Rachel Brathen, known as Yoga Girl, is an international yoga teacher and speaker, bestselling author and serial entrepreneur who inspires millions every day. Now – Rachel offers an even more intimate look into her life and the inspiring journey. Weekly episodes of storytelling and talks from Rachel (sometimes alongside special guests!) dive into topics such as love, trust, finding balance, overcoming adversity and of course, yoga and well-being. The light you are seeking is within your own heart. Join Rachel as she helps you uncover it, from her heart to yours.
This week’s podcast is a special Live show recorded in NYC! This podcast begins with a hilarious open from Dennis, and is filled with courageous, heart centered sharing and stories from both Rachel and audience members.Rachel reflects on what it means to consciously feel our feelings and how to consciously navigate your emotions, every day. It’s so important to give yourself permission to be the way you are! Learn how to lean into uncomfortable feelings, and process and do the work around your wounds and triggers. If you keep doing the work, you will gather enough healing moments where you can appreciate your feelings, and truly begin to work through the lessons they are teaching you.Grab a pen and your journal as Rachel guides the audience through stream-of-consciousness journaling and a heart opening sharing exercise. The audience has a chance to share with Rachel, and this episode is filled with beautiful, heartfelt stories while Rachel holds space for all to breathe, heal, feel, release and grow.
In this week’s episode, Rachel reflects on consciously having to make the effort to slow down during challenging weeks before diving into the delicate subject of self-promotion. It’s hard. Super hard. It takes courage to get out there and promote your work, while staying authentic to your truth, heart and passion. After some negative comments on the promotion of her book, Rachel reflects on how to stay authentic, what might be triggering this reaction to her work, and the act of self-promotion from a heartfelt space. Promoting yourself is taking the work you created and putting it out into the world, opening yourself up for judgement, criticism, negative comments, and people possibly not liking your work. It takes a strong sense of self-worth to be able to have the confidence to promote yourself! It becomes a spiritual practice. Looking within and determining whether you are promoting for validation or promoting from a heartfelt place is a good place to start. This is where the work comes in! Is what you are promoting is authentic, are you proud of what you do, does it come from a heartfelt space, does your work offer something to the world? This episode will help you to gain more confidence in your work, navigate self-promotion, and tune into the art of promoting what resonates from the heart.
In this episode, Rachel reflects on the process of becoming an author, the importance of making the New York Times bestselling list, and the healing properties of creation. When Rachel published her first book, Yoga Girl, she made the New York Times bestselling list and for the first time understood the importance of it in the world of books. This time around, Rachel has been waiting all week for the list to come out. Will her agent call her with good news? What if she doesn’t make the list? How will she manage her expectations and disappointment if she doesn’t? She realizes that regardless of the list, she has created a beautiful book, and through this journey of telling her story, she was able to heal. Her worth is not determined by doing, but by being. By looking within and sharing a story that she hopes will help other people moving through similar things, she realizes that creation comes from simply BEING in that state of flow, tuned into the heart. If Rachel has touched one single person, or just brightened one person’s day with this book, that is all that matters! This episode will remind you that your worth is not determined by doing but that your worth resides in the quality of your being. You don’t have to accomplish anything to be worthy of love. You are already so absolutely lovable - just the way you are.
In this episode, Rachel leads you through a guided meditation focusing on the breath. For this episode, find a quiet place to sit where you can close your eyes and bring your awareness inward. This practice will help you use your breath to create space in the body, let go of anything not serving you and release tension. Use this guided meditation to help you focus the mind, breathe into the present moment, and let go.We have the ability to set a positive cycle in motion! The mind is very powerful, and by taking the time to drop into stillness, we can change the cycle of the thought process from negative to positive. Allow yourself to invite a sense of ease through the breath, a sense of grounding, and open up to a creative flow. Invite the things that you want and need into your life. This episode will help you ease into a sense of self-acceptance and leave you with a feeling of deep peace.
In this episode, Rachel reflects on her present emotional state and the powerful tool of service. As humans, we can quickly become self-centered and only concern ourselves with our immediate problems. As Rachel begins to unpack her emotional state, she takes a closer look into herself and starts to do the internal work. She begins to focus on the aspects of her life that bring her peace: service.The launch of Yoga Girl Foundation is the number one project in her life that brings her peace. After two little boys who lived 15 minutes from her home in Aruba died from abuse, Rachel’s eyes opened to the massive abuse problem worldwide. She created the Yoga Girl Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping abused women and children.Yoga Girl Foundation’s first project is to build a Family Justice Center in Aruba. The goal of this center is to catch the victims of abuse and to ensure that they are safe, loved and free from harm. Yoga Girl Foundation’s focus is to make sure the proper protocol is in place, the victims are well cared for, well documented, well managed, and all of the entities are connected within the system.Being of service is one of the most important offerings you can make to the world. If you would like to learn more about the Yoga Girl Foundation, please visit www.yogagirlfoundation.com. You can donate directly to the foundation, help spread the word on social media and to your friends and family. This episode will remind you to turn to service in any way possible, and do what you can for the sake of this world!
In this episode, Rachel reflects on the pressures of society and how it affects us creatively. We are all born with a unique gift; a way to be purposeful in life that no one else could ever mimic or duplicate. But how we create and how we find that purpose can get distorted by society and outside influence. Instagram, social media, photo filters and all of society telling us we have to look perfect, be perfect, act perfect makes it so hard to listen to our inner voice and for us to feel good enough the way we already are.If we fall into the rabbit hole of social media, comparing ourselves to others, and concerning ourselves with what others think, how will we ever be able to tune into the heart and create the life we were meant to have? Rachel reminds us to tune into the heart, listen to our inner voice, and find ways to get into the creative zone. The universe aligns exactly as it was meant to when we are working from the heart and creating with passion, unattached to the outcome or to what other people think; creating for the love of creation! This episode will remind you to be authentic, create from the heart, listen to your inner voice and anchor into this most important truth: there is not a single thing about you that you need to change. You’re a badass! Don’t ever forget it.
