Rachel Brathen

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Family love This weeks podcast is out NOW! In this episode of From The Heart I talk about the challenge of being a new mom. We dive into motherhood-guilt, feeling inadequate, panicking over the smallest things and the challenge of learning how to sit with pain (any kind of pain!) even when it's unbearable. Listen in and hear about the night I literally lost my mind because the baby wouldn't stop crying and I ended up eating everything with sugar in the house, almost downing a bottle of wine (barely managed to contain myself there) and ending up binge shopping online for $700 not even remembering what I had bought the next day. Yea. Having a newborn is no walk in the park In this weeks episode I share how I've moved through the most difficult days, the love that floods through it all and my realization that everything, absolutely everything, is a spiritual lesson. Tune in now! Link to iTunes in bio or go to rachelbrathen.com for all podcast providers Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review! #yogagirlpodcast #fromtheheart #motherhood
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Bought a new phone. 7+. It's ginormous and impossible to maneuver with just one hand - I don't know what I was thinking. I do everything with one hand these days. I was excited to share with you guys today that we've had five consecutive awesome nights: @loving.lealuna has stopped crying! We really only had three crappy nights but they were so awful they scarred me. I told @dennisfromsalad when we get to 10 consecutive days of calm we can start doing things in the evenings like normal people again but for now we are on a strict schedule. I read all the comments I receive here on IG - when I ask for advice it's because I really need it! One of the things that people kept recommending was implementing a solid evening routine (which we of course had never done because we hardly know what the word means) We now have a super routine going and it's WORKING! I guess babies need stability and calm? Who knew! Ha. Anyway. Every evening we now: 1. Go for a walk with the dogs or go to the beach 2. Go home and take a bath/shower. Showering with her is the highlight of my day (and no of course I would never drop her don't even mention it!). I diffuse essential oils and make the bathroom super cozy and we go in the rainfall shower together. It's the BEST. The best. She loves the water. 3. Baby massage. With oil! She's such a little princess. 4. PJ's 5. Eat. 6. SLEEP. It's really working! Since we started the super routine we have had no crying and last night she slept for six straight hours. So I was all excited to share our progress but then of course tonight she started crying and just wouldn't stop. Yup. I'm a little less panicked about it now but it's still the most awful thing. She's asleep now but won't let me put her down and won't let Dennis take her so we are stuck together like Velcro. The best Velcro, but still Being a mom is hard. And so fucking awesome! The difficult stuff is still all ok and every day I fall more in love. PS wrote this on my new phone with one hand #boss #momlife #love
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What's up world!? Raise your hand if you can hold up your head like a boss! @loving.lealuna #selfie #beachday #islandbaby #thatneckstrengththo
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I'm craving yoga right now in a way that I haven't in years. It reminds me of my first year of practice and how I'd go to sleep every night, giddy with anticipation knowing I'd get to roll out my mat the moment I'd wake up. Every day was like Christmas morning. That feeling of excitement lasted about a year before routine took over and yoga became part of my normal. I turned my yoga practice into teaching and teaching into a career and along the way, I stopped feeling like I was unwrapping a gift every time I'd begin a practice. Yoga stayed important but it stopped feeling like Christmas. Until now. I had a baby and in a way I get to start from scratch -I get to be a beginner again. I've been given the gift to get to know my body once more. It's different now, compared to a decade ago. Then I was 20 pounds lighter and my body was lean and fit and strong without ever having to try. I was all sharp angles and muscle and learning how to invert and balance on my hands. My practice was like my body: firm and determined. Now... My body is soft. Soft, in the most beautiful way. It's like I have an extra layer of insulation now and its cushioning me from the roughness of the world; I had a baby and babies need soft things. So my body has adapted. Where there were once edges there are now round hips and thighs and in my practice, everything is different. I'm moving from a new place and even though the feeling is the same - I'm giddy with excitement to get on my mat - I'm getting to know a different body. This body is a body that's lived. It's a body that's birthed. Its a body that's carried the weight of pain and the lightness of joy and everything in between. It's a body that's busy nursing a child! It doesn't care much about balancing upside down anymore because for the first time... The world is right side up. Lea Luna is here and the love she brought has made its way into every inch of who I am. There is nothing left to prove. So this body doesn't need to be strengthened or contorted or fixed or altered anymore - it just needs to move the way it longs to move. It just needs to be. Today... I bow to the immeasurable beauty of my own skin. I hope you do the same.
