Teacher Training Immersion: 23-Day Intensive

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Welcome to the Caribbean

Our founder, Rachel Brathen, creates life-changing experiences wherever she goes in the world. In the Caribbean paradise of Aruba, Rachel now offers a 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training.

Held at Island Yoga and led by the one and only Yoga Girl®, this 23-day immersive training is designed to fully prepare you to teach the ancient science of yoga from an authentic place of inspiration, education, creativity, and compassion. We believe it is just as much about intelligent alignment as it is about your connection with your own heart – and the voice you allow it to share.

Our RYS-200 Teacher Training offers the highest standards of content and exploration. You will dive deep into yoga philosophy and history, anatomy and physiology, sequencing and speaking, safe assisting and modifying for diverse populations, how to turn your sacred passion into a supportive career, and much more. Upon completion and passing of all examinations, you will receive an Island Yoga 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, granting you eligibility to register with globally recognized Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200.

It is a journey. It is a process. It is a lifelong path that begins here. It’s time to awaken your truth on every level.


We offer 3 different accomodations options at Beautiful Costa Esmeralda Village. Located a short 5 minute walk from Island Yoga, it offers a refreshing, comfortable, intimate atmosphere.

$6,500 USD

$6,650 USD

$6,650 USD

$7,500 USD


Meet your Facilitators

Rachel Brathen
Rachel Brathen

Founder & CEO, Certified Yoga Teacher

Hi! I'm Rachel Brathen; a Swedish native, New York Times best-selling author, serial entrepreneur, and international yoga teacher living in Aruba with my husband Dennis and our baby girl Lea Luna. 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 in every session 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. In 2016, Dennis and I opened [Island Yoga](https://islandyoga.com/) - the largest yoga studio in the Caribbean, where we host yoga teacher trainings, retreats, workshops, and classes year-round. 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. I love to share pieces of my life with the world and I do so every day through [social media](https://www.instagram.com/yoga_girl/). I am also 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.

Lara Heimann
Lara Heimann

Physical Therapist, Yoga Teacher E-RYT 500, Entrepreneur

Physical Therapist and international yoga leader, Lara Heimann, E-RYT 500, is redefining yoga through better education and innovation with her company, Movement by Lara. She developed Lara's Yoga Training (LYT) Method to address the deficiencies and imbalances of our modern lives and limited movement patterns. The LYT Method is sustainable, freeing, and efficient. LYT classes emphasize intelligent sequencing, smart cueing, alignment, and functional movement. Lara honed her LYT Method through 25 years of practice and more than a decade teaching thousands of students internationally during workshops, trainings, and retreats. Her mission is to help everyone find freedom through smarter, safer, and more conscious movement patterns so they can then uplift others. She leads teacher training programs at her studio, YogaStream, in Princeton, NJ and offers online education as well. She is known for helping new yoga teachers find their core and fall in love with anatomy. Movement has always been Lara’s favorite form of medicine, beginning with her early years as an athlete and dancer. She graduated from Duke University with a BS in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and a MA in Physical Therapy. When she is not on her mat, she is out hiking with her dogs, traveling with her family, and mixing it up in the kitchen as a natural foods vegan chef. Follow Lara on [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/lara.heimann/) or head to her [website](https://lytyoga.com/) to learn more about her.

Susanna Barkataki
Susanna Barkataki

Certified Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Speaker, Yoga Culture Advocate, and Author

Susanna Barkataki is a teacher, inclusivity promoter, and a powerful yoga culture advocate. She believes in a world where yoga supports us in dissolving separation and creating unity.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣<br> <br> Her work explores how we can decolonize, reclaim and honor our own yoga practice while continuing to centralize yoga as the main teacher for healing ourselves and each other. Call on her to help you put authentic yoga into action.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣<br> <br> Susanna has an Honors degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Education, is an E-RYT 500 hour Master Teacher, a 500-Hour Certified Ayurvedic practitioner and a C-IAYT Yoga Therapist.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣<br> <br> She is the founder and lead teacher of Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute in Orlando, FL. that offers 200 hour and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣<br> <br> She is honored to have Thich Nhat Hanh, Satish Kumar, Shankarji, Vandana Shiva and her own family her root teachers along with other masters who she studied with in India and the United States in the Hatha Yoga tradition.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣<br> <br> Susanna frequently shares on her [Instagram](https://www.instagram.com/susannabarkataki/) different ways we can honor the roots of the yoga practice and how to move forward with it in the modern Western world, while provoking deep reflection on how the yoga practice has morphed over the years. You can learn more about Susanna, her trainings and offerings, and how to support more diversity and inclusivity [here](https://www.susannabarkataki.com/).

Team members

Program Team

Courtney Betts
Courtney Betts

Executive Assistant, Program Team Content Lead, Certified Yoga Teacher

Hi! I'm Courtney and I'm Rachel's Executive Assistant. I work behind the scenes to keep all the calendars straight, the meetings managed, and the logistics running smoothly. 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.

Jessica Rydh
Jessica Rydh

Program Team Floor Leader, Certified Yoga Teacher

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

Michiko Eman
Michiko Eman

HR Manager at Island Yoga Aruba, Program Team Well Being

I'm Michiko! I am in charge of on-site operations at the studio both day-to-day and during programs. I support multiple areas of the business including oversight of Nourish Cafe and HR Management for our Aruban employees. During our programs I am the wellness warrior. I help care for our participants if they are feeling under the weather or if they need visit to the doctor. My top priority is creating a warm and welcoming environment in and around the studio.

Roosje Hoevertsz
Roosje Hoevertsz

Boutique Manager & On-Site Customer Service

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!

Katrina Corner
Katrina Corner

Enrollment Coordinator

Hi! I’m Katrina. My role within the Yoga Girl Dream Team is to welcome and support all applicants in their process of applying to, and arriving for, our Retreat and Training Programmes. I’ll be that friendly face that everyone is hoping to find when they walk through a new door, so leave your worries at home and prepare for the journey of a life time! How did I end up here? I guess the short answer is that I chose to take the path less travelled. As I approached my thirtieth birthday stumbled upon an uncomfortable truth that simply couldn’t be untold. I looked up and realised that, despite ‘having it all’ on paper, I was dangerously far from happy... So I took a deep breath asked the universe for some guidance and jumped! Saying ‘yes’ to life and following an internal spark led me through four years of incredible adventures from working for Arabic royalty, to travelling and teaching for the Dubai elite, before delivering me to my vision board dream... of running a wellness retreat (in the desert!), completing my Island Yoga Teacher Training and now... supporting this incredible Yoga Girl Community as the official ‘Mumma Bear’. So excited to be a part of this evolving space and super honored to be supporting and serving within it. See you soon! x

What You Get

Teacher Training Manual

Official Yoga Girl Teacher Training workbook and journal.

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of completion, providing eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200.

3 Education Modules

Self-Discovery, Yoga Philosophy and History, and Foundational Asana, Anatomy and Movement.

Dynamic Learning

Experiential teaching practice with immediate expert feedback.

Support Network

A community that will last a lifetime.

Airport Shuttle Service

We’ll handle transportation on the first day of the retreat and last day of the festival.

Twice Daily Yoga + Meditation

Start and end each day with yoga and meditation.

SUP Yoga Class

Add the environment and peaceful water to your yoga.

Caribbean Sail

Dance and swim amongst the turquoise ocean.

22 Restful Nights

Lodging for 22 Nights at Costa Esmeralda, an easy 5 minute walk from Island Yoga.