Rachel Brathen

Yoga Girl. Mom. Creator of #yogaeverydamnday❤️ Podcast out every Friday - link below to listen!🙏🏼 info@rachelbrathen.com

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/from-the-heart-conversations-with-yoga-girl/id1219728105?mt=2

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Naked babies. Sunset. And this light🙌🏼☀️ The love❤️ @orothschild @dennisfromsalad @patrickbeke @tangerine_aruba @cado297 #family

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So @dennisfromsalad has decided to pick up the camera again out of the blue and it’s so much fun! Look at how he made me harvesting moringa for our morning smoothie look very serene and put together (although actually the baby was waking up and I had oatmeal on the stove and the dogs had gotten into the trash all at once)🙄🤗 .
Two months into veganism now and I am feeling SO GOOD. I was vegan for years but years ago and somehow I’d forgotten what my body feels like without dairy. I knew when I had the baby I’d never feed her animal products and now I marvel over the fact that I was so conscious about her health but careless about my own. I’d eat ice cream and cheese (ah, the cheese) thinking I was doing it the way I eat dessert and drink wine; “I know it’s not great for me but I’m conscious about it and eat it anyway because it makes me happy”. Well, I conveniently chose to not think about the fact that for me to have cheese on my toast a mother has to lose her baby😭 I feel it in my core and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it again: I want to lead a life that inspires love and healing and that brings as little suffering into the world as possible. Eating dairy is NOT IT. Forcefully removing babies from their mommas so we can drink their breastmilk is not it. And that’s putting all benefits for health an the environment that veganism brings aside... I just can’t stop thinking of the moms and the babies❤️ And vegan this time around is SO EASY! I’m mashing avocado on my toast instead of cheese and switched over to coconut ice cream. Piece of vegan cake!
If you want more info about vegetarianism vs veganism, google James Aspey + dairy and watch any of his videos. Thanks @jamesaspey for helping the voiceless!🌱 #vegan #health #vibrant #plantbased #food #yoga #yogaeverydamnday

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HAPPY PODCAST DAY EVERYONE!! In today’s episode I share the story of how I left shark baby for the first time ever to travel to Los Angeles last weekend and how, inevitably, chaos ensued. From having a super difficult time leaving Aruba in the first place to arriving to find LA on fire (literally!) I spent the weekend arguing with my brother about politics and fighting with @dennisfromsalad about baby stuff (he thought getting a baby sitter for the first time ever while I was a thousand miles away and already panicking was a great idea🙈), going head to head with the airlines about getting home on time and pushing through the longest photo shoot ever while just feeling overall crappy. A whirlwind of a weekend, indeed! I did have some fun moments of course and slept two whole nights by myself so it wasn’t all bad but I could have never predicted just how hard leaving Luni would be!😳 .
I also talk 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.

Tune in now! Click the link in my bio or go to www.rachelbrathen.com for a list of all podcast providers❤️ Happy podcasting! x #yogagirlpodcast #podcast #fromtheheart #familybusiness #holidays #travel #family #love

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Don’t worry. Be happy❤️ (or be sad! That’s ok, too. Or anxious. Or content. Or angry. Or happy and sad and sort of grateful for everything at the same time. Be whatever you are. Just feel your feelings)👌🏼 .
You are doing your best and everything you are is good enough. 😘 x #allthefeels #gratitude

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I’m home, wrapping presents and watching Luna pull books out of the bookshelf, laughing to herself each time one falls to the floor. I love her so much. My entire body is warm with love. Sometimes it seeps out of me, the love, and I have no choice but to cry a little. Dennis asks me often; “what’s wrong?” but I’m just happy. I have such a good life. It’s not always easy and I’ve been through my fair share of pain but right now, everything is so beautiful and I’m not ashamed to say that. I feel purposeful and loved and in love. And I want to speak it out loud.
When we get lucky and find ourselves in a moment where things are perfect we need to soak up all the beauty and store it so that when, inevitably, struggle eventually arrives again... We’ll remember that magic is always just around the corner.
If you’re happy, be happy. All in. All the way. x

