Refinery 29, What Yoga Taught These 10 Instagram Stars About Their Bodies

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May 2016

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What Yoga Taught These 10 Instagram Stars About Their Bodies

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Rachel Brathen (@yoga_girl)

Favorite post-yoga snacks:
“Fruit is always my go-to for really any moment of the day. I like to cut up citrus and eat it in front of my computer as I get to work after my practice. And I drink a lot of coconut water.”

Do you have any other yoga rituals?
“I always practice in the morning, so I always drink hot water and lemon. I bring it to my mat, and I sit with it in the beginning of my practice. I also oil pull…that’s swishing coconut oil for 20 minutes. [It] helps me reset in the morning.”

How would you describe your style of yoga?
“I practice a vinyasa flow, but I also incorporate a lot of yin and restorative practices. I teach the people in front of me, so it changes every day. But I teach a heart-centered practice, so it’s related to our emotional being. The pose is never the end goal for what I teach; it’s the tool we use to unlock the bigger pieces of our hearts.”

Describe your body in one word:
“Limitless.”

Why that word?
“When I started practicing, I had a lot of pain. I had been in a car accident. I had scoliosis. I couldn’t touch my toes — there were so many things that were very intimidating to me. And then, every single year, I push my level of Oh, I’ll never be able to do this. I really have come to the conclusion that there’s no limit to what you can create when you set a loving intention and really take care of your body and soul.”

What have you learned about your body by practicing yoga?
“The body really changes every day. So one of the most important things I’ve learned is to adapt to where I am in this moment, and not get stuck with a rigid yoga needs to look like this mentality. It’s more about what your body needs. Sometimes that means really slowing down, even though you think you want dynamic 90 minutes every day. Life moves up and down, and we need to adapt our practice to that.”

One piece of advice you would give to a beginner:
“Be kind to yourself. No one ever judges you like you do.”