Rachel Brathen

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The Inner Critic - part 1 In today’s episode of the podcast we talk about the inner critic - that inner judgmental voice at the back of our heads that tells us we can’t. It’s the voice that says we’re not good enough, not thin enough, not smart enough, not beautiful enough. It’s the voice that criticizes, doubts, hates. We all have this voice in the back (or the front) of our heads. For some of us, this voice is so loud it often takes over and leads the way. For some, it’s a voice that comes and goes, perhaps triggered by stress or pressure. On the flip side of this there is another voice to anchor into. I call it the voice of the inner best friend. If your best friend came to you speaking about herself the way your inner critic speaks to you, how would you respond? The inner best friend is supportive, loving, kind. It’s the voice that tells you that you CAN. That you’re good enough. That you are worthy of love, of friendship, of taking up space. It’s a voice that tells you that you’re beautiful - just the way you are. My inner critic tells me I’m a bad mom. That I should be more present with my daughter. That she is suffering when I’m at work. It also tells me that I’m not working hard enough - that there is always more to do, to become, to accomplish. It tells me I should be thinner. That I’m not beautiful enough. That I’m unworthy. Unlovable. Anytime I catch myself with that voice I make myself take a deep breath and I look for my inner best friend. And I speak to myself with love. My inner best friend tells me that I am worthy. Lovable. A good mom. A mom who works so, so hard. And that every day, I do the best I can. Click the link in my bio to hear me and 26 women from different walks of life share heartfelt, vulnerable, real stories about what the inner critic tells us, how to be our very own best friend, and how at the end of the day... We’re not alone. (listen with a box of tissues)️ #yogagirlpodcast #fromtheheart #islandyogaytt #selflove #trust #breathe
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This bed is getting pretty crowded... (there are two more dogs at our feet!) Rise and shine, everyone - it’s a beautiful day to have a beautiful day!️ . . . #family #crowdedbed #goodmorning #morning #parenthood #baby #dog #dogs #cute #sweet #love #heart #happiness #joy #gratitude
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Cute AF and we know it #besties
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Mornings at home️ . . . #family #motherhood #everydaylife #gentleflow #stretch #yoga #yogagirl #yogaeverydamnday
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Long day. Bath tub. (it’s a perfect equation) . . . #longestdayever #bathtub #bath #tub #sanctuary #rest #restore
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A sea of peace. So damn lucky to get to do this for a living. I count my blessings every day️ Thanks for this time New York! Now, home to baby and YTT. #yogaeverydamnday
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New York City finds . . . #vintage #crystal #crystals #jewelry #gems #ring #rings #sparkle #sparkles #crystalhealing #opal #quartz #gold #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #boho #hippie #gypsy #love #style #beautiful #gratitude
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THANK YOU NYC! Thank you everyone for coming! Thank you @propelwater for putting together this epic event! Yoga on a rooftop overlooking the Brooklyn bridge was So much gratitude. Thank you everyone who came, who flew in to take this class(!!), who stood in line to get in, who waited patiently for hugs... And for moving and setting intentions for joy and sharing so much love This class sold out so fast I couldn’t believe it. We were 1,000 in NJ when I was pregnant with Luna and I’d love to find a venue big enough to top that here in the city... And raise funds for @yogagirlfoundation !!! Hit me up with your best suggestions and I’ll be back soon, soon!️ I love you all. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you. x #YogaGirl #yogaeverydamnday #yoga #community #LOVE