In this episode, Rachel gets personal about her struggle to pull herself out of a dark, fearful place. After staying up all night worrying about Lea Luna, she begins to spiral into a self-pity party, only to be pulled from her funk by a touching message from one of her followers. She begins to process her fear, realizing that she has not taken the time to emotionally work through the release of the book, and that with the book release, her deepest traumas will be shared with the world. But, thanks to the message she received at the exact moment she needed it, she receives the perspective needed to turn the day around, beginning to process her emotions around the book release and upcoming tour. Rachel starts to focus on the positive effects of the book; keeping the memory of her best friend alive, offering her story in hopes that it will help others cope with trauma, and the healing element of connecting with community through her book tour. This episode will remind you to consciously choose to change the negative feedback loop in your mind, give yourself time to process your emotions, become grateful for all of the opportunities in your life, and help you to envision meeting and exceeding your goals.
In this episode, Rachel is joined once again by her amazing, slightly awkward, sarcastic and hilarious husband, Dennis Schoneveld! Getting hyped for Rachel’s upcoming US Book Tour (Find all details at www.toloveandletgo.com!), the two discuss travel (and who is the worst one to travel with; the kid or the dog?), the key to a successful marriage, where they see themselves in five years and what their thoughts are about baby #2. With everything they have going on, the two still find time for lots of laughter. Tune in to see just how they make it work - we promise you’ll be belly laughing the entire time.
In this episode, Rachel has so many dreams on the brink of coming true. Her new book is being released, she is going on tour, the podcast is growing and taking a new spin… But how do dreams become manifested?Sharing one of her own stories (one that’s weird, wild and involves Ringo’s balls and something called Sugarlumps), Rachel shares just how to turn ideas into reality, even the seemingly unachievable ones. The first steps are always to release the fear of failure, focus on what you can gain, and just do the first actionable thing! Tune in for an episode that will inspire you to just go for it.
In this episode, Rachel dives into the important topic of setting boundaries for your time and energy. Whether it’s friendships that don’t align anymore or work engagements that are asking too much, it is ultimately our responsibility to tell the world exactly what we can offer… and when we need to take some space. When you know what those boundaries are, stick to them! The moment you break your own boundary is the moment you tell the world there is no line that can’t be crossed. But when we set clear guidelines, we allow others to learn their own self-reliance, and we usually receive nothing but compassion in return. Life is short! Cherish your precious time and energy. Tune in for an episode that will help you align your values, speak your truth and put your foot down.
In this episode, Rachel contemplates the body and the role it plays in healing along with the patterns, behaviors, and the stories we tell ourselves. So many of us are in a constant state of stress or fight or flight, especially if we have experienced trauma in our lives. The regular activation of our sympathetic nervous system becomes engrained in us. We feel unsafe and the body holds onto it! How can we train our bodies to process what happened and get back to that place of safety? Ultimately, there is no one who can do the work except for you. You can find people to help or give you tools, but we have to take charge. Recognizing that power can be the difference between staying stuck and finding freedom. Tune in for an episode that will help you recognize your own path towards healing.
In this episode, Rachel is reflecting on the true meaning of self-care: self reflection. Remaining conscious and present with how we feel, what triggers us and how we relate to others is the most important key to living a balanced life. Continuing to self reflect and do the inner work isn’t easy! It requires us to check in with our heart, to stay vulnerable, and to look at ourselves with truthful eyes every day.Have you ever taken a break from work and felt so low the entire time that you couldn’t even enjoy it? When was the last time you looked at yourself and took care of your own needs? It is our responsibility during those times to do actual self-care; to unpack what isn’t true, to release what doesn’t serve us, to stop telling ourselves old stories, to have the difficult conversations, to let our walls down. To figure out where to go from here. That is what it means to be truly present. That is how you can change your life.Rachel dives deep into this conversation this week, giving examples from her own life and conversations with her husband that showed her that there is purpose in everything. Tune in for an episode that will remind you that the moments where you fall apart are the ones that lead you where you need to go, all in divine timing.
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 non-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode, Rachel is joined once again by intergalactic goddess, Ashley Albrand. Ashley shares the birth story of each of her 4 children - including the birth heard around the world as she delivered her surprise (and breach) twins on her own in Costa Rica. On a mission to empower women to be the sovereign of their own desires, to stay in alignment with their feelings and to spread a message of self love and awakening, tune in for an episode with Rachel and Ashley that will give you the confidence to reach for your deepest dreams in life. Everything you desire is on its way.
In this episode, Rachel and her entire family are in Costa Rica - and super sick. Every time Rachel travels here, anything that is stirring inside her is brought to the surface. This time, becoming sick has Rachel reminiscing on her astrology teachings from last year and recognizing what happens if she does not slow down. With this intense flu Rachel is thrown into a pattern of judgemental thinking and worst case scenarios popping up into her head, bringing about some serious anxiety. In the midst of it all, one simple moment of meditation snapped her out of her funk and she realized: she isn’t sick, she is just going through a healing. Tune in for an emotional episode on shedding layers, struggling through something dark and coming out on the other side. Whatever you are struggling with right now, remember: there is a lesson to learn and a blessing to receive.
