How to Balance Struggle and EaseFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is immersed in her yoga teacher training and is speaking to us from a place of absolute tiredness. Reflecting on her ability to keep going no matter what (really), she ponders something so many of us struggle with: finding the balance between working hard and taking time to rest. Throughout our lives, we fall on different sides of the spectrum between not trying at all and trying too hard. But when we aren’t trying at all - is it due to a fear of failure or are we bravely letting ourselves take some well-deserved space? When we are working on-stop, are we moving toward a place of burning out? How can we find the balance between working, building, manifesting and slowing down, finding peace and keeping our sanity? What if we could find a place of flow and ease in our lives and be able to catch ourselves before we lose it? Ultimately, the universe gives us little clues along the way that hold the secret to a really great life. Tune in for an episode that will help you connect the dots.
What If Fear Is A Doorway To Healing?From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is lucky she can speak after going in for emergency dental surgery! Gaining wisdom after losing a wisdom tooth, Rachel shares on her fears of the dentist, the difficult dental experience she had in the past and how she had built this up to be a really big, gut-wrenching thing when in reality... It was no big deal at all. Sometimes we tell ourselves stories that define our lives; that we will never be able to pull something off, that we are too scared, that certain things are not for us - and these stories often have more power than the reality we are actually in. What’s a story you are telling yourself that isn’t actually true?
Tune in for an episode on being uncomfortable and looking your fears straight in the eye. Sometimes facing them can be the biggest moment of healing.
Anxiety as a Spiritual PracticeFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is in a pivotal moment of her life. She has been receiving signs from the universe - signs that she is in for BIG CHANGE, both personally and professionally. Change is often not comfortable, but we have to recognize what doesn’t serve us and let it go.
How do you escape feeling your emotions? Is it through food and alcohol, or do you have other ways of avoiding discomfort? Every time you try to escape your feelings, they go somewhere inside you and eventually they have to be released. But the universe always gives us what we need at the moment we need it, and in the amount we need. So today, feel your feelings - no matter what they are. This episode will show you how.
Turn Resentment into CompassionFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel gets personal about an experience in her life that recently caused her to harbor a lot of resentment. When our needs have not been met, or we have been wronged, we are often quick to judge and jump to conclusions. But often times, we don’t know the full story! Putting ourselves in another person’s shoes is difficult, but practicing this is crucial - because the truth can surprise you.
Tune in to an episode on expectations, character flaws and how to embrace compassion and understanding, especially when something doesn’t go as planned.
Be Yourself, The World Depends On It with LPFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode Rachel is joined by esteemed singer songwriter LP (you for sure know her platinum single Lost on You!). In between tours, LP is home in LA and takes the time to talk with Rachel about life, love and perseverance. To LP, having tools to calm ourselves so we can take all the curveballs of life is the key to being balanced (and calming ourselves is not the same as laziness, as we often think!). She shares insight from her yoga practice and the process of writing music that’s brought her through everything from break-ups, being dropped from record labels, and eventually turning her dreams into reality.
Life is a long and winding road full of ups and downs. The important part is to show up for yourself as you are throughout the entire journey. Tune in to an episode that will encourage you to listen to your inner voice and honor who you are at your core.
Be Kind To YourselfFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is going through a week of feeling unmotivated and uninspired. We all go through challenging times… while sitting with your struggles can be helpful for learning and evolving, we need know the difference between what is truth and what is our inner critical voice demanding too much of us. The most important thing to do during these harder moments is to pull yourself into the present moment to recognize what you actually need. If a night on the couch eating chocolate cake is what you need - do it! If it’s a run - move your body! If its time spent with loved ones - ask for it! It can be exhausting listening to that inner critical voice all the time telling us to be better and work harder. So, cut yourself some slack, ask for help and allow yourself to receive, and know you are not alone. Tune into an episode that will inspire you to do just that.
On Being Human with Jen PastiloffFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is joined by her dear friend, writer, public speaker and teacher of all things love, Jen Pastiloff to celebrate the release of Jen’s book ‘On Being Human’. The two have an intimate chat on vulnerability, bullshit stories we tell ourselves, and how to let ourselves off the hook. So often, we believe that we don’t fit it or that we are not enough. But the truth is, we are all human and we are all allowed to take up space in this world.
Tune in for a raw and real episode that will remind you of your life’s purpose.
To Love and Let GoFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel finds herself in a huge moment of joy; SHE FINISHED WRITING HER BOOK! While her first book flowed out of her easily, this second book was five years in the making. She recounts the story of writing the first book, going on tour, and the tragic events that turned that happy time into the hardest of her life. But sharing her grief was the first step to healing… and writing down how she felt was the beginning of what would become book number two.
