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Yoga Girl: Conversations From The Heart

Yoga Girl: Conversations From The Heart

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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Covid Has Entered the Chat: Taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually

Covid has officially entered the chat. After a crazy day that involved Dennis? covid test, an explosion of dog poop, chaos from a four-year-old, and a house left in disarray, Rachel sits down to record this episode from isolation and tell you the full story. Sometimes the best thing we can do for our health is just the next right thing. But discussing anything about health has become a trigger for so many lately. It?s a complicated topic! Rachel takes the time to discuss her own health behaviors, and why it?s so important to support others on their own journey. Ultimately, we are all just trying to feel good. Tune in for an episode that will remind you that whatever you are doing to feel good - is good! The loving things you do for yourself make a difference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Family Life in Sweden: The Northern Lights, A Cozy Home, And A Happy Heart

In today?s episode of the Yoga Girl Podcast, you will get a glimpse into Rachel?s home life in Sweden. Enjoy a brief geography lesson of her home country, take an imaginative tour through their family home, learn Rachel?s (and Dennis?) morning routine, and hear the story of how they saw the Northern lights for the first time. As we know, family life can get hectic! That?s why it?s so important to invite in a moment of presence into each one of your days. Whether that?s spending time in nature together, or simply enjoying a cup of tea by the window or watching a show with your loved one before bed, these are the moments that you work so hard for. Tune in for an episode that will make you laugh, lift you up, and remind you to look for the magic in the day to day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Seasons of Change, Gardens of Growth and the Balance of Life

Whether you are an avid gardener, interested in permaculture, or just curious about nature?s order and your place on this earth, today?s episode holds an epiphany for all. As Rachel plans her garden in Sweden, she shares the greatest lesson she has learned so far, in both gardening and in life: you cannot force growth. You can only surrender to the will of nature and bloom in your own time. Recounting a hilarious story (that may or may not involve lizards, jalapeños and vacuuming plants), the intricate balance of all living things becomes clear - and the path forward becomes obvious. Grow where you are planted, align with your natural cycles, and let everything else be. Tune in for an episode that will remind you of your place in the balance of life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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It Takes a Village: Living with Nature, Building Community, and Starting from Scratch

Many of us agree that the way life is working right now isn?t actually working at all. We work long hours for little in return. Our food comes from boxes instead of the earth. If we run into any problem, we often feel alone. We don?t have a community to lean on. If you could build a brand new society, what would it look like? After a long day skating with her family, Rachel reflects on the new life she is building in today?s episode. Sweden is not a new country to her - she was born there - but she is seeing it with brand new eyes. As she spends time getting acquainted with the land, she begins to dream of what her family?s future will look like. But are her dreams realistic in today?s society? If you stay focused, keep your vision in your heart, and work toward it little by little, anything is possible. Tune in for an episode that will inspire you to shake up your life, change your priorities, start fresh, and begin to build the life you were always meant to live - no matter what society says! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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The Journey Home: Moving to Sweden

It?s official: Rachel, Dennis and Lea are residents of Sweden! In today?s episode, Rachel shares the first update since leaving the Caribbean island of Aruba for a much more snowy landscape. After almost missing their flight, Lea being seated in a separate cabin, and none of their luggage making it (not to mention Dennis getting stopped by customs with Rachel?s questionable carry on?), they eventually made it home. And just in time for Christmas! Sometimes the universe throws you a curve ball just before a big life transition. Keep your head up and move forward - you?re on the right path! Tune in for a hilarious tale of making your way home, no matter what the universe has up its sleeve. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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A New Year?s Ritual: Calling In Your Intentions for 2022

It?s time for the most important - and most anticipated - Yoga Girl Podcast of the year! With 2022 approaching, call in the year meant for you in this yearly ritual and intention setting ceremony. Join Rachel to dance, shake, ground, and journal your way into 2022. Focusing on the four main areas of your life - your home, body, mind, and soul - you will close a chapter and define what comes next. What core needs do you have for 2022? What boundaries do you want to set? What self-care practices are coming with you? What is your dream life if you were free of all limitations? It?s up to you - and it starts right now. Everything that came your way this year brought you to this place. Now the universe is waiting to see what you?ll make of it. It?s listening! Tune in to actively participate in the creation of your life. To listen to People Everywhere (Still Alive) by Khruangbin, click here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Processing 2021: A Ritual to Move Forward

As we near the end of 2021, it?s time to let the past year go. Before we set our intentions for the new year, we have to let go of this one. Today?s episode is a very important ritual on the Yoga Girl Podcast! You will process 2021 and all that came your way so you can move forward with clarity, ease and understanding. Grab your journal and let?s get started. From the overall feeling of the year, to what you manifested and created, the lessons you learned, and the things you want to leave behind, you?ll move through a detailed timeline of 2021 over the course of this episode. You can?t move forward if you?re stuck in the past. Tune in to get vulnerable, to alchemize your emotions, to burn what no longer serves you, and to move into 2022 focused on the future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Come Home: Tend to the Earth and to Your Heart

