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Yoga Girl: Conversations From The Heart

195 episodes - English - Latest episode: 6 days ago - ★★★★★ - 3.5K ratings

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.

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The Yoga Episode: Answering All Your Yoga Questions!

October 23, 2020 07:01

Welcome to the much-anticipated YOGA episode of the Yoga Girl Podcast! Tune in today as Rachel takes questions from the Yoga Girl Community about the practice of yoga, how to start your practice, finding a teacher that resonates, honoring the roots of yoga, common misalignments and more! Wherever you are at with your practice, if you’ve never stepped onto a yoga mat or if you are an advanced practitioner, this heartfelt episode from Rachel is a step-by-step guide not only into the practice of...

The Yoga Girl Morning Ritual (Step by Step!)

October 16, 2020 07:01

The best way to have a great day is to start your day off GREAT! On this week’s episode, Rachel shares her sacred morning routine in 10 steps, why you absolutely should cultivate a morning ritual and how carving out time for self-care first thing in the AM can (and will!) profoundly change your life. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Many of us reach for our phones or hit the snooze button. A great day begins from the inside out, so before you dive headfirst into what the day ha...

5 Simple Steps to Process Your Emotions

October 09, 2020 07:01

Today’s episode has the power to propel your healing process to an entirely new level as Rachel shares five simple – yet radical – steps to alchemize and process your emotions.  The first years that we spend on this earth are crucial when it comes to our development and the ways that we relate to the world around us. Were your feelings validated as a child? For many of us growing up, we were shamed or punished for being angry, sad, frustrated, or any feelings that as a society we have labelle...

What If You Are Feeling Lost For a Reason?

October 02, 2020 07:01

Are you wondering what exactly you are here to do and what the actual F is going on in the world? Congratulations! You are not alone; we are in this together. We are ALL feeling lost and wondering the same things as the global pandemic plays on. What we can do is anchor into our day to day rituals and practices that make us feel good. Instead of overthinking the past or feeling anxious about the unknown future, we can spend our energy and our time doing something that makes us feel really GOO...

You Deserve To FEEL GOOD! How To Step Out of A Negative Cycle

September 25, 2020 07:01

Have you been having a hard time implementing day to day habits that lead to you feeling really good, throughout the day and throughout your being? We are all struggling somewhere, and there are little changes in our self-care we can make that can help to get us out of a rut and into a more centered, clear, connected place.  On this week’s episode, Rachel shares the 3 changes she has made in her life that finally got her out of a rut and back into a lightness of being. As good as it feels to ...

God Circled This Spot on a Map For You

September 18, 2020 07:01

Are we all going to be ok? This is one of the most heartfelt questions that Rachel answers on this week’s episode. It has been a while since she sat down to take questions from our listeners – and ultimately, we are all wondering about the same things. As we navigate this new world, we are not feeling grounded, centered, safe or secure. We are swinging from high to low, trying to find some type of normalcy and balance during a global pandemic – and we are starting to develop a new reality of ...

Hurt People Hurt People - Love Them Anyway

September 11, 2020 07:01

Tune in to this episode and take a deep exhale as Rachel begins with a grounding meditation before diving into the topic of today: our relationships. Connecting with others lies at the root of this human experience. Our relationships with our loved ones can lift us up and carry us through incredibly difficult times. But, what can relationships with those who challenge us teach us? 2020 is bringing out the worst in a lot of people. Staying steady throughout everything that continues to come ou...

Jay Shetty on How To Find Your Life Purpose (really!)

September 04, 2020 07:01

Are you struggling with finding your purpose in life, staying positive, or looking for changes to make in order to improve your spiritual health? You are not alone! This week Rachel is joined by former monk, meditation teacher, motivational speaker and author Jay Shetty. Jay offers valuable spiritual insight into the mindset of a monk, how to infuse your life with purpose, passion, compassion, and service, as well as how to set boundaries and discover triggers (before you become triggered)!  ...