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Run little hippie, run!😂😍 This is her absolute favorite thing. Best is when Ringo is in the room barking and chasing her and she laughs like she is about to pass out with happiness😅 I could spend all day rolling around on the floor playing with her.
She is just starting to walk holding onto just one hand too! But very tentatively. And she is doing this super funny crawl where she is on one knee and one foot. Half puppy dog crawl half gorilla! Looks hilarious. Oh and since I left for LA she has been sleeping 12-hour nights without eating at night at all. WHAT IS GOING ONNNN. Maybe I was just the problem the whole time😬🙈🙄 . I honestly wish she nursed more but I can’t get her to be still. Have accepted that it is what it is - no more forcing or pushing anything that isn’t flowing for me. Practicing the art of totally relaxing every damn day for the rest of this year. All is well!
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In two days she will be nine months old. Where has time gone? @loving.lealuna #sharkbaby #cuteness #happiness #joy #laugher #baby #love

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On my way home to this!!!!!!!!!! Currently sitting at the airport in Columbus, Ohio feeling like absolute, total crap after they canceled my flight from LA to Aruba😩 We were at dinner after the longest day when I got a text out of the blue saying my flight had been canceled and that I was rebooked for one 24 hours later. NOT HAPPENING, DELTA!🙄 I have a baby to get home to! We jumped in the car and raced to the airport where I managed to get on a flight to Columbus and now boarding another one to Atlanta where I’ll hopefully make my connection and get to Aruba today. We are just about out of milk and not coming home to hug shark baby today would just kill me😭 Wish me luck. Oh and it’s 6am and I’m in full hair and makeup because I didn’t get a chance to change after my shoot or anything. Feeling very gross and beyond exhausted... These 48 hours in LA were intense🙈😬 Don’t think I’m cut out for that kind of traveling anymore! Mamahood has changed me! All I want to do is cuddle up on the couch with baby. Hope I can squeeze her today. Pray to the weather gods that Atlanta snowstorm has mellowed out! x❤️ #travelnightmare #deepbreaths #sharkbaby #motherhood #love

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Happy Friday and happy podcast day all the way from LA!!!!!! In this episode my best friend @orothschild takes over as host of the show😱😅😍 She interviews me on my way to the airport, freaked out about leaving the baby and overwhelmed about the intensity of motherhood (perfect time for her to take over!!). We start off with a lot of laughter, of course, and Olivia asks some very serious questions I normally do not answer (like “when was the first time you ever farted in front of Dennis?”) before we venture toward more serious subjects (...like pooping during childbirth)😝 .
After getting the many, many questions about bodily functions out of the way we dive into stories from our high school days, what it’s like having husbands that are BFF’s and the very important subject of #MeToo - what’s next? We chat about how we can raise vulnerable boys and empowered girls while continuing to strive for equality in the most loving way possible. We also talk about how to find your true passion in life and stay on course - even when life throws you challenges. Listen in now!!! Link in bio as usual❤️ #podcast #yogagirlpodcast #fromtheheart #bff #yoga #yogaeverydamnday

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Laughing hysterically at my brother trying very hard to be a good Instagram photographer and get this shot right. Five minutes later we were drinking beer arguing about politics loud enough for the neighboring table to become concerned and and ask what in the world we were talking about so passionately🙈 Just the way it’s supposed to be!😝😋 #losangeles #family

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I’ve had many surreal experiences in my life but this moment right here... I’m using a breast pump. In a public bathroom. Standing outside a janitors closet. At an airport.
Took me an hour to find a spot where I could pump in “private”. The pump is balancing on a trash can.
Ah, motherhood. You are just so glamorous😝😂😅#normalizebreastfeeding #normalizebreastpumping #normalizeEVERYTHING !!!

