underbara du.
rachel, 24, beach bum, yoga teacher, island girl. i think... there is always two sides to every story (sometimes three or four, but that usually means there is tequila involved). as to life. it's not black or white, it's black and white and hopefully pink and sparkly inbetween... you can teach yoga and still love to party. 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 its you.

the beat of your heart is the rhythm of your soul.
underbara du -
wonderful, you.
underbara du.
β–²
+
Tomorrow is the last day of the #yogagirlchallenge ! Day 21! It’s been so wonderful following your journey throughout these weeks… I’m going to miss this so much! But we still have one day to go and it’s a good one😊

The theme for tomorrow is Self Love. I want you to take all of the love and energy you’ve poured out into the world throughout these past three weeks and direct it all towards yourself. Truth is; you’ve worked your butt off for this challenge! You are beautiful and it’s time you bring this energy into your heart. It’s time for self love! Actually, every day is a day for self love so we are ending this challenge on a note I want you to keep for the rest of your life: Be kind to yourself. Love yourself. Make time for you. Be proud of who you are. Celebrate your uniqueness! 

I want you to do something that makes your heart sing. What makes YOU happy? Do it, and do it big. Treat yourself! Sleep in if you can, make an extra nice breakfast, buy yourself flowers, go for a long lunch with your best friends, get a massage or a spa treatment, take a nap, take a bubble bath, read a great book, cuddle with your dogs or your kids, cook, drink lots of wine with dinner, watch your favorite movie for the hundredth time, go out dancing, book a trip… Choose one or many things that make you happy! I want you to feel rejuvenated and full of love. Most of all, I want you to think kind thoughts about yourself and to love you for you. 

My perfect day of self love begins with a run and some yoga followed by an hour of massage. Then, a walk with the dogs on the north shore and a naked swim in the ocean. Also… Chocolate for breakfast. Yes. I plan on doing all of these things tomorrow morning (in that order)! We all deserve days of extra yumminess sometimes. Treat yourself and let the day be all about you, in any way that suits your schedule and your life situation. You are amazing and you deserve an extra sprinkle of magic! Excited to see how you give yourself self love mañana. Be selfish - absolutely no guilt whatsoever allowed. Love yourself so you can love others. Share a pic related to Self Love and don’t forget to tag @yoga_girl and #yogagirlchallenge !πŸ™πŸ’•πŸ˜
+
I love using props in my yoga practice. Blocks, straps and blankets are great! Also, sometimes… Hot dog standsβ˜ΊοΈπŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚Yup! This cart owner/pretzel making guy in NYC didn’t even flinch when I asked if I could use his cart as a prop for my one-armed handstand. I guess New Yorkers actually have seen it all?😜


No pretzels were harmed and no soda cans were knocked over in the making of this photograph!Shot by @mfricovsky ✌️


#yogaeverywhere #nyc #handstand #hotdogs #pretzels #city #culture #yoga #photography #love #onehand #strong #balance #happy #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirlchallenge
+
I wonder where my grandmother is and if she knows I don’t know what to do with her death and if that is ok. I think of my mother and that she’s lost her mom and the enormity of that is just too vast for my mind to grasp. How can you lose your mother? I know this is life and people die all the time and also people are born. Energy and love recycled. I feel so much I have to write it down and when I can’t see what I’m writing anymore I roll out a yoga mat that’s not mine and I sit on it and cry into the emptiness of my reflection staring back at me from the living room window. I cry until I can’t breathe and still it’s just scratching at the surface of what needs to be felt and moved through and let out. I cry and then I stop and I go back to bed.

What would my world be like without my mom? It’s no world. I can’t even see it in my mind as an imaginary place. But my grandmother is gone. My mothers mother. So I wonder, how is this the order of things? People die. Mothers and grandmothers and best friends and dogs. They die and when they go they leave you things like yoga mats and trees that are suddenly alive in your garden and also your mother. They take a lot. But they leave you things that are everything. So you lost but you have so much. Your heart is bigger now and there is more room for noticing things like what the wind feels like on your cheek in the morning. But you’ve lost your ground and you have to stumble in the dark not knowing where to place your feet or how to protect yourself from the newness of life ahead. And sometimes you wake yourself up crying in the middle of the night and it’s loud but it’s quiet and there are dogs in your bed but not the one you dream of over and over again and in your dreams you keep losing him in malls and in the woods and at airports and it’s not your fault but it is. And then your husband squeezes your hand and you know the dog is not lost but with grandmothers and soul sisters because when we pass everyone is found. Everyone is found. 