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I’ve always had a hard time making, and keeping, girlfriends. One of my biggest childhood wounds is related to female abandonment so I have a tendency to push women away; to be the first to create a problem, to separate myself or deem people not good enough. I have a lot of good friends but my real, true, best girlfriends I can count on one hand. One lives in Sweden. One, the US. The other one, Costa Rica. One is in the UK. One in Belgium. Ok, maybe two or three are in Sweden when I think about it. And there is @ahlaluna of course but she died and for a while I thought maybe I’d die with her. The girls I can count on one hand today are the ones that got me through it and made sure I’m here today. Maybe... I have more girlfriends than I think I do. @bluewaterlove is here in NYC with me now and it’s so fucking beautiful to be reminded of friendship and what it feels like when it’s genuine. We don’t see each other that often. We don’t talk every day. But she flies in from Savannah to be with me for one single day and we hug and immediately I want to punch her a little because she annoys me in the best possible way. I love her so fucking much. There are no conditions to this friendship. I can be who I am. She makes fun of me a lot. Calls me out on my shit. Rolls her eyes if I ever get too full of myself. She’s excited to assist my class tomorrow but keeps asking why the hell this many people would want to come practice yoga with me (do they know we’re total weirdos and just here trying to figure life out, just like the rest of the world?) and right now she’s asleep and even though we have two rooms she dragged her stuff across the hall so we could share a bed because it felt weird to be apart. I’m not sure what my point is with sharing this post but I want to remind myself that no matter how separate I feel... I’m actually never alone. . . . #BFF #girlfriend #girlfriends #friendship #gratitude #thankful #friend #bestie #sisterhood #sisters #community #love
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This sneaky little baby raiding the yoga mat cubbies is a whole 16 months old today!!! And I just landed in New York. It’s so strange to me how I can miss someone so immensely after only a couple of hours Being her mom is just the best thing in the world. #lealuna #16months #sharkbaby
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Swipe left for WHAT NOT TO DO IN DOWNWARD-FACING DOG! I almost never talk about asana alignment on social media because it’s such a limited space to offer instruction but after receiving so many questions on IG Story about the meaning of “hanging in the shoulders” and “flaring the ribs” in down dog I did a mini Live on this today. Well... This is it! The second photo was actually painful to take and I was only in the pose for a second In Adho Mukha Svanasana, bend your knees a little (or a lot) so that you can keep your pelvis in a neutral position while drawing the lower ribs IN to connect to your center. Stay active in the shoulders and pull the front of your throat in toward the back of your neck to avoid jutting the chin out/compressing the neck. Your heels do not have to touch the ground and believe it or not, down dog is not a great pose to work on your hamstring flexibility in! It’s not a resting pose but a place to consolidate and create length (if you have tight hammies and want to create space, make your way to Supta Padangustasana with a strap). We talk about this and so much more in today’s episode of the Yoga Girl podcast! My friend and spirit animal @lara.heimann joins me on the show and we talk about the over-glamorized flexibility in yoga and how it’s hurting us, common misconceptions about “basic” poses, how to build a sustainable yoga practice to last you a lifetime and of course, how our entire lives change when we live from our CORE. It’s a great episode, as always with Lara on the show! Link in bio to listen️ love! #yogagirl #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #adhomukhasvanasana #downwardfacingdog #downwarddog #downdog #practice #asana #alignment #space #length #strength #breathe #life
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Breathe space into the tight the tense the stagnant the dark the harsh the painful the closed off the tired the anxious the sad. Breathe into it lean into it open it up love on it forgive it all then, watch it change. . . . . : @najibgomez #yogaeverydamnday #yoga #yogagirl #space #heart #open #breathe #breath #trust #change #surrender #life #love
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Be patient with yourself. You’re growing . . . #patience #growth #personalgrowth #innerworld #light #practice #yoga #stretch #fold #forwardfold #supyoga #yogagirl #yogaeverydamnday #ocean #sea #island #sky #surfboard #beach #summer #inspiration #trust #smile #glow #sunshine #life