We are all just trying to find our way home. Now, the time has finally come. If you?re lost, if you?re depleted, if you?re trying to figure out who you are, you need to drop everything and listen to this episode. Today is the day that the Home Course is launched: a 7-week journey of nature based rituals and healing practices. Rachel has been manifesting this course for years now - and you?ve seen the hints over the past few months. Today, she shares everything it?s about from beginning to end, how the idea was sparked inside her, and what it looks like week by week. Because when we align with the earth, when we walk barefoot, when we hug trees and take care of the land - we are automatically taking care of our hearts. There is no time to waste. Tune in to begin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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From Surrender to Support: Letting Yourself Be Held

Are you feeling alone? A little overwhelmed? You don?t have to do everything on your own. Today?s episode will hold you through that realization. Rachel begins by sharing the peace of mind she has been able to find through her spiritual practices, in the midst of the chaos of getting ready to move across the world. Longing for a sense of overall calm in her life, she realizes - there is a place to land waiting for her. People who love her have been there every step of the way. In the hardest times, your people have your back. But to allow someone to support you, you have to surrender. Accepting help from others may not be easy, but it?s worth the beauty found on the other side. We all need a community. Tune in to let yours in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Returning to Our Roots, Caring for the Earth, and Living as Nature

If there is one truth, it is this: we are nature. Today?s episode begins with a meditation to remind you of that. You will physically connect with the ground below you and energetically imagine your roots going deep into the earth. Rachel then continues to discuss the craving she has had lately to fully immerse herself in nature: to grow her own food, to drink water from a natural spring, to spark her own fires. We tend to look at nature as a remedy to our lives, but we might be seeing things from the wrong direction.  Nature may be calling us home. If you are longing for a different life, today?s episode will plant the seed on how to embrace who you really are on a cellular level. What you are longing for may be right outside your front door. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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My Creative Process (Conversations From The Tea Table)

The creative process is tricky, elusive, and completely different for everyone. If you?ve been feeling uninspired lately, today?s episode will anchor you into your unique creative qualities - and maybe stir within you your next big project. Joining Rachel from her tea table today, she shares her own creative process. It is one that has shifted since a major burnout and a worldwide pandemic, but one thing has always remained the same. Now gearing up for her first major creative project in two years, she shares the messiness behind it and the journey she has taken to accept the way inspiration strikes. Maybe its not so much about what you create, but your ability to tap into the creative processes that work well for you - the ones that harness the authentic beauty you already have within. After all, the best things come from the heart. Tune in for an episode that will bring out yours! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Growing Together or Growing Apart? The Ups and Downs of Marriage and How To Make It Through a Hard Year

How is your heart doing right now? If you?ve been struggling in your relationship lately, this episode is for you. Today?s show begins with a check in. You will get out of your thinking mind and really dive into the emotions that are moving through you in the here and now. Feeling vulnerable and yearning for depth, Rachel then shares her own truth. She opens up about the her current relationship struggles with her husband, and the hills and valleys their marriage has seen over the past year. Relationships aren?t always easy, and neither is being vulnerable and letting your true feelings show. This episode will show you that in the end, moving through hard things are how we get closer to the ones we love. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Why Being Close to Nature Is Being Close To Your Most Authentic Self

There are many transits moving in the sky right now. If you?ve been feeling out of touch with yourself - that could be why! But today?s episode is here to bring you back home in more ways than one. Beginning with a meditation to connect to earth, Rachel then dives into the true concept of home. Why are there some places that just don?t feel like home? How can a physical location make us feel more like ourselves? What other versions of us are hiding within? As Rachel prepares for her move to Sweden, she recognizes the truth that Aruba just hasn?t felt like home lately. The life she pictured here didn?t turn out as planned - or maybe her inner self didn?t want it to. Home beckons to us. We can sense it when we move slowly, thoughtfully, and in tune with nature. Don?t get so busy or so caught up in life that you forget to actively participate in what you create. It all begins and ends with Mother Earth. Tune in for an episode that will remind you who you really are. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Your Chosen Family: Near, Far, but Always There

Everywhere you go becomes a part of you somehow. In today?s episode, Rachel?s journey to Costa Rica is ending as she mourns the recent loss of someone very dear to her heart. Recognizing the collection of chosen family she has scattered throughout her second home, she reminisces on stories from the past and grieves a future that will never come to be. But our loved ones are never very far, are they? A short trip away, a brief phone call, or locked in our subconscious and seen only in dreams - we are connected to the ones we love when it really matters. Life changes over the years, but the scattered fragments of our hearts always guide us back home when the timing is right. This episode will bask you in gratitude for your chosen family, your memories, and all the places where you belong. Don?t forget to hold them tight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Sometimes You Just Have to Jump: Out of Old Patterns and Into a New Life