In this episode, Rachel is recording from Costa Rica. After living there for many years, this is Rachel’s first time back since having Lea Luna and her life is dramatically different.When Rachel lived in Costa Rica before, she was broke and in and out of work. What kept her knowing all would work out was the practice of manifestation through visualization. Coming back to Costa Rica reignited this practice again and Rachel was reminded of all the possibilities she used to see when it came to the big picture, which to her is changing the world.When it comes to manifesting your greatest dreams, such as the career you dream of, the family you always wanted, or changing the world, it is important to manifest smaller things along the way for practice. If you want something, don’t look at all the obstacles in your way! Look at all the possibilities and see them in your mind. Tune in for an episode that will broaden your scope of what you believe is possible and give concrete actionable advice on how to turn your motivation into action and your action into big changes in the world.
In this episode, Rachel is joined by none other than Deepak Chopra! World renowned author, speaker and health guru, Deepak brings his wisdom and shares it with us in a beautiful episode on how to create a more balanced, peaceful and sustainable world.
To him, it’s simple. We begin by creating more balanced, peaceful and sustainable lives for ourselves. Deepak shares his best advice and insights with emphasis on the importance of moving your body, sleeping well each night, and taking moments to reflect on what you are most grateful for.
Tune in for an episode that is sure to inspire big change in your life. All is connected - and it is never too late to begin. More resources from Deepak Chopra are available at http://isharonline.org/.
Rachel shares some big life challenges she's had over the past week, such as cutting out her braid that her best friend put in her hair 12 years ago, waxing her legs, trying CBD oil and completing a triathlon, all while dealing with a crazy toddler.
In this episode, Rachel is recording from NYC with her best friend Olivia Rothschild. Rachel and Olivia “met half way” in NYC for the only reason that they wanted to spend some time together and have a little break from the husbands and the babies. They chat about life, sex, having more babies, shaving, veganism and all the usual things best friends talk about.
Who do you call when you just need to talk to someone? How do you stay close with your best friends that live far away? Tune in for an episode on the meaning of friendship and the connections that we would fly across the world for.
Welcome to the first From the Heart episode of 2019 where Rachel shares her intentions for the new year. First, reflecting on 2018 and the challenges that it brought into her life, Rachel notices that she was shook by a loss of confidence. From working too hard and too much, chasing around a crazy toddler and having social media telling her all the things she was doing wrong, Rachel felt self-doubt creep in and latch onto her in the spot that was most vulnerable. This had her questioning every decision she made in her businesses and with her family and friends the entire year.
Sometimes, when you have many voices telling you what to do, your inner voice becomes cloudy and overshadowed. Listen in as Rachel discovers the answer to this - sitting in silence and bringing calm and peace into her life to allow her inner wisdom to shine through. In 2019, Rachel intends to embody the calm, confident, inner wild woman that doesn’t give a f*ck what other people think. What are you planning to embrace in 2019?
In this episode, Christmas has just ended and Rachel is feeling the relief. She realizes why people spend the holidays with their extended family - because leaving all the cooking to one person is too big of a job! Rachel discusses the pressure she put on herself to create the perfect Christmas for her family and how it left her missing her mom and wondering exactly what she was trying to recreate.
With Christmas over for the year, Rachel’s focus shifts to New Years. Intention setting as the year turns is one of her most sacred rituals. She shares her best practices and tips to arrive at her intentions and affirmations and invites you to join in as well.
Tune into this episode for a beautifully guided meditation and specific instructions from Rachel’s personal ritual to help you settle into the feeling you want to manifest in your life as 2019 approaches. Beginning the new year with your mind clear and your heart focused is a powerful tool we can all use to manifest what our soul is craving.
In this episode, Rachel touches on an unexpected parenting issue her and Dennis have come across - Dennis doesn’t want to be Santa for Christmas. Christmas is an especially important time for Rachel and she reflects on her past to figure out why that is. Prior to having her baby girl, Rachel placed so much emphasis on her birthday. Not too long ago, she realized that a happy birthday meant separating from loss and trauma that plagued this celebration before.
Since leaving Sweden, Christmas has been the time of year Rachel loves the most. Coming from complex family dynamics (learn more about these in the episode, “From Suicide to Sobriety” with Rachel’s mom, Shama), Rachel realizes that having a Christmas where everyone is together and happy means so much to her. Spending the holidays with her little family is a time to create happy memories with Dennis and fill Luna’s childhood with Christmas joy and magic. But now, with Dennis and Rachel not seeing eye-to-eye on the importance of Santa Claus, Rachel tries to decide the best course of action moving forward.
There is beauty in this time of year, even if it is sometimes messy. What are your Christmas stories and traditions? Share and let’s see what this time of year brings us all.
In this episode, Rachel discusses the disconnect between what resonates with her inner voice versus what society tells her. She wonders what her life would be like if she fully let the wild woman inside of her blossom - not the woman who has been conditioned by society.
These thoughts were triggered after Rachel noticed a pattern of how often she tells Luna how beautiful she is. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing to do - our children are all beautiful - but Rachel realized that this is exactly how she was brought up. Putting an emphasis on our looks, however well-meaning, can lead us obsessing over our exterior as we grow up - but what if you didn’t have to do anything to be worthy? What if you didn’t have to look good or accomplish things or be successful, but you could feel validated just from being exactly the way you are? This is how Rachel wants Luna to grow up. She doesn’t want her to grow up watching her mom do things she hates just to please society - like shaving her legs.
Anything we do that doesn’t make us feel happy and whole should be cut out. For the sake of our daughters and our sons, so they know they can grow up being exactly themselves. Rachel’s conclusion: she needs to let her wild woman roar (and that might include not shaving her legs).
