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.
In addition to teaching worldwide, Rachel is the founder of www.oneOeight.com; an online platform for yoga, meditation, and healing. As the most successful crowd-funded yoga project of all time, the platform is made up of a vast community of dedicated practitioners from all over the world looking to cultivate balance, create space for inner healing and deepen their yoga practice. With an amazing team of experienced guides and teachers, oneOeight offers heart-centered classes designed to fit the always evolving needs of both body, mind and soul.
An avid entrepreneur, Rachel and her husband Dennis are opening their first brick & mortar yoga studio in Aruba in December 2016. The studio will be the largest in the Caribbean, boasting two shalas, a boutique, an organic café and offices for the team. Visit www.islandyoga.com for information on teacher trainings, workshops and to see the upcoming schedule!
Giving back to the community has always been at the center of all of Rachel’s initiatives and she runs two non-profit organizations: Sgt Pepper’s Friends; an animal rescue foundation based in Aruba, and a global mission organization that runs social mission trips worldwide.
Rachel released her first book “Yoga Girl” in 2015 – now available worldwide! Part self-help and part memoir, YOGA GIRL is an inspirational, full-color look at the adventure that took her from her hometown in Sweden to the jungles of Costa Rica and finally to the paradise island in the Caribbean that she now calls home. In YOGA GIRL, she gives readers an in-depth look at her journey from her self-destructive teenage years to the bohemian and beautiful life she’s built through yoga and meditation in Aruba today.