Are you willing to risk losing it all for the life you are meant to live? In today?s episode, Rachel is experiencing a full circle moment. She shares the story of leaving Sweden as a teen, finding herself in Costa Rica, everything she lost by making that decision, and how much more she gained. Now, many years later, she finds herself in a similar situation. But this time, she?s in Costa Rica just before moving back to Sweden. Standing on the edge of the same waterfall she stood at fourteen years ago, terrified to her core, she jumps. Because sometimes that?s just what we have to do. We have to jump off waterfalls, drop old patterns, and dive straight into a brand-new life. It takes an incredible amount of courage to put things aside for a dream, or to make impossible decisions in the hope of a better tomorrow. Are you willing to do it? Tune in to find out.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Leading with Love: Releasing Mom Guilt and Choosing Yourself

As mothers, why is it so hard to put ourselves first? We know we cannot parent from an empty cup. Yet, the voice in the back of our heads is louder than ever when we do anything just for self-care. If you?re struggling with mom guilt, today?s episode is for you. As Rachel prepares for a trip to Costa Rica, the last minute cold-feet are setting in. This trip is just for fun, just for joy - just for her - so justifying it seems impossible. She shares her feelings surrounding mom guilt, how she prepares her daughter for time apart, and why its so important that Lea Luna knows this trip is solely for self-care. It comes down to who you want your kids to be when they grow up. Do you want them to sacrifice their wellbeing for others? Or do you want them to be able to confidently express their needs? It depends on what you do for yourself now. So, go on that trip. Take that alone time. Fill your cup. Tune in to drop the mom guilt and lead with love. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Making It Through Mercury Retrograde: Choose Love Over the Need to Be Right

If you?re having an intense week, you?re not alone. With mercury retrograde, a new moon in Libra, and Mars and Chiron in the mix too, things are anything but ordinary. You may be feeling reactive in relationships, sensing manic energy with no outlet, or altogether facing challenge after challenge with no end in sight. If so, this episode is for you. Tune in as Rachel shares the story of her week, with in-depth examples of all the crazy things astrology is stirring up right now. From receiving unsolicited and irresponsible ?healing?, to bickering with her husband, coming face to face with a deep wound of not feeling safe, and receiving a birthday message that ruined her day, it all culminates into one crucial learning. We get to choose our path forward. This episode will show you that you don?t have to get trapped in old stories or involve yourself in any drama. Instead, you can choose closeness, understanding, and the love that is always there. You just have to open your eyes to see it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Turn Self-Sabotage Into Self-Regulation - How Getting Out of Old Trauma Responses Can Completely Transform Your Life

Are you stuck in an endless loop of self-fulfilling prophecy? Do you find the same challenging patterns repeating in your life, again and again? Do you have old wounds that keep resurfacing no matter how hard you try to keep them at bay? This is the episode for you. In this episode of the Yoga Girl Podcast Rachel talks about trauma response, learning how to self-regulate and how to heal our childhood wounds once and for all. She shares heartfelt and personal examples from her own life and touches on her own abandonment wound to illustrate that true change is actually possible, and that healing is available to us all. In pausing before we react we have the ability to change the course of our lives. In today?s episode you will learn not only how to recognize the patterns that may exist in your own life, but crucial steps to take to remove yourself from the self-fulfilling prophecy loop. We practice with small moments, with small fears, with mundane thoughts, so that when the big ones eventually come, we can meet them from a place of true resiliency. A lightbulb moment is waiting for you at the end of today?s episode. Tune in to find it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Living a Low Toxin Life: Making Decisions Today for A Better Tomorrow

True health is not merely an absence of illness. It?s an overwhelming feeling of being content in every aspect of your life. It?s thriving. It?s feeling GOOD! This may sound impossible to strive for, but it?s what we all deserve - and it?s the complete opposite of what is happening in the world right now. Join Rachel on the podcast today as we journey toward health. She shares her own story, from growing up in Sweden living an unhealthy lifestyle, to making a change overnight to a raw vegan diet in Costa Rica. As she transitioned to highly-processed, nonorganic foods in Aruba, then discovered toxic mold in her home, she discusses where she is now: the foods she eats, the supplements she takes, and the intuitive connection with her body she is beginning to feel again. Why can it be so difficult to make healthy choices? Why do we fluctuate from day to day, season to season, and year to year? Don?t beat yourself up if you are in a rut with your health right now. This is a complex issue that is rooted in public policy, privilege, and even our genetics. But research shows that lifestyle choices do make a crucial difference - and so do our voices in standing up for ourselves and our communities. Tune in today for an important episode that will inspire you to overhaul your health practices and reconnect with that intuitive voice inside that knows what to do. There may not be one magical cure for all, but there is something that is just right for you. If you know better, you can do better. And it?s by having these conversations that we can make a change.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Sitting in Silence: How To Deepen Your Spiritual Practice

The world feels so isolating sometimes. We can turn on the news to see one terrible thing happening after another. We open our social media to find cruelty and separation. It?s so easy to lose faith in the midst of it all - our fragile hearts aren?t supposed to take it. So, how do we make it through? How can we continue to show up for others without depleting ourselves in the process? We turn inward. We meet each other in the silence. What connects us to the whole must be what connects us to each other. Our sacred practices, which often feel selfish and a means of escape, might just be the remedy to a world craving a deeper meaning to it all. In today?s episode, Rachel is feeling the watery energy of the full moon in Pisces approaching us. It?s the perfect time to contemplate the bigger picture. Tune in to sense your connection to others, to contemplate your place in the universe, and to cherish the part of you that is constantly seeking it out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Mothering Ourselves - A Fever, A Tea Ceremony, and God

