We build community through words. Through practice. Through service. In person and online. We are love, in action. We are Yoga Girl®.

At Yoga Girl®, we welcome amazing people from all over the world to join our global team. We currently have over thirty great people from more than six countries working together. If you would like to join our team, either on-site in Aruba or Stockholm, or as a remote contributor, please refer to our Jobs page for more information.


The People in Our Company

Rachel Brathen
Rachel Brathen

Founder & CEO, Certified Yoga Teacher

Hi! I'm Rachel Brathen; a Swedish-native, New York Times best-selling author, non-profit founder, serial entrepreneur, and an international yoga teacher with sold out classes and festivals around the world. I'm also the founder and CEO of Yoga Girl®, and the host of two #1 podcast shows, Conversations From The Heart and Yoga Girl Daily. With over 2 million followers on [social media](https://www.instagram.com/yoga_girl/), 15 years of professional experience, and a global audience in over 170 countries, I have been featured in [Women's Health, Yoga Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Tedx Talks, and more](https://www.yogagirl.com/rachels-corner/press). After graduating from school in Stockholm, I traveled to Costa Rica where I found the joy of incorporating yoga into my everyday life. Deepening my yoga practice and beginning teaching, I moved to Central America where I spent years exploring the intricate studies of yoga and spirituality. After moving to Aruba early 2010, I began teaching yoga full time with my classes being dynamic Vinyasa Flow and focused on integrating alignment, core work, and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequencing. My main lesson I aim to teach though, is that asana is only a small piece of the work done in the yoga shala. I incorporate holistic therapeutic tools like sharing, active listening, and journaling, and there is a deep level of heart healing at the center of every class I teach. My classes serve the purpose of deepening a connection not only to ourselves, but with the people around us. Giving back to the community has always been at the center of all of my initiatives – with the help of awesome staff and volunteers, I run two non-profit organizations: [Sgt. Pepper’s Friends](http://www.sgtpeppersfriends.com/); an animal rescue foundation based in Aruba, and [Yoga Girl® Foundation](https://www.yogagirlfoundation.com/), an organization benefitting women and children in need. In 2017, my husband Dennis and I also opened [Island Yoga](https://islandyoga.com/) - the largest yoga studio in the Caribbean, where we've hosted yoga teacher trainings, retreats, workshops, and year-round classes. Along with these initiatives, I am the founder of one of the first online yoga platforms, the now-retired oneOeight.com, which was the most successful crowd-funded yoga project of all time. That platform has since grown and transformed into the Yoga Girl® site you're experiencing today, and is now made up of a vast [community](https://www.facebook.com/groups/yogagirlcommunity/) of dedicated practitioners from all over the world looking to cultivate balance, create space for inner healing, and to deepen their yoga practice. Now I'm back living in my home country of Sweden with my family, and when I'm not actively trying to help make a change in the world, I enjoy cooking, baking, foraging, drinking tea, communing with nature, and spending my days with my husband, Dennis, our daughter, Lea, and our three dogs Ringo, Laika, and Quila. --- __Specialties: Vinyasa Flow, Heart Healing, Meditation, Pranayama, Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, Yin, Kundalini, Prenatal__

Dennis Schoneveld
Dennis Schoneveld

Co-Founder & Director, Certified Yoga Teacher

I was raised in Aruba, but I've traveled a ton since meeting Rachel and starting our business together. After studying business administration in school I put it to use and dabbled in surf and skate shop management, and I now keep the numbers in line at Island Yoga. I love to make coffee for the Island Yoga staff, and from time to time when I'm actually behind my desk, I watch soccer on my computer. I'm also a certified yoga teacher, talking people through poses every week (something that will resume after my paternity leave ends, in ten years or so). Creating Island Yoga, Yoga Girl, and oneOeight has been a dream of ours for many years. I love watching it come to life! If I'm not chasing Lea Luna around, I'm on my triathlon bike every chance I get.

Lea Luna Schoneveld
Lea Luna Schoneveld

CHO (Chief Happiness Officer)

Lea Luna is Director of Loud Shrieking, Boss of Absolutely Everything, Professional Distractor, Master of Cuddles, Provider of Slobbery Kisses and Expert Downward-Facing Dog Teacher. She has been with the company since March of 2017 and looks forward to taking over as CEO by the year 2031. In her spare time she enjoys long walks on the beach, jumping off scary ledges, screaming the word PAPAYA off the top of her lungs and pretending she didn’t hide mommy’s car keys in the trash bin.