In this episode, Rachel is on her very first day of maternity leave - and it is not going well. She discusses everything that led her to this moment, from feeling burnt out and tired from work with a heavy burden of responsibility on her shoulders. So she took time off and... cleaned the house, walked the dogs, fed the goats, took out the garbage, browsed Instagram and felt like she did nothing of value to help her slow down.
After some evaluating, Rachel recognizes that her challenge doesn’t just lie in slowing down, but in practicing mindfulness and staying present in all the moments in between.
Are there areas in your life where practicing mindfulness is a challenge? Where are you not present and how can you better focus your attention? Maybe its the in-between moments - standing at the grocery store line, driving to work, cooking dinner - that really matter. And maybe the key to finding inner peace is available to us, all the time.
In this episode, Rachel talks about her absolute inability to slow down. After a very intense few years culminating with back-to-back retreats and trainings, her body has started giving her serious signals to work at a slower pace. How do you slow down when moving fast is all you know? Rachel wraps her head around the fact that there is never a time that she is not working. Not on her honeymoon, not after having a baby, not even when she got so sick she had to get a steroid injection in her butt!
She talks about how leading her latest yoga teacher training while incredibly sick finally allowed her the space to slow down, take a real vacation, and make the decision to go on a very overdue maternity leave. And it also helped her to realize that the world will not stop if she is not constantly on the move.
Our life’s purpose is not something that comes easy for us, it is something we have to work at. Rachel discusses her own life purpose - which just may be learning to slow down and sit with her emotions. Tune in to this episode and then find a way for yourself to slow down this week! Put everything away. Be with your children. Cook dinner. Whatever you are focusing on, immerse yourself in that fully. Be wherever you are - because that is the only place you can be.
In this episode, Rachel continues sharing with her group of yoga teacher trainees as they discuss Fear and the answer to the question, “What Scares You?”
How does fear hold you back? Does it run your life? Does it paralyze you? How does it show up day-to-day? Listen to what this community had to say about it - it may sound very familiar.
Then of course, the participants turn to another question, “What if that fear wasn’t present?” Or “What if fear didn’t have such a big part of our lives?”. What would your life be like without this fear steering the ship? What is the first thing you would do? How would you live differently?
Tune in for the second segment of this raw and beautiful podcast. Especially if you’re in need of a good cry, a bit of heart opening, or you just want to sit down and feel your feelings for a moment. Fear may be present in all of our lives, but the first step to moving past it is to recognize that we all fear the same things.
In this episode, Rachel is once again joined by her yoga teacher trainees for a special two-part podcast segment.
The topic of this group sharing is Fear and answering the question “What scares you?”. We are all dealing with fears somewhere in our own lives - in our relationships, family or work lives. Sometimes fear is purposeful, but often it holds us back or paralyzes us. Here, the participants share their deepest fears for the world to hear, speaking openly on their challenges and struggles in a way that will move your heart deeply.
The sharing then turns to a second question, “What if that fear wasn’t present?” Or “What if fear didn’t have such a big part of our lives?”. If we were released from what holds us back the most - how would our lives be different? How would we act differently? Sharing powerful statements, the participants speak their hearts’ deepest desires - what they crave the most and how they would fully embrace life released from worry, anxiety and fear.
Tune in for another beautiful episode of community sharing. It is this openness and raw bravery that shows us all we are not alone, we all feel the same way, and we are all capable of letting go of what does not serve us.
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!
The three discuss everything from Dennis and Shama’s relationship to what they love and the most about each other and what they are annoyed by (Rachel’s chewing, Shama’s slow talking, and Dennis’ time spent in the bathroom top the list). They also answer some very anticipated questions, such as why Dennis cried at the end of his Iron Man, how he feels being vegan (he’s angry) and how in the world Rachel and her mom are going to survive doing a half Iron Man of their own.
Tune in for an episode on family dynamics that will have you laughing out loud and remind you of the importance of family - whether they are near or far.
In this episode, Rachel is immersed in leading her third yoga teacher training while Luna is with grandma and Dennis is at an Iron Man race.
Rachel reminisces on all the programs she has led since Luna was born, from the ones that were super overwhelming while breastfeeding to the ones that are easier now that Luna is older. Rachel is used to hosting large groups, but it was having a baby that made her realize she has a deep desire to merge her community with her family life and be more accepting and supportive of families as a whole.
This idea was challenged recently when she shared a post of Luna laughing in the group of teacher trainees and received incredible backlash for allowing her daughter to join the circle. This leads her into a deep conversation on social media drama, her own triggers and the epidemic of judgement that exists especially for mothers.
Disagreements are part of life, but the next time you find yourself disagreeing with someone can you bring more compassion and understanding into the discussion? Can you sit with what triggers you and separate your feelings from the actions of others? At the end of the day, we are all more similar than we are different. The small actions of support you can offer to others matter more than you think.
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. Recognizing that Rachel is much calmer this time around (maybe due to the Path of Love retreat she recently attended?), the couple makes a deal - Dennis will attend a Path of Love retreat if Rachel will participate in a Half Iron Man (!!).
Finishing off the episode with some questions from the community, Dennis discusses Rachel’s nagging, what gives him anxiety, how he handles social media drama, what finally made him go vegan - and of course, when to expect baby number two.
Tune in for another great conversation between Rachel and Dennis that will redefine the word ‘compromise’ and have everyone cracking up.
