis Schoneveld and Shama Persson

Nov 9, 2018 - For the first time ever, Rachel is joined by two guests, her husband, Dennis and her mom, Shama. Rachel had the brilliant idea to invite them both on to take control of the show while she is sick and battling a throat infection - but that didn’t work out for her!

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 9:13 pm

Podcast Transcription: Mindful Relationships and Making Sacrifices for Mother Earth with Waylon Lewis

July 14, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by Waylon Lewis; environmentalist, meditation teacher and founder of elephantjournal.com. They talk about sustainable living, the current political climate and the Buddhist view on mindful relationships. Waylon shares how he risked it all for the sake of caring for Mother Earth and gives his best tips for living a green life.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 2:14 pm
Healing

Life Doesn’t Want You to Hide - It's Daring You to Live!

Which lie have you let frame your life: Life dealt you a bad hand. You’re one of the unlucky ones. You’re always the victim - it’s you against the world. You’re not important.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:49 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

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
Healing

#MeToo – The Yoga Stories (Part 1)

#MeToo. Thank you all for speaking up. We have made no edits other than censoring out names and details.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:26 pm0
Healing

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- Wednesday, 10:24 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: Setting Intentions and Manifesting Love

Dec 29, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel shares her intentions for 2018 and invites her listeners to join in. Setting intentions for the new year is a deeply spiritual practice and to find out what we want to manifest we need to begin by looking at what we have struggled with during the year that’s passed!

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 11:59 pm
Food

Vegan French Toast with Blueberries and Coconut Yoghurt

This recipe is so, so easy to make! I whip it up every time we have leftover bread or baguette at home. We just made a carrot soup with some home-made garlic bread and the next morning this half a baguette was just staring at me…

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 10:33 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

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

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- Sunday, 1:48 pm

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

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

Podcast Transcription: Relatable Feminism, Anti-Bullying and Loving Yourself No Matter What with Violet Benson

Nov 24, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by comedian and social media superstar Violet Benson, also known as Daddy Issues! Violet rose to stardom through her wildly popular meme account @daddyissues_ on Instagram where she highlights relatable and controversial topics through the eyes of the millennial woman.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 12:34 pm
Yoga

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- Tuesday, 10:45 pm0

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: 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: 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- Sunday, 1:57 pm

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: Becoming a Force of Good in the World by Feeling Your Feelings and Choosing Your Community with Care

Sept 8, 2018 - 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 on how to continuously bring love into situations that try to pull us toward negativity and judgement.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 1:01 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

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
Family

How to Stop Morning (All Day) Sickness - Yoga Girl’s Top 10 Tips

Severe nausea hit me like a ton of bricks just 5 weeks into my pregnancy. I don’t get hangovers, so I really wasn’t prepared for morning sickness - Nausea. Every. Damn. Morning.

Rachel Brathen- Tuesday, 11:56 pm0

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
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- Saturday, 5:42 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Social Media Marketing and Making Money With a Purpose

Feb 16, 2018 - In this episode Rachel gets into the topic of social media marketing, ads and staying authentic in how you portray yourself in social media. She talks about her frustration with big corporations that take advantage of the yoga community to make big bucks and shares her own decision to never use her Instagram platform for marketing (and why that might be changing in the near future!).

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 5:17 pm
Lifestyle

How to Have a Good Life - Be Free, Be Present, and Fall on Your Ass

Life is all about finding balance. Find balance, and you find peace. And who doesn’t want peace?

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 4:14 pm0

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- Thursday, 12:29 pm

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

Sept 1, 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- Saturday, 1:29 pm
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, 10:49 pm0
Food

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- Wednesday, 10:42 pm0

Podcast Transcription: A Wedding Anniversary and Making Things Work with Dennis Schoneveld

Jun 29, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by her husband Dennis on their 4th wedding anniversary – after they both almost forgot it. They begin by diving into the intense Spring they had; traveling from country to country in Europe, with a toddler and a dog, while working towards a major business launch. Dennis also touches on what traveling means to him after growing up on a tiny island.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 6:51 pm

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
Being of Service

Are You Successful? Translation: How Are You Serving the World?

We need to stop thinking of how to become successful and start thinking of how to succeed in helping the world.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:35 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Magic Happens Where Your Comfort Zone Ends with Chris Burkard

Jan 19, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by Chris Burkard: photographer, explorer, creative director, author, and speaker. Chris has gained worldwide recognition for his photography and art over the past few years and is especially known for his travels to remote places and extreme weather surf photography.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 11:33 pm
Meditation

6 Life Lessons from Yoga Girl® to Help You Meditate on Love

Life doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it. In my time on this earth, I’ve learned lessons that all point to the same thing - we are not alone, unworthy or incapable. We are LOVE.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 10:38 pm0
Yoga

The Best Way to Practice Yoga? Take the Pressure Off, but Keep Showing Up!

