OUR Mission:

One woman and one child at a time.

When we created the Yoga Girl® brand, one of our biggest objectives was to do more good, and to be of greater service to those outside our community who are really suffering. Our mission is to heal the world, one woman and one child at a time. 


Letter from Rachel and shama

2017 was the year we welcomed Lea Luna into our lives, and it was also the year two precious boys were taken from us at the hands of their parents, only 15 minutes from Rachel’s house in Aruba. Rishandro, age five, was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries. The younger brother, Eugene, was found buried in the backyard of his parent’s house three weeks later. By this time, Rachel had been living on the island of Aruba for almost a decade, but we had no idea of the heartbreaking reality so many children faced. This was not an isolated incident. Statistics suggest that a staggering 50% of children in Aruba are victims of some form of abuse. That number is gut wrenching – the thought of one child being harmed is too much. When we learned this, we looked at Lea Luna and held her close. She was smiling. She was happy and safe. In that moment, we knew something had to be done. This was the start of the Yoga Girl® Foundation.

At the heart of everything we do and at the heart of the Yoga Girl Foundation’s mission is the desire to make a difference, one woman and one child at a time. And the time is now…

Will you help us in manifesting our dream? A dream that is not only ours, but one that belongs to each and every child facing abuse. Together we can build a community where every child is smiling. Where every child is happy and safe. Where their eyes reflect trust, hope and faith in life.

We hope you will join us.

With love,

Rachel & Shama


Three generations

of women working together to support other women and children. Rachel to the left, Lea Luna in the middle and Shama to the right.

Our purpose

The Yoga Girl® Foundation supports women and children who suffer the consequences of trauma, injustice, abuse and poverty. We provide emotional, financial and medical aid to support healing and empower growth. The Yoga Girl® Foundation was founded on September 3, 2018 in Sweden by Rachel Brathen Schoneveld and Shama Persson.

Our mission

To heal the world, one woman and one child at a time.

We believe that all healing begins with ourselves. We also understand the generational issues of deep rooted trauma and know the importance of supporting healing processes for both mothers and their children. By focusing on this, we know that change will come.

Our vision

A world where every woman and child is safe, loved and free from harm.

our prioritized areas

  • Child safety and abuse prevention

  • Self-love and self-esteem empowerment in women

  • Stress reduction and anxiety prevention 


If you treat children well, they turn out ok. If you don’t treat children well, they don’t turn out ok.

Gabor Maté, PHD


Ways to help

There are many ways we could use your help! Through donations, volunteering or interning, and sharing our projects to your friends and family across social media, every little bit counts and we appreciate all that you do.


Make a Donation

Your donation is so important to us, as all our projects need more than love and kindness to manifest change. Any contribution is welcome and every dollar matters. Thank you for anything you can give.


We always welcome your help in our mission to heal the world. In some projects, we will be open for volunteers. Our Stockholm office is often in need of a helping hand, too.

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Through our following on social media, we can broadcast and communicate our vision and goals with the world. Help us share and grow!