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. Speaking deeper on this and sharing herself, Rachel opens up about her desires to be a participant again - to be unknown and invisible. To step away from things to do deep, emotional work anonymously. To be a regular person and take regular vacations. Diving further, Rachel notices a striking duality that is present in her life - she wants to let go of everything and step away, but at the same time she has a need to control all around her. Noticing that this pattern is related to the environment she grew up in, she discusses the idea that in order to change something about ourselves, we need to go all the way back to the root of what caused it and start our work from there.
What patterns do you carry with you from childhood? Which ones serve you and what can you let go of? Join Rachel as she works through this herself and comes away with the notion that while it may be hard to trust - it is safe to let go.
In this episode Rachel is joined by JP Sears, the comedian, author, speaker, emotional healing coach and YouTuber (with over 300 million accumulated views!). Sharing from the heart what has been present in his life lately, JP opens up about feeling lonely and insignificant and how it is through merging comedy and spirituality that he seeks to bring awakening to others. It is, as he says, one of the best ways to let go of the ego, not take things too seriously, and have some fun along the way. With that, JP even shares the only video he has ever deleted and how to handle negative or critical comments from others.
Diving from there into a deep conversation on vulnerability, Rachel and JP notice a common thread as they discuss the emotional distance they felt from their fathers, as well as their need to be “rescuers”. As the discussion draws to a close, Rachel and JP discuss how important it is to feel your feelings as they come - and how this will lead to true change in this world.
How can we drop our ego and open ourselves up to being vulnerable? What is it about feeling our feelings that will create true change in our society? Join in as Rachel and JP discuss these questions in what is a witty, lighthearted and reassuring conversation.
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 has been waiting to return to Path of Love ever since, and again has been experiencing new epiphanies each and every day. She speaks of the dualities between the masculine and feminine that exist in her life and relates them to her relationship with her mother and father. It is by doing this work that Rachel has realized how her past and her relationships have shaped her into the person she is today - a person who can take all that she has learned and transform it into meaning.
What we go through in life is challenging, but it does not come without purpose. Sometimes it is easy to see the lesson we are learning, sometimes it takes years to discover. Join Rachel in this conversation on healing from trauma, counting your past as a blessing and finding your purpose in the world.
In this episode Rachel is joined by none other than Cheryl Strayed! Cheryl is a novelist, essayist, column writer and podcast host with the Number 1 New York Times best selling memoir “Wild” (you’ve probably seen the movie, starring Reese Witherspoon!) along with several novels under her belt.
Rachel begins the episode by reminiscing on Cheryl’s novel “Tiny Beautiful Things” and how it was on her bedside table for years to support her whenever she was going through something challenging. Discussing her Dear Sugar days, Cheryl opens up about the deep and emotional messages she received and how she poured herself into this work that created the deepest sense of kinship with her readers that she has ever known.
Diving into a beautiful conversation on perfectionism and how striving for unattainable balance is a form of imbalance, Cheryl and Rachel beautifully note the dualities of life - especially how they relate to the grief we experience in heartbreaking moments that stays with us for a lifetime.
Release old patterns that do not serve you, try to find acceptance in every situation in life and tune in to listen to an episode with one of the most inspiring advice givers that this world has to offer.
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. Rachel answers all the questions that come in and goes in depth into detail on why she created this platform and what it means for the future. How did this grow from an instagram handle into a community focused on self-love, sustainability, and inclusivity? From the moment six years ago when the @yoga_girl instagram began, Rachel shares the critical moments from losing her best friend, to getting married and having Lea Luna that shaped her - and all of us - into what it is today.
Join us on www.yogagirl.com to read authentic stories, take heartfelt yoga classes, and be of service to the world. Yoga is for everyone - no matter your age, size, gender, or anything else. This practice is for us all. We can all look within, we can all change the world. Everyone can be a Yoga Girl.
Feeling emotional, Rachel begins her first solo episode in almost a month catching up on all the recent changes that have come about in her life – from launching her YouTube channel to getting steps closer to the big initiative she has been hinting at so much. With James Aspey visiting Rachel in Aruba, it is no surprise that veganism has also been a topic on her mind. She discusses her family dynamic; how Rachel and Luna are vegan while Dennis is not – and how Dennis was admittedly worried about living with 4 vegans for more than a week (tune in to see how that worked out for him!).
From smaller things like what we eat in a day to larger things like the complicated topic of cultural appropriation, Rachel touches on judgment and how the fear of being judged is often the first to surface when others view parts of our lives negatively. Moving from this space, she opens up about what she has learned, the changes she has made so far, and how making the yoga practice available for everyone is her number one priority.
How do you receive those challenging moments where your identity is questioned? How do you embrace change – is it towards the direction of more unity and inclusivity or is it further away?
Tune in with Rachel as she discusses these topics with the goal of bringing this community together in a way that has never been done before.
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. Oppositely, our host Rachel openly shares her ignorance and her fears as a white woman – how scared she was to have this conversation, to do something wrong, and to come across as racist. This sparks one of the most honest and deep conversations yet, on why it is so crucial for all of us to have this conversation – and why it is a privilege if you choose not to have it.
Offering clear definitions and examples of tone policing, spiritual bypassing, white saviourism and exceptionalism, Rachel Cargle clearly shows how good intentions are not enough to erase our impact on society. The truest form of love is anchored in action.
Join the conversation, get uncomfortable, acknowledge your mistakes, question your past, and learn how to be a true ally to women of color. As a community we must do this work, allow ourselves to sit with discomfort and not remain quiet.
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. The conversation begins with Susanna speaking on her personal history of experiencing racism and marginalization growing up in an Indian-British family in the UK and US. Using this as a starting point to discuss what has happened to yoga culture in the Western world, Rachel and Susanna then dive into a deep conversation on this topic.