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I wake up before sunrise every day. Not to work out, or sweat, or get “more things done” (although sometimes my mind tricks me into thinking that would be more effective). I get up before sunrise so that I can sit in silence. It’s pitch black outside when I get out of bed. It’s hard. When it first goes off I curse that damn alarm clock and every morning I negotiate with myself. “5 more minutes / this is ridiculous / you need the extra sleep / just go back to bed”... But then I make myself open my eyes and throw off the covers and stand up and from there, it’s easy. I make a cup of tea. Cuddle the one dog who enjoys early mornings (Laika). Roll out my yoga mat on the back porch. And then... I sit. And I breathe. Sometimes I stretch. Sometimes I move. Sometimes I flow through a whole big practice. But most of the time I just watch the world wake up around me. There is a moment before the first rays of the sun filter through the cactus when the sky looks something like this - colorful in a way that takes your breath away. Brushstrokes of orange and pink and purple on a dark blue canvas. So much color. The sliver of the moon still lingers above me. The whole thing lasts just a moment; if I look away I miss it. It’s magical. And then it’s gone and the world gets bright and the sun comes up and I am reminded that this sky happens every morning and if I’m not awake, I miss it. Before I roll my mat up and the baby wakes and regular life resumes, I speak my gratitude out loud. That 5am alarm clock is at the top of my list, every single day. Rise, babies. Rise early. It’s worth it. . . . #goodmorning #sunrise #sun #sunshine #morning #earlymorning #desert #cacti #cactus #color #colorful #sky #practice #meditation #yoga #yogagirl #yogaeverydamnday #move #breathe #stillness
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I used to think that when it came to self compassion, I was doing a pretty good job. I’d look in the mirror and for the most part, for as long as I can remember, I’d feel ok about being me. There were times when I didn’t like something, sure, but I wouldn’t panic about it. I never had an eating disorder or engaged in self harm. But there was always something I wasn’t happy with. For a while it was my arms. Sometimes I’d obsess over my thighs, or my feet. I hated my teeth. Stuffed my bra with padding as a teenager. Felt self conscious all the time. When I think about it, I’ve gone through phases of hating almost every part of my body at least at some point or another. My boobs were too small, then they were too big. I’ve felt too tall, too muscular, not muscular enough, flabby, fat, disproportionate. These days, when I’m having a “bad” body day my attention always goes to my belly. It used to be firm and flat and now it’s... Well, less of both of those things. Still, I often look myself in the mirror and think “hot damn!” because I KNOW I’m beautiful and my sense of self love has only grown since becoming a mother. But here is the thing: It’s not possible to love most of yourself. Self love and acceptance is an all or nothing deal; you have to embrace it ALL. You are not only a part of the whole - you are the whole. Resenting a part of your body means resenting all of it. You are one connected, living, loving, breathing being. The way you feel about a part of you will translate to how you feel about the whole of you. Confidence has little to do with what your body looks like. You can be a super model and live in disgust of yourself every day. You can weigh a thousand million pounds and love yourself immensely. The surface only has importance because society has made it so and we continue to feed into it. I look at Lea Luna and remember what it was like to be a child, living in my body instead of looking at it. Her whole existence is a celebration of who she is - it’s marvelous. And I know that somewhere buried beneath a lifetime of feeling like I’m not enough there is a toddler version of myself just waiting for me to come back to love so we can play
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Dynamic meditation. Silence. Deep in process. It’s Day 10 of this yoga teacher training and absolutely everything is moving. . . . #community #sangha #insilence #holdspace #islandyogaytt #silence #space #practice #yoga #yogagirl #joy #gratitude #yogaeverydamnday @island.yoga
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The World Cup loss remedy? YOGA! 🧘‍♀️ Lea Luna drops into down dog on her own now every time I roll my mat out and it’s so hilarious (it’s also her go-to in crowds and at restaurants) Little soccer yogi shark baby. PS so proud of the Swedish team for making it all the way to quarter finals!!! We still celebrate today!️ #worldcup #yoga #sweden #yogababy #soccer #downdog #yogagirl #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirls #motherhood #family
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️! . . . #HEJASVERIGE #Sweden #worldcup #quarterfinals #letsdothisssssss !!!!!!
