Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen

BLOG“Begin where you are.  Use what you have.  Do what you can.”

Rachel Brathen is a yoga teacher and motivational speaker who shares daily messages of inspiration through social media.  In Yoga Girl she takes us through her rebellious teen years, her struggles, how she came to embrace meditation and yoga, and how she was able to make a positive change in her life.  Throughout each chapter are healthy recipes, step by step yoga sequences as well as beautiful photos.

Yoga Girl is an inspirational and uplifting book.  Rachel not only shares her personal story but provides encouragement for others to move past their own struggles.  The main points being to be kind to yourself, find balance in life, trust your journey, and to not let fear hold you back.  The book is engaging, relatable and a really nice read.  The recipes, yoga postures and photos are a great addition and add to the overall message.  The structure of the book was a little awkward in spots where the “loving insights” section was inserted in the middle of the story section, which interrupted the flow of the book.  However, it does not take away from the content in any way.  Yoga Girl is inspirational and visually beautiful.

Favourite quote:  “The thing about life is, you get what you need.  Not what you want.  And everything happens at the right time.”

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