Women We Love: Yoga Girl


If you’re looking for a little bit of weekend inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve started a new weekly column called Women We Love, where I’ll be posting about inspirational ladies all around the world who encourage confidence, self-love and positivity.


Today’s post is dedicated to a woman I’ve been following for well over a year now. Rachel Brathen, also known as yoga girl is a New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker and yoga teacher who spends her days in Aruba. At 19, Rachel left everything she knew and moved to Costa Rica. With no money and no plan, Rachel had to take a giant leap of faith, trust in herself and follow her heart’s desire to explore. [Read more about her journey here]


Today, Rachel teaches yoga full time in Aruba, gives motivational speeches, works to save dogs through rescue shelters, all the while encouraging a life of yoga, self love, and positive mindfulness to millions of people each day, side by side with her adorable goat, Penny!12552194_1698700940387146_2084826810_n(1)

Through following Rachel on her journey, I’ve learned what it means to be human. Rachel does not hide her true self. She has her good days and her bad days, as we all do. She embraces them just as whole heartedly and honestly as she does her good days. Rachel has shared her experience of loss with raw emotion, refusing to apologize for her grief and encouraging the idea that social media can be a space of intimacy, honesty, and connection through joy, and at times sadness too.


As a newly inspired yogi and avid searcher of a healthier, happier lifestyle- Rachel has truly inspired me to take a chance and follow my heart, wherever it may take me. If you want to learn more about Rachel, or join me and the lovely community in following her journey you can check out her website here, as well as her instagram here.

I hope Rachel is able to touch you as deeply as she has in my life. Is there someone who inspires you in such a way? I’m always looking for new sources of inspiration!


  • Becky Hughff

    I hear so much about the benefits of Yoga and that location looks spot on!


    • Diana Maria

      It’s so great for the mind and body, hopefully you can experience it one day it’s a lovely practice!

  • I’ve never heard of Rachel Brathen before but her life sounds so inspiring! Great post x


    • Diana Maria

      Thank you, she’s quite the inspirational lady 🙂

  • Lauren Louvaine

    Never heard of here before, but this is beautiful.. I am definitely going to follow her!

    XX http://www.laurenlouvaine.com

    • Diana Maria

      I’m so glad, she really is worth following!

  • Rue Roxanne

    I would love to do more yoga. I know it’s good for the body and soul but I can never fully indulge in it when I do do it.

    • Diana Maria

      It is, it takes a bit of practice, concentration and mindfulness to be able to fully engage yourself but it’s possible! I used to hate sitting still and couldn’t quiet my mind, but you improve with each class, good luck with your future yoga practices Rue!

  • Stunning xo

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you 🙂

  • Rachel sounds like a really inspiring woman! I love people like her who wants to motivate others to seek happiness and live their life healthy 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Diana Maria

      I agree Leta, it helps to see the real side of social media and people’s emotions- she’s such a positive person!

  • So motivating! I literally just took my first yoga class in ages on Friday, so this was a serendipitously timed nugget of inspiration 🙂 Love the new series and can’t wait for more.

    • Diana Maria

      That’s so great Alex, yoga is such a great and fulfilling practice, I had no idea before I tried it! Glad you found inspiration from Rachel xo

  • This is so lovely! What an inspiring woman!

    • Diana Maria

      She truly is, so positive and inspiring 🙂

  • Aelin

    that’s awesome and so inspiring 🙂

    • Diana Maria

      I’m glad you found it inspiring Aelin!

  • So incredibly inspiring to see people chase their dreams and create their own paths! xo

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

    • Diana Maria

      It is, isn’t it! 🙂

  • Love this & I also follow Rachel too. Such a beautiful soul with such positivity. Her instagram is definitely a source of inspiration for me 🙂

    Much love, Ana xx


    • Diana Maria

      Agreed, it brings me so much happiness and inspiration on a daily basis, I love her energy! Thank you for reading Ananya!

  • The Sunday Mode

    it’s great to hear news of inspiring women. She sounds like a great role model 🙂


    • Diana Maria

      She truly is, I’m glad you think so as well!