Sometimes the biggest realizations come to us at the most challenging times. Today?s episode of the Yoga Girl Podcast is no different. Returning to life after a sickness and fever brought her to a different portal, Rachel has a lot to share. From lucid dreams, to big transitions, and all her tests coming back negative - was this past week an ascension? A shedding of layers? A rebirth? A coming home? Sitting down for tea, it all came together. In this episode, you will get a glimpse into an aspect of Rachel?s life she has never shared before: her tea ceremony. This ritual tied together with a newfound vulnerability brought her to her knees and made everything come full circle. Sometimes we have to completely fall apart to put ourselves back together. Sometimes we have to learn to mother ourselves when our inner child is scared and fragile. And sometimes, we have to go to the depths of the portal, to the brink of our edges, to find God.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Riding An Emotional Rollercoaster - The Journey Back To Aruba

Rachel has had a rollercoaster of a week! After traveling back to Aruba, leaving Ringo behind in Sweden, learning he ran away and more, she has been to the depths of despair and back more times than she can count. If you?re also feeling scattered, ungrounded, and unable to grasp all the emotions coming at you, this episode begins with a meditation that will bring you from chaos to calm. The journey to get there is through dropping the resistance and finding self-acceptance. After our minds are a little quieter, it?s story time! Rachel recounts everything that happened over the past week in chronological detail. What happened at the airport? Why did Ringo run away? She even discusses her chat with an animal psychic! Tune in to learn Ringo?s true feelings about staying in Sweden for a few months before he is reunited with his family. Today?s episode really has it all! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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How To Set and Maintain Boundaries with Nedra Glover Tawwab

Are you in a relationship that often feels frustrating but you aren?t sure how to exercise your power? Is someone you?re close with pressuring you to act in a way that goes against your intuition? Are you experiencing any guilt for not conforming to behavior deemed acceptable by society? These are all signs that you need to set and uphold a boundary in your life. Today?s episode can help! Joining the Yoga Girl Podcast is Nedra Glover Tawwab. A licensed therapist, New York Times Bestseller and highly sought-after relationship expert, Nedra is here to teach us how to set boundaries, to be assertive, and to come back to ourselves again and again. When it comes to setting boundaries, the majority of the work begins with ourselves. Learn how to communicate your needs, what to do if they are not honored, and ultimately how to sit with discomfort in today?s important discussion. Tune in to begin! To connect with Nedra further, you can follow her on Instagram at @nedratawwab or get a copy of her book, Set Boundaries, Find Peace, here ( Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Finding Home: With Every Ending Comes A New Beginning

Today?s episode begins with some grounding breaths to arrive fully into this moment. When life throws something our way, no matter if it?s exciting or heart wrenching, our emotions can become scattered and our breath gets strained. This short meditation will hone everything into the here and now. And we are going to need it because? Rachel and her family found a house in Sweden! After months of moving through limbo it is finally happening. In today?s episode, she shares the entire journey that brought her here, from the things that felt wrong to what ultimately felt so divinely right. Tune in to be reminded that the universe is taking you where you need to go, although it usually has a surprisingly way of getting you there! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Everybody Poops. Let?s Talk About It!

We all poop! Why don?t we ever talk about it? Trigger warning: this episode gets really up close and personal on all things number two! After having her first colon hydrotherapy session, Rachel became more intimate with her poop than ever before - and she shares all the deets! What was the experience like? How did it feel? And what really came out of her? From someone who grew up feeling so embarrassed by poop, this experience taught Rachel so much about her own body, her relationship with food, and what specifically disagrees with her system. But on a deeper level, Rachel unravels the shame behind pooping - especially as women who are taught we cannot have big bodily functions. We?ve all been there, but poop shouldn?t be a shameful topic! This episode will inspire you to release many things, including the shame surrounding a completely normal and natural human experience. Tune in for a safe space to let go? literally! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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How To Deal With Toxic Mold: Environmental Toxins, Detox Protocols and Tips for Keeping Your Home Healthy

Today?s episode shares the objective story on how Rachel and her family dealt with finding toxic mold in their house, from A to Z. Environmental health is incredibly important, but often overlooked. The truth is you are exposed to toxins on a continuous basis, but your body has pathways to remove them from your system. What happens when you live in an environment that completely overwhelms your natural ability to detox? It?s simple. You get sick. In this episode, Rachel covers the entire mold timeline, from how her family discovered the problem, to the symptoms experienced, the tests they used to assess the damage, the detox protocols they followed, how they remediated their house, and what happened with their belongings. Tune in to learn the common places in your home that mold loves to hide, why your steamy showers may be harming you in the long run, and other tips and tricks to keep your home healthy. You shouldn?t always have to focus on healing - sometimes you should just thrive! Today?s episode will help you get there. Mold Resources: The Colorado based company that helped Rachel?s family: Gary Gilman from SteamMaster  Mold Remediators and Consultants: @moldfinders, @themoldguy, @pjharlowwellness Functional Doctors: @drjillcarnahan, The Great Plains Laboratory:  Envirobiomics: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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How To Love Yourself (hint: you already do)

