Our Team

Rachel Brathen

I am a Swedish Native, having moved from Costa Rica to Aruba in 2012 when I met my Aruban husband, Dennis. He and I founded Island Yoga based on a longing to create community here in Aruba. Island Yoga allows us to stay home and really set our roots (which is really helpful now that we have a baby!).

I am the co-founder and CEO of Island Yoga and teach Vinyasa Flow, SUP Yoga, Yin Yoga and Meditation. My classes are always heart-centered, as this is how I choose to live every aspect of my life.

The longing has manifested – I love how this community has come together through yoga! Watching everyone deepening their yoga practice, cultivating healthy habits and connecting to their authentic truth through this practice is my motivation every day.

We have three dogs, two goats and a tiny baby. Life at our house is like a circus right now!

Dennis Schoneveld

I was raised in Aruba, but I’ve traveled a ton since meeting Rachel. I earned a degree in business administration, dabbled in surf shop ownership, and now keep these numbers and ladies in line at Island Yoga.

I make coffee for the Island Yoga staff, and from time to time when I’m behind my desk, I watch soccer on my computer. I’m also a certified yoga teacher, talking people through poses every week (after my paternity leave ends).

This studio has been a big dream of ours for many years. I love watching yoga grow on the island!

I like short walks on the beach and rainy days.

Brittany Waterhouse

I grew up just north of Boston, Massachusetts. Working a desk job at a tech company, selling real estate, and teaching a little yoga on the side, the urge to shift gears grew quickly in my four years of working so many jobs at once. I wanted to teach yoga full time, away from the exhausting city-life vibes.

My family has been visiting Aruba every year for over two decades, making it feel like my second home. After attending one of Rachel’s retreats in Bonaire, the stars aligned and I was asked to join the oneOeight team. When I arrived on the island, I knew without a doubt that this was where I had always been heading. After starting to teach a little SUP Yoga on the side, the tides turned quickly and I found myself solely teaching on the tranquil, beautiful ocean.

I am now the lead SUP Yoga teacher for Island Yoga, managing and coordinating all things SUP. When I’m not on the water, I’m teaching in the studio. My classes almost always feature the use of energetic items such as crystals and angel cards, as well as highlighting the importance of manifesting with the Law of Attraction. The energetics of yoga are what keep me coming back for more, and what I know I am here to share in hopes of bettering the lives that cross paths with mine. Yoga truly is the most rewarding job I could have ever wished for.

My mom called me Moonbeam when I was a child. As a Cancer sign in astrology, my heart and soul are the ocean and the moon that pulls it. On top of that, my last name is Waterhouse; anyone could have seen this job and lifestyle manifesting from day one!

Jess Rydh

I come from a small town in Sweden called Sigtuna. There, I worked for then co-owned Power Yoga Sweden since I was 15 years old. I’ve trained in yoga and in leadership, utilizing and strengthening both through regularly teaching yoga and managing large programs and events.

After assisting several of Rachel’s yoga events in Sweden, I was given the opportunity to come to Aruba to intern during the opening of Island Yoga. My internship quickly evolved into an official role on the team, which includes assisting everywhere I can – front of house, boutique, our studio manager…I love being everyone’s right-hand resource. I also teach! My classes are mainly the faster and sweatier ones, but I have also begun our Beginner Series, creating a safe and inviting space to begin one’s exploration of an intelligent and fun yoga practice.

I’m easy to spot in the studio – I’m the one running around, dancing and singing loudly and off-key. When I’m not in the studio (which is very rare), I am in the water learning how to surf or bent over petting a dog.

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 meditation and hatha 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!