The New Potato

The New Potato

Feb 17, 2016

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Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen

On Improving Posture & The Perfect Downward Facing Dog

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“I choose to love myself” is pretty much the best summation of this awesome interview with Yoga Girl/girl crush/ general inspiration Rachel Brathen. Brathen is the star yoga teacher whose poses have taken Instagram by storm (or at least her two million followers by storm).

If only we could live our lives with the same effortless cool as she does; life would be pretty sweet that way. From being an absolute yoga legend (yes she can do all of the insane positions), to cooking vegetable curry and adoring chocolate, this accomplished lady seems to have it all (That, and the perfect Downward Facing Dog). We think that we too shall start cooking tacos and being kind to ourselves. Discipline to do yoga for ninety minutes a day sold separately…

From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?

Hot water with lemon when I wake up, a green juice after yoga, then either a tofu scramble with loads of veggies or vegan pancakes for breakfast. A big salad for lunch, something with grains or gluten free pasta, with coconut water on the side. Snack o’ clock means a giant cup of green tea (I mean, really giant) and a pomelo. Dinner is something I cook up at home – a veggie curry with brown rice, or homemade veggie sushi rolls, or tacos…And a big piece of chocolate to take to the couch for Netflix afterwards!

How do you practice beauty from the inside out?

I choose to love myself. With that I mean, I choose to focus on the positive and being kind to myself versus obsessing over things I’d like to change or alter. Self love makes you glow! In addition to that, I practice yoga every morning (ninety minutes or so), eat a whole food, mainly plant-based diet, drink a ton of water and spend a lot of time cuddling my dogs and husband every day. And I enjoy the good things in life freely – wine and dessert is meant to be had without guilt or remorse! Eat up. Drink up. Laugh. Happiness looks good on absolutely everyone.

What foods and drinks make your skin glow? Which make it duller?

Water, greens, organic fruits and veggies [make you glow]! Judgment, non-acceptance and talking down to yourself when you check yourself out in the mirror dulls your skin…In addition to too much alcohol, fried foods, and processed foods, of course.

An effective de-stressing breathing exercise one can do in the comfort of their Uber…

Try a five-count breath. Inhale through the nose slowly to a steady count of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Exhale slowly to a steady count of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Repeat for five rounds or until you feel your body and mind calming down.

What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?

I drink hot water with lemon first thing when I wake up, every day. I oil pull with organic extra virgin coconut oil (twenty minutes). I use Origins products for face; the White Tea Series is lovely. I always put on sunscreen,also Origins. I use argan oil for the ends of my hair. I keep rose water mist in my purse throughout the day to freshen up my skin. In the evening I use Tarte Maracuja Oil on my face before bed.

How do you always start your day?

Hot lemon water, oil pulling, and ninety minutes of dynamic yoga practice. I do these three things every day. After yoga I usually make a green juice; I eat breakfast later in the morning.

What are your tips for keeping your yoga routine when you travel?

Bring a travel mat! Jade has a great one that is so thin it actually folds into a little square and fits in any hand luggage! Make time to practice in the morning – while traveling it’s usually much harder to squeeze in a practice in the evening (at least it is for me).

6-8 crucial health benefits of yoga…

1. It calms the mind.

2. It strengthens the body.

3. If practiced correctly, it can help heal injuries and pain.

4. Learning how to breathe – really learning how to breathe fully – is the most beneficial thing. Knowing how to slow the breath down and bring attention inward can help us in every day difficult situations, wherever we are.

5. It’s a practice of letting go. When we struggle or push ourselves deeper into poses we get nowhere. The moment we let go is usually the moment the body finds release and can sink deeper into the pose.

6. Community! Friends that yoga together, stay together.

What’s your personal mantra?

Trust that life will always, always take you where you need to go.

Advice to those looking to kick start a good fitness routine after many months of nothing…

Start NOW! Don’t wait for better days or for when you’ll have more time, or when you’ll be more ready. The time is now. Starting up a yoga practice is a great way to truly get to know your body – find a type of practice that works for where you are in your life at this moment and it will move mountains. Trust me!

Could you give us three yoga poses best for toned arms, toned legs, and core?

Arms:

Chaturanga

Crane/Crow Pose (Kukutasana/Baksana)

Eka Pada Koundinyasana II