Rachel Brathen

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When you're looking cute in your bathing suit but you're also kinda tired and a little grumpy and also kinda wondering who's in charge of bottle service 🦈🤷‍♀️ @loving.lealuna #sharkbaby #poolday #cutestever #tietie
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GLOW IN THE DARK YOGA🤸‍♂️🖤️‍ . . @island.yoga you are my favorite! Thank you @ambrevandeberg @jessicarydh and all 50 badass human beings that came to party on your mats tonight! I LOVE YOU #islandyoga #community #dream #glowinthedark #neon #YOGAEVERYDAMNDAY
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S A T U R D A Z E . . . #poolday #saturday #caribbean #islandvibes #HAT
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Twinsies!!!!!! Got these hats in the mail yesterday and they were MADE FOR US (clearly)! Never taking these off #hatsfordays #bestie #lealuna
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Well hello there, world This little girl turned 7 months yesterday! I can't believe it. Where is all this time going?! #slowdown #lealuna #7months #sharkbaby
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The pack! (@loving.lealuna took this picture) (sort of) ️ We have some amazing news.... WE RAISED ENOUGH MONEY TO OPEN AN ANIMAL SHELTER!!!! Yup yup! Thank you everyone who donated - you truly made a difference! We are finalizing the property purchase now and will be able to open Sgt Pepper's Home at the beginning of next year@sgtpeppersfriends will be able to save so many more lives! And it's all thanks to social media. Love you guys. We're all changing the world here! @dennisfromsalad #family #pack #love
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Electric️ . . . #yogagirl #yoga #yogaeverydamnday
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Good morning and happy podcast day!!!! Today's episode is all about SLEEP I talk about how I managed to function during the most sleep deprived weeks of my life (I didn't), why sleep is more important than anything and: I share every single thing we did to get Luna to sleep through the night (almost). During our worst weeks of not sleeping I read 8 books on sleep and this podcast is a compilation of everything that worked for us We have gone from her waking up every hour and never napping in the day to taking three scheduled naps of 90 minutes to 2 hours in the daytime and sleeping 7pm-6.30am at night with one feeding only. ITS THE BEST THING EVER!!!!! Listening to it now I sound kind of like a crazy person.... Well. Not sleeping makes you cray-cray! And I'm slightly sleep obsessed now It might sound like a lot but applying these things really, really saved us. We are back to having our evenings to ourselves, sleeping super well at night and with a solid routine that makes life oh-so much easier. LISTEN IN!!! Especially if you are sleep deprived. Link in my bio to listen (or search Yoga Girl on iTunes)! TAG SOMEONE WHO NEEDS SLEEP BELOW #sleepislife #sleep #yogagirlpodcast
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Today we learned about sand . . Watching her immersed in the simplest of things is so beautiful. She spent 20 minutes like this while the sun set just now, exploring. Running sand through her fingers, touching it, squeezing it, digging and drawing lines with her fingers. 100% present and in awe (and not once putting it in her mouth!). And today she said MAMMA. Over and over again. Mamma. Mamma. She will be 7 months tomorrow. My heart...️ #lealuna #beach #beachbaby #sunset #sand #meditation #beauty
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Pre-yoga smoothie... Every damn day! My favorite right now is frozen banana + strawberries + coconut milk + maca powder + ice It's like a strawberry shake but better! Plus I can give little moon some frozen banana to chew on (everything cold seems to help with her teething) We are back to sleep coaching again after four nights of teething pain. Last night she slept 7pm-6am with one feeding at midnight! Slowly but surely getting back to sleeping through. And hoping that 6am will become a 7am soon I love waking up with her - leaving daddy-o in bed while we make smoothies and play. How did you sleep last night? What's the first thing you eat in the day? Share!🥑 #goodmorning
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Saying goodbye to the sun with my little moon. She's made of stardust, this one. All the way magical. If someone would have told me that one day I would be here, holding her, in this light... I would have never ever ever ever doubted a single thing that came my way. I humbly bow to everything the universe has ever thrown me. Thank you, heartache grief despair confusion anger disappointment sickness separation loss fear resentment sorrow abandonment depression shame guilt regret doubt anxiety and pain. Thank you all. I get it now. You served your purpose well. And I know, one day you'll be back. Because that's what life is. Until then.... I won't think of you. I'll stay here in this light holding my moon. And when you do arrive - hopefully one day far from now - I'll do my best to remember this very moment and how in it, every goddamn thing made sense
