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From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl

From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl

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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How to Balance Struggle and Ease

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.
2019-07-19
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What If Fear Is A Doorway To Healing?

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.



2019-07-12
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Anxiety as a Spiritual Practice

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.


2019-07-05
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Turn Resentment into Compassion

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.
2019-06-28
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Be Yourself, The World Depends On It with LP

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.


2019-06-21
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Be Kind To Yourself

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.
2019-06-14
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On Being Human with Jen Pastiloff

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.
2019-06-07
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To Love and Let Go

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.

2019-05-31
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Medical Medium on How To Take Charge of Your Health

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!).
2019-05-24
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F*ck Your Abortion Ban

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.
2019-05-17
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Who Do You Need To Forgive? (And Should You Always?)

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.
2019-05-10
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How To Let Your Wounds Make You Wiser

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.
2019-05-03
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How To Heal Your Heart

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.


2019-04-26
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Female Entrepreneurship and Redefining Success with Sophia Amoruso

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.
2019-04-19
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Spring Cleaning For The Body: My Cleanse Story

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.
2019-04-12
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How To Set Boundaries And Never, Ever Betray Yourself with Stephanie Birch

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.
2019-04-05
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Hilary Swank on Overcoming the Burden of ?Perfect'

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.
2019-03-29
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Navigating Marriage & Kids with Dennis Schoneveld?

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.
2019-03-22
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Vulnerability Will Change Your Life

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.
2019-03-15
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How To Cope With Loss 

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.
2019-03-08
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Trusting Your Intuition and the Birth Heard Around the World with Ashley Albrand

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.
2019-03-01
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You Are Not Sick - You're Healing

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.
2019-02-22
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How To Manifest Anything You Want

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.
2019-02-15
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Deepak Chopra Wants You To Move, Sleep and Practice Gratitude

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/.
2019-02-08
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Should We All Turn Our Passion Into a Business? With Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor, good friend of Rachel's, joins the podcast to discuss the sate of the online yoga world and the hardships of running your own business.
2019-02-01
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What If We All Just Did Whatever the F*ck We Want?

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.
2019-01-25
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What If Every Challenge Is a Blessing In Disguise?

Rachel shares lessons her daughter, Luna, teaches her on a daily basis and how often times these "teachers" shop up through immensely challenging moments and hold the key to self realization.
2019-01-18
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Nurturing Your Friendships with Olivia Rothschild

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.
2019-01-11
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Calm and Confident in 2019

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?
2019-01-04
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Rituals to Set Your New Years Intentions

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.
2018-12-28
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Holidays, Trauma and the Santa Claus Problem

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.
2018-12-21
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Let Your Inner Wild Woman Roar

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).
2018-12-14
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Maternity Leave Schmaternity Leave

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.
2018-12-07
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The Art Of Slowing Down

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.
2018-11-30
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What Scares You? (Part 2)

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.
2018-11-23
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What Scares You? (Part 1)

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.
2018-11-16
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The Family Podcast with Dennis Schoneveld and Shama Persson

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.
2018-11-09
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Yoga, Judgment and Lea Luna in The Luna Shala

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.
2018-11-02
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The Bet

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.
2018-10-26
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Holding On and Letting Go

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.
2018-10-19
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Feel Your F*cking Feelings with JP Sears

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.
2018-10-12
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Path of Love

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.
2018-10-05
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Imperfection, Self-Doubt and Grief as a Journey

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.
2018-09-28
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Everyone Can Be A Yoga Girl

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.
2018-09-21
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Catching Up

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.
2018-09-14
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How to Be a True Ally to Women of Color with Rachel Cargle

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.
2018-09-07
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Cultural Appropriation with Susanna Barkataki

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.
2018-08-31
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Life on Tour with Nathan Connelly

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.
2018-08-24
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Here, Now with Seal

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.
2018-08-17
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Staying in Alignment - How To Bring Yourself Back To Balance

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.
2018-08-10
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