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Yoga Girl

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  3,849 ratings  ·  305 reviews
A New York Times bestseller from the yoga instructor who inspires more than one million followers on Instagram every day.

Whether she’s practicing handstands on her stand-up paddleboard or teaching Downward-Facing Dog to the masses, Rachel Brathen—Instagram’s @Yoga_Girl—has made it her mission to share inspirational messages with people from all corners of the world. In Yog
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Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published November 1st 2014)
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Moa
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I suffer from depression and anxiety and I have to tell you, this book has given me more than my psychologist have done in a year!
Inspire to do yoga but also how to enjoy life! Amazing!
Brittany Nicole
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've been following Rachel Brathen for a long time. At first it was for the pretty pictures and the handstand inspo. Then she started to open up and share more than just beach sunsets, vegetarian food, and yoga poses. She started sharing her personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences. With a glass of wine (or a margarita on the side). ;) I loved it and it inspired me to break free from the negativity that had consumed my life. I started yoga and looking for positive inspo and it made such a di ...more
Morgan E
Wow! Let me just say that I am so inspired! Yoga girl is amazing! She inspires love and kindness but more importantly self love and health. I wish I had her outlook on life! She has inspired me to take my practice to my mat daily and also to try meditation. I've always been really skeptical and found it to hard to quiet my mind. With her tips I'm hoping to integrate meditation into my yoga practice.

This book is for anyone who wants advice on starting a yoga practice or meditation practice. Also
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Emma
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really great book. A mixture of written information, as we learn all about Rachel's life. She's very honest and it's easy to see how yoga has helped her. There are lots of photographs showing differing poses, they are easy to follow and make sense to a beginner like me. I really liked it and it has inspired me to try some yoga for myself, so it must have worked! ...more
Erin
I wasn't expecting much, just a light fluffy book with some yoga inspiration, and that's what I got. It was fine.

Brathen shares the story of her yoga journey, and throughout the book is very clear and consistent in her message of "love and accept your body, the rest will follow." This would be easier to digest if there weren't, as one reviewer put it, "Sports Illustrated" photos of Brathen in bikinis, on paddle boards, on the beach, next to a waterfall, etc. The photos in the yoga studio of pos
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Amber Polo
Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: yoga
I was definitely turned off by the celebrity Sports Illustrated cover model photos on every page. Brathen may be as deep and inspirational as some people claim, yet is very young to be a teacher in a field that requires self-knowledge.
I never learned what style of yoga she learned from her teachers. Sorry, yoga is more than handstands on the beach. Savasana (the pose most Americans find the hardest) is described on one half page with Brathen in a bikini on a board.

MaRo
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was on Aruba in 2016 it was the first time I heard about the author and her company. I initially read good things via the internet and what they are about... how inspirational and positive she is and all that stuff. I read reviews here that claim the author is nice and positive. But have they actually met her and worked with her (in terms of business)?

I know some one who was considering approaching her and her company in order to propose adding a psychological aspect to well being. It all seem
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Mindfully Evie
I feel a little bad for giving it 2 stars as I'm sure Rachel is a lovely person, and it's so amazing how much she turned her life around - the very first chapter was by far my favourite. But I just found this book too wishy-washy and I was not a fan of the photo diary side of it. Too much fluff and very little content, sorry. ...more
Bettina
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I could live without her 24-hour-handstands-all-the-time channel presentation. I am active on neither Facebook nor Instagram, am just an aging practitioner of mild hatha and gentle yoga—so I am not her intended Aruba-retreat market. Her yoga pyrotechnics are totally lost on me. My days of attempting even headstand are long over.