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Writing this from a plane!!😳😳😳
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Shark baby is at home with daddy and I’m on my way to Los Angeles (and wild fires??? What!?) for three whole days away alone AND THIS IS SO MUCH HARDER THAN I EVER THOUGHT IT WOULD BE😩😭 I felt so panicky leaving I had a hard time even getting out of the house. I’ve left an infinite amount of breastmilk and @dennisfromsalad is the most amazing dad in the universe and I know she is going to be ok. But I’m not! I miss her so much my entire being is in pain. I’m going for a cover shoot so a super fun and exciting trip and I feel so honored to be featured. But I miss Luni so much I’m not sure how I’m going to make it through these days..! Dennis is so jealous - “a business class flight alone without baby; are you kidding me? You can drink wine and pig out and WATCH A WHOLE MOVIE! And you get to go to LA! Where your brother is! And so many of our friends! You can go out and have actual fun! With real adults! In Los Angeles! While drinking! And you can sleep an entire night trough! How are you not excited right now??”😝🙈😂 Haha god... I know he is right. But I’m just not feeling it. Maybe I’ll fake it til I make it?! Ok. Going to order myself a glass of prosecco now. And watch Wonder Woman because I’ve wanted to see it forever. And just sit here. Yes. I’ll just sit here with my thoughts and my feelings and this beating heart and try to not look at videos of my baby like a crazy person🤷🏼‍♀️ Wish me luck. @ludvig_brathen @sbickle @kellybickle @jenpastiloff @lizarch here I come!!!!!!! #motherhood #travel #arubatolosangeles #deepbreaths

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#MeToo - The Yoga Stories. Link in bio. .
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SHARE THIS POST. Tag your teachers, students, friends. I call for all teachers in this community to take a stand against sexual harassment and abuse within the yoga world (and everywhere!). Teachers that abuse the power they hold in student-teacher relationships should not be allowed to teach. Sexual predators should not be leading teacher trainings, or headline yoga festivals, or grace the covers of yoga magazines. Men that take advantage of the vulnerability of this practice do not belong in our community.

Please share this post. And from this moment on, if you see something… Say something! I hope this movement empowers us all to speak up from a place of truth. For more details and to read the stories go to www.rachelbrathen.com/blog 🙏🏼
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I humbly bow to every woman that has had the courage to speak up. #MeTooYoga #MeToo #yogaeverydamnday

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Little reminders of divinity and magic are all around. Don’t ever allow yourself to become so busy that you can’t see them. .
Notice the signs. x .
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#divine #miracle #signs #beauty #universe #truth

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We want to change the world. .
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That is all🤗🌍❤️ .
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#seva #community #changemakers #purpose #yogaeverydamnday

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All-time favorite yoga buddy😍🧘‍♀️ .
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#yogaeverydamnday #yogagirls #motherhood #yoga

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These greys and blues though...🙌🏼💨🌊💧 #pachamama #motherearth #ocean #storm #beauty

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Took shark baby sailing today!!! I normally don’t like to deviate from her nap routine because she naps like clockwork at home and it’s so awesome but @dennisfromsalad convinced me to loosen up and “relax” so we all went (I’m SO not the fun parent in this family)🙄 And then we swam from the boat all the way to shore so I could get her home in time for her nap. NO BIGGIE! I wasn’t panicked about that at all. Not at allllll😬😬😬 Dennis thought it wouldn’t be a big deal and always tells me “she’s not a Fabergé egg noh” (#thinklikeadad) so I pretended like I wasn’t 100% freaking out about jumping off a boat with an 8-month old baby in the middle of the ocean while holding a zip lock bag with my phone and car keys and diapers (yup) above my head. And then it started raining and he almost forgot her life jacket but I reminded him last minute (#thinklikeamom) and the sea was rough and it was way, way further than I thought. BUT WE MADE IT! And little moon shrieked with laugher the whole time. And now we’re home and she is napping right on schedule and I’m on the couch and all is well and Dennis was right. YES GODDAMMIT I SAID IT! Sometimes you are right, husband. (PS nap schedule still stands and the default setting of me always being right is now back on) (just so we’re clear) (ilu) 😅🤗😬😋 #parenting #daddyhood #mamahood #sailingday #sharkbaby #baby #ocean #beach #islandyoga

