DORADOESMEETS: YOGAGIRL AKA RACHELBRATHEN

Today I took my first yoga class in three weeks. I had a massive exam and assignment last Saturday, which saw me up at 6am, exercise, work, study, sleep for pretty much the whole month of March. It was tough but time well spent time learning a subject I love, nutrition.

Back to yoga…I usually try and practice at least three times a week, even if it is a round of sun salutations in my front room – the stretch and breathing does me good! A healthy lifestyle.

Without yoga, I really felt the stress of the exam. Strangely I didn’t feel it in my head but my body was in need of some much needed TLC on the mat.  It was only getting back on it I realised how tight my shoulders and energy had become. As soon as I walked out of the class I felt I had let go of four weeks of overload – my brain and the impact it had on my body.

Moving nicely onto today’s post and an interview I’m very excited about. A friend of mine told me about Yoga Girl, aka Rachel Brathen a while ago and I became immediately obsessed with her Instagram.  I read her ‘about me’, her blog, and her recipes and, as an increasingly hopeful advanced yogi, became so inspired with her practice, her moves and her philosophy.

I can’t say I met Rachel (I wish!) but I did manage to get 10 minutes of her time for the site. I am so thrilled to be able to share this with you, my readers. Keep living, stay healthy and love and light to you all.

Julia, this especially is for you. Long live the new sunshine in your life! To the readers, make sure you make some ‘me’ time each and every day.

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How, why and when did you decide to be a yogi?

I was around 18 and I started yoga as a way to help me deal with the back pain I have been suffering from my entire life. It helped! :)

What would you say is the most important benefit yoga brings to life and why? What has it done to your life?

It brings me balance. That’s the most important part. I love the physical benefits, of course, but the most important aspect of my yoga practice is creating space for myself to de-stress, to relax, to tune into what’s important. Yoga has healed my physical pain, made my body strong and flexible, calmed my mind. So much…

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What is your favourite yoga position and why?

I love Firelog pose, or double pigeon pose. It’s the yummiest stretch for the hips and gives such a beautiful release.

What does your typical day look like? 

I am not a morning person and my mornings differ depending on if I’m traveling or not. Today I was up at 5! Normal is maybe 9am, unless I have an early class. I drink tea or hot water with lemon, drink a green smoothie and do my practice. I usually have meetings or lots of computer work in the day, or if I’m leading a retreat we have lots of classes. I try to cuddle with my dogs as much as I can, and take care of the house… Evenings I teach a few days a week, then dinner is pretty late. Honestly I don’t have a “regular day”, we travel so much every day is different!

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What’s your typical day on a plate?

Lots of tea and water. Green smoothie (one or two in the day). Fruits, veggies, gluten free bread… I love making stews with veggies and big salads. And I love chocolate!

What’s the favourite part of your job?

Getting to meet happy, inspired people. That’s my favorite part.

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How do you relax?

Drinking tea and reading a book, cuddling with my fiancé and our dogs, going for a walk, doing yoga…

Favourite foodie place or recipe?

I made home-made raw vegan chocolate a while back that I’m absolutely obsessed with. Recipe on the blog!

What are your top 3 tips to staying stylish and healthy?

Drink more water, take deep breaths and don’t make life as serious as your mind makes it out to be.

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Your life motto?

Love what is ahead by loving what has come before.

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