What is cultural appropriation? Where do we draw the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation? Rachel opens up to share her fears and past behaviours while Susanna offers true heartfelt advice on how westerners can continue practicing with deep respect for this ancient practice. Join Rachel and Susanna as they discuss these difficult but important questions and open the door for a shift in mindset to take place.
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). From his beginnings singing in a gospel choir to joining Snow Patrol overnight when he was 20, Nathan talks through the history and dynamic of the band, what it felt like to gain recognition for your work, and the meaningfulness that comes when fans take your songs and make them their own. Admitting that he felt nervous talking personally about himself in the beginning of the show, Nathan didn’t let that stop him and Rachel from having a meaningful conversation on everything from brotherhood, living far away from your family, the fine line between being humble and apologetic, making music your life, mental health – and even whether or not he’s sick of the smash-hit “Chasing Cars” yet.
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. After being forced to search for answers, Seal discusses the three major changes he recently made in his life, from how he lets go of control to his guidelines for connecting with other people. Offering beautiful wisdom and serious life advice – join Rachel and Seal as they discuss true happiness, the lessons they’ve learned from their children, finding your life purpose and everything in between.
What does alignment mean for you? What do you need to feel good? Recognizing what is truly important for you is the first step to living a life rooted in your own truth.
Rachel begins this episode speaking from the heart on how she has compromised her alignment over the previous weeks. Through being tired from working non-stop for too long and getting caught up in late-night Netflix episodes she lost her routine of getting up before sunrise. She speaks on the patterns of misalignment that have showed up throughout her life – and how she even compromised herself for social media(!).
Comparing this to times in her life where she has felt 100% aligned, Rachel recognizes it is simple acts of self-care – simple things like waking up early, staying active, keeping your house in order – that bring the most peace to her life. With that, she speaks of the need for true rest, which does not take place in front of a television.
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.
Do you have books in your life that you return to again and again for many different reasons? From “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle, “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass, Pema Chodron’s “When Thing’s Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times” to Rasha’s “Oneness”, join Rachel as she shares the personal connection she has to her favorite books and stories from her own life inspired by each one.
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 harbour 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. Then turning toward the Inner Best Friend - the women share the voice that speaks to them with unconditional love and support. What does your inner critic say to you? What would life be like if we spoke to ourselves the way we speak to our best friends? Tune in for the final part of this emotional and vulnerable episode.
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. What would life be like if I spoke to myself the way I speak to the people I love? Tune in for a very different and heartfelt episode.
In this episode Rachel is joined once again by yoga teacher, physiotherapist and anatomy genius Lara Heimann. Currently leading a yoga teacher training together, Rachel and Lara discuss everything from their best mothering tips to Lara’s sustainable home. Diving into a deep conversation on the role functional anatomy plays in a yoga practice, Lara breaks down simple poses like downward facing dog, plank, and chaturanga, and notes the common misconceptions people typically bring with them to class. With social media glorifying the overly bendy yogi, they discuss the need to move away from the idea that yoga is simply a pose. Instead, Lara expresses the need for us to be constant critical thinkers when moving in our body in order to protect ourselves from injury. We can find this sense of confidence in our practice by truly connecting to our core – the center of our bodies where all is integrated. It is through our core that we find our sense of courage and strength in ourselves, and ultimately our goals and purpose in life.
Rachel begins this episode by sharing the immense feeling of gratitude she has carried with her lately. Currently immersed in leading a yoga teacher training, she speaks of the deep bond of sisterhood that has been apparent since this new group stepped into the shala. Sensing an overall shift in the feminist movement, Rachel shares how inspiring it is to be surrounded by women that uplift and support one another.
As we all move along our journeys towards healing, it is crucial to have a community we can turn to that will listen to our struggles and give us tools to move through them. Only by working through the dark and defining moments from our past can we begin to create real change in the world. Rachel dives into the pivotal moments of her life that have shaped her, and how they changed throughout the years, as she was able to open up about them. She ends the episode with the single most defining moment of her life today – and how it is different from all the rest.
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; travelling from country to country in Europe, with a toddler and a dog, while working towards a major business launch. Dennis touches on what travelling means to him after growing up on a tiny island. He also shares what it was like to be on his own with the baby, and his brave decision to travel across the Atlantic with her alone.
Getting into questions from listeners, Rachel and Dennis discuss their favorite and least favorite things about one another, what Dennis thinks his life would be like if he never met Rachel, his previous girlfriends (even one that Rachel didn’t know about), and when they plan to have more kids.
As a married couple that are raising a baby and running a business together, Dennis and Rachel conclude by sharing how they compromise to make things work, routines that keep them together, and what’s important at the end of the day – like celebrating their anniversary.
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. After six days on her own, Rachel speaks of the shift she felt in her inner energy and how she reconnected to the grounded and calm person she is at her core. Diving further into this topic, she discusses the ways she can keep this feeling of space and translate it into her everyday life. She realizes that to be a better mother, wife, friend, boss, and more the best thing she can do is take care of herself first.
We all need to make sure our cup is full before we try to fill others. It is possible to use the resources we have to arrive to a place where prioritizing ourselves is natural. Recognizing this is the first step, then we can go squeeze our loved ones.
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 to Aruba alone. She discusses what led her to travel home early and why leaving Lea Luna was especially challenging for her this time. Diving further into this topic, Rachel speaks of the guilt and shame she places on herself as a new mother and we are often our own worst critics. With five days of alone time ahead of her, Rachel shares the fears she faced, what led her to a shift in mindset, and how she plans to fully embrace this opportunity to unwind, practice self-love, and focus on what she wants to do, guilt-free. She ends by sharing the first moments she spent grounding herself back home – the best destination of all.