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It’s podcast day! In today’s podcast episode I dive deeper into the topic of #MeToo and share my own experiences with sexual harassment, abuse and feeling taken advantage of. WARNING: this is a graphic episode so don’t listen in if you are sensitive. Some of these stories are from the yoga world where I thought the teacher touching me was more “enlightened” or “spiritual” than me so I didn’t say anything. Two stories are about extremely inappropriate massage sessions, one is about a former boss and some are from my days as a partying teenager. None of these things were ok. I feel lucky enough that I was never raped and for a long time I felt like these things “didn’t count” because I didn’t deem them brutal enough. Well im here to tell you THEY COUNT! If you felt violated, they count. If you didn’t consent, it counts. I wish I would have spoken up then but I’m speaking up now.
Click the link in my bio to listen! Or go to rachelbrathen.com for all podcast providers. .
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This weekend I’ll be publishing the first round of #MeToo - The Yoga Stories. If you have a story of your own you’d like to voice, send it to info@rachelbrathen.com. There are many cases coming in about the same teacher repeatedly harassing and abusing women and it looks like some will take legal action now or at the very least get together to openly share the teachers name(!!!). If you are sitting with any type of shame... It was not your fault! And you are not alone. Write us. No more silence. x #MeToo

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❤️ The love. The love the love the love. Today I’m wondering how many fights I can fight without becoming exhausted. I’m in the midst of publishing #MeToo - The Yoga Stories; a collection of abuse, sexual harassment and rape within the yoga world. It’s taken me over a week to get clear consent on which of the hundreds of stories to share, how to censor out what’s needed and get legal help to make sure I’m not put in a liable situation for helping other womens voices grow louder. We are opening an animal shelter after years of working within the animal rescue field. We are launching a huge initiative at the beginning of next year to help people struggling with mental illness. We are struggling to keep our global mission foundation @109world thriving with new charitable initiatives in countries all over the world. We just hosted a huge event to raise money for The Childhood Cancer Foundation (raised $70,000 in a day!). And I’m spending every waking hour now wondering how I can help the children that suffer on this island. Should we open an orphanage? Start an after-school program? Collect donations? Support social workers? I don’t know. But I will do something.
I can’t take social injustice. And I won’t be silenced. It rubs a lot of people the wrong way when I use this platform to speak up. And I am very often triggered by people who have big platforms but do nothing. That is why yoga ads and discounted yoga pants and the smiley yoga poses paired with a Gandhi quote get me all fired up - I feel very alone fighting these fights. And I know not everyone feel empowered to stand up and do what they can to make a change so I’m here to tell you: if you want help - write me. I’m serious. Calling every influencer, teacher, celebrity out there. Especially all the yogalebrities that hate me (oh there are tons). Hell - tag your favorite online person in this post! Let’s stop bickering about who promotes what online and do what we can to help the children and the animals and the women and also the men that suffer.
info@rachelbrathen.com. We can. And I’m here. x

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My heart is bleeding. I’ve been wanting to share this for the past couple of days but I’ve been physically unable to talk about it without breaking down. Don’t read on if you are sensitive because what follows is horrendous.
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One week ago today, a 5-year old boy, Rishandroh Frans, was brought into the hospital. He had broken wrists, two fractured ribs, a broken shoulder, a shattered pelvis, wounds all over his body, internal bleeding in his head and burns from boiling water covering most of his skin.
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His mother said he’d fallen at the playground. Many of his injuries and fractures were months old. The doctors did what they could to save him, but on Thursday he slipped into a coma. On Friday, he died.
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After having detained the mother, step father and grandmother, news of his 3-year old little brother, Eugene, spread. The little boy was nowhere to be found and this photo of him, holding a balloon, innocently looking into the camera was all over social media. A big search across the island proved fruitless and two days ago, the step dad admitted to having buried him not far from their home. .