So we keep going. One day we will find our way but for now we are still fumbling through the darkness with trembling hands and beating hearts, wondering where to place our feet next.
+
Blessed is this day. Beautiful… So beautiful. Tomorrow is day 20 of the #yogagirlchallenge (our second to last day!😩) and the theme is Something New. I want you to get out there and try something new tomorrow! Something you have never done before, something you’ve never thought of doing or something out of your comfort zone. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut - most of what we do each day is routine. Trying new things sparks our creativity and broadens our horizons! You can choose something simple; how about ordering something you normally wouldn’t think of getting at your local coffee shop? I always get the same thing: hot green tea or an almond milk latte and would normally not even think about trying the new dark roast or a hazelnut cappuccino - maybe it’s the best thing ever but I’ve just never tried it?! Maybe it’s not… But I’ll never find new things to love if I don’t try! Or go for something bigger: try a salsa class, a workout you normally wouldn’t do, a yoga class with a teacher you haven’t practiced with or a style you’ve never done, walk a different way to work, eat something from a country you’ve never tasted (Surinamese food is AMAZING!), read a book from a genre you’ve never read before, make a new friend at the office… Anything, as long as it’s new! 

There is a whole world of amazingness out there but if we don’t try new things they’ll never come our way! Get out of your comfort zone and have fun. Post a picture related to your new mini-adventure and don’t forget to tag @yoga_girl and #yogagirlchallenge πŸ™πŸ˜˜β€οΈ #sunset #aruba #ocean #summer #love #trynewthings (at Poschikito, Aruba)
+
Legs up the wall with @ringo_thegringo and Mason! Mid-brunch yoga with friends and mimosas and puppy cuddles. Viparita Karani err damn day. We are lucky to have Aruba’s best chef @chef_joyce come over to cook for us all the time!☺️ Today we ate lettuce wrapped tacos, veggie frittata, gluten free banana pancakes, freshly baked bread, fruit salad and home made chocolate croissants. So good! What are you up to this Sunday?love. 



#iwishtherewasaneggfreefrittata #noeggs #errdamnday #brunch #sunday #friends #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #love #dogs #cute
+
Let your spirit soar!🌼





#fly #live #befree #love #live #listen @bogayoga #bogayoga #supyoga #sup #surf #ocean #beach #bikini #body #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirlchallenge #happy #beautiful #motivation #life
+
#yogagirlchallenge Day 19 is coming up - I can’t believe there are only three days left! Time is so crazy. The theme for tomorrow is Random Act of Kindness - for the third and final time for this challenge - and you get to pick anything you want this time! The random act of kindness is SO powerful. It’s my favorite thing to watch unfold. The first ROK theme day of this challenge spread so quickly people participating were noticing other people’s acts all around! I got an email from a girl that went to buy a homeless person a hot meal and in the restaurant had the meal paid for by the person in line in front of them - doing the #yogagirlchallenge ! Can you believe it?? Mind blowing and so, so powerful. Let’s take it up a notch tomorrow! Do as many random acts of kindness as you can, and do them with love. Be kind to strangers. Get creative. Go nuts with happiness and sharing and giving. Give love and that love is going to come right back to you! I love you all so so so much. Can’t wait to see everyone’s submissions tomorrow! Don’t forget to tag @yoga_girl and #yogagirlchallenge πŸ™β€οΈβ˜ΊοΈ #love #yoga #randomactofkindness #smile
+
+
Life is now. This moment. Right here, right now. This is it! Don’t waste a single second of this day thinking you are not good enough. Truth is, you are more than enough. You’re perfect! Absolutely perfect. Just the way you are. And you have everything you need to make this day beautiful. Be kind to yourself and go have an awesome day!πŸ˜˜πŸ’•β˜€οΈ




#love #yourself #aruba #paradise #handstand #beach #ocean #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirlchallenge #life #inspiration
+
Such beautiful expressions of love today! I want to take a moment to express my love to some of my favorite teachers and friends in LA @ogyogini @jenpastiloff @dylanwerneryoga @lizarch @angelakukhahn @bryceyoga @kurmalliance - we miss you guys! Yogis, if you’re in Cali go practice with them stat. You won’t regret itπŸ’œ


We are already at Day 18 for the #yogagirlchallenge tomorrow and the theme is Mother Nature! I want you to go outside and spend time in whatever glorious natural surroundings you happen to be blessed with. And most importantly: I want you to be barefoot. YES! I want your bare feet to touch the ground. I want you to feel the earth beneath your feet and appreciate the beauty of this world. For me, right now that means spending time at the beach and walking through the desert of the north shore. What is it for you? Here is a tip: anywhere you can tilt your head back and see the sky! Go to your local park, the woods, the beach, a hiking trail, the lake, the ocean, climb a mountain, a hill, hug a tree, sit in your garden… Go outside and connect to the earth! If you can, do some yoga and/or meditate outside. Turn your phone off. Be silent. Listen to the sounds of your surroundings. Feel nature all around you. The earth is a part of you as much as you are a part of it. Take a moment during your day tomorrow to enjoy the blessings of Mother Nature! 


Share any picture related to nature and don’t forget to tag @yoga_girl and #yogagirlchallenge πŸ™ Love you!#love #motherearth #nature #life #yoga #beach #live #inspiration #smile