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I was called a whore by another woman today. She sent me a private message and when I opened it months of horrible name calling and aggressive comments blended in with quasi-spiritual quotes and suggestions on how I should be living my life came pouring out. Her bio read "kind, conscious human being" I shared it in my Instagram story because it pissed me off but after realizing I didn't blur her name out all the way I deleted it (not because I don't think she deserves to be called out for trolling - she does - but because I know the drama, however well intended, a giant community of people can bring) Someone asked me to reflect on why being called a whore pisses me off (great question!). It offends me because she is fueling a fire that the patriarchal society we live in has been burning women on for years. I'm not sure why this woman felt I fit into the category of "whore" - is it me being on social media? The way I speak? The way I dress? Or is being an independent woman enough to qualify? Women. We NEED to treat each other like the sisters we are! Start acting as an integral part of a global sisterhood and before you know it... You will be. There is enough inequality in the world and enough people out there telling us we lesser than (women still make only 70 cents to the fucking dollar compared to men!). I'm ranting now because I'm still pissed off and please, don't tell me to "stop focusing on the negative". I focus on the positive all day every day! I'm allowed to voice my opinion when I feel offended. NOW: REPLY SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL TO THE LAST COMMENT YOU SEE IN THIS COMMENT SECTION! Write to the person that's just commented above you with a bit of love, kindness, compassion, unity. We all need it. LET'S LOVE BOMB EACH OTHER THIS COMMENT SECTION!!!!!!! #love #feminism #smashthepatriarchy #sisterhood
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all • is • well . . . #cocobreak #sunset #coconut #bliss #ocean #caribbean #islandlife
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OH HAAAAAY!!! We just wanted to wish you all an AWESOME Sunday! And let you know we have 80 (yes - 80!!!) badass yoga playlists out on Spotify right now! Search and follow Yoga Girl to jam out with us I just updated my favorite playlist in Yoga Girl Playlist Of The Month... It's fireeee! #playlist #spotify #yogagirl #jam #music #love
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Dream a little dream... . . . {@lovebyemelie can you come here and make me feel like a fairytale princess agin??? Ok thx} #dreamy #boho #fairytale #princess #hippie #love #photography #magic
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My guy. Thank you @dennisfromsalad and @island.yoga for a super fun night!!!🥂🕺 (...and yuppp that's a baby monitor in my bra and clipped to Dennis hat) Perks of having a full-service bar AND a baby room at your yoga studio! #partylikeaparent #parenthood #birthday #bdayparty #aruba #islandyoga #soulmate #happiness #love
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I LOVE HOW SHE JUST LIES THERE SMILING LIKE A LITTLE WEIRDO #lealuna #teamletshaveallteethcomeoutatonce #happybaby #holymotherhood #spikrak
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Thought this would be a nice post to follow my trip down memory lane from earlier today. I took this photo earlier this week wanting to show a completely relaxed photo of my belly and stretch marks post baby. While taking the photo, a couple of things happened: 1. I realized I look a hell of a a lot better than I think I do! The first photos looked too "good" for what I wanted to write so I had to retake and soften my belly even more. I'm conditioned to engage, to hug my stomach in, especially when there is a camera pointed at me. Letting my lower belly go is something I have to consciously practice and after years of doing the opposite (I think I've been holding my belly in since I was... 14?) it's not easy. Taking this photo was an awesome practice in highlighting ways I don't show up for myself with love. 2. I COULDN'T GET MY STRETCH MARKS TO SHOW IN THE PHOTOS. Like, what the hell? Here I am trying to share something genuine about loving my postpartum body and the "flaws" I want to highlight don't even show? I mean come on! I look at this photo and compare it to the one I shared earlier from a few years ago. Sometimes I think back at that time as the "best time"; a time when I was so carefree, so young. As if my life then was somehow better than it is now. I look at these two photos I see the same woman, light years apart. Both are beautiful. Both are strong. But they're oh-so different. The girl in the first photo is just that; a girl. She thinks she knows a lot about the world but really... She has no idea. Life is about to throw her some curveballs but she doesn't know it yet. This photo shows a woman. Not a girl. Standing in the yoga studio she built herself, showing off a tummy that's made space for a tiny universe. Time is a funny thing. Right now, writing this, I know there will be a day when I'll look back and think of this time as the best time in my life. Lea Luna will never be this little again. We'll never get to experience these firsts again. I'll never be a first time mother again, vulnerable and raw and soft and in awe of it all the way I am now. This... Is the time of my life. And I'm proud to say I'm soaking up every moment
