Rachel Brathen

Rachel Brathen

Swedish author and yoga teacher

Rachel Brathen (Swedish: Rachel Bråthén, IPA: [ˈrɑ̌ːkɛl brɔˈteːn]) is a Swedish yoga teacher, a pioneer of paddleboard yoga, and the founder of Island Yoga Aruba in the Caribbean. She is the author of the best-selling 2015 book Yoga Girl.


Rachel Brathen was born in Sweden on the 5th of October 1988. After graduating from secondary school, she went to Costa Rica to pursue yoga; she lived there for three years, doing yoga daily. In 2010 she travelled to Aruba for a holiday, meeting her future husband Dennis. She returned to Aruba to be with him; they now live there. She was one of the pioneers of Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga (SUP Yoga); she started teaching it in 2009.[1] She now includes it in all the events that she leads and at festivals such as Wanderlust around the world.[1]

She is an internationally-known teacher of yoga as exercise[2][3][4][5][6] She is the author of the book Yoga Girl,[7] which became a New York Times best-seller in 2015,[8] popularising the line "Yoga every damn day".[9] "Yoga Girl" is also the name of Brathen's Instagram account.[10]

Brathen founded a yoga studio called Island Yoga Aruba[11] as well as the yoga video service oneOeight[12] and the non-profit 109 World.[13] In 2017, Forbes named Brathen on its list of the most important social media influencers in the fitness category, noting that Brathen can command a $25,000 fee per Instagram post.[14] She is a certified Yoga influencer, with a score of 98 from the influencer marketing software Klear. Brathen launched a podcast in March 2017,[15] which reached the iTunes charts.[14] In 2019, she published an autobiography, To love and let go: a memoir of love, loss, and gratitude.[16]

Personal life

She speaks four languages, Swedish, English, Spanish and Papiamento (spoken on Aruba).[17] She and her husband Dennis live on Aruba, where he administers her yoga business. They married in June 2014,[1][9] and have a daughter.[18]

See also


  1. ^ a b c O'Riordan, Alison (12 September 2014). "The beach bum yogi who is bending all of the rules". Irish Independent. Retrieved 26 March 2022.
  2. ^ Booth, Jessica (14 April 2015). "8 Yoga Tips I Learned From Taking Yoga Class With Yoga Girl, aka Rachel Brathen". Bustle. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  3. ^ Rudbäck, Johanna (14 February 2015). "Yoga girl: ingen har sett min riktiga yogaträning" [Yoga girl: nobody has seen my real yoga training]. SVT (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  4. ^ Nilsson, Linda-Marie (16 October 2015). "Yoga Girl om spriten: Jag drack för att döva" [Yoga Girl on spirits: I drank to shut it all out]. Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^ Nestor, Linda (28 April 2017). "Rachel Brathen "Yoga Girl" : Yoga är min krockkudde" [Rachel Brathen 'Yoga Girl' : Yoga is my crockery]. ToppHälsa (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  6. ^ Hannum, Claire (13 October 2016). "These Photos Of 'Yoga Girl' Rachel Brathen Practicing While Pregnant Are Absolutely Gorgeous". SELF. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  7. ^ Barnes, Zahra (22 July 2016). "Talking to Rachel Brathen, @yoga_girl, About Getting Political As A Wellness Guru". Self. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Books: Best Sellers: Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous". The New York Times. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  9. ^ a b Tyzack, Anna (July 23, 2015). "Bad girl to Yoga Girl: How life changed for Instagram yoga sensation Rachel Brathen". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  10. ^ Callaghan, Anna (8 October 2014). "Meet Instagram's Rising Yoga Star". Outside. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  11. ^ "'Yoga Girl' Rachel Brathen: 'A Fight With My Husband Changed My Entire Life'". Women's Health. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  12. ^ Hurst, Samantha (9 September 2015). "International Yoga Teacher Rachel Brathen Captures Over $100,000 in 24 Hours on Kickstarter For New Online Platform "oneOeight"". Crowdfund Insider. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  13. ^ Olya, Gabrielle (12 October 2016). "'Yoga Girl' Rachel Brathen Loves Practicing at 20 Weeks Pregnant: 'It Keeps That Connection'". People. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Rachel Brathen". Forbes. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  15. ^ "New Podcast! From the Heart - Rachel Brathen". Rachel Brathen. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  16. ^ Brathen, Rachel (2019). To love and let go: a memoir of love, loss, and gratitude. New York: Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-78325-367-8. OCLC 1111945119.
  17. ^ Finn, Clodagh (1 August 2015). "Yoga Girl Rachel Brathen talks happiness, balance and living with your heart". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  18. ^ Prafder, Erika (9 May 2017). "The Yoga of Childbirth: Rachel Brathen Shares Baby Lea Luna's Birth Story". Yoga Journal. Retrieved 15 May 2017.

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