International Yoga Instructor-Rachel Brathen

Swedish native, Rachel Brathen is an inspiring world traveler and a successful international yoga teacher.  She was kind enough to answer some of our questions and share some beautiful insights.

How has travel inspired you and your yoga?

I absolutely love traveling… I live for it. My family traveled a lot so growing up I was fortunate to see all corners of the world and ever since I was little I knew I was not meant to live in just one place. I love experiencing different cultures and seeing new places, and every country I go to brings something new to my practice. Through my travels I am never stagnant, always flowing… And now yoga takes me all over the world, I am so lucky!

rachel2Have you ever taught yoga as a “volunteer” or for trade? 

Oh yes, many times. I’ve traded yoga for massage, for acupuncture, for kite surf lessons… My regular classes are not about money. I charged $6 per class my first year of teaching in Aruba -I just wanted people to come to class! We are actually planning a very special kind of retreat right now that is absolutely free to make the beautiful community we create during our retreats available to all. More info coming up in a bit so stay tuned!

What is the best piece of advice you tell new yoga teachers?

Find your own voice. What makes you unique as a person? Use that in your teaching. Don’t try to be as your teachers, don’t imitate. Be who you are. When your role as a teacher merges completely with who you are outside the classroom, your classes will blossom. And – don’t be nervous! Remember that people ultimately aren’t there for you – they are there for themselves. Be genuine and it will reflect in your teachings.

Thank you Rachel, for sharing your words with Yoga Trade!

Keep up with Rachel and her Yoga Lifestyle at;

www.rachelbrathen.com

 

 

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