Two little boys. Dead. At the hands of their own family. And they suffered so much. I can’t wrap my head around this suffering. Their innocence. This unfathomable cruelty. Horrible things happen every day. But this happened in our own backyard. I can’t stop thinking about them. I can’t scrub the image of their smiling little faces out of my head. I wake up in the morning and I think of them. I go to bed looking at these pictures. How did no one know?? How was nothing done? Neighbors, teachers, all this time, all this abuse, and nobody saw?
I just don’t understand. I want to do something but I feel powerless .
Lying on my mat in Savasana today I saw them. They were holding hands, standing on the beach with the sun setting behind them. I saw the silhouettes of their little bodies enveloped in orange light and they were safe.

I pray for the safety of all children, everywhere.
I want to end this post with a call to action but there is nothing. Just sadness, a broken system and this orange light.
Rest In Peace little angels. We will never, ever forget you.

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Just going to leave this here🤷🏼‍♀️😋❤️ #laughteristhebestmedicine #lealuna #baby #laughter #happiness

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Introducing: SGT PEPPER’S HOME!!!😱🎈🎉😍 We are officially the owners of this beautiful property! It’s 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet) with a 4-bedroom house that will soon become Sgt Pepper’s Home - the official @sgtpeppersfriends animal shelter🐶🐱🐕🐈🐰 I can’t believe this dream is finally being manifested! We founded the non-profit @sgtpeppersfriends in 2015 after our baby Sgt Pepper passed away as a way to rescue stray dogs in his name and use social media to set up adoptions. It has since grown into a super foundation, doing more good in the world than I could have ever imagined! We save and find homes for hundreds and hundreds of abused and abandoned animals every year and now we will be able to make an even bigger difference! Sgt Pepper’s Home will be a sanctuary for animals in need - we are building spacious indoor/outdoor enclosures and will have a puppy area for moms and their litters, a quarantine area for animals that are unwell, a cat cafe (yes!!) and much more. I’m so proud of us all! A HUGE thank you to to Biltema Foundation for their very generous donation, to @109world and the participants of the mission trip we hosted earlier this year and to every single person who has ever donated to the foundation. And thank you TEAM SPF (past and current!). I love you. Together we made this happen! We will begin construction soon and will hopefully be able to operate at the beginning of next year. And yes, we take in volunteers! Go to www.sgtpeppersfriends.com to donate to the cause. Thank you all. Remember: adopt, don’t shop!❤️ You can’t buy love but you can rescue it🤗 @sgtpeppersfriends #sgtpeppershome #sgtpeppersfriends #animalrescue #dogs #cats #strays #seva #nonprofit #charity #love

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Little moon standing in her new room, talking to her goats (the live right outside her window)🌸👑🐰🌙🐐💕 My heart❤️ @loving.lealuna #8months #princess

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This girl will grow up loving herself unconditionally not because of what I tell her, but because of what I tell myself. I think about this a lot - how to instill a natural sense of self-love in my little girl and I know it has more to do with the example I set by loving myself than the words I tell her. .
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I’m flying to Los Angeles in a little over a week for a cover shoot for a major women’s magazine. When they approached me I was super excited (it’s a big deal!) but then, doubt started creeping in. They sent me examples of what the photographer has shot before (major movie stars and fashion models) - every single cover graced by a super fit, mega toned, skinny celebrity. I’m 8 months postpartum but let’s be serious - I wasn’t a size zero before pregnancy and I haven’t exactly done anything to “get in shape” after I had the baby. I’ve been pretty content lying on the couch eating (now vegan) ice cream and ordering take-out because we’ve been too tired to cook. I’m practicing yoga and working but mostly just hanging out with the baby in my PJs, not really thinking about my body or my appearance at all. .
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But now, with this shoot looming, there is a little voice at the back of my head saying “Do some sit-ups! Lose some weight!” and it drives me CRAZY. It’s a judgmental voice. Super mean. Telling me I’m lesser-than. When I listen to this voice, I feel like absolute crap. But I don’t want to change anything about who I am! Maybe with time I’ll have a flat belly again but I don’t want to feel rushed for anything to change because of the judgmental story I tell myself about not being skinny enough for the cover of a magazine. I don’t want to do sit-ups. I don’t want to lose weight. I don’t want to get off the couch! I want to stay here, just as I am, rolling out my yoga mat a few times a week and eating ice cream whenever I feel like it. I turn to my baby girl and think about what I would tell her if she had these thoughts about herself. I would tell her that she is beautiful. So beautiful. And that this beauty isn’t dependent on a scale, or a magazine, or the size of her clothing. I’d tell her that she is so perfect - just the way she is.
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And... So am I☺️