How To Make It Through 2020

August 28, 2020 07:01

Today’s episode begins with a heart-centred meditation on acknowledging the feelings you are experiencing in this moment. Human beings are complex emotional creatures with the ability to feel many things at once, but sometimes it is hard to distinguish between them all - unless we really sit with our emotions and bring them to surface. This meditation is much needed by Rachel as she dives into today’s topic while doing her best to speak from the heart after feeling like she’s lost her voice. ...

Cancel Culture and the Seven Stages of Grief

August 21, 2020 07:01

Rachel’s life has been turned upside down lately in a way she cannot fully describe. In today’s episode, she recounts the story that unfolded in the past week after she was ‘cancelled’ online. Although she feels as if she is going through a process of mourning, she is having difficulty pinpointing exactly what it is she is mourning, and the purpose behind it.  Her family is safe. The Yoga Girl community is strong and connected. Island Yoga is still thriving. So, what exactly is she mourning? ...

Cancel Yoga Girl 

August 14, 2020 07:01

Following the recent Aruban backlash from a social media post of Rachel’s, Rachel and Dennis are facing a situation they have never experienced before: feeling unwelcome and unsafe in their own home. In today’s episode, Dennis interviews Rachel to discuss the entire series of events that have unfolded. After living in Aruba for 10 years, having residency, being married to an Aruban, promoting the island endlessly and working hard to raise money and awareness for the abuse of women, children a...

The New Normal: Love (and Masks?) In A Time of Corona with Dennis Schoneveld

August 07, 2020 07:01

Are you feeling like you are perpetually living in a state of not knowing? You are not alone! As the world struggles through this pandemic, nothing is certain, and no one really has any answers. The best we can do is take good care of ourselves, hold each other up, and listen to Rachel and Dennis try to work through it on the Yoga Girl podcast.  This week’s episode features Rachel’s husband, the man that holds her up, Yoga Girl’s very own producer, tech guy, camera man, the hilarious, disting...

Diversifying The Wellness Industry with Nicole Cardoza

July 31, 2020 07:01

As students and teachers we have a responsibility to look at who is missing in our yoga classes, healing circles and retreats. Healing tools should be available to all! Making a change begins with recognizing just how far we are from equity and diversity in the wellness industry - and taking active steps toward change, every day. This week Rachel is joined by the fantastically fierce Nicole Cardoza (@nicoleacardoza on Instagram). Nicole is a yoga teacher, wellness expert, entrepreneur, invest...

Wherever You Go, There You Are

July 24, 2020 07:01

Life is full of so much doing. We move quickly through our day, from working to planning to organizing to… more doing. Even as this year forced us all to slow down, we didn’t stop ‘doing’. We cooked, baked, organized our homes, or started new projects. But have you ever stopped ‘doing’ for a moment to ask yourself why? What is the real motive behind your inability to be really, truly still? In this episode, Rachel shares the traumas in her life that led her to move through life at a pace so f...

Were You Born This Way, Or Did You Learn It?

July 17, 2020 07:01

We spend so much time in our armor, protecting ourselves with layers and layers of conditioning. If we do not have our needs met as children, if we are not seen, heard, appreciated or loved, we subconsciously begin to develop a resilience, an armor of protection. We seek to have our needs met elsewhere and develop coping mechanisms to be healed later in life. In this episode, Rachel reflects on the internal work she is doing, how it is affecting her, her daughter, her husband, and giving her ...

Healing Hurts - How To Take Your Spiritual Practice To The Next Level

July 10, 2020 07:01

After everything that has occurred in 2020, there is no going back to the way things were. We have to do better and be better to ourselves. The only way through is to listen to our inner truth and show up for ourselves in a radical way. The world has intensified, so make sure your healing practices align along with it! Perhaps the old, comfortable practices you’ve had before no longer serve your deep longing for peace. How do you know when it’s time to take our practice to the next level? How...

