Feb 10, 2016
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Doing the downward goat! Online yoga guru with 1.8 million Instagram fans turns upside down in complex poses while balancing a BABY GOAT on her back
- Rachel Brathen, 27, goes by ‘Yoga Girl’ on Instagram
- The Arbua resident recently adopted a baby goat named Penny Lane who likes to participate in Rachel’s yoga workouts
- The renowned yoga teacher and her husband Dennis also run an animal rescue center
A popular yoga guru delighted her Instagram followers recently with a video of a morning vinyasa session featuring a baby goat balancing calmly on her back as she got herself up into crow pose.
Rachel Brathen, a Swedish-born yogi who resides on the island of Aruba, is known for her colorful and inspirational Instagram account, @Yoga_girl, which has 1.8 million followers and counting.
But the 27-year-old earned additional applause from her fans after introducing the adorable Penny Lane, a baby goat she and her husband welcomed into their home over the holidays, into her posts.
A new student: Social media star and yoga guru Rachel Brathen, 27, often practices her complex poses with her baby goat, Penny Lane
Island living: Rachel resides in Aruba with Penny, her dog Ringo and her surfer husband Dennis Schoneveld
Almost immediately after Rachel surfer husband Dennis Schoneveld brought their new pet home, the cute create took a keen interest in Rachel’s yoga practice, often climbing atop her mid-pose – a fun ritual which she has happily begun documenting on her Instagram account.
In one video, which has received 70,000 likes, Penny jumps onto Rachel’s back and excitedly paces around the area as the yogi impressively lifts her legs into crow pose.
And in a similar clip posted last week, Penny takes a ride on her owner’s back as she flows from a downward dog to an upper push-up plank.
Daily adventures: ‘All she wants to do is sit on our laps and watch TV and climb things,’ says the yogi
The curious goat is often documented on Instagram lurking around Rachel’s yoga mat, trying to get in on the workout.
‘All she wants to do is sit on our laps and watch TV and climb things,’ the social media star wrote on to her followers.
It’s no surprise that Penny is proving to be very popular in her own right.
The pint-size black goat now has her own Instagram account, @Penny_thegoat where her parents share her daily adventures with nearly 40,000 followers.
Rise to fame: The curious pet, who was adopted by Rachel and her husband Dennis last year, has her own Instagram account with nearly 40,000 followers
Dog days: Rachel’s Italian greyhound Ringo is also very popular on social media, boasting 100,000 followers
Balancing act: The Swedish-born yoga star is no stranger to complex poses – and often ropes in her friends, family members and pets to help her out
According to the feed, Penny’s latest hobby is ‘chewing on everything non-stop’.
Animal lovers, Rachel and Dennis also own an Italian greyhound named Ringo and run Sgt. Pepper’s Friends, an animal rescue center on the island.
In addition to working with the animals, leading yoga retreats around the world and teaching paddle board yoga classes in Aruba, Rachel also found time to launch the Kickstarter-funded virtual yoga studio oneOeight.tv last year.
She’s also currently working on a follow-up to her New York Times best-selling book, Yoga Girl, which one can hope will include cameos from Penny Lane.