There is a place life takes us sometimes. It?s dark, it?s lonely and it feels like we?re trapped at the bottom of a hole. It can be hard to get out, unless we remember one thing: the only way out is through. This week, Rachel has managed to see the light again after two weeks of ever present anxiety. Through what felt like utter failure, she realized something important. No matter how often she loses herself, and no matter how hard it is to get back, she never stops trying. Instead of giving up and drowning herself in ice cream and wine, she hugs her husband, cuddles her daughter, practices yoga, drinks tea, and walks outside in the sunshine.  Maybe this is the mark of real self-love. It?s not always butterflies and rainbows. It?s not quick fixes. It?s the fact that we stick with ourselves through the hard times. We don?t give up on ourselves. Today?s episode will give you a new way to measure your self-love, not in your supposed successes or failures, but in how often you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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A Sharing From The Heart: Anxiety, Spiraling, and What To Do When You Don?t Know What To Do

Today?s episode comes with no epiphanies. It?s just an honest, open sharing on anxiety when there is nothing else you can do. If you?ve ever had a tiny moment trigger a sea of anxiety, then you?ll know exactly what that feels like. This week, Rachel and her family are visiting friends on a beautiful island off the southern coast of Sweden. The sun is shining, summer is in full swing, and Rachel is surrounded by loved ones, good food, and beautiful scenery. But her anxiety has not let her enjoy any of it. After finding three ticks on her daughter, Rachel went into a full downward spiral worrying about her daughters health. Nothing has helped her break the surface as of yet. What can we do when there is nothing to do? Sometimes the answer is to be in the body, so the mind can follow. Sometimes the answer is to share. And sometimes the answer is a really long, understanding hug. Tune in today for a combination of all three. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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You Are Inherently Good - How To Manage Anxiety by Taking Care of Your Inner Child

When you look back on your life, make sure you can say that you were there for it. You were present. You didn?t just move through the motions of life, doing what you were told and checking out when things got hard or boring. You felt it all. You experienced it all, from the mundane to the breathtaking.  This podcast episode begins with a short exercise to support the feelings in your heart right now, then Rachel dives into today?s topic - our presence. Over the course of our lives, our presence is shaped by so many things. Being told we are ?bad? as children and internalizing those emotions. Checking out as we complete our normal mundane tasks for the day. Or, finding ourselves overwhelmed by trying to keep it all together. For Rachel, this came to a cumulation this week after she checked out and was only brought back to earth by a crippling panic attack. The solution? Embrace your humanity! Love yourself - and that begins with understanding yourself. Learn the intricacies of your emotions, what triggers you, and when you check out so you can catch it before you?re too far gone. Today?s episode will give you new tools to manage anxiety and help you get to know yourself a little better. Tune in to get started. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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You Are Nature: How Tending to the Land is Tending to Your Heart

We come from the earth, we?ll return to the earth. In between, we garden. We nourish our bodies, we feed our minds. We tend to our hearts as though they are budding seeds. In today?s episode, Rachel shares the journey of self-care she has been on over the past year. After feeling a huge disconnect in Aruba (cue toxic mold, land built to support tourists, and environments not conducive to her human design), everything has come to a head in a surprising way now that she is in Sweden. Alone in nature, running through the woods collecting flowers, she has found herself. The environments you immerse yourself in play a huge role in your healing practices, but that doesn?t just mean your immediate surroundings. The relationships you are in, the home you live in, even your country and the practices it adopts can affect you on a deep, cellular level. That?s because we are nature. Flowers cannot grow in concrete, and you cannot grow where you are not rooted. Tune in today for an episode that will remind you that no matter what season you are moving through in your life, there is always one constant. Mother Earth is here to hold you. Returning to her is returning to yourself - it?s the real coming home. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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You?ve Got The Power! How To Actively Participate in the Creation of Your Life

Are you actively participating in the creation of your life, or are you a bystander, feeling out of control and like you have no say in what life brings your way? Today, Rachel has some big decisions to make. It?s reminding her of a time of crisis years ago when she turned to Sweden to clear her head and find the answer that changed the course of her life forever. Now in a similar situation, she is once again being asked to choose - to actively decide the life she wants to create - but choosing for yourself when you?re used to putting the needs of others ahead of your own is a scary thing to do. No sign from the universe is still a sign. It?s a sign that it?s time to get empowered and make decisions for yourself. The answers aren?t always easy, but if you choose love over fear and yourself above everything else, the path forward becomes a little bit more clear - and a whole lot more aligned. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Does Life Always Bring You Where You?re Meant to Be?