Angela Ryden
Angela Ryden

COO, Certified Yoga Teacher

I am the company COO and the quintessential small town girl next door. In 2017, I officially joined the Yoga Girl group of companies after working as a key driver for yoga and community building in the Nordics (where I happen to meet Rachel & Dennis). I'm an American-Filipino living in Sweden (married to a Swede) and come from humble beginnings. Hard work and gratitude has served me well. For over two decades, I've held a variety of Sr. roles for mid-sized and global companies such as Microsoft Corporation and other start-ups where I learned the ropes of teamwork and adaptability; and I have been fortunate to work with brilliant people to bring forward initiatives and technology programs for brands such as KPMG, Siemens A&D and many more. However, my true calling lies in service and humanity where the real measurements are found in the heart. I wear many hats at Yoga Girl, and there is no job too big or too small. I've been teaching yoga since 2009 and I am a former yoga studio owner. Today, I oversee our global day-to-day operations while balancing motherhood to two amazing children, being a wife, and finding time to roll out my yoga mat.

Emma Ericsson-Broms
Emma Ericsson-Broms

Senior Management Support Specialist & Special Projects Leader

Joaquin Gonzalez
Joaquin Gonzalez

Executive Assistant to COO, Angela Ryden

Hey, I’m Joaquin. I like to keep myself busy. Aside from my job in Yoga Girl, I work as a full-time aerospace engineer. I am also a law practice manager, paralegal, and document architect for multiple law firms in my spare time. As legal assistant to the COO, I establish and maintain a proper legal records process and perform other confidential administrative and executive support tasks. I also help streamline 100 different corporate due diligence items in 18 different categories ranging from Organizational Structure, Assets, and IP, to Finance, Operational, and Marketing Documentation.

Katie Stone
Katie Stone

Senior Content Writer and Website Publisher, Community Manager, Associate Product Manager, Certified Yoga Teacher

Hi I'm Katie (she/her) and I handle a lot of "behind-the-scenes" stuff both on YogaGirl.com and in our Facebook community groups. I spend a lot of time connecting with people and writing, but I also handle a lot of the more technical pieces on the website too! I've been practicing yoga since 2003, teaching yoga and meditation off and on since 2014, became a Yoga Girl® certified yoga teacher in 2017, and joined team Yoga Girl in 2019. I'm also a trauma and domestic/childhood abuse survivor learning to thrive and be at home with myself one day at a time. My passion lies in supporting those that have suffered through trauma or abuse and I'm a strong advocate for human rights and social justice. I'm a multi-passionate nature-techy-woo-woo-foodie-music-loving weirdo that doesn't quite fit in any particular box. Originally from the Chicago-area, and having lived and traveled around Europe for a while, I've now planted my roots in Denver, Colorado with my goofy husband and dog-baby Leo.

Gerry Kent
Gerry Kent

Content Operations Manager, Project & Production Manager, Certified Yoga Teacher

Hey, I'm Gerry! I live in Johannesburg, South Africa and my role here at Yoga Girl is to act as a nucleus in our beautiful web. I ensure that all the people, projects, and to-do lists keep running smoothly. I come from a background in the TV industry and I'm so grateful to now be a part of a team centred around my true love - Yoga and Mindfulness!

Alexis Miller
Alexis Miller

Customer Service Specialist, Social Media and Content Support, Certified Yoga Teacher

Hi! I’m Alexis and I support our online community as a Customer Service Specialist, and I also help write, create and publish social media and website content! I joined the Yoga Girl team in February of 2019, and I am so grateful to be supporting a brand dedicated to all things yoga, healing, meditation, community, nourishment and growth! I am also a registered yoga teacher and surf instructor, on the side I love to teach, surf, write, read, study, meditate, practice, dance, travel, and connect with nature!

Courtney Betts
Courtney Betts

Podcast Project Manager, Certified Yoga Teacher

Hi! I'm Courtney and I manage everything with the Yoga Girl Podcast. In addition to my role with Yoga Girl, I also frequently support our local animal shelter, Sgt. Pepper's Friends. On the side, I teach SUP yoga and create art - you can find my work gracing the walls at Island Yoga.