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Love what is ahead... By loving what has come before. You need to let go of past hurts in order to fully experience the love that is present in every single moment of every day. Don't let fear of future pain stand in the way of the inexplicable joy of being alive. This joy, this love, is not something you'll find in a relationship. You won't find it in material things or anywhere around you. Stop looking to the outside world for things that are in fact available to you right here, right now! Look inside. You're beautiful. Life is beautiful. Don't hold back. Set yourself free. #yogagirl #yogagirlquote #happiness #freedom #beach #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #feelingnostalgic
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IT'S PODCAST DAY!!!! Today's podcast episode is a giant trip down memory lane I had to scroll all the way to the very beginning of my Instagram account to get these photos (if you've got some time to space it's a pretty fun journey through the years) The last 4 photos are the very first yoga shots I ever shared here on the @yoga_girl account. 2012! Pretty crazy. And in this first photo above (2013?) I remember debating whether I should post it or not because I though I looked fat... Dear mother of god You live, you learn! In today's podcast I share the story of how Yoga Girl came into existence! I talk about how my Instagram account came to be and the minor panic attack I had the first time anyone ever recognized me from social media (that first time was not as much fun as you might think!). I tell the pretty hilarious story of how I taught my first-ever yoga class abroad (it involves a Chipotle burrito, forgetting my own name and almost vomiting out of nervousness) after cold-calling studios and begging them to let me teach, and how that was the spark that launched my journey as an international yoga instructor. I also share what it’s been like to grow from teaching in small yoga studios to stadiums and concert halls, dealing with judgement from other teachers, touring the world teaching yoga and - get this - why I really, really didn't like the idea of Yoga Girl when I first started this crazy ride. It's taken me a couple of years to truly harness my own power and allow myself to shine. And this is the year!!! So much cool stuff in the making now. Soooo LISTEN IN!!! It's a fun one! And plenty inspiration if you're just starting out on your path wondering if you're in the right place. Click the link in my bio to listen! Or go to www.rachelbrathen.com for a list of all podcast providers. Or search Yoga Girl on iTunes! Happy podcasting #yogagirl #yogagirlpodcast #fromtheheart #podcast #yoga #yogaeverydamnday
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@dennisfromsalad you surprise me all the time. It's my birthday today and it's full moon and it's a harvest moon. Harvest Moon by Neil Young was our wedding song. I remember when I told the DJ before the wedding which song we would be dancing to and I was worried; would it be awkward? Having 200+ people staring at you while dancing as newlyweds wasn't something I could envision without feeling nervous so I asked him; "at the end, could you transition to something super fun, maybe soca? So our friends can crash the dance floor and we start the party all together?" "Sure", he said. "Wedding dance, then party. Got it." The wedding weekend came and it was a whirlwind of anticipation and laughter and tears and more love than I've ever felt in my entire life. @ahlaluna had just passed away and everything we did was infused with an urgency to squeeze every drop out of life. We all felt so much. We got married. I don't remember all of it but the sun didn't come out but it didn't rain and the arch wasn't steady so your sister and brother had to stand at the top of the aisle by the lake to hold it down. I remember feeling like we were in a Wes Anderson movie; a bit awkward but so beautiful and everything made sense. I said I do and you cried big, real tears. After the dinner and all the speeches it was time to dance. Everyone was drunk with magic and the vibe was electric and I'd taken my heels off long ago. Harvest Moon started playing and everything else faded. We danced and it wasn't awkward. Not at all. I could have danced a thousand dances there, with you. Barefoot on a sticky floor. The end of the song came and it was much too soon. Suddenly all our friends were there and the music became too loud and the moment was lost. I think about that dance a lot. Looking into your eyes, wondering why I ever thought it would be anything but wonderful to take the first steps to the tune that would carry us for the rest of our lives. It hasn't been easy, transitioning from two to three. Everything is different now. But we're still us. We're still dancing. Tonight's Harvest Moon is full and little moon sleeps. And I love you now just like I did then.