Sometimes life doesn?t work out the way we expect. We can sit in nature, ask for guidance, notice the signs and follow our intuition, but it still doesn?t lead us to the answers. This week?s episode begins with a beautiful guided meditation to anchor you into the spiritual practice of sitting with the unknown, and holding space for everything that you are. If you feel anxious, worried or angry, this meditation will help you hold space for the discomfort. Sometimes, that?s just what life brings. Rachel continues on to share and process her last days in the Swedish cabin, and dwell on the feeling of not knowing what is coming next. After all the places life has taken her in the past year, she is not sure if she can fully trust that life is taking her where she is meant to be anymore. But maybe being lost deep in the woods of unknowing is part of the process, too. No matter where we are, even if it?s not meant to be ours, can lead to learning, growing and healing. Not everything is black and white - there is gratitude in uncertainty, trust in the disbelief, and even dreams found in heartache. Tune in to be reminded that it?s okay to not know where you?re going. It?s the journey that counts, anyways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Making Life Decisions with Dennis Schoneveld

On this week?s episode, Rachel has everyone?s favorite guest on the show, Dennis Schoneveld! After being separated for almost 2 months, the little family is finally reunited and exploring their options in Sweden. They discuss everything that brought them to this exact moment, from moving out of their home, remediating their house from toxic mold, and Dennis finally making it to the tiny cabin in the woods of Sweden where he is settling in nicely (except for the water temperature and low ceilings!). Now the question is, where do they go from here? Today, Rachel and Dennis discuss their feelings, their dreams, and whether or not they will move to Sweden. Things may be up in the air, but they are always okay when your loved ones are by your side. Tune in for a wonderfully funny and endearing episode with the sweetest couple, and even a special guest appearance at the end from Lea Luna herself! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Don?t Rush: Everything Works Out the Way It?s Supposed To

Some things just feel like home; a small cabin in the woods, jumping into a cold Swedish lake, or a long hug from your person after being apart for months. Today?s episode begins with a guided meditation to allow you to check in and find home inside of yourself. Rachel then shares the heartfelt reunion with Dennis since his arrival in Sweden (and how Luna handled it!). With the little family back together, Dennis gets a sense of the dream Rachel has been bringing to life over the past weeks, and Rachel is easing into this new family dynamic with a deep sense of peace and a newfound trust in life. Tune in today as Rachel realizes - the universe has your back. Maybe you don?t have to be rushing to get things done all the time. Good things take time, and what is meant for you will not pass you by. Sometimes we just have to sit back, enjoy the journey and hug our people along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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There is No Such Thing as a Dream Too Big

Have you ever downplayed a dream? Did you tell your friends, your family - and even yourself - that that thing you long for really doesn?t matter all that much? Here?s the thing: your dreams DO matter. How are they ever going to come true if you pretend they are not important? In today?s episode, Rachel shares her own intimate dream. It is one that may not be possible for so many reasons, but by speaking her dream out loud, she just may be bringing herself one step closer to manifesting it. Let today?s vulnerable sharing be a reminder that you can dream, too. You can get your hopes up. You can believe in the possibility of beautiful outcomes. You are a constituent of this universe, so you get a say in what happens! Tune in to dream big and shout from the rooftops exactly what it is you want - the universe will be listening.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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A Radical Act Of Self-Love: Setting Boundaries with our Loved Ones

Our identities are complex. We are made up of dreams, beliefs, likes, dislikes and unique personalities - but everything about us is interwoven with the identities of the people we love the most. So, how can we know where others end and we begin? When do we choose ourselves, and when do we recognize and make sacrifices for a loved one whose needs may be greater than our own? In this week?s episode, Rachel opens up about her difficult past family dynamics and how they are showing up in her life today in this move to Sweden. Finding herself in a very similar situation she faced as a child, she reflects on bravely balancing her own needs as a human being, as a daughter, and now as a parent, too. Remember, it is a radical act of self-love to set and uphold boundaries, but that doesn?t mean that its easy or that the decision is always black or white. Tune in as Rachel tackles the challenging topics of setting boundaries, making difficult decisions, and daring to take up a little bit more space. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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In Tune With Your Intuition - How to Trust What Your Body Is Telling You

What?s standing in the way between you being 100% in tune with your body? A strong intuition is found within each and every one of us. We know ourselves on a deep and intimate level. When it comes to our health, we can say what makes us feel good and what doesn?t. So, why do we make decisions that so often ignore our gut feelings and lead us away from ourselves?  Would you believe that there is a possibility that the answer to that question has nothing to do with your personality? That maybe, it?s not because you have weak willpower or a lack of discipline but actually our choices are deeply influenced by many contributing factors, and a lot of them are found in environments we have no control over. In today?s episode, Rachel shares her journey back to herself after mold illness, and the experience of actually feeling deeply in tune with her body after years of separation, sugar addiction and disconnect.  Hopefully, this is an episode that will help you lead yourself back to you, too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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What If It's Not Just You? Ancestral Trauma and Honoring Where You Came From

