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Our Instructors

Rachel Brathen

Rachel Brathen

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.

Dennis Schoneveld

Dennis Schoneveld

Raised on the Caribbean island of Aruba, Dennis grew up with a natural draw to water and watersports. He learned how to windsurf at age 9 and immersed himself completely in the sport, also competing at a young age. In his teens he transitioned towards wave surfing and skateboarding and later on took up beach tennis, traveling across the world to compete.

After going to college for business administration and managing a surf shop for many years, Dennis opened his own business. Salad Skate Shop, located in the heart of Aruba’s capital Oranjestad, was his first venture and managed (together with his business partner at the time) to revive the culture of skateboarding on the island while providing a safe place for teenagers to enjoy after school. Meeting Rachel in 2010 he started taking his first few steps towards learning about the ancient practice of yoga and how it could benefit the body, but it wasn’t until finding teachers of his own that he dove deep into the practice. Now a certified yoga instructor and avid practitioner, Dennis and Rachel lead retreats all over the world.

Carolien Gaarthuis

Carolien Gaarthuis

Carolien’s first encounter with yoga was in 2005 and she was thrilled with its physical and mental benefits. Being a martial artist practitioner, the meditation and breathing techniques strongly resonated with her. On January 1st 2012, Carolien set an intention to do yoga every day for one year after having completed 108 sun salutations with Rachel Brathen. She has been practicing daily ever since.

Carolien’s sensei is Paul Grilley and she has trained with international acclaimed master teachers like Rachel Brathen, Fred Busch Jessica and Ryan Taylor. Her teaching reflect both yin and yang elements of their philosophies. Since 2016, she developed TerraWave Yoga: a playful blend of yin/yang sequencing on an Indo YogaFit® Balance Board, aiming at finding balance, strength and peace of mind.

Certifications: (ERYT 200, RYT 500)

Brittany Waterhouse

Brittany Waterhouse

Brittany began practicing yoga with her grandmother while in high school. She is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 instructor who completed her teacher training at Prana Power Yoga in Woburn, MA. Brittany fell in love with yoga and became certified to teach so she could share her experience with the world. She aims to inspire her students to also feel light, alive, aligned and present. Brittany has been visiting Aruba with her family since she was a teenager and is now our main SUP Yoga teacher on the island.

Ambre Van de Berg

Ambre Van de Berg

Ambre is a well versed teacher who has spent many years gaining accreditations and skills in areas of the mind, body, and soul. She leads classes in Vinyasa, YIN/YANG and SUP Yoga, where she feels most at home. As she journeys through the elements of the natural environment, using a combination of music and movement to still the mind, her classes are a reflection of who she is.

She is a nutritional detox coach with a big passion for food with an extensive background in teaching sports. As a certified fitness teacher mixed all together with her knowledge of meditation and yoga, she understands how to work with a broad range of needs and is the happiest when she sees the joy that this brings to her students.

Jess Rydh

Jess Rydh

Jess is born and raised in Sweden and have practiced yoga since she was 15 and became a certified 200 RYT yoga teacher at age 17. She has taken trainings under Baron Baptiste, Brooke Hamblet, Paige Elenson (founder of Africa yoga project) and also mentored under Angela Bryant for leader ship skills and communication tools the last 5 years.

During the years for her passion of spreading and teaching joy is she speaking to each and every that take her class. You can expect a Fresh, fun, and the perfect “feel good” yoga practice to move your body and soul.

Dagmara Avanindra

Dagmara Avanindra

Dagmara discovered yoga after giving birth to her amazing daughter, when gym workouts no longer served her changed body - limbs were less stable and core was weak and wounded from child-birth complications. Practice on her yoga mat, accompanied by some incredible teachers, provided Dagmara a place where she could rebuild and enhance her physical abilities in ways that suited the new reality. Dagmara came to yoga to get stronger and more flexible; she stayed with yoga for the peace of mind, grounded-ness, connectedness, clarity and new-found courage. Yoga stayed her true north and guided her through turbulent times. Today Dagmara wants to share yoga with others and make it accessible to all for whatever reasons they come to practice - lose weight, gain flexibility, get healthier – so that they can discover all other countless beautiful layers yoga has to offer. Her goal is to help her students build a strong core and develop flexibility – both on physical and spiritual planes.