Hi! I'm Rachel.
Originally from Sweden, I am a 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 in early 2010, I began teaching yoga full time. My classes are heart-centered Vinyasa Flows and focused on integrating alignment 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 - 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; an animal rescue foundation based in Aruba, and Yoga Girl® Foundation, 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. 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 of dedicated practitioners from all over the world looking to cultivate balance, create space for inner healing, and to deepen their yoga practice.