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I love us!!! This little constellation. These two are just my all-time favorite people to hang out with #lealuna #bigdaddy #lovesofmylife #poolday #caribbean #love
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Hello, 29! You're lovely already #happybirthdaytome #29 #birthday #pool #spa #family #grateful
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ITS MY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW! Normally I feel totally wild and crazy about it for an entire month and spend a ton of time arranging parties and planning (and set really high expectations for the hubs) but this year I almost forgot about it completely. This little hippie girl is all I need! (ok and @dennisfromsalad and @ringo_thegringo and @penny_thegoat and Quila and Laika and Lucy) - I guess to sum it up... Family. Just family. 28 has been really, really, really good. Let's see what 29 has to bring!️ #almostbirthday #family #celebration #lealuna #hippie #love
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I've been trying to write a post for 24 hours now but everything that comes pouring out of me is dark so here is a baby to remind you there is still beauty in the world #prayforhumanity 🖤
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Want to become a certified SUP Yoga Instructor with the best teachers in the world at the most beautiful location EVER? Hell yes you do!! Join us at @island.yoga in March 2018 for SUP Yoga YTT Available for certified yoga teachers only. Link in bio for more information or to sign up (email experience@islandyoga.com if you have questions!). It's an intimate training so limited spots available. Come play! Tag a friend who wants to practice yoga on the bluest ocean... #supyoga #yogaeverydamnday #islandyoga #love @bluewaterlove @supdasurf
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#YOGAEVERYDAMNDAY Deciding the winners of this challenge was NOT an easy decision! So many amazingly dedicated people joined the #yogaeverydamnday challenge, practiced yoga every day and opened their hearts by sharing authentically. I have chosen a winner (after help from the team to filter through thousands of posts) - sooo without further ado... @katekay86 SEE YOU IN ARUBA!!! You are free to pick any 2018 retreat dates at @island.yoga that fit you best I loved your honest reflections and beautiful dedication to self love. The following peeps win three free months of online yoga practice with @oneoeight.tv ! Congrats @bart_vyvey @shannondellstevens @maryw415 @Projectprana @Sannajohansson92 @emeraldcarly @Victoria_Lynn92 @Jesscoromel @Catiebrown @kelsunflower (if you are already a oneOeight tribe member you are free to gift this membership to a loved one that could benefit from practicing yoga at home!) Email experience@islandyoga.com to retrieve your prizes️ Aight. We're having a fajita fiesta at the house and there are veggie tacos calling my name Love you! Proud of everyone who participated. This is not the last #yogaeverydamnday challenge that I promise! x
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Lunch date with this gal! One of us danced all night and one of us slept through. Guess which is which? Btw this background is so gorgeous it looks fake... iPhone HDR for the win!️ #aruba #lunchdate #beach #sunday
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#yogaeverydamnday - DAY 30! This is officially the final day people! We've practiced yoga every single day for 30 whole days in some shape or form. I am so, so proud of you all How is everyone feeling? Any revelations or epiphanies? Share! I'm feeling really, really good. It's been a roller coaster of a month and staying anchored in my practice has kept me sane. AND I'm feeling good in my handstands again which is a huge thing for me. It has nothing to do with the pose and everything to do with finding my own center, connecting to a place of trust and feeling empowered in my body. Remember: yoga is just a tool. It's not the end game. It doesn't have to be fancy and no one cares what it looks like. All that matters is that you feel good. I'm in love with you all! I have about 200,000 posts to dig through... Will be announcing the winner of a 2018 Aruba retreat tomorrow. If you haven't posted yet today, don't forget to tag #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirlchallenge @yoga_girl so I don't miss your final posts! xoxx #gratitude