What is interesting about Rachel Brathen is only this: despite her privileged upbringing (a scion of Swedish industrialists) she has rebelled and forged her own way. Her
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Caroline Rose
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
what a load of old tosh! little privileged girls does handstand on the beach and tells us that it's all about love and that we manifest even the bad things that happen to us. yeah right. I'm sure the abused children and holocaust victims manifested their tormentors, eh? not! I am annoyed with myself for wasting time and money on this overhyped trash. If you are serious about Yoga don't bother. I have been doing yoga for 16 years and currently undertaking yoga teacher training so her rehashed col ...more
Katherine
I wanted to like this book more than ended up being the case, unfortunately. I found it to be a little.... hollow? Beautiful images, though, and I do appreciate the personal story that she shared through her writing. It's a pretty book, but not one I'd recommend to anyone with a true love of Yoga. ...more
Jane
Mar 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Light fluff, basically a coffee table book. Nothing special.
Gurpreet
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant Book! I can recall how I started Yoga six months ago along with floor exercises and skipping sessions. The first aim was to shed those extra fat flabs but then I realized I should go with the flow. I should respect my body for what it is rather than consistently working out to get leaner. I started focussing more on the food I consume, what I think and how my body responds to it. I realized it's the only loving thing if you accept yourself the way you look (no matter how fat or lean, b ...more
Steph LaPlante
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
If you have any interest in getting into yoga or learning more about mediation please read this book. Rachel Brathen is a fantastic role model and all around person. In the book, she talks about her life struggles and how it lead her to meditation and then into yoga. There are sequences for specific yoga and also some yummy smoothie ideas. She is extremely down to earth and acts like a real person, unlike a lot of the yoga people you can follow on Instagram that act like their lives are perfect. ...more
Luísa (capitulo.seis)
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational 🌻
Bernadette
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been following Rachel for a long time on the 'gram and generally covet her tan, handsome husband, predilection for handstands, and international jetsetting. This book is a great chance to get to know a little bit more about her and her journey to becoming Yoga Girl. The photography is beautiful and there are helpful pointers for yoga as well as some delicious recipes (I anticipate a full cookbook will be next from her). More than anything, the book made me realize that behind each fairly jo ...more
Kelly
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I feel as if Rachel Brathen is a kindred spirit! I had not heard of her before reading this and I am SO glad my Yoga Reads book club is focusing on her book this month. I needed to hear all Rachel had to say; it was inspiring and much needed for me at this point in time. Along with my dependence on God, my relationship with Jesus, and my study of Scripture, I feel Rachel is someone that I will continue to incorporate into my life as I grow on my spiritual journey!!!
Leila Hanaumi
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Sure, Yoga Girl is full of personal stories that anyone with a sense of storytelling skills could have written in their own blog, but for the kind of book this is, it was a good one. Full of real talk, healthy and vibrant recipes, and-- my favorite-- super clear yoga poses and sequences, this was a great book to start my morning with, over a cup of hot tea.
Linda Leigh Sheehan
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm only giving it 4 stars and not 5 because I didn't like the yoga poses in with the story. Would have liked the story then all her yoga pose insights and fun recipes. Loved what she had to say. ...more
Claire
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I've followed Rachel for a couple of years now. She was the first yoga account I ever followed. Although some of the content I already knew from listening to her podcast, it was still a good read and it delved a bit deeper in certain parts. There were parts of her story I could relate to which certainly gave me food for thought. One quote I liked was 'Do no harm but take no shit' :-) ...more
Julie
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
It's the perfect book if you need some inspiration but not more than that. I doubt she went to a meditation retreat and suddenly she was healed. I'm sure it was hard work to change your life while having friends that would drink and do drugs all the time. Kinda sad that many authors tell the story of changing their lives within a moment, a day or a week because that sounds like a movie. ...more
Elisabeth Webb
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was inspirational. It was very positive and gave me comfort in embracing each season of life such as during a quarantine. Rachel highlights the importance of staying present and noticing everything one has to be grateful for. I liked her saying: “life happens for you, not to you". ...more
Maria Strale
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
She IS nice. She IS happy. The pictures ARE beautiful. It IS all about her.
And it IS inspiring.
Surprisingly.
The pictures, the layout as well as the kind of text could easily become a parody of itself and, consequently, uninspiring and unreal. However, she balances so well on that limit.
From the heart; she gets the message across.
Thank you!
Sayra
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love IT .. I use to practice yoga years ago for hours and I was vegetarian since I was 16 than at my 22 I went all vegan. I feel so connect with me again.
Raquel
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very lovely book in which the author shares her journey and yummy recipes ideas ☺️
Anastasia Artemis  Bailey
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs-i-love
Love this book! Stories, insights, self-care, self-acceptance, and the journey from darkness to light. A soothing and invigorating read.
Marissa Alexander
Jul 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
Yoga Book Club - June Pick
Elissa Tennant
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this a second time round because I’m slowly getting back into my yoga practice. It’s a lovely book, a fairly easy read, and Rachel’s story is very inspirational for someone looking to make yoga a bigger part of their lives. Namaste 🧘🏻
Katy
Jun 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I hadn't heard of Yoga Girl but during the holiday season last year, I was in a quick rush of inspiration and popped this book into my cart at Target. I was expecting a little more considering it's status on the New York Times bestseller list and the high ratings here on goodreads. Rachel wonderfully shares her story of how yoga has transformed her and how she's become best known for her instagram moniker. However, I don't think it's a very in-depth, or even basic, informative book necessarily a ...more
April
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As a loyal yogi,I really loved this book. The author's personal story was inspiring, the yoga instructions were informative, and the pictures beautiful. My favorite part of each chapter was the Loving Insights. Definitely something I will use during my yoga practice. I also found the instructions on how to start meditating simple and not at all intimidating. I might even give it a try! ...more
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