Radical Honesty with Jessamyn Stanley

July 03, 2020 07:01

This is a time in history when we finally acknowledge the problems we have as a society. For as long as we live, we will remember 2020 as a year of huge change. But - is it enough? There are no quick fixes for issues that have been hundreds of years in the making. There is a beautiful collective healing that is beginning right now, but ultimately, it all comes from within each of us. We cannot be whole as a society if even one of us is not. How does the healing the world is in need of relate ...

Diversifying the Wellness Industry and Using Joy as an Act of Resistance with Latham Thomas

June 26, 2020 07:01

The past few months have given us a glimpse of what the world has the potential to be – a world where we work and commute less, where we have more time in our day to take care of ourselves, and most importantly: where justice is for all. In a world that rewards you for putting work and the idea of success above all else, the pursuit of joy and the practice of self-care is a radical tool of resistance and liberation.  These are the words from this week’s very special guest, Latham Thomas (foll...

We are Part of the Problem (And How to be Part of the Solution)

June 19, 2020 07:01

How many times have you thought that racism was perpetrated by a select group of ‘bad’ people, that you were completely separate from it, or even that racism didn’t exist at all? The truth is, as white people we have inherent biases and prejudices within us and whether we like it or not, we benefit from that privilege every day. Once our eyes are open to our privilege and to the injustice that comes along with it, we can begin to make real change - but along the way, we are going to make mist...

How Do You Feel When Everything is Still?

June 12, 2020 07:01

With the current climate of the world, many of us may be noticing little things that we have never realized before. Little things that are actually big things, from the voices we elevate in the media to the color of bandaids. In this episode, Rachel starts by touching on the Black Lives Matter movement from the place of a learner, an observer, and a listener - as all white people should be doing right now. We have a responsibly to do daily reality checks with ourselves to uncover our hidden b...

Black Lives Matter

June 05, 2020 07:01

Today’s episode features three guest hosts, Dianne Bondy, Maite Onochie, and Rocky Heron, all guides on the platform and voices from the Black community. Coming from different global perspectives, they share their views on how they see the world right now - and how the world has seen them. Offering up their deep wisdom on everything from white supremacy, complacency and allyship, this episode will help you question your own attachments to race, and align your inner values with yo...

What Helps You Remember that Your Body is Sacred?

May 29, 2020 07:01

In this episode, Rachel finds herself in a place of shame after realizing she has gained weight during quarantine. But here’s the thing - she felt no shame at all, in fact she felt great in her body, until she stepped on a scale. What was it inside of her that caused that shift?  This pandemic has brought with it a lot of change, and many of us are seeing changes in our physical bodies. The minute we feel shame, we have a tendency to try changing ourselves. But no matter how we try to change...

You Have The Power To Change Your Life (and here is how to begin!)

May 22, 2020 07:01

In this episode, Rachel reflects on the patterns and relationships that haven’t been serving her throughout her life. There is one common thread between them all: she played a role in the decision making. The pace of her life, the people she invited into it, and the work she focused on was ultimately decided by her. What if this is true for all of us? Are we are all actively playing a part in the things that don’t serve us in life?  As society slowly starts moving again, there is a lot for us...

Setting Boundaries and Showing Up for Yourself

May 15, 2020 07:01

How often has your intuition warned you that the exchange (physical or energetic!) between you and another individual was unfair, unbalanced or absolutely exhausting? More importantly, how often have you ignored your intuition to benefit that other individual’s needs before your own? In today’s episode, Rachel discusses the importance of setting and keeping boundaries for the sake of your own mental health. It can be so hard to set boundaries and stick to them. As women and mothers especially...

A Garden as a Metaphor for Love, Loss and Life

May 08, 2020 07:01

We are all subjected to one ultimate truth of life: nothing is permanent. Plants, people, jobs, relationships, and homes – everything that surrounds us is fragile and fleeting. In this week’s episode, Rachel has been watching her garden be assaulted by lizards, dogs, white flies, mildew and a multitude of other challenges, and she is suddenly hit with the realization that her garden represents a metaphor for all of life. We may not have control over the eventual outcomes, but we do have a cho...