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Good morning world!!! Here is a very happy naked hiccuping sneezing smiling baby in case you need a bit of sunshine today Happy Tuesday! @loving.lealuna #happiness
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Everything in my body hurts. I can barely touch my toes anymore. My core is non-existent. Glutes and outer hips have vacated the building. @dushiyoga cued Warrior III today and I just stood there - it's just not happening. Cobra feels impossible. Will my body ever know what it feels like to do Wheel Pose again? Somehow my front body is extremely tight and totally weak at the same time. Every pose feels like I'm experiencing it for the very first time. I'm stiff. Tense. Weak. Tired. Open and closed up in the strangest of ways. But... So damn happy to be here. Right now I'm slow dancing with my body. We're getting to know each other again. Figuring each other out. One step at a time #yogaeverydamnday #postpartum @island.yoga
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First "yoga photo" since giving birth! I took my first class yesterday morning and realized my body feels like a total stranger. It's been so long since I thought about me or did anything for myself - all I think about is her. I've lost myself a little bit. I'm sure it's totally normal but yesterday as I awkwardly moved my body from pose to pose, trying to remember how to breathe, it hit me: I need to come back home to my body. I need to feel my feet on the ground again. Right now I don't and it makes the hard times so much harder. Tonight started off in a similar way with Luna, clock strikes 6 and she starts crying. We had ordered take-out and decided to try putting her in the car to pick it up as the car normally calms her and puts her to sleep in an instant (yes we have officially become those kinds of parents oh god) but she cried the whole way. It's so awful. She cries and then I cry, I just lose myself in her pain. Makes me feel so helpless. We got home and she fell asleep and has been sleeping quietly since. All is well but I feel completely stressed out. Dennis says I feel everything so much more intensely these days - she cried for 30 minutes total tonight but to me it feels like 30 years. I can sense it now, how connected my inability to cope is with my feeling of disconnect with my own body. I've had 42 weeks of pregnancy, a 24-hour labor and 6 weeks of no sleep. No wonder my body feels like a stranger! So. The Conclusion? I think it's about time I got back to #yogaeverydamnday
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I'm not posting much lately because I'm EXHAUSTED. This little baby girl is an absolute darling in the daytime - she spends all day laughing and smiling and cooing and talking and sleeps for 4-hour stretches and is just the dreamiest little angel ever. BUT. When the clock strikes 6pm she transforms into a tiny little terrorist holding us hostage with non-stop crying and screaming. It's like she is torturing us for information and I want to give it up I do - I just don't know what it is that she wants! It's starting to drive me slightly insane Is stomach ache that only shows up at a certain hour a thing? Or is it the transition from day to night? I have no clue what's going on. Even though she's well fed and has a fresh diaper and we've tried absolutely everything she is just so unhappy and it's the same thing every evening, going on five days now. She's never really cried for anything before so it's quite the shock for us (have we just been unusually lucky up until now and this is totally normal??). The only thing that works is bouncing her incessantly up and down, pacing around the house singing and shushing and praying to all the baby gods to help her fall asleep. Finally after hours of walking with her, right as I think my arms are literally going to fall off, she falls asleep but on top of my chest and no way in hell I'll risk transferring her to the bed by then - too risky. So basically from 6pm and for the rest of the entire night I'm holding this little girl trying to understand what's going on. We finally fall asleep but I feel like a zombie, half awake the whole night. Then all of a sudden it's 8am and she wakes up laughing - laughing! Like the hostage situation of the night before just never happened. And I look at her little face and she's just so damn perfect and adorable I forget all about it too. SOMEONE SEND HELP! Or give me some advice! I love her so much it hurts me physically when she cries - it's like someone is slowly pulling out my fingernails one at a time. No joke. Tell me there is a magic trick I just haven't been let in on that will make evenings happy and calm again? Yes? Ok shoot @loving.lealuna #motherhood
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Good morning from me and this little co-sleeping princess We wanted to let you know that episode 4 of the podcast is out NOW! In this episode of From The Heart I'm joined by none other than my mom @shama_persson ! We talk about mother/daughter struggles, how we've healed and moved through difficulties in our past, sobriety, motherhood, loving Lea Luna, releasing karmic patterns, what it's like living so far apart and much, much more. It's a beautiful episode!!! Listen in now️click the link in my bio or search Yoga Girl Podcast anywhere you get your podcasts (see www.rachelbrathen.com for all providers!) Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review while you're there!! Can't wait to hear what you think of this one - it's intimate and beautiful xo #yogagirlpodcast #fromtheheart #love
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When someone invades your personal space but you're too polite to say anything #bestbuds #lealuna #sendhelp #personalspace #naptime
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First dip in the ocean today and she LOVED it! Just look at those flamingo swimmers My little beach baby! @loving.lealuna #ocean #pisces #firstdip #beach #happiness
