Rachel Brathen

Who is Rachel Brathen?

Rachel Brathen is a Swedish yoga trainer and fitness influencer who is active on YouTube, Instagram and other social platforms. She was born on 5th October 1988 in Sweden. She is known for posting yoga-related posts on her social media under the name Yoga Girl.

Early life and background of Rachel Brathen

Rachel used to have severe back pain when she was a teenager and wanted to fix it. She read that yoga has helped a lot of people with the same issues, so she decided to try it. She tried repeating the same yoga exercises every day, and even though she didn't do them perfectly, she already felt better. After graduating from high school, she moved to Costa Rica, where she learned more about yoga and started her journey. What changed her view on yoga was the fact that it isn't only about movement but also spirituality.

She stayed in Costa Rica for three years and practised yoga daily. She also started meditating because it helped her to focus on herself and nothing else. She learned her most valuable life lessons while living in Costa Rica, practising yoga on the beach and walking through forests.

Personal life of Rachel Brathen

In 2010, she visited Aruba for a holiday and met the love of her life. She met her husband, Dennis Schoneveld, when she entered one surf shop in Aruba. She acted a little crazy and moved to Aruba to live with him after just a few days. But it all worked out since they got married in 2014. They had their first daughter, Lea Luna, in 2020. Rachel admitted that the beginning of the pregnancy was a hard time for her. She used to be a control freak, and not having control over her own body stressed her. She wanted to give birth at home, but due to complications, she had to be transferred to the hospital.

Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga

Rachel was one of the first yoga teachers who decided to step out of her comfort zone of the yoga mat and move to the paddleboard. She helped invent Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga and started teaching it in 2009. Since she lives in the Caribbean, Paddleboard Yoga is very fun in that environment. She likes to practice yoga in the sea and doesn't mind falling into the turquoise blue water.

Who is Yoga Girl?

Rachel joined YouTube in 2012 and Instagram in 2013, both under the username Yoga Girl. It wasn't a well-known concept when she started teaching yoga in public. People loved it, and suddenly, Rachel had taught more classes than she had time. That's when she decided to post on social media, to teach from home. She often teaches large yoga sessions at various festivals but posts the basic stuff on social media.

Since her Yoga Girl accounts became so popular, Rachel decided to write down all her lessons and publish a book. Her first book was called Yoga Girl, and it reached the title of a New York Times best-seller in 2015. She published her second book, an autobiography, in 2019. It was called To love and let go: a memoir of love, loss and gratitude.

As a peak of her career, Rachel founded Island Yoga Aruba, a yoga studio. There she teaches everything from classic yoga to Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga. Her studio allows her to reach people from all around the world and share her experience with them. Rachel is now one of the most famous yoga influencers on the internet and still comes up with new ideas.  

Interesting facts about Rachel Brathen

  • As of 2022, she is 34 years old.
  • Her zodiac sign is Libra.
  • Her height is 5'6'' or 165 cm.
  • Her weight is 62 kilograms or 135 lbs.
  • She lived in Costa Rica for three years while learning about yoga.
  • She helped invent Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga and started to teach it in 2009.
  • She met her husband, Dennis Schoneveld, in 2010. They had their first daughter, Lea Luna, in 2020.
  • She is one of the most popular yoga instructors on the internet.
  • She founded a yoga studio Island Yoga Aruba.
  • She published two books: Yoga Girl in 2015 and To love and let go: a memoir of love, loss and gratitude in 2019.