A Coming Back to Earth: How to Live a Life that Sustains You

May 01, 2020 07:01

We are on the cusp of a major life transition. We can choose to stray away from ourselves, or we can make decisions that put us in alignment with our soul’s true calling. But how can we know what that calling is? In today’s episode, Rachel reflects on the times in her life when she felt actual peace and genuine happiness. She realizes that all of those times have a common thread - they were the times she was able to slow down and come back, again and again, to yoga, to baking, to gardening, t...

The Spiritual Path is the Human Path: Messy, Real and Raw

April 24, 2020 07:01

Being human is messy! We are intricate, deeply emotional beings with the ability to feel so many things - and so many conflicting things - at the same time. We swing on a pendulum between productivity and numbing ourselves, between giving too much and shutting people out, between our ego and our soul taking control in the driver’s seat. But - it is all okay. This is exactly what doing the work looks like! In today’s episode, Rachel reflects on this period of isolation, the ups and downs she’s...

Begin Your Path to Self-Healing Today with Dr. Nicole LePera

April 17, 2020 07:01

Are you struggling with feelings of anxiety or is your nervous system exhausted from being stuck in fight or flight? In this time of quarantine, we may have found ourselves with the opportunity to explore our inner landscape and do some deep self-healing work, and that is exactly what this week’s episode is about! This week’s show is a perceptive and resourceful conversation between Rachel and holistic psychologist Dr. Nicole LePera, founder of the self-healing, inspirational Instagram accoun...

Isolation as a Spiritual Bootcamp

April 10, 2020 07:01

How are you doing in quarantine? Have you asked yourself that question lately, and then allowed yourself to sit with the answer? Are you having a hard time being present with your surroundings?  In this week’s episode, Rachel unpacks the collective quarantine experience of slowing down, removing distractions and doing our inner work. While being faced with that regardless of the social isolation, there is a voice inside her head that still wants to get up and go, do, create, work, bake, keep ...

How To (Not) Kill Your Spouse During Quarantine - Our 10-Year Anniversary Episode!

April 03, 2020 07:01

This week’s episode is a special one as Rachel has on the ultimate guest, her hilarious and down to earth husband, Dennis Schoneveld! Rachel and Dennis are recording from Aruba on their 10th wedding anniversary as they have found themselves at home, like the rest of us.  Tune in as they discuss everything a husband and wife would discuss during this time of isolation, from how they reacted to Luna getting tested for the virus to Dennis’ opinion on the amount of rice they currently have in the...

A Social Isolation Survival Guide

March 27, 2020 07:01

Tune in today as Rachel shares more than ten of her best tips to bring normalcy to your day, to move stagnant energy, and to clear your mind of repetitive thoughts so you can get through this period of isolation feeling whole. From doing yoga to making your bed, these small, day-to-day practices can keep you healthy and grounded in a time filled with so much uncertainty and loss of structure. The key to getting through this time is found in accepting the dualities of life; work and rest, mode...

Testing for COVID-19, Working Through Fear and Making Sense of a Global Pandemic

March 20, 2020 07:01

As coronavirus has the entire world in its grip, this global energy of fear has left many of us in a place of uncertainty. Will there be a resource shortage? Why isn’t everyone self-isolating? And what if the most unlikely happens, as it seems to be happening every day? In times of such uncertainty, many of us are feeling emotions we have never felt before – and many past traumas may find themselves resurfacing. In this week’s episode, Rachel shares the series of events that brought the small...

GaryVee Shares the Secret to Success + Why Happiness is Part of Your ROI!

March 13, 2020 07:01

Are you looking to grow your business - or are you struggling to start one? Having a hard time balancing work and family life? Trying to use social media to grow your business but wondering how to stay authentic in the process? Then this podcast is for you!  In this week’s episode, Rachel is joined by the king of entrepreneurship, Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary shares his knowledge on how he stays so extremely positive by tapping into the macro perspective of health and well-being, and not getting stu...