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 reflects on his words and dives deeper into the responsibility we all have to use tools we can access to heal ourselves.
Continuing on this subject, she lists the tools in her own emergency toolkit for wellbeing. Everyone needs an emergency toolkit to pull ourselves out of a funk! She shares 10 actions she comes back to when she is down that always make her feel more whole and balanced. Finally, she discusses the overall theme in her life lately – it is okay to go into the dark sometimes. Life is cyclical and filled with highs and lows. However, we should always have ways to bring ourselves back to the light, again and again.
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 sharing an experience she just had in Dynamic Meditation. Answering questions she often gets about this strange and somewhat wild way of meditating, she uses this opportunity to describe the Dynamic Meditation she often practices and also discuss the controversial figure Osho and his teachings.
She ventures into the important topic of letting anger and resentment go, and how already as children we are raised that such emotions are shameful. Everyone needs a safe space free of judgment to own their feelings! She gives helpful tips on how to release suppressed emotion, and why it’s important to do so every day. She concludes by coming back to a core principle in her life – that if we fix what’s on the inside, we can then fix what’s on the outside to create true change in the world.
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. By moving away from the idea of feeling busy and more into the idea of simply doing, Rachel mentions how stretching on the floor when playing with Lea Luna, or coming into a single child’s pose can be crucial for arriving back home. Diving further into this topic, Rachel talks about how we can all benefit from making yoga part of our every day, weaving practice into everything we do and using it as a tool to ground us again and again. She also talks about her style of parenting and how she deals with Lea Luna’s tantrums and how at the end of the day, a single deep breath can do wonders.
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. Wondering whether this is a transitional feeling or a true personality change, Rachel delves into the reasons she feels so ungrounded – partly due to the difficulties she faced as a vegan in the South of France. She talks about the importance of feeling your feet on the ground, moving the body and nourishing ourselves with good food. Diving further into the topic of veganism, Rachel shares her tips for vegans when travelling, how her own advice didn’t work at all on this particular trip, and the lessons she learned for next time.
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. She shares how staying in the here and now reminded her why she travels to teach yoga for a living – to have fun and connect with her community. Rachel then dives into discussing the flight home, how exhausted she was, and how she lost connection to the here and now. Realizing that her softer side emerged just as she was reuniting with her husband and baby girl, Rachel comes to an epiphany that everything happens in perfect timing.
In this episode Rachel is joined by her husband Dennis while traveling through south of France. They talk about their adventures through Europe and their differences in terms of the kind of traveling they enjoy. Dennis shares what it’s like seeing the world from the eyes of a someone who grew up on a tiny island and Rachel shares how she has changed as a traveler since becoming a mom. They share their favorite parts of the journey so far, challenges that keep coming up and also talk about where in the world they see themselves raising their baby girl.
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In this episode Rachel shares her experience with training with a Naprapath for 8 straight days and learning new, unconventional ways of moving her body. She talks about how she has built a story around her back pain and an old injury and the epiphany that the story around the pain actually may have led her to more of the same. She shares some of the out-of-the-box exercises she has done over the past week, ignoring everything she has learned about yogic alignment, moving out of her comfort zone and leaving the idea of comfort far, far behind.
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. She talks about the power of making peace with the moment and how accepting the here and now can completely transform your life.
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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!). They also discuss myofascial release, how to stay well-aligned and injury free working a desk job, and the key to a healthy life: movement as medicine.
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 it’s own and became 3 weeks of construction and, of course, disturbance. She shares the realization of how being on the path toward peace can often keep us on the path and never let us arrive at the destination. Oftentimes when we think of relaxation and serenity we have a list of boxes to tick off to get there; we meditate, practice yoga, switch our phones off, read a book, brew a cup of tea, drink a glass of wine, draw a bath… When what was supposed to become a new practice of self-care instead became another element of stress, Rachel realized that she can indeed spend every evening soaking in a bathtub, candles lit, but that peace still won’t be guaranteed. Are these elements necessary? Or is there a way to make peace with what is here, now; whether we are in pain or at ease? Listen in to hear more.
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 step dads, step moms, step siblings and half siblings… It’s pretty much the most complicated family history of all time! Shama tells her life story and the struggles she went through in her childhood leading to her moving out to live on her own at a very young age, losing her father to cancer and her struggle with bulimia and alcoholism that followed. She also talks openly about her suicide attempts and how after her last near-death experience she lost everything, including her children, and how the darkness that followed was actually the beginning of a whole new life. They also talk about the 12 steps, sobriety, finding a way out of depression and using service as a way to heal your heart.
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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.
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In this episode Rachel shares the love she feels for her dog and how the fear of losing him drove her to doing some very (very, very) irrational things (including the craziest story you’ve ever heard). She talks about deep soul connection with another being, fear of loss, the issue with “perfection” and how allowing yourself to be human brings the biggest relief. She also shares a recent experience with a bad moment and how it you’re not careful, it can snowball into a bad day and how at the end of it all, gratitude is the most important practice.
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. When it comes to doing good, people will always judge and voice their own opinions! The question is how to learn from each other and remember the true intention behind your actions. She walks us though the ins-and-outs of her new social media marketing initiative and opens up about making mistakes, being human and how at the end of the day, we are all doing the best we can.
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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 and Debra start off by talking about the skepticism around astrology and the ancient science that lies at the core of the practice. Debra explains how deepening your connection to the stars and the planets can help change your life, and how understanding your chart can make so much fall into place. Rachel shares her own recent experience with astrology and how suddenly, so much is making complete sense in her life. They also talk about the different aspects of an astrological chart, using astrology to support your relationship, manifesting abundance and how we are all responsible to bring more light into the world.
