January 6, 2014

Waylon talks with elephant star, Instagram heroine, yoga girl Rachel Brathen.

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“I’m not a guru, I’m not a doctor, I’m 25 years old and I do my best to be of service that I can, but it’s overwhelming sometimes.” ~ Rachel Brathen

Waylon (at Shambhala Mountain, high up in the Rockies) talks with elephant columnist, Instagram star @Yoga_Girl Rachel Brathen (in Aruba, by the ocean) about relationships, inversions, true yoga, staying grounded, dealing with negativity…and chocolate…and religion.


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“I don’t believe in religion but I’m a very religious person…love is my religion.” ~ Rachel Brathen

Rachel Brathen is a yogi on a world tour. Born and raised in Sweden, she currently resides on the beautiful island of Aruba where she is busy teaching yoga at a resort in the mornings, coordinating retreats at noon, taking her three somewhat crazy dogs to the beach to keep up with the surf in the afternoon and trying to survive as a vegan (where no vegetables grow!) in the evenings. She firmly believes that life is not black or white—it’s black and white and blue and yellow with rays of pink and sparkle in between. You can teach yoga and still be a party animal. Meditate and ignore your spending problems. Be vegan and eat too much chocolate. Have a Swedish passport and live in the Caribbean. You can do anything, as long as it’s you! You can find Rachel on the beach, probably practicing her Astavakrasana, on Facebook or on elephant journal as a featured columnist.

Find daily inspiration from Rachel on Instagram as @yoga_girl with half a million followers—one of the largest yoga accounts in the world.



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Cyril Keiser Feb 5, 2014 5:59am

I appreciate Waylon's great efforts. She is extremely inspiring and has a greatly beautiful spirit. Thank you for giving such a graceful response to your fans.It is so very refreshing and always be fun.

Valerie Jan 21, 2014 7:35pm

She is great! I was fortunate enough to take classes with her in Aruba this past Summer, and I had no idea she was so famous! She was warm, humble, and very sweet…

Katie Jan 13, 2014 6:00am

Rachel is wonderful! Now I look forward to seeing an interview with Waylon! Maybe there is one out there already, but I’d like to hear more about what Waylon contemplates, drives him, and all sorts of things! And agreeing with Rachel, elephant IS the best website and my daily crush emails are a highlight in my inbox! Thanks Waylon and Rachel for your efforts, passions, time, and desire to share and spread the word, whatever that word may be 🙂

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