Practicing yoga means doing your best – every single day. Is your best different day to day? Of course it is. The point isn’t to show up the exact same way, day after day. Nature doesn’t even do that.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 9:47 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Quitting Sugar and Making Changes Out of Love

Jun 02, 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? Join Rachel as she embarks on a journey of freeing herself from sugar and get inspired to look at your own life.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 11:52 am

Podcast Transcription: The Flight From Hell

Sep 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- Thursday, 11:48 am
Lifestyle

Even Bad Days Hold Blessings - How to Find Beauty in Bad Days

Do you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed? You know, those mornings when it feels like the whole day is cursed the moment you sit up?

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 5:10 pm0
Food

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- Sunday, 4:07 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: Wedding Wonders and Tough Travels

May 18, 2018 - In this episode Rachel talks about her latest European adventures at her best friend’s wedding in the South of France. Feeling like she was taking an intermission from life for the past couple of weeks, Rachel moved around at a high pace and speaks of a deep feeling of being uprooted. She discusses the changes she has seen lately, not only in her group of friends since her wedding four years ago, but in herself as well.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:39 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 spiraling into some truly irrational behavior and gives tips on how to stop the vicious cycle of self-judgment.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:44 am

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

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: 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: 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: Stress, Anxiety and Accepting The Present Moment

Apr 20, 2018 - How can we practice being present in the here and now when the moment we are in is particularly challenging? In today’s episode Rachel talks about her latest travels to Europe and how parents should receive awards at the end of long travels with babies. She shares everything that went wrong and how, even with the best intentions, she lost her cool and spent almost two whole days overwhelmed with stress and anxiety.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:07 pm
Self Love

A Leap of Faith and The Secret to Finding Love

I’ve done many things in my life that absolutely terrified me. The thing that terrified me the most? Marrying this man. Committing to marriage rewrote my faith in love, in life.

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 3:02 pm0

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: Astrology - The Art of Aligning with Your Life’s Purpose with Debra Silverman

Mar 02, 2018 - How does the full moon affect us? What does Mercury in Retrograde mean? Does each person really have a destiny? In this weeks episode, Rachel is joined by Debra Silverman; psychologist and astrologer with over 40 years in the field. Debra has dedicated her life to helping people heal emotional wounds by aligning with their life’s purpose (she works with Madonna, Sting, Trevor Hall and many more - this woman is literally an astrologer of the stars... To the stars!).

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 5:03 pm

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
Yoga

Avoiding Your Yoga Mat? Read This: The Real Reason Why We Practice

Do you avoid getting on your mat because you’re “not flexible”? Do you pass by a mirror or a big window and habitually turn your gaze to analyze your walk, your curves, your whole body?

Rachel Brathen- Sunday, 6:07 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Peace, Love and Veganism with James Aspey

Oct 20, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by James Aspey; vegan, animal rights activist and public speaker. James replaced drugs, cancer and bulimia with veganism, surfing and meditation and his story is an incredible inspiration to people across the globe. After being diagnosed with Leukemia which led him into drug addiction he changed his life drastically and started a journey in search of health and happiness.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 11:58 am

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

Podcast Transcription: Becoming Yoga Girl

Oct 6, 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!).

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 12:06 pm

Podcast Transcription: Cultural Appropriation with Susanna Barkataki

Aug 31, 2018 - 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. What is cultural appropriation? Where do we draw the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation? Join the conversation.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 3:28 pm

Podcast Transcription: From Suicide to Sobriety with Shama Persson

Mar 30, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by her mother Shama! They talk about Rachel’s life growing up and Rachel shares their family constellation including every marriage and divorce and all the stepdads, stepmoms, step-siblings and half-siblings… It’s pretty much the most complicated family history of all time!

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 9:40 pm
Lifestyle

Want to Balance Your Life? Throw Out the Rule Book and Follow Your Heart

Balance is key in everything you do. To some, balance means moderation. To others, it means equal amounts of opposites. To me, there are no rules. Balance simply means tuning in.

Rachel Brathen- Wednesday, 9:45 pm0
Meditation

The World Needs an Intention Avalanche. Let’s Start One.