Tune into this episode to hear the heartfelt story and the exciting news of what’s coming. Then preorder Rachel’s new book! You can go to bit.ly/toloveandletgo or search To Love and Let Go by Rachel Brathen on Amazon or wherever you get your books.
Medical Medium on How To Take Charge of Your HealthFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is joined by Anthony William, known to the world as Medical Medium. Anthony is a healer, a best selling author and the creator of the famous celery juice movement.
Taking everyone, especially women, on a journey towards better health, Rachel and Anthony discuss everything from chronic illnesses and mental health problems, to thyroid issues, fibromyalgia and acne. Anthony shares his thoughts on vegan and paleo diets, his take on vaccines and the importance of empowering women when it comes to their health. For too long, women haven’t been taken seriously by the medical community. Now, as Anthony moves his mission forward and gives concrete reasons for health problems plaguing so many, he gives a voice to those looking for answers.
Tune in for an episode that may change your life, your health, and maybe even your morning routine as Anthony shares the one single thing you should add into your life (you probably guessed it!).
F*ck Your Abortion BanFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
This week’s episode may spark some debate as Rachel joins the pro-choice versus anti-abortion discussion. Growing up in Sweden, abortion has been legal Rachel’s entire life (and her mother’s and grandmother’s!). Now living in Aruba where abortion is illegal and seeing the current political happenings in the United States, she can no longer keep quiet - for the sake of her own daughter and women everywhere.
Check your privilege, use critical thinking and tune into this episode to join the discussion. We all have the power to have hard conversations, to protest, to march and to use our voice. We all have the power to change the world.
Who Do You Need To Forgive? (And Should You Always?)From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel answers deep and personal questions from her Instagram community - ones that stirred her heart while reading them:
How do you forgive someone who really hurt you?
Is there a way to know that we’re on the right path in life?
How do we continue to practice self-care when we are feeling especially low?
Beginning with a gratitude meditation you’ll get the opportunity to tap into your center, feel your feelings and evoke the powerful vibration of gratitude within yourself. Rachel shares some deep gratitude for the community and then moves on to the topics at hand. Is it true that we “have to” forgive everyone that’s ever harmed us? What is the true meaning of forgiveness? How do we know that are on the right path? And how do we stick with our self-care practice on those particularly challenging days? Sharing insight on forgiveness, life purpose and self-care, Rachel talks about how to navigate challenging times in life and also draws on examples from her own life.
Listen in for a heart-opening episode that is sure to give you tools on how to navigate your own healing journey.
How To Let Your Wounds Make You WiserFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is on a path to let things GO. In a regular day we often swing from high to low more times than we can count. Having just been triggered by some not-great news, she shares how when she is present with her emotions, she can track how quickly contentment can be replaced with a feeling of unease. What if instead of letting it throw us off track, we can use our triggers as keys to unlock what’s inside of us to learn more about who we really are? The big things that throw us off often relate to childhood wounds. What does your inner child have to say? Are you reacting from an old wound, or are you able to respond from the present moment? In this episode Rachel urges us to go deeper and look at whats behind a situation you are working through that’s challenging you. She discusses the importance of first recognizing what you may be carrying from your childhood and the emotional triggers it manifests. She shares how to allow space for that doubtful voice in your head - and how to use it to give yourself a reality check. Tune in for an episode that provides concrete tools for tapping into the present moment, healing old wounds and embracing the highs and lows of life.
How To Heal Your HeartFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is fresh out of a 7-day retreat leading the art of feeling your feelings, alongside her own teacher from Path of Love.
She shares the experiences of her childhood that taught her to hide her negative emotions and the work she has done since to allow herself to hold space for anger, frustration and sadness - all the feelings we think we should never feel.
Rachel deeply knows that doing this work is part of her life purpose - watching people release trauma and grief that they’ve held onto for years is the closest she has ever felt to God.
However, now she is realizing that being so busy, being so sick, and being the “facilitator” instead of a participant has stopped her own desires from coming to the surface. Mainly, her deep desire to have a second baby.
Tune in for an episode that will allow you to release control and feel everything in the spectrum of emotions that makes up the human experience.
Female Entrepreneurship and Redefining Success with Sophia AmorusoFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is joined by an unbelievably inspiring entrepreneur known for being a leader in business (and named the richest self made woman of all time!); founder of Nasty Gal and GirlBoss - Sophia Amoruso.