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I call this the Squeezed-my-boobs-into-this-top/No-thigh-gap/Hairy-legs/Stretch-marks/Zero-makeup/Loose-skin-from-pregnancy-Flow. AKA the “seen rarely on Instagram”-flow Granted, this could also be the Strong-as-hell/Grounded/Breathing-deeply/Just-out-here-being-human-Flow... It depends on where your attention goes. To you, my body might look perfect. To me, accepting myself is a practice I have to continuously step into again and again. I feel strong today. Also, fed up as hell with my explore feed being filled by size 0 white girls with their feet on their heads selling yoga pants made in sweatshops. (how do I get people I don’t follow and have never once clicked “like” on out of my feed?) Now, I realize I am also a part of the norm. I’m white, I’m blonde, I’m a woman, I’m flexible... But I’m also trying to change the industry I’m a part of. I’m a yogi, but also just a mother trying to find her way. Sometimes insecure. Frustrated. Looking for connection, vulnerability, truth. Wanting to make a change in the world wherever I can. And here is the thing. #yogaeverydamnday isn’t the fancy, the glamorous, the picture-perfect, the adventurous, or only the skinny, the flexible, the white, the female, the young. Yoga is for EVERYONE. And it’s a shame we don’t get to see more of the everyone, the every day, the regular, messy, normal, challenging, less-than-perfect and not-for-likes posts. I shouldn’t have to say this but yoga is not about the superficial stuff this weird-ass app highlights for you every day. It’s learning to love your body the way it is RIGHT NOW. It’s bringing our attention away from comparison, from the not-enough, the if-only. It’s trying to find a moment of quiet while your baby takes a nap. It’s tentatively merging breath with movement to find relief from pain. It’s looking for community. And yes, often times it’s struggling... But sticking with it anyway. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. You belong here. As you are. So... Just keep practicing. Get on the mat! And start appreciating the hell out of your body because doing anything else is both a goddamn shame and breaking our collective hearts all at once
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When you have a day off and this beauty is your actual backyard . . . #home #explore #adventure #northshore #ocean #wild #rocks #sea #wave #waves #nature #pachamama #motherearth #earth #earthmother #beauty #beautiful #gorgeous #sky #gratitude #rest #relax #soften
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SO ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH EVERYBODY! I’m holding so much love in my heart right now. It’s overflowing. Our teacher training group here at the studio. The team, making it all possible. My family. All of you; every person on here reading my thoughts and sending so much love my way every day... I love you so much. It’s quite remarkable. I’m always split when it comes to social media but right now I only feel gratitude for it all. Thank you for setting a good example for the kind of epic, supportive, heart-centered community the internet actually can create! Sending love and love and love and love to YOU. x . . . #YogaGirl #yogaeverydamnday #socialmedia #compassion #truth #life #supyoga #downwarddog #sea #ocean #surf #surfboard #sunshine #island #thankyou
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Feelings. Here to be felt since the day you were born! In case you need it, here is a little reminder that crying is a BODILY FUNCTION. If you’re sad, cry! If you’re angry, act it out (in a non-harming way). Whatever you are feeling - feel it. Breathe through it. Process. Emotions show up for a reason so practice allowing what comes and sitting with what is. And when the going gets tough, remember... In a moment it will all be different. . . . #process #feel #emotion #release #be #trust #breathe #yoga #yogagirl #yogaeverydamnday #handstand #practice #flow #invert #inversion
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Anyone care to guess what her favorite fruit is...? . . . #PAPAYA #favoritefruit #favoriteword #loud #outsidevoiceallday #baby #toddler #adorable #speaking #15months #lealuna #cute #funny #sweetheart #älskling #adorable #family #daughter #motherhood #love #life
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Find your happy. (then, share it!) . . . #happy #happiness #share #sharing #peace #balance #trust #practice #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirl #life #lifestyle #beach #sea #ocean #island #paradise #gratitude #beautiful #world #thankful #smile #relax #relaxed #inspired
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Quick dip with Little Moon in between teacher training sessions (and thunder storms!). It’s been raining every day this past week and both our house and the studio is losing electricity a couple of times a day. It’s making for an interesting YTT... Not just the logistical challenge but the atmosphere - it’s like the air is electric. The sky is moody. We are moving through so much and the weather is mimicking it perfectly. I’m quiet on social media these days because I’m just so immersed and have very little time for anything else, but also, I’m processing. Leading YTT is very different the second time around. I’m different. I feel steadier, stronger. Unwaivering somehow. Up at 5am every day and it’s not even hard (coming from an eternal snoozer, that says a lot!). I think I have #ProjectAloneTime to thank for this energy (and @dennisfromsalad obviously). It feels good, taking care of myself in this way. Like it’s going to stick️ #selfcare #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirl #family #pool #laughter #rain #thunder #naked #baby #joy #smile #thankyou
