Island Yoga Aruba
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve heard of Island Yoga, the largest yoga studio in the Caribbean and the home studio of Rachel Brathen, aka, Yoga Girl. I spent 5 days in Aruba in September 2017, just 9 months after they opened the doors at Island Yoga, and happily practiced there almost everyday of my trip.
My best friend, Kaitee, of Moon Body Soul, got contacted to sponsor the retreats at Island Yoga with her handmade Cannabis Body Balm, and it turned out shipping to the island is so expensive that it was worth it to make a trip of the opportunity.
We stayed at a nearby AirBNB and rented a car from the airport so that we would have freedom to explore the island at our own pace. Without a doubt, Island Yoga is one of the highlights of Aruba. Go for the yoga, and stay for the delicious vegan food, adorable cafe & high vibe people and atmosphere!
Island Yoga really does have it all. Two beautiful practice spaces, (Luna & Sol shalas), showers, changing paces, all the props, a variety of classes all day every day, workshops, knowledgeable teachers… the works! We took class with Brittany and Rachel, and really honored the authenticity they both offered in their own way. It is obvious that instructors feel empowered to teach here.
Island Yoga also offers SUP classes, retreats and trainings throughout the year that I hope to go back to participate in at some point.
Okay like I said - come for the yoga, stay for the cafe! Nourish has the best food on the island in my (vegan) book. We sipped on delicious coffee drinks, juices and smoothies while getting some work done on the computer in the morning, and got down on the chia seed pudding, avo toast and breakfast burrito later in the day after practice.
The decor is functional and super cute. We were able to sprawl out a bit, set up shop, and enjoy strong WiFi on the inside, and you can also eat in the outdoor garden area, where after hour gatherings are hosted.
Island Yoga Boutique
Photo by Island Yoga
When you walk in the front door of the studio, you’ll be greeted by a bright and sunny boutique, where the studio offers Rachel’s favorite Aruban labels and high quality props, accessories, clothing and jewelry. There’s even little section where Rachel sells her never or lightly worn clothes, with profits going to Sgt. Pepper’s Friends!
As you walk through the boutique to the studio space, you’ll notice every detail curates the experience and serves to remind you that you are part of a community that stretches far beyond the walls of the studio.
I especially love the chalkboard wall in the back where people can sign their name and draw a sketch, the artwork in the hallways and studio walls, and the altar in the Luna shala.
I was especially impressed with how well the entire establishment is managed, and how present Rachel and Dennis both were to their staff, guests, and team. They even gave us insider’s tips to the best adventures on the island!
We can’t wait to go back, hopefully for a retreat or training, soon!