Johan Ander
Johan Ander

Creative & Multimedia Specialist

Hey I’m Johan! I have strong passion for making art - from producing films and taking stunning photos to creating that perfect web experience. I work with team Yoga Girl® to create various web and social media graphics, but I also am behind much of the video production and editing for yogagirl.com. I have an Art Degree, am tech savvy, and I'm also a music producer. I was born in Sweden and now living on the beautiful island Öland, where I enjoy nature and sunsets while SUPing with my Peruvian dogs.

Robert Ikenberg
Robert Ikenberg

IT Admin & Security

Hello! I'm Robert and the IT admin and the security guy. I have a strong passion for IT security and tech stuff as well as coding and building websites and e-commerce. For many years I was working for big companies and government, as well as performing IT security audits for Swedish nuclear facilities. People know me as a the friendly and helping person that like to talk and share my knowledge. Started coding programs and games as a toddler and have a very broad knowledge. Working with coding, web developments, web design, security audits, penetration testing, building apps and systems and also handling servers, network, firewalls and all the it stuff that is needed for a company to work, as well as the maintaining the website.

Kevin Persson
Kevin Persson

Full Stack Developer

Ashley Zari
Ashley Zari

Fämily Foods Operations Manager

My name is Ashley and I am the Fämily Foods Operations Manager for Yoga Girl. I am a compassionate operations leader with 20 years of Ops and project management experience and have a penchant for start up operations. I crave solving problems and creating order. I am driven by racial, social, and environmental justice and love any work environment that thrives on authenticity, courage, clarity, and vulnerability.

Jessica Rydh
Jessica Rydh

Studio Leader, Senior Certified Yoga Teacher at Island Yoga

Hey, I'm Jess and I am one of the senior yoga teachers at the Island Yoga Studio. I moved to live in Aruba in 2016 however, I was born and raised in Sweden (where life was a little colder)! I enjoy teaching a dynamic fusion of yoga and functional moment with particular passion and focus on attuning the anatomy of the body, mind and spirit. I have been practicing yoga since I was 14 years old, took my first YTT when I was 15 and cannot imagine my life without it! I love to share my creative expression through my yoga practice and teaching. Creating 'movement for life' is a mantra I live by and the accessible method and lens that I share my yoga class sequencing through. During Yoga Girl Retreats and Trainings my primary role is to help and assist on the floor. I'm Rachel's left-hand lady for all her personal needs during programs and I also tip-toe around the room and give the juiciest assists and adjustments. Outside of work I am a fitness enthusiast who loves to play and challenge my body learning new movement patterns. Whether that be flowing on my yoga mat, playing around with pole dancing, killing it in a cross fit class or just a stroll on the beach - I believe you have the capacity to raise your own vibration if you move your body. The quickest, happiest and healthiest way to reach a state of joy and comfort in the body and that's all I want! Can't wait to meet you!x

Roosje Hoevertsz
Roosje Hoevertsz

Boutique & Office Manager, On-Site Customer Support Specialist at Island Yoga

Hello! I'm Roosje. I'm an Aruban native and I'm helping support the boutique and on-site customer service operations at Island Yoga. I'm also an event planner and inventory manager. I believe in kindness and making others smile and I love my job because it allows me to put a smile on the faces of so many people from all around the world. When I'm not the studio I enjoy spending time at home with my dogs or at the beach with my baby girl. I'm so excited to meet you and welcome you to my home!

Zoë Loefstok
Zoë Loefstok

Certified Yoga Teacher

Shanti Augusta
Shanti Augusta

Certified Yoga Teacher at Island Yoga

I was invited by Rachel to give Prenatal Classes at her studio as I had the honor to have her in my prenatal and postnatal program with sweet Lea. I also was invited to bring weekly meditation classes into the studio. I feel grateful to be part of the Island Yoga Family. I love to wake up early (I really do !!) to meditate and spend some quiet time outside before getting my son ready for school and heading out the door to teach my morning classes. In the afternoons I make time for family time and self-care so that I am relaxed and present with my evening classes. I also love camping and I am crazy about caterpillars!