Spicy Raspberry Smoothie in General

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I love smoothies! They're easy to make, nutritious, filling, and there are about a gazillion ways to create one. I like to make huge batches in the mornings so that there is enough for everyone who passes by (our house is usually full of friends and family - for some reason they always stop by in the mornings!). If I'm going to teach a class or have a busy day ahead, I take mine with me on the go by pouring it in a Mason Jar and putting a lid on top (check out Cuppow...

The moment of truth in General

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This is it! Let's see if the Internet gods have finally decided to work with me on this. People of the world - if you are currently reading this it means that we have now successfully managed to transfer this website from one server to another for the millionth time and that right now MY WEBSITE IS ACTUALLY WORKING. Is it?? Is it? Please take a moment to scroll all around the site, look through pictures and videos on the blog and let me know if everything is in order. It's taken over a week to...

A fresh start. in General

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Welcome to 2015 AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WEBSITE EVER MADE! I couldn't be more proud and excited to launch this fresh new look for www.rachelbrathen.com. New year, new design. A fresh start. How do you like it? I'm in love. This site will be much more alive and interactive than my old, and you'll be able to stay updated through all of my platforms and the blog with weekly posts, yoga tutorials and recipes. And online yoga classes are coming in a little bit! The feel of this new site is perfect for my feelings...

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No-Rice Veggie SUSHI! in General

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I made the most delicious sushi the other day... Honestly, I don't know how it happened! We usually don't make sushi at home but I randomly got nori paper at the grocery store, we had lots of veggies at the house et voilà... Deliciousness! The key to making good sushi is rolling the rolls very tightly, which on my end is kind of a hit or miss (see photographic evidence below). Half of my rolls always turn out amazing and very professional looking (for a second i trick myself into believing I should open a...

Your heart. in General

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Your heart needs to break open from time to time. It's how we transform and grow as human beings. If you've never had your heart broken open by loss and despair, if you've never truly been in pain, if you haven't walked through the fire and back... You haven't truly lived. You won't know what it feels like to be alive until you've walked out onto a ledge called Giving Up, wiggled your toes across the brim, looked down at the infinite fall below and then very carefully, taken a step back. You won't know. You...

Yoga Girl – The Book!!!!! in General

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You can now pre-order my book online!!!!! i couldn't be more excited to share this with you all. This book is my baby! The release is scheduled for early next year - click HERE to buy my book today! Part self-help and part memoir, YOGA GIRL is an inspirational, full-color look at the adventure that took writer and yoga teacher Rachel Brathen from her hometown in Sweden to the jungles of Costa Rica and finally to a paradise island in the Caribbean that she now calls home. With more than 1 million followers on Instagram,...

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Raw Spiced Apple Cider! in Food

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It's officially fall time! How do I know? Because my birthday was yesterday! My birthday, October 5th, officially marks the start of autumn in my book. Here in Aruba we don't get to enjoy knitted sweaters and the beauty of leaves changing color but I do my best to get the fall-time feel in anyway! I do miss the changing of the seasons a whole lot. This morning I made one of my favorite fall time things: Apple Cider - with a raw twist, of course! This is super easy to make and all you...

Love Over Fear in General

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The thing is, we all just want to be loved. All of us. Deep down, every decision we make is based on our wanting to feel accepted and cared for. We all want to be loved and we can use that longing to create both heaven and hell. Trusting in life, seeing the goodness in the people around us and learning how to stay present in our day-to-day actions will draw us towards love. We'll feel like we are flowing with life, things run smoothly and there will be a deep sense of calm beneath...

Love What You Do. in Love

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Free People made a beautiful video of me and Dennis and I'm just now seeing it in full! Check it out below. We did a retreat in Costa Rica with them earlier this year and sat down with me and Den separately to talk about life and business and our relationship and yoga. Look how beautiful it turned out. I'm so blessed to have a husband that shares my passion! He is humble, generous, easygoing... Qualities I value more and more each day. I am spontaneous and rash and impatient as a person and Dennis...

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LA Music! in General

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Here is the playlist I created for the big class we did at the LA Shrine last Sunday. Over 500 people sweating, moving and breathing together! It was so beautiful. The class turned out so intimate even though we were so many - every single person really showed up with an open heart ready to feel. I loved teaching this class! These songs are some of my favorites right now. Rising Appalachia and The Human Experience continue to blow my mind; perfect for slow, sweaty moments on your mat. And Pretty Lights, Milky Chance, Trevor...