Healing Childhood Wounds Through Parenthood

March 06, 2020 08:01

How can you know yourself deeply if you’ve never touched the depths of your anger or reached the height of your joy? We have to feel our emotions to process them in a healthy way – and our ability to do that is often impacted by how our parents led us through sensitive moments as children. But what if our parents left us with empty spaces in our hearts? A beautiful opportunity for healing presents itself when we cross the threshold into parenthood. What if by parenting our children, we can pa...

What Life Lesson Are You Learning Right Now?

February 28, 2020 08:01

In this moment - right here, right now - you are on the cusp of a major epiphany. The struggles you are moving through today are teaching you something hugely important, the way every lesson hides a blessing. What if you could get so present with your inner world that you could find nuggets of gold in every challenge you come across, no matter how mundane? What if the path to freedom isn’t found in some holy place far away, but available to us through the vulnerability of being human? In this...

Marie Forleo on How To Overcome Whatever Life Throws Your Way

February 21, 2020 08:01

Are you struggling to find your purpose, looking to find genuine ways to be of service, or trying to figure out how to cultivate a fulfilling life that celebrates all of your passions? This week’s podcast guest can help you with all of the above! New York Times bestselling author and multi-passionate entrepreneur Marie Forleo joins Rachel this week to discuss why everything is “figureoutable”. Marie shares how to apply your gifts to the world and the tools you have to figure out all of life’s...

Healing Tools For Free, For Everyone, Forever - Yoga Girl x 29K

February 14, 2020 08:01

Up until now, having the tools to heal past pain has been something afforded only by a privileged few. What if there was a way to make tools for personal development and healing accessible to everyone? In this episode, Rachel is joined by her dear friend, 29K co-founder and happiness researcher, Erik Fernholm. Together with the 29K team, they have created an app that offers the tools and processes of therapy, for free!  Most of us need some form of support to cope with our human experience. 2...

Healing Tools For Free, For Everyone, Forever - Yoga Girl x 29k

February 14, 2020 08:01

Up until now, having the tools to heal past pain has been something afforded only by a privileged few. What if there was a way to make tools for personal development and healing accessible to everyone? In this episode, Rachel is joined by her dear friend, 29k co-founder and expert on happiness research, Erik Fernholm. Together with the 29k team, they have created an app that offers the tools and processes of therapy, for free!  Most of us need some form of support to cope with our human exper...

To Heal, We Have to Feel

February 07, 2020 08:01

What if we grew up with the tools we need to be able to feel the full spectrum of emotion? What if we were taught how to check in with ourselves and process the heavy parts of life? In this episode, Rachel opens up about the existential life crisis she is having - on purpose! It involves the act of tuning in and becoming really present with your emotions so you can recognize what you are feeling, when you feel it, and why you feel it. The only other option is to lock things deep within oursel...

Netflix, Chocolate Cake and The Cycle of Shame

January 31, 2020 08:01

Are you exhausted from battling your inner critic all day? Are you struggling with limiting beliefs leading to a cycle of numbing behaviors? In this episode Rachel shares about the struggle with her own inner critic, the behaviors she has been using to cope, and how she is learning to find peace in slowing down. We all cope with some type of self-medication. Who doesn’t want to sit on the couch, drink wine, eat cake and watch Netflix after a long exhausting day? Most of us are guilty of tradi...

Seek Discomfort - A Story About Privilege and The True Meaning of Freedom

January 24, 2020 08:01

We are one people. We all have the same beating heart inside our chests. We are all born with the same longing to be loved and free. However, our freedom only extends as far as our privilege, and some of us are born with more privilege than others. In this episode, Rachel shares the story of how she found herself faced with the challenge of having her US ESTA visa revoked and the eye opening process that followed. She is no longer free to travel to a country she pays taxes in, has multiple bu...

How To Stick To Healthy Habits and De-Clutter Your Life with Gretchen Rubin

January 17, 2020 08:01

Are you struggling to cultivate the habits that you intended to create in the New Year, or do you find it hard to create and stick to healthy habits in general? Maybe you just haven’t found the method that works specifically for you! On this week’s podcast, Rachel is joined by happiness and habit expert and best-selling author, Gretchen Rubin.  Together, they break down the types of habits you can form to help you to reach your own happiness goals. How can you create inner order for outer cal...