Where you come from is rooted deep within you, for better or for worse. No matter where you go or how far you run, home will always call you back. For those of us that left on purpose, this can be really hard to face. But, returning to basics and reconnecting with your roots can lead to some surprising discoveries.  In this week?s episode, Rachel has been looking into her ancestry and made a surprising connection. The forest she walks, the water she swims in, and the land where she has found peace, is the same land her ancestors lived on hundreds of years ago. Our ancestral roots run deep - deeper than our parents and grandparents. What does this mean for Rachel, who has been trying to heal familial hardships her entire life? Our ancestry is found in our triggers, in our awareness, and in our reactions. It?s the plants we recognize from our childhood and the soup our grandmothers used to make. It?s who we are at our core, memories all interwoven on a land that both holds us and brings us to our knees. But, can we say we?ve healed if we never return? Today?s episode will help you honor the land you come from and connect to a long line of ancestors that came before and are still looking to heal through you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Finding Your Way Home - A Sharing From The Forest

All of us at our core are longing for home. We long for that place where we can let go, be ourselves, and find peace. But, how many of us truly find home, and how many of us spend our entire lives in search of it? In this week?s episode, Rachel is recording from the middle of the forest in her homeland of Sweden. After quite the journey to get there from Aruba (especially traveling with Ringo for the first time since The Flight From Hell!), Rachel has found herself feeling at home in this country for the first time of her life. She has spent hours in the forest, hugging trees, laying on the mossy ground, and listening to the secrets that nature has shared with her. Today, she shares those secrets. It?s what you learn when you listen to the wind, when you find the beauty in the simple mundane things, and how your heart beats when you?re alone in the forest with nothing but trees and peace encompassing you. Maybe home is found within nature, because we are nature, too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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A Story About a Bear

How do you say goodbye to the most important thing in your life? In today?s episode, we take notes and learn from Lea Luna, Rachel?s 4-year old daughter, and how she dealt with losing her best friend, Bear. Did you have a special toy as a child that meant everything to you? When you?re young, a stuffed animal can mean structure, support and love. It can mean everything. In today?s episode, Rachel tells the story of Bear - Luna?s most beloved stuffed animal. Since dealing with mold, Bear was among the countless things that were too toxic and dangerous to keep. But unlike many things, Bear held important significance in Luna?s life, and would be the hardest for her to let go. Tune in for the full story, from where Bear came from, his close bond with Luna, how he lost one ear, and what Rachel did to lessen the pain of losing him for her daughter. Sometimes saying goodbye is too much to bear, but other times a goodbye can lead to new experiences, new stories, and new adventures. Today?s episode will let you connect to your own inner child and give you hope in the midst change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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You Can?t Heal In a Toxic Environment - What Mold and Environmental Toxins Did To Our Bodies

The environment we live in, the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe play a massive role in our overall health and wellbeing. The good news? While this may seem overwhelming, a lot of it is within our control. On this week?s episode, Rachel opens up about her family?s environmental toxicology test results. While they were in for some shocking insights, now they have the answers they need to move forward. The truth is, we are all exposed to toxins on a day-to-day basis, but there are changes we can make to minimize both our exposure to them, and their impact on our bodies. For Rachel and her family to move forward, it requires a huge lifestyle shift. Rachel shares the changes she is making in her life and what you can do in yours as well. This episode will remind you to pay attention to the environment you are living in - and listen to your body when it speaks to you. The body has a deep inner knowing and if you listen to it, it could just save your life. After listening comes knowledge, and from there, we can make the decisions we need to change the course of our health for all days to come. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Let It Go - How Losing My Belongings Made Me Remember I Belong

As Rachel purges all of the items in her house, she reflects on the process of letting go and the human experience of it. Knowing that our life isn?t in our things is one of the most fundamental spiritual lessons - but that doesn?t make it any easier. No matter who we are, where we?re from, or how we live, we will all have to deal with loss. We could lose relationships with people who mean everything to us, jobs that stabilize us, or our homes that keep us safe. Loss is a reoccurring theme in our lives. So, how do we move forward?  Ultimately, in every loss there is something amazing to be gained. Energy is in constant motion and will always come back to you - just in a future where you feel totally free and not held down by past worries. Tune in to let go and get light. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Tiny Miracles, Everywhere

The mold saga at Rachel?s house continues this week, but with some major lessons, miracles, blessings and resiliency sprinkled in. Now with somewhat of a game-plan on how to move forward, Rachel has been able to reflect on the past few weeks with a clearer head and a lighter heart - and that is when she noticed something miraculous. Even in the darkest times, grace can still find you. On the show today, Rachel shares the true miracles that have come her way since finding toxic mold in her house. They come to her in the form of genuine kindness from strangers, a cabin in the woods and chance encounters that have reminded her that there is a purpose to life?s hard times, and when you learn to let go, beautiful things can come your way. Now able to tap into her true power and resiliency, Rachel is ready to get things done. Today?s episode will make you believe in miracles - one of them being the strength you have in yourself to get through any challenge that comes your way. You can do hard things, because you?ve done them before. Tune in to lean into trust - in those around you, in the universe, and especially in your own ability to make it through. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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You?re Not Crazy: Trust Your Instincts When It Comes to Your Health (It Can Save Your Life!)