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I have lived in Aruba for over 7 years. Before that, Costa Rica for almost 3. I've been living away from my family for close to a decade; more than a third of my life, and it's always been ok. I go to Sweden a few times a year and they visit a ton and in between there is FaceTime and Skype and it works. Living far away has never, not once, been a challenge. Up until now. Lea Luna is here and all of a sudden I don't know how to live without my mom. I literally don't know how we are going to function 5,000 miles apart. Our relationship has always been so intense and beautiful and messy and complicated and full of pain and love and there were times when I needed to be far, far away. Part of why I left home in the first place was because I needed space - we were always so close I never knew where she ended and where I began. Her pain became mine and at times it was too much for me to bare. I left because... I had to become my own person. And now it's been 10 years and we've done more work than I knew possible. Two years ago things took a turn for the worse and I thought we took a huge step back but I see now: we were actually moving forward. There are no mistakes. Nothing is random. We made it through and I'm not scared that she is going to die anymore. I don't have to worry about her happiness because now, for the first time, I know she does. And five weeks ago baby angel was born and literally catapulted us into absolute unconditional love. We are a family again. Or, we've always been, but for the first time since I was little I feel it in my bones. We belong together. Luna affirms it. This tiny little creature... She has changed everything. She has healed everything. She arrived and all of a sudden, everything makes sense and where there were wounds before now there is only love. My mom just got on a plane and I'm crying like I'm grieving - it hurts like grief. I don't want to be apart anymore. Lea Luna wants us close. So I guess the question is... What now? #family
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Birthday brunch. Angel baby slept all the way through! Look at this little chubby arm... I want to eat it (don't worry I won't)️ #lealuna #deliciousness #nomnomnom
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Happy birthday @dennisfromsalad !!! We love you forever and always! (so yea I sort of kind of maybe completely forgot up until two days ago buuuuut - saved it!) #score #mombrain #31 #bday #bestdadever #family
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• Sky on fire. Just like my heart. • • • #gratitude
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Beach babies! Yesterday was a fun, busy day. Lea Luna's first time with her feet in the sand! She is so happy. So beautiful. I love our little moon. It's all just too much! Her chubby little thighs and those big, blue eyes. Sometimes I feel like I want to eat her (is that normal?) The love is overpowering. She is so alert now. Looks at us intently and waves her arms around, reaching out, trying to grab the world with her tiny little fingers. She slept on her own last night for the first time ever! Ok, not on her own, but it was the first night she didn't sleep in my arms or on top of me but in the co-sleeper attached to our bed (I may have slept with my head in there, I admit). It was literally the first time in a whole month that I wasn't skin-to-skin with her all night holding her... And it was my worst night of sleep by far. I was semi awake the whole time making sure she was breathing. Am I abnormally nervous? Or standard behavior for a new mom? She slept 11pm-3am and 3.30am-7.30am, breathing soundly the whole time️ Little shark baby! Today we are taking a little break and letting the rest of the gang go sailing - Luna is too little to spend the day on a boat so we are resting on the couch. Everything is peaceful. Love abound. xo #lealuna #happiness #motherhood #powerfulpureandsimple
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Watermelon lollipop! We're having a BLAST this weekend - I feel like I'm on vacation on my own island We're hanging out with people! Having adult conversations! Wearing actual clothes! And yesterday I had a little glass of wine (shh don't tell) I'm loving wearing @loving.lealuna throughout the day but it's literally like having a tiny oven strapped to your chest. In the Caribbean! She's being a rockstar hanging out with the @lovephilosophy crew though Tomorrow we are taking the #powerfulpureandsimple movement over to @island.yoga ! Follow along on IG stories for more. Happy Friday everyone!
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Started our day with a meditation circle, angel cards and intention setting. Our @lovephilosophy weekend has officially kicked off! #powerfulpureandsimple #meditation #happiness #partner
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PODCAST EPISODE 3 IS OUT NOW!!! From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl has officially become my favorite thing to do each week. And I'm SO grateful for the amazing response we're receiving! This week I am joined by the amazing @ogyogini and we talk about overcoming adversity, moving through trauma and abuse, raising your children in tune with the earth, healing through yoga and nature, unassisted childbirth and much more. It's a powerful episode! Click the link in my bio to listen in on iTunes or go to your regular podcast provider and search Yoga Girl Podcast! You can also go to www.rachelbrathen.com to see the full list of providers (SoundCloud, google play, Spotify..). Don't forget to subscribe to the show and leave a review if you loved it! I can't wait to hear what you think about this one #yogagirlpodcast #fromtheheart #podcast #love
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Off to dinner with this cutie pie! We are kicking off a super fun weekend retreat with @lovephilosophy tonight for the second year in a row - so exciting! This is my first working engagement since giving birth and honestly... I feel so ready. I've missed spending time with people! @loving.lealuna will tag along for it all of course. Oh and yes, I'm wearing shoes. And a dress. It's a big day!️ Wishing you all a beautiful evening #momlife #motherhood #love