How To Manifest from a Place of Ease

January 10, 2020 08:01

As we move deeper into the new decade, we have a chance to shift our lives and choose goals to work toward. This year, can you break down your intentions so that you have the ability to live a simpler life while manifesting your dreams? Can you give yourself the option to live a more intimate life and take time to be present with your loved ones and community? Being busy doesn’t equal being accomplished. In this week’s episode, Rachel talks about the benefits of giving yourself space to choos...

You Are More Than What Happened To You - Identifying and Healing Trauma with Shubhaa Kassima Fisher

January 03, 2020 08:01

So many of us are struggling to heal from traumatic events that took place in our past. If you have suffered through loss, separation, disease, abandonment, abuse, neglect... You are not alone.  Trauma is not identified by what happened to us, but by our ability to respond. We often minimize trauma by saying “it could have been worse”, but when something comes our way and it’s too fast, too much, and too soon it can leave us in shock and suffering for years to come.  In this episode, Rachel i...

Intention Setting Ceremony - Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020!

December 27, 2019 08:01

Do you struggle with setting clear goals for the coming year? In the last episode of 2019, Rachel shares a powerful practice designed to get you super clear, focused and centered around what you need to release from 2019 so you can call in your hearts true longing in 2020.  You will need a quiet space, a journal, a pen, and anything else that will support you in this sacred practice. Rachel will guide you through a series of exercises designed to get clarity in all areas in your life from 201...

From Triggers to Trust - Christmas is a Time to Heal

December 20, 2019 08:01

Are you struggling with feeling like you constantly have to do more, perform better, work harder, parent perfectly, care for yourself, cultivate your relationships and maintain your career? In this episode, Rachel talks about mom guilt, burn out, the inner critic, and the art of slowing down and cutting yourself some slack! We all have an inner critic - that loud voice in the back of our heads that tells us we sent good enough. Regardless of our parents best attempts at providing us with a pe...

Calling in Authentic, Genuine Relationships (with yourself and others!)

December 13, 2019 08:01

As the year comes to a close and we reflect on the events of the past year, did you surround yourself with authentic people that really lift you up? Did you do the things that make you feel the most alive? In this episode, Rachel reflects on the past year, everything she has learned, and what the year 2020 will bring. She explores what it feels like not to be in charge of everything, and the value of surrounding yourself with authentic, genuine relationships.  The truth is, in a big spiritu...

Get Ready For 2020 with Astrologer Debra Silverman​!

December 06, 2019 08:01

On today’s episode, Rachel is once again joined by expert astrologer Debra Silverman! If you are interested in astrology but overwhelmed by the amount of information out there, this episode is for you. Join Rachel and Debra as they answer all of your questions about astrology and how to apply it as a practice to improve your life. How can we get to know ourselves and our personality traits better? Astrology will help you to understand yourself, your friends, your family and your partner. Lear...

#MeToo, Yoga and Protecting Your Energetic Space

November 29, 2019 08:01

In this episode, Rachel is in Tulum on vacation with her family and trying to slow down. After receiving some interesting news and getting kicked off a magazine cover shoot after speaking up on the topic of #MeToo in the yoga world, Rachel does what she usually does: she speaks out for justice and stands with those who have been subjected to trauma. This is Rachel’s mission in life, to use her platform and voice to spark real change in the world. Actually, this is all of our missions! We can ...

How To Go From Hurting To Healing

November 22, 2019 08:01

Are you feeling hurt? Betrayed? Upset by the actions of someone close to you (or a perfect stranger)? Wondering how to get to the root of your emotional triggers? In this episode, Rachel talks about unpacking emotional wounds through the use of observing, recognition, holding space, therapy, and putting the pieces of the wounded puzzle back together again.  Don’t get lost in obsessing over other people’s actions. You can’t control what other people do - you can only control how you react wha...


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