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The sky and I. . . . #sunrise #sky #orange #pink #desert #sky #cacti #cactus #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirl #yogaflow #morning #goodmorning #movement #stillness #gratitude #thankyou #balance #practice #breath #breathe #in #out #life #love #here #now
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Co-pilot️ . (her grumpy face in second picture and reading sutras in third) I can’t wait for these calm moments to last more than 10 minutes at a time! (and for her to stop throwing our crystals off the altar)🧘‍♀️ . . . #motherdaughter #lealuna #family #motherhood #mother #daughter #love #beautiful #teach #teacher #lecture #yoga #yogateachertraining #ytt #islandyogaytt #blessed #blessings #grateful
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This girl. She is outgrowing every outfit. I swear we just got this dress and it’s already looking short! She joins us in the room for YTT once or twice a day. Sometimes running around stealing everybody’s pens, sometimes sitting quietly in her own chair next to me when I lecture, sometimes throwing our Tibetan bells on the floor, sometimes doing down dog seven times in a row and giving herself applause. Sometimes shrieking with excitement, sometimes quietly talking to herself, sometimes crying because she is tired and there are people all around. But she is here. She adores the participants - she loves people. Yesterday she went around the community table and high-fived everyone in laps. I miss her every moment of every day - even when she is with me because I can’t fully immerse myself in her world right now. Our time alone is short and so precious and I wish I had more hours in a day. This evening we ended early after having worked at the studio since 6am. I was so excited to go home and actually get to put little moon to bed - a “normal” night! And we come home and she had a bad nap day and doesn’t want to sleep and now it’s 9pm and I’ve been trying to put her to bed since 7. She hasn’t had trouble falling asleep like this since she was a tiny baby. Does she sense my distance? Or is she just having a hard evening? I don’t know. Balancing pursuing my dreams as a teacher and entrepreneur with being a mom is super hard. I’m leading this teacher training group because I want to - it’s one of my favorite things. I’ve been longing for this training all year. And now it’s here, and I miss shark baby. So much it hurts. And I know... These things can exist at once. I can love what I do and also miss my baby. Be present with our group and love her the same. She floats in and out. What a way to grow up - at a yoga studio! Adored by all. I’ll probably be sleeping on the floor in her room tonight and it’s not what I planned for today but that’s what’s here. Motherhood and tiredness and doubt and worry and more love than I could ever possibly know what to do with
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Life happens where your body is (not where your mind takes you). So... Come back home. Again and again and again. . . . #home #temple #body #being #spirit #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirl #breathe #practice #ocean #sea #inspiration #paradise #balance #love
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I have no words. Just feelings. And I’m too tired to articulate them So grateful for so much. Mostly, the 52 women from 15 countries who all moved mountains to be able to be here for yoga teacher training. 23 days. We’ve only just begun and my whole being is buzzing. I feel so alive! Tired, but wide awake. And grateful. x . . . : @najibgomez #islandyogaytt @island.yoga #yogateachertraining #ytt #islandyoga #yoga #yogagirl #yogaeverydamnday #circle #sacred #space #practice #gratitude
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Practiced surrounded by dragonflies this morning. It’s 7am. I have had my tea. Spent 90 minutes on the mat. Watched the sun come up. Showered. Fed the dogs. Packed all my things in preparation for Day 2 of yoga Teacher Training. Now, waiting for the baby to wake up to I can snuggle with her until it’s time to head to the studio. Soon I’ll have a perfect cup of coffee in my hands and angel baby on my lap. Soon. For now it’s still quiet. I’m all alone. Savoring the anticipation of the day. I’m so unbelievably grateful for this moment. . . . #goodmorning #herenow #gratitude #thankful #morning #sunrise #early #desert #sun #sky #happiness #selfcare #projectalonetime #thankyou
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This picture says so much about our relationship Our latest podcast together is out NOW! Are we moving to Sweden? And what’s the plan for baby number 2? @dennisfromsalad talks about what it was like to be alone with the baby for a whole week (and how the travels across the Atlantic went!), how he manages to stay so easygoing all the time and what self-care as a dad means to him. We talk about how we manage our differences (my need for structures vs his aversion to it), how we deal with relationship issues and whether or not we are thinking about a second baby. Tune in now! Link in bio or go to rachelbrathen.com for all podcast providers️ . . . #yogagirlpodcast #podcast #yogagirl #marriage #relationship #soulmate #partner #love #family #parenthood #fatherhood #motherhood #gratitude #anniversary