Yoga instructor Rachel Brathen, better known to her two million Instagram followers as @yoga_girl, is expecting! The 28-year-old Swedish yogi, who lives in Aruba with her husband and pets, is 20 weeks pregnant. Throughout her pregnancy, she’s been sharing snaps of her daily life on the ‘gram. Every photo of her journey to motherhood is absolutely gorgeous, but what fans are loving the most are Brathen’s beautiful shots of herself practicing yoga while pregnant.
Brathen modified her workout routine for her pregnancy, and while she’s taking things day by day, she currently has no plans to let up on her practice. “I think the practice of getting on your mat every day is really important to keep that routine, but [it’s also important] to not have an expectation of what it needs to be,” Brathen told People. “Even if it’s five minutes of meditation or connecting to your baby and to yourself and checking into how you are feeling, I think that routine of stepping on your mat every day is good to keep.”
Brathen helps navigate her new routine by listening to how her body feels each day and taking things slow. “I’m used to this very sweaty, dynamic 90 minutes of yoga every single day, and it’s become 45-minute gentle practices at the end of the day,” she explained to People. “I’ve always been a big supporter of self-love and embracing and accepting ourselves as we are, and that goes along with transition and change—it’s even more important at that time.” Below, take a look at some of Brathen’s beautiful Instagram pictures of practicing yoga while expecting. Best wishes to her on her pregnancy.
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