Still deep in a mold crisis, Rachel?s entire future shifted when a mystery mold man fell out of the sky and landed in Aruba. After a few minutes in her house with a flashlight, this man could tell Rachel one very important thing: she is not crazy. Even after being forced to leave her home, losing all her belongings and suffering from mold illnesses, the worst part of this journey for Rachel has been that nobody has believed her. No one has been able to see her in this trauma. This happens to us so much in life, especially as women. Our lived experiences are denied. When this happens, there is one thing that we must do: it is imperative that we trust our intuition. If the universe is pushing you toward something, that is likely the way forward. Tune in for an episode that will remind you that even in the hardest of times, the universe has your back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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How To Make It Through a Crisis

How do you make it through when your world is crumbling around you? In today?s episode, Rachel shares her best advice, resources, and practices when it comes to crisis management. The first thing we need to do is acknowledge when we?re in a crisis. Sometimes big life events feel manageable, while smaller things make us unravel. Instead of trying to soldier on, admitting that you?re having a hard time can take a huge weight off your shoulders. Rachel defines what a crisis is and shares some personal examples from her own life of different crises she has moved through and the causes behind them. Ultimately, no one else can tell you when you?re in a crisis or not. It all depends on how you?re coping. If you?re having a hard time right now, tune in to learn the steps Rachel takes to keep her sanity in an insane world. Lower your expectations, take care of your basic needs, vent, feel, and move. The only way out is through. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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A Mold Nightmare: How to Cope When You Lose Everything

As of last week, Rachel received the devastating news that she has dangerously high levels of mold in her house. Her family has had to move out immediately, get tested for mycotoxins, find contractors, doctors and mold experts that can help, and they will possibly lose all of their belongings? including their home. Trigger warning ? bring tissues for this episode. After years of taking great care of herself and her family (eating vegan, taking supplements, investing in water and air filtration systems, etc) it has been a complete mystery as to why Rachel is constantly feeling unwell. The answer came with the results to a mold test that told them to get out now. In today?s episode, Rachel shares openly about this entire experience. How did she find the mold in her house? What tests did she use? How can you get rid of mold? What impact does this have on your health and wellbeing? And if there is a solution to this? what is it? Tune in for the whole story, and send Rachel, Lea and Dennis lots of love in the coming weeks. For more resources on mold, follow @drjillcrista,, @themoldguy, @pjharlowwellness, @frolicandflow, @survivingmold, and @lifeaftermold on Instagram.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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The Accidental Influencer, Olivia Rothschild

On today?s episode of From the Heart, Rachel is joined once again by her best friend: the accidental influencer, Olivia Rothschild! While laughing their way through this episode, they tackle all topics best friends usually discuss, from Botox, running, and that time Rachel was arrested while driving Olivia?s scooter, to deeper conversations on true friendship, home births, empowering women, and allowing joy into your life. This fun, light-hearted and positive episode will have you laughing until your stomach hurts. Grab your best friend and some popcorn and tune in now! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Learn to Hold All Parts Of Yourself

What does self-love mean to you? We spend so much of our day-to-day lives rejecting our whole selves. When we feel bad, we usually try to make ourselves feel better rather than sitting with what is true for us in that moment. But how could this denial ever be considered self-love? As Rachel continues to battle pneumonia, she reflects on the mental stress of not feeling her best. Diving deeper, she uncovers a cyclical pattern rooted in deep childhood trauma as her daughter approaches the same age Rachel was when she first experienced her asthma attacks. Ultimately, life comes with ebbs and flows. If we reject certain parts of that experience, we reject ourselves. Self-love needs to be rooted in loving all parts of who we are. Tune in to hear Rachel?s journey toward self-love, and find a little more compassion for yourself along the way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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A Permission Slip To Let Go

What should you do when you want to let go, but can?t? In today?s episode Rachel is not only battling pneumonia, she is battling her own mind as well. In order to heal, we need to rest. But what if resting just gives rise to anxious thoughts, limiting beliefs and the added pressure of feeling like a failure? The truth is, life will always throw us curveballs that remind us we are not in control. The only thing we can do from there is to pray, to ask for help, and to sit with it. Tune in as Rachel shares a story that shines a light on the path toward healing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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If It Serves You, It?s Sacred (A Pneumonia Story)

In the yoga community, we are conditioned to opt for holistic methods of healing before we turn to Western Medicine, something that has served Rachel and her family well for years. Suddenly sick with pneumonia, Rachel opens up about her current condition in today?s episode. On antibiotics and using a machine to help her breathe, Rachel experienced resistance, shame, and the same fear she felt at 5 years old when battling severe asthma. It all changed the moment she placed her antibiotics on her altar and realized - resisting healing will not help you get better. And resisting pain is a huge source of pain in itself. We are quick to judge different forms of medicine, but maybe the answer isn?t found in one or the other. Maybe instead it is found in dropping the resistance, finding the intricate balance of discernment, and opening yourself up to all forms of healing. After all, we are so fortunate to be able to even make the choice! Tune in today to open your heart and begin your healing journey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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