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Soaking up the sunshine with my little moon☀️ (also... eating sand)😂 Grateful for so much today. #motherhood

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😂😂😂 Happy Friday and happy PODCAST DAY!!! This weeks episode offers some well-needed comic relief - I have my all-time FAVORITE social media personality @daddyissues_ on the show!!! If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know who Violet is, she’s the queen of memes and rose to stardom through highlighting relatable, controversial (and hilarious!) topics through the eyes of the millennial woman. In today’s episode we talk about sex (yup!), making people smile, social media challenges, how to deal with bullies online, inequality in the comedy world and how we both struggled with serious insecurities and were taunted for our height (and boob size, for contrasting reasons!) while growing up. We also get into the topic of #MeToo and Violet gets super real and vulnerable about being bullied as a child and how that made her want to help others in the same position today. She is just so hilariously badass, this one! Oh and serious explicit content warning on this episode😬😇 TUNE IN NOW!!!! Link in bio or search From The Heart of Yoga Girl on iTunes. Or go to www.rachelbrathen.com for a list of all podcast providers (available on Android too!)❤️ Enjoy enjoy! #yogagirlpodcast #fromtheheart #podcast #daddyissues #violetbenson #meme #memequeen #love

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This girl. She’s loud as hell and has zero patience and dances on the bar and breaks all the rules and never fakes it and just doesn’t give a flying fork. Just like her mama.😇.
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We don’t stand idly by! To everyone who feels nervous when the topic of abuse of power is on the table... YOU SHOULD BE. Check your values! Are you living in alignment with your truth? Or are you floating along, hiding behind inaction? Dig deep. Move with love - then act. Do not harm. Take no shit. If you have a voice FUCKING USE IT. Stop distracting yourself! Change is coming (but we have to work to get there)🔥💪🏼 #floodgatesareopen #truth #now

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Do you have a #MeToo story from the yoga world that you would like to share? EMAIL ME! Since my posts yesterday I’ve been flooded with DMs from people sharing their own experiences having been taken advantage of and sexually harassed by men in a place of power within the yoga industry. Have a story of your own? Email: info@rachelbrathen.com subject line ME TOO🔥 You can be anonymous and I won’t share anyone’s name unless you want me to. If I get enough credible stories (accumulating so many about the same men right now as is) I’ll share it as a public blog. So many other industries are outing predators - why is the yoga world so silent?? As of now I have several accounts of harassment, abuse of power and even rape involving two very famous yoga photographers, a festival founder, two yoga apparel brand owners and several well-known yoga teachers. There is something about this being prevalent in the yoga community that makes me feel even worse about it - there is trust here. Or there is supposed to be. One of the teachers I’ve received several messages about is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year old girl during a yoga teacher training. I could vomit... But I’m too fucking angry. BRING ON THE STORIES! You can be fully anonymous and I’ll protect your name. INFO@RACHELBRATHEN.COM (I’m getting too many DMs so pls email). x #metoo #yoga #retribution #revolution 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 (oh and this picture has nothing to do with the caption - I just feel fierce AF)❤️

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SHARK ATTACK!🦈😈 (sound on📢❗️and watch until the end) (RIP phone)😂 @loving.lealuna #sharkbaby #sharkattack #baby #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #JAWS

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