On Saturday I was wandering around Anthropologie and came across Rachel Brathen's book. For those who don't know, Rachel is also known as Yoga Girl on Instagram with over a million followers. I've been following her for a while, she seems to have the most gorgeous life in Aruba, a welcome escape whilst on the tube commuting, and I have been getting more and more into yoga so thought I'd give the book a go.
And boy am I glad I did! I started reading on Sunday and finished within the day, which is unheard of for me. I found it fascinating. A kind of autobiography, I didn't realise that Rachel had quite a tough start to life, and severely went off the rails. Until her mum had enough and sent her to a meditation retreat which changed her life.
For those looking to get into yoga and/or meditation this is an amazing read. I couldn't put it down. I felt myself smiling a lot, I got goosebumps quite a few times whilst reading it, and towards the end I had tears streaming down my face. Certain things really touched me, such as 'You are not alone' and 'The only thing that matters is how much you love'. I have been feeling quite emotional recently so perhaps not everyone cries, but I connected so much to Rachel's words I felt a real release!
As well as Rachel's story, you also get gorgeous-sounding recipes, yoga poses and routines and 'loving insights'. I can't gush about this book enough - just get it!
Weirdly, I had been thinking about going to Costa Rica for a yoga/meditation retreat holiday, and Rachel first discovered yoga in Costa Rica and ended up living there for a few years. So that sealed the deal - I have to book this trip!