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Happy 1-month birthday little angel! Thank you for turning my life upside down in all the best of ways🦈 #lealuna #1month #sharkbaby #lionbaby #hiccups
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Lets do this! #yogaeverydamnday #oryogaforthefirsttimeinforever #postpartum #asana #practice #breathe
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@loving.lealuna traded in her hat for an Italian Greyhound (it's a great way to keep warm!) #lealuna #bffs #ringothegringo #happiness #goodmorning
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Afternoon treat: almond latte and raw vegan chocolate mousse cake (made with avocado!) Today is a good day. I got a massage! It was heaven. My body feels like a total stranger. I stepped on my yoga mat for a second the other day and literally couldn't get my heels to touch the ground. I can barely touch my toes! Compared to my regular practice this is like night and day. My shoulders and arms ache from carrying baby (started using a wrap now and it's magic!) and from hunching over breastfeeding, my hamstrings are super tight and my lower back hurts - where did my core go and how do I get it back? I'm embracing this change and practicing loving kindness toward my body. I made a human being! It's ok if it takes me a while to get back to my yoga practice. For now, I'm enjoying this moment. Sitting here in silence, waiting for little moon to wake up. It's so simple, this life! Happiness is a baby (and a cup of coffee)️ #motherhood #practice #selflove #coffee #love
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Today we're on cloud 9!!! Guess who made the @Forbes Top Influencer list? WE DID! So fitting as I just recorded a podcast episode on manifesting abundance. I'm feeling very, very proud. Hard work pays off! A few years ago I didn't know how to pay my rent each month and now we have a flourishing global business in a field I am so, so passionate about. 2017 is our year! Click the link in my bio to see the full list and to read more️ (Ps I literally don't have any photos of myself in my phone anymore... It's all Little Moon! She's way cuter anyway. 4 weeks old today️) #happyday #forbes #manifest #lealuna #love
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I have a feeling little moon's favorite yoga pose is going to be Happy Baby Pose #lealuna #dimples #smile #happybaby #happysaturday
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In my robe. Eating pancakes, drinking coffee, dancing to Frank Ocean with Luna in the kitchen. I don't think I've ever felt (and looked!) more like a mom than in this moment. Since she arrived... Absolutely everything has changed. And everything is better @loving.lealuna #momlife #saturday #pancakes #happiness
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Sound ON! Here is a small excerpt from this weeks podcast episode: Manifesting Abundance. Yes - in this episode we talk about money! I have a different take on the idea of success and how to create financial freedom: When we trust that life takes us where we need to be, we operate under an energy that allows us to manifest our dreams! _ 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 I share stories from my past to find the secrets to how I built a thriving business out of nothing. Coupling spirituality with abundance, we explore the idea of using meditation as a tool to cultivate trust and with it, the life you've always dreamed of. _ _ Tune in to this weeks podcast episode now! Click the link in my bio to listen️ or search Yoga Girl Podcast anywhere you get your podcasts normally (Spotify, Google Play, SoundCloud, Stitcher, TuneIn, RSS...) I hope you love it! Subscribe, leave a review and let me know how you liked it here in the comment section. I hope it inspires you to set your intentions and take action to manifest abundance in your own life. LOVE! #yogagirlpodcast #fromtheheart #podcast #abundance #love
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I woke up this morning excited to post about my new podcast episode but now it feels so absolutely trivial and odd to share. There has been a terror attack in my home town. It's impossible to grasp. We are safe, of course. Feeling very far away. Our families are safe but no one knows what's next. Please stay away from Stockholm city center everyone. Stay indoors, call your loved ones and keep safe. _ I took this photo a while ago and it's not until just now that I noticed the beam of light flowing out of baby's hand. Lea, her name, means bringer of light. On days like today we must focus on the light. This little hand, for instance. So tiny. So strong. Remember: Love lives everywhere. Also today. x
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For anyone wondering... Yes, Little moon definitely has her grumpy moments, too We are settling in to such a nice rhythm! She's eating and sleeping well and I'm starting to learn not to panic every time she cries️ My mom is here right now and we've figured out 1 - baby girl loves to sleep on her belly (it's made all the difference!) and 2 - having grandma around is SO HELPFUL. Hehe. Family love! PS - we are sending out the Yoga Girl newsletter soon with lots of information about the upcoming yoga teacher training, retreats, the next podcast and more. Go to rachelbrathen.com to sign up! Wishing you all a beautiful, beautiful Thursday. @loving.lealuna #lealuna #family #love
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Island vibes _ Support a good cause with this custom bracelet stack I designed for @PuraVidaBracelets ! They are handmade with love in Costa Rica, completely waterproof, and proceeds benefit go to our global mission foundation @109World Wear them all together or mix and match your favorite combinations. Help support a good cause! Click the link in my bio and get your own today! Use code YOGAGIRL50 for 50% off and free shipping (today only!). #youhavethepowertochangetheworld
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This could have been a really cute family photo. @dennisfromsalad decided otherwise #boobgrab #familyportrait #dadjokes #islandyoga