R a c h a e l D e e

my name is rachael.
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There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable:
I love. I have loved. I will love.
The Time Traveler's Wife

It took me a long time to realize this:
We get to choose what defines us.
Sarah Addison Allen

|rachael runs | y o g a | outfits |
Hey!! I remember you said your body changed a lot since high school, and I was wondering if you could post some kind of progress type pictures to show the comparison? It would be really cool to see your transformation!! By the way, congrats on your SLP program :)

it hasn’t been since high school but in the last 12 months, I lost quite a bit of weight and overall got a lot healthier. I don’t post “progress” pics because I don’t want them to get reblogged. “weightloss” was not what my lifestyle change was about or something I was trying to achieve whatsoever (I was 300% happy with my body this time last year before I started running), it just happened as a byproduct of running as much as I run.

and thank you!
You look quite tall, I'm not sure if it's an illusion from pictures haha but yeah!! Awesome yoga pics by the way!!

haha I’m 5’7” I think being up on my arms in handstand makes me look way taller

re your post about that aerie bra. do you find aerie is super fab for those of us who are small chested? i have a really hard time finding bras that fit and usually have to head to the kids department where the choice is not v. great. been thinking about heading in to aerie for a possible remedy. thanks rachel xo :)

hey! I looove aerie bras, they’re the only bras I’ve worn in like, my entire life haha. I used to have to special order my size online when I needed really big ones but I find they have a great selection of really small ones too - I believe down to 32AA in store and smaller online I think? I’ve had great success getting fitted there as my size changed so don’t hesitate to ask them to help you get fitted if you can make it to a store. my favourite styles are the Blakely and the Reese, and their bralettes are great too!



am i always upside down or am i always upside down

^^ reblogging because this just came on my dash as i posted that text post and this was from The Months of Scorpion

i went through a phase in january/february where the only inversion i wanted to practice was scorpion and variations

and then through march/up til now i literally didn’t do any whatsoever i’ve just been doing handstands 

and tonight i was like hahahah i’m gonna try handstand scorpion just for shits and giggles (expecting my back to be all HELL NAH and probably not even have the control to get into it)

and it actually felt SO good and i just sank right into it and really felt the balance in my whole palms and had the stability to touch my bun with both feet and wiggle my toes around

yoga is crazy because you make progress even when you don’t know you’re making progress, ya know? 

i’m rambling now tl;dr scorpion is cool and still my favourite A+

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how to watch an NHL playoff game: handstand through the opposite team’s power plays. we came off this penalty and scored and I feel entirely responsible because I held a 2 minute + handstand 👌(with occasional wall touches!)


four for you Aerie, you go Aerie!

all my favourite Easter colours :)

Hey lady! I am a huge fan of yours, you're very inspiring & I hope my practice is as beautiful as yours one day :) I was wondering, have you ever hurt your back doing super bendy poses? The past few days the right side of my back near the middle of my spine is killing me & I'm positive it's from overdoing backbends/stretching too far. Any suggestions on how to ease discomfort or what might help? It hurts to breathe or bend over to the side! Hoping I didn't ruin it for myself! :/

hey! thank you so much! i’ve never hurt my back, but i have made it sore from jumping into backbend practice without properly warming it up. it usually is sore for a day or two during which i am whiney and request backrubs, haha. i find doing poses that curve my spine (like forward folds and cat pose) helps to neutralize the discomfort a bit if i’ve gone too bendy in the opposite direction. you can also try stretching it out by playing around and reaching different ways to stretch out the one spot that’s sore - don’t be afraid to not do “poses” and bend funny ways to stretch that part out. one that i like to do is stand on my knees like i would for camel pose, but instead of reaching directly back, support myself with one arm and reach the other out and around, and then repeat on the other side before going into cat pose. besides that take it easy for a few days and then when it feels better, ease back into it slowly.

Does using a manduka mat make a noticeable difference in your practice compared to other less expensive mats?

hey, did you read my Manduka review? I talk about it compared to less expensive mats there.

at the end of the day a mat is just a mat - it’s what you do on it that matters. my practice changes because of me, not a mat. does everyone need an expensive mat? no. but if yoga is something you know will be a part of your life long term, the experience of a great mat that works well for your practice is one I would recommend investing in, whether that’s a Manduka or some other brand that works better for you.


Y’know people say shit about social media along the lines of ‘OMG no one cares what anyone had for breakfast’ and like.

I do? I care. I’m pretty sure a lot of people care. I want to hear that the people I care about are having delicious breakfasts or saw something odd at work or flirted with a cute barista. Or just any little thoughts they have that they feel are worth sharing.

I’ve always kind of assumed that’s how you’re supposed to feel about your friends.

What is the meaning between the two quotes in your description ? Like why did you choose though two?

there’s no meaning “between” them, but each has personal significance for me. 

There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable: I love. I have loved. I will love.” - The Time Traveler’s Wife

regardless of choices and where my life takes me, i know that much is true always. present, past, future. there are no wrong choices or bad outcomes as long as love is constant, which i know it always will be. and if those were to be the last 8 words of my story, i’d be content with their one-syllable-ness too.

"It took me a long time to realize this: We get to choose what defines us." - Sarah Addison Allen

the second, for me, is about owning who you are. no one else gets to define you except yourself. if you want to be The Person Who Does This or Is This or Loves This, you have every right to be any, all, or none of those things at any given point in time and you never have to apologize or explain yourself. no one else gets to put you in a box because other peoples’ perceptions of you do not matter. they do not matter at all. you are never and should never feel at the mercy of other peoples’ opinions of you and i cannot reiterate this enough because it was life changing for me. 

"There is always something left to love."

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

March 6, 1927 - April 17th, 2014

My most beloved author, and my most beloved novel. 

Deeply saddened to hear of his passing but grateful to have appreciated his works for years. 

Hi Rachel, I am moving to Montreal next year to attend McGill. Although I visited Montreal earlier this year, I have always lived in a much smaller city and amintimidated by the size and business of the city. I am sure that I will find my fit, and enjoy my years in Montreal as a student, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions concerning finding my calm in such a happening city? Are there any places you go, to find peace of mind? Any other advice concerning my first year at Mcgill? Thanks

hey! congrats on mcgill! i love spending time on the mountain (mount royale) - you can really get into nature and forget you’re in a city, because once you get up around the summit you can’t hear the city noise.

if you’d like me to answer any other questions more in depth, please come off anon and i’d be happy to privately. i have lots i could say but investing my time/energy in answering a grey face is not really something i’m crazy about.