Teacher Training Immersion: 23-Day Intensive

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today October 25 - November 16, 2019 location_on Aruba

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

Swedish native Rachel Brathen is an international yoga teacher, New York Times best-selling author, mother and serial entrepreneur 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 three million followers in social media, Brathen shares pieces of her life with the world every day and has inspired thousands of people though events, workshops, retreats and trainings. 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 body, mind and soul.

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 will be offering online education as well. She is also the co-faciliatator of Rachel Brathen's yoga teacher training at Island Yoga and 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. Learn more at her website www.movementbylara.com

Susanna Barkataki
Susanna Barkataki

Expert Contributor, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Yoga Therapist

Susanna Barkataki is a teacher, inclusivity promoter and yoga culture advocate. She believes in a world where yoga supports us in dissolving separation and creating unity. Her work explores how we can decolonize, reclaim and honor our own yoga practice centralizing yoga as teacher for healing personally and socially. Call on her to help you put authentic yoga into action. 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 C-IAYT Yoga Therapist. 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. 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. Learn more and get your free, honor yoga culture in action PDF gift at www.susannabarkataki.com. Find out about training at www.ignitebewell.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 live on Aruba and 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

I'm Jess! My primary role is to help and assist on the floor during retreats and trainings. I am Rachel's right-hand lady for all her personal needs during programs and I also tip-toe around the room and give the juiciest adjustments. I've been teaching for nearly 6 years (I got my YTT when I was 15!) and I often teach in the studio a couple of times per week. Outside of work I am a dog mom who loves watching and learning dances off of YouTube. I'm silly, fun, and friendly -- and I can't wait to meet you!

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 and last day of the retreat.

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.