With these titles and successes behind her, Sophia jumps right in to speaking from the heart by sharing the depressive funk she has been in lately. Starting from nothing and growing a company worth 100 million+ that ended up bankrupt - Sophia shares her definition of failure, the mistakes she made in her first business, and what resiliency actually looks like. So often, it is people telling it like it is that is the most inspiring.
Tune in for an uplifting episode that will get you through any of those crappy days we often have. After all, life will always have ups and downs we can’t control, but we can embrace the uncertainty and keep showing up.
Spring Cleaning For The Body: My Cleanse StoryFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel discusses her current eating and health habits. Over the past months she has not felt 100% and it has left her trying anything and everything that can bring her back to her usual self. She gave up alcohol, caffeine, sugar and went to a raw food diet, with celery juice every morning topped with a parasite cleanse.The topic of diets can be so challenging to navigate with all the information out there pulling us in a million directions. Ultimately, what we put in our bodies should make us feel good (it doesn’t matter how we look!). Tune in for an episode where Rachel goes through all the effects she has experienced so far on her journey towards health.
How To Set Boundaries And Never, Ever Betray Yourself with Stephanie BirchFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is joined by Stephanie Birch, yoga teacher, writer, photographer, and play-at-home-mom.
Stephanie opens up about being an introvert and her relationship with writing. She then dives into a deep sharing on her journey through postpartum depression and finding her way to yoga.
Rachel and Steph continue to discuss the important pieces of motherhood. Especially - it’s important to allow your children to set boundaries with you. And it’s okay to unintentionally disappoint them every now and then. At the end of the day, your children don’t need a perfect parent. They just need one that allows them to grow into their own authentic selves.Tune in for an inspirational episode that just may bring you to your journal, your yoga mat and, of course, your own authentic self too.
Hilary Swank on Overcoming the Burden of ‘Perfect'From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is joined by two-time academy award winning actress, entrepreneur, activist, and animal lover, Hilary Swank. Rachel was one of the first people that Hilary Swank followed on Instagram and the two of them have a surprising amount of similarities. Diving into a conversation that vibrates with authenticity, Hilary discusses everything from growing up in a trailer park excluded from the local children to connecting with characters in books that sparked the desire to become an actress. Finding fame at a young age and growing up the limelight, Hilary shares the heaviness she felt to have it all together and how she learned to tune into what is really important. For Hilary, that is her family, finding time for self-care and never missing an opportunity for growth.
Tune into a down to earth episode that will allow you to embrace the beautiful messiness of your own life as Hilary and Rachel reflect on the burden of ‘perfect’ and how to overcome it.
Navigating Marriage & Kids with Dennis SchoneveldFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel and Dennis are on a super romantic couple’s trip to Bogota, Colombia (Disclaimer: Rachel’s passport was expiring and they used this as a frantic excuse for a date night getaway).
As expected with Dennis on the show, you are in for another hilarious and slightly inappropriate episode. Rachel and Dennis discuss everything from their level of education and the education they hope Luna will have to vegan food and all the delicious things they are trying in Bogota and when they plan to have their next baby (although they disagree on it). Filled with other fun things, such as vomit and lice, you are sure to be laughing your butt off through out the entire show.
Vulnerability Will Change Your LifeFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is back from Costa Rica and home to Aruba. Coming from a very vulnerable place, where she attended the burial of her best friend, she realized: we often act the way we think we should in front of others, instead of allowing ourselves the space to be vulnerable. Especially around our families and those that know us best, we see how we usually act reflected from them and act accordingly.
But there is something that pain, grief and trauma bring up that tears down all our walls of protection we build around ourselves. It is a terrible time in our lives, but using this as a catalyst to drop into radical vulnerability during normal day-to-day moments can be totally liberating. It will help you realize that life is short and there is no time to sit through anything that isn’t real.
Tune in for an episode that will help you find the sprinkles of gratitude among times of pain, sadness and loss and the practice of finding those places of vulnerability to return to again and again.
How To Cope With LossFrom The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl add
In this episode, Rachel is approaching a heavy day. Five years ago, she spent Envision Festival with her best friend. She didn’t know it then, but it was the last time she would see her - she past away a few days after. Now, Rachel is at Envision Festival again after giving birth to Luna and heavy feelings are still being stirred up. She shares the story of this day of mourning and the mysterious synchronicity around Luna’s birth and her return to Costa Rica this year that gave meaning to it all.
When we lose a big love in our life we have to remember: we were so lucky to experience a love that deep. We had something that cracked our hearts open, gave us so much, and still gives us lessons each and every day. We may never fully heal, but this episode will cement your faith in the notion that the loved ones we’ve lost are never too far away.