The month of September heralds a shift in consciousness; not only does it signal a change of seasons, but for many of us, it’s a call to action: time to buckle down, get back to school, and instill a sense of order that we shrugged off during summer’s languid days. Luckily, September is also Yoga Month, a celebration of yogic practices that reminds us to slow down, breathe deeply and be present as the world demands we jump back in and propel ourselves forward.
This September, we’re celebrating Yoga Month by highlighting some of our favorite yogis. From being luminous spirits to incredible teachers, this group of women not only share our passion for practicing yoga, but are improving the world around them, one breath at a time. Get to know our favorite yogis, and get inspired for Yoga Month!
Swedish native Rachel Brathen is a New York Times best-selling author, serial entrepreneur and international yoga teacher residing in Aruba. After graduating school in Stockholm she traveled to Costa Rica and it was here that she found the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. Deepening her yoga practice and also taking her first steps towards teaching, she ended up moving to Central America where she spent years exploring the intricate studies of yoga and spirituality. After moving to Aruba early 2010 she started teaching yoga full time on this Caribbean island. Her classes are a dynamic Vinyasa Flow integrating alignment, core work, and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequencing. With over two million followers in social media, Brathen shares pieces of her life with the world every day and constantly travels the globe to connect with her community.
Kimberly Snyder, is the nutritionist and multi-time New York Times best-selling author of The Beauty Detox Solution, The Beauty Detox Foods and The Beauty Detox Power and Radical Beauty, co-authored with Deepak Chopra. Today, she is a passionate wellness authority whose philosophy includes her principles around proper food combining, optimizing digestion and eating an all or mostly plant-based diet.
After graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University, Snyder didn’t choose an ordinary path. Instead, she embarked on a three-year solo journey spanning over 50 countries. This exposed her to a wide range of health and beauty modalities, conventional and unconventional teachers and approaches from different cultures, inspiring her to pursue an extensive career in the field of nutrition and wellness.
A passionate practitioner of Kriya and Vinyasa yoga and meditation, world adventurer, Mama, and Board Advisor for Visionary Women, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and empowerment of women. Kimberly has dedicated her life to inspiring others to discover their own light and true beauty.
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Sarah Finger is the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga and the private yoga teacher of Dr. Deepak Chopra. She recently co-created an online course, “Finding Connection Through Yoga,” with Dr. Chopra in partnership with Yoga Journal and The Chopra Center. She teaches training’s, workshops, and retreats internationally with her husband, Yoga Master Alan Finger, and is a featured expert on Jiyo, a revolutionary new digital platform that brings health and wellness to online communities all over the world. Sarah is on the Board of Directors for Exhale to Inhale, a non-profit organization that teaches yoga to survivors of domestic violence. Her daughter, who is also called Satya, inspires her every day to live a life based on love and unbound potential.
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Mama, author, yoga teacher and speaker, Elena Brower is influenced by several yoga traditions and recognized internationally for her expertise in offering practices for approaching our world with realistic reverence.
She is the author of Practice You & Art of Attention, a yoga workbook that has been translated into six languages, and the creator of Teach.yoga, a virtual home for yoga teachers worldwide.
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As a seeker, Gurmukh left her home and headed west at the age of nineteen. It wasn’t long until she found her Spiritual Teacher Yogi Bhajan and the calling of her Destiny in 1970. Yogi Bhajan gave her a spiritual name that means, “One who helps thousands across the world ocean.” For more than four decades Gurmukh has traveled the world to teach and as the years continued, Gurmukh and her husband Gurushabd opened Golden Bridge Yoga, a studio in New York City, which is a thriving sanctuary for Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. Gurmukh’s grace and wisdom continue to expand, transmitted through her teachings. Like Satya, Gurmukh has a deep passion for all children and sharing this journey with like-minded Soul Sisters is a “dream come true”.
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