Urgent conversations are now on the table. But the voices of the victims are still fighting to be heard. To be believed. To be protected.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 6:16 pm0

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! Yet we rarely treat it as such.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 12:23 pm
Healing

A Reminder When Life Gets Heavy - You Were Made to Love

Sometimes it seems like the world was made to break your heart.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 3:30 pm0

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
Healing

Growing Pains of the Heart: 5 Things to Remember

Your heart needs to break open from time to time. It's how we transform and grow as human beings. And even though these growing pains hurt, there’s a silver lining: More light.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 6:58 pm0

Podcast Transcription: Everyone Can Be A Yoga Girl

Sep 21, 2018 - The wait is finally over. Welcome to Yoga Girl! In this episode, Rachel shares the news she has been wanting to spill forever - we have launched! All the secrets and hints are finally being revealed and this podcast is all about Yoga Girl - the lifestyle, the movement, the brand, and the community. This practice is for us all. We can all look within, we can all change the world. Everyone can be a Yoga Girl.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 2:09 pm

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
Family

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- Tuesday, 11:50 pm0

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

Podcast Transcription: 52 Weeks of Speaking From The Heart

Mar 23, 2018 - This episode marks the 1-year anniversary of the podcast and Rachel celebrates 52 weeks of storytelling, epiphanies, tears, and so much laughter. She shares how in a way, podcasting has become part of her personal development and allows her to, in an honest way, process her emotions every week... Sort of like therapy! She gives her gratitude to the community for listening and holding space and also shares her biggest inspirations and favorite spiritual teachers.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 10:31 pm

Podcast Transcription: The Inappropriate Husband with Dennis Schoneveld

Dec 22, 2017 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by her husband Dennis for what might just be the most hilarious (and politically incorrect) episode ever. They have a conversation that's both relaxed, heated and slightly inappropriate at times about everything from meat eating vs veganism, living a privileged life, the challenges of running a yoga studio, parenthood and what it’s like to spend literally every hour of the day together.

Rachel Brathen- Saturday, 12:06 am

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

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
Lifestyle

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: 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

Podcast Transcription: OSHO Dynamic Meditation and Healing by Feeling

Jun 01, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel discusses the need to release stored emotions and the challenges that arise within us (and later reflected in the state of all of humanity) when we don’t have space to open up and release what’s inside. Beginning with a guided 15-minute meditation to first find a place of silence before diving in, she moves on to share an experience she just had in Dynamic Meditation.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 8:13 pm
Meditation

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

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

Podcast Transcription: Relatable Feminism, Anti-Bullying and Loving Yourself No Matter What with Violet Benson

Nov 24, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by comedian and social media superstar Violet Benson, also known as Daddy Issues! Violet rose to stardom through her wildly popular meme account @daddyissues_ on Instagram where she highlights relatable and controversial topics through the eyes of the millennial woman.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 5:01 pm

Podcast Transcription: Here, Now with Seal

Aug 17, 2018 - In this episode, Rachel is joined by none other than beloved international singer, Seal! True to the spirit of the From the Heart podcast, Seal begins the episode by giving a refreshingly honest answer to how he is feeling in his life now compared to a year ago. He shares how his perspective has changed from feeling helpless, victimized and isolated to feeling simply fantastic – and the incredible story that brought him there.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 4:15 pm
Self Love

Self Worth Struggle - the Unshakable Commitment Between You and You

One of the most important realizations we can ever have in life is understanding our own self worth.

Rachel Brathen- Monday, 11:35 pm0

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

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
Lifestyle

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: Life After Death and Healing Emotional Pain

Feb 23, 2018 - In this weeks episode Rachel talks about her experience with death and loss. After losing her best friend, her grandmother and her dog within the span of just a few months, her entire life was turned upside down. In this episode, she shares little pieces of her experience and talks about emotional healing and how it’s not a linear process.

Rachel Brathen- Friday, 5:09 pm

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

Sep 07, 2018 - 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- Thursday, 3:11 pm

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- Thursday, 12:04 pm

Podcast Transcription: The Challenges of Parenthood, Being a Stay-At-Home Dad and Becoming Iron Man with Dennis Schoneveld

Sept 15, 2017 - In this episode Rachel is joined by her husband Dennis and together they dive in to an honest reflection of their challenges as new parents. They talk about their recent fights over Dennis training for an Iron Man race, not having any alone time, masculine vs feminine roles and being a "modern family" with Dennis as a stay-at-home dad and Rachel as a working mom.

Rachel Brathen- Thursday, 2:12 pm

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: 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
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- Monday, 11:41 pm0