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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. She shares her experience writing her second book - on the topic of grief and death - and how it’s bringing to surface a pain she has been running from for a long time. She also talks about growing up with a suicidal mother and how always waiting for the other shoe to drop is causing a lot of fear and pain to show up in her own experience of motherhood.
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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!). She also talks about the importance of making money to change the world, what being true in the online world actually means and how being real and vulnerable is the single most important thing when it comes to truly inspiring others.
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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 disagreemenGt they had and how they process things completely differently when they fight. They then dive into the sensitive topic of the #MeToo movement - Dennis shares some stories from his past and they discuss the true meaning of consent and then Dennis tells the hilarious story of their first night together (what!!). Taking questions from social media they also get into the topic of jealousy, exes, their hectic schedule and how they stay balanced in their relationship (hint: it requires having a good sense of humor).
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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. She shares specific stories from different times in her life as a yoga teacher and entrepreneur and candidly shares both the challenge and the learning of each situation. Operating out of lack will always make us feel like we don’t have enough and this is where most sense of competition and jealousy stems from - the fear of not being able to provide for ourselves. But what if we operate out of abundance and out of knowing that we are cared for? This sets us up for success in a completely different way! Tune in to learn some big life lessons on how to grow your business and stay anchored in passion and love for the work you do in the world.
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. They talk about the importance of spiritual discipline and trusting that life brings you where you’re supposed to go (especially when things get really, really hard) and Nahko shares some of the hardships he is working through at the moment. They also talk about the blessings and challenges that come along with being leaders in their respective communities, the importance of activism and standing up for what you believe in and how at the end of the day, the way we care for Mother Earth is a true reflection of how we care for ourselves.
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. How do you turn your passion into your career? What’s it like balancing creative talent with running a large-scale business? Chris shares how he got started (and how, when it comes to pursuing a dream, we all have to start at the bottom!), what inspires him as a photographer and stories from his life on the road. They talk about nature conservation, bringing deep purpose into your work, parenthood and using past mistakes as a way to grow. Chris also gives his best tips for staying grounded on the road.
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. While struggling through her baby girls first bout of sickness she finds herself feeling fearful and sleep deprived, eventually leading to anger and feeling resentment toward a close friend. Acknowledging your anger is important - it’s when we cling to it and it becomes resentment that it starts tripping us up! Realizing that resentment takes us away from kindness and compassion and separates us from finding a solution to the problem is the first step to letting it go.
In this episode rachel records live on Instagram with thousands of people tuning in! Over 100,000 people tuned in to listen and ask questions. Rachel starts off by sharing how she went out dancing with her little sister the night before and for the first time since pre-pregnancy woke up feeling the effects of a night on the town. Her conclusion? No amount of fun is worth it when you’re spending the next day with your baby! After sharing candidly about beating herself up and feeling like an irresponsible mom she dives into answering questions from the audience on manifesting dreams, dealing with anxiety and fear, getting energized to continue pursuing your goals on days where all you want to do is lie on the couch, nailing down an awesome business idea, letting go of resentment, staying motivated to make a change in the world while feeling weighed down by pain and much, much more.
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 talks about how the idea of losing weight, starting a new exercise regimen and changing who we are is always doomed to fail and that to find long-lasting balance we need to look at what lies beneath wanting to change who we are. She opens up about her own resolutions and challenges; how can you learn to slow down when it’s in your nature to move? How do you ask for help when you’re used to doing everything yourself? How can we make space for healing in a world that constantly demands us to perform and be perfect?
Join Rachel as she shares her best tips on how to set loving intentions and create ceremony to ring in the new year from the heart.
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 thats 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. Dennis shares what he loves most about Rachel (hint: we should have edited some stuff out but didn’t), gives his best advice for finding your way in life and how at the end of the day, its all about gratitude.
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 photoshoot and how, inevitably, chaos ensued. From having an incredibly difficult time leaving Aruba in the first place to arriving to find LA on fire (literally!) she spent the weekend arguing with her brother about politics, fighting with her husband about how to care for the baby, going head to head with the airlines about getting home on time and even found herself in a confrontation with a complete stranger about how her friend was raising her toddler. A whirlwind of a weekend, indeed! She talks about how to bridge the gap with our family members when we can’t see eye-to-eye (is it possible?), letting go of control, facing your fears at your own pace and how, sometimes, all you need is a really good cry.
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 about leaving her baby for the first time 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). After getting the many questions about bodily functions out of the way they dive into the stories from their high school days, what it’s like having husbands that are BFF’s and the very important subject of #MeToo - what’s next? They talk about how we can raise vulnerable boys and empowered girls while continuing to smash the patriarchy and strive for equality in the most loving way possible. They also talk about how to find your true passion in life and stay on course even when life throws you challenges.
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.
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. They talk about how Violet’s struggles with being bullied and having low self-esteem led her to create the social media alter ego that completely changed her life and Rachel shares her own experiences with not fitting in as a young teen. They dive into the topic of feminism, gender inequality in the comedy world, using online influence to make people smile and how in the end, we should all just be a little bit kinder to each other (especially on the internet!).
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. They talk about how our eating habits affect our lives, the emotional connection we hold to the diet we were raised with, adding broccoli to your pepperoni pizza and how when it comes to making good choices for your body, learning by doing is the best way! Ella shares how she went from never giving food much thought to vibrantly glowing with health, and how she turned what was a small personal blog into a hugely successful business with 70+ employees. They also talk about the difficult side of social media, what it’s like to have millions of people following your every move and much more.