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"Any day now" has literally become any day now! We need to baby proof this house STAT #almostcrawling #lealuna #milestones
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Sometimes I can't believe I get to have all of this. There were so many times in my life where I doubted if I was in the right place. And there were dark moments, heavy times where I lost faith in absolutely everything. My best friend died and then my grandmother and then my dog and then my mom tried to commit suicide. All in one year. I remember a moment when I was walking the dogs and felt this overwhelming longing to step out into the ocean and never come back. I was on the north shore and it's all cliffs and the sea was dark and rough. I remember the feeling of wanting to disappear so well because it was a brand new one. For the first moment in my life I wasn't sure I wanted to continue doing this... This life. I was so sad and in it so deep I just couldn't see how I would ever climb my way out. I was just so sad, every day. I took my shoes off and put my feet in the cold water. Then Ringo barked and I realized, well, I can't die now. Where would the dogs go? There would be no one to bring them back home. So I walked back to the car and drove away. I came back home and told Dennis "I just contemplating walking out into the ocean. I think I need help now". The panic I saw in his eyes is something I never want to invoke in another human being ever again. So. I got help. Within five minutes my friend Rose was there and we laid on the floor in a pile, her Dennis and I. Rose told me over and over; "it's just a wave. It's a wave of grief. We will ride it out together. It will pass soon." So we stayed there, like that. I wailed and they just held me. Eventually the pain diminished enough for me to take a breath and realize; I don't want to die. Not at all. I want to live. I just have to learn how to cope with these waves as they come. I need to learn how to surf. Well. It's been a few years and the waves still come. I had one a moment ago, just before writing this. I'm sitting here with another bestie. She took this picture. I have a Lea Luna in my life and it makes everything that came before feel purposeful. It still hurts like hell but without it... I wouldn't be here. With my feet in the sand. Holding a love so big I don't know how I ever lived without it
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I GOT MY HANDSTAND BACK TODAY! Literally! I've been feeling so floppy and all over the place since I gave birth and haven't felt any stability at all in my inversions so I've only practiced them a tiny little bit once in a while. And today, on the second to last day of the #yogaeverydamnday challenge suddenly... It just happened! @bluewaterlove taught an awesome flow and offered us to kick up into handstand if we wanted. Normally I wouldn't even really try but I felt so good today I just thought what the hell and went for it. And held the longest, strongest handstand I've had since... I can't even remember when! Everything just clicked. My core engaged (not postpartum-engaged but really engaged), ribs hugged in, inner thighs activated and I could feel energy shooting from my hands all the way to my toes. It was MAGICAL. And then I tried it on the other side and same thing! It's like my handstand practice is a long lost friend that I haven't seen in a while and suddenly showed up to hang. I'M SO HAPPY! Feeling strong today. And proud of my body. Here is a little clip I filmed afterward of about half the length I held in practice and with much less focus (yoga on camera is never really yoga, at least not for me). So grateful for this challenge! And tomorrow is the last day. How are you feeling? Let's keep this fire burning!️ #LOVE #yogaeverydamnday #yoga #yogagirlchallenge #handstand #postpartum #happiness