Meet Our Team

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Rachael Butts

Owner | Teacher

Rachael Butts



As a high school athlete, Rachael first found yoga to relieve pain from volleyball injuries. Her yoga journey began, in earnest, in Atlanta and after several years of practicing and experiencing the physical and mental benefits of yoga, she began her pursuit of becoming a yoga teacher. After moving to Colorado, Rachael completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in the Fall of 2013. In 2016 Rachael took her professional yoga journey further and opened Meraki Yoga Studio in Fort Collins, Colorado. She continues to embrace the challenges of owning and managing a small business while teaching classes and events throughout the week.

Rachael’s continued desire to elevate her teaching led her to complete her 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training. In the Spring of 2018 she completed her training with Gina Caputo of the Colorado School of Yoga in Integrated Vinyasa™. In her classes, Rachael strives to create a space that is approachable and energetically rich while carefully curating classes to support growth through integration and awareness.

When Rachael is not teaching yoga and running her business, you can find her appreciating colorful Colorado, enjoying live music and spending time her husband, Jordan and their dog, Ranger.
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Adrienne Martin

Owner | Teacher

Adrienne Martin

Adrienne is a Fort Collins native known for her functional and intentional style of teaching. After completing her first training she spent several years teaching in the Fort Collins community prior to opening Meraki Yoga in 2016. Since then, she has completed her 300-Hour Teacher Training with the Colorado School of Yoga where she studied under the guidance and mentorship of Gina Caputo and Tracey Garcia. Through her most recent studies, she has gained greater insight into how this transformative practice impacts both the body and the mind, and how we can better use both for a sustainable, life-long practice on and off the mat.

With 9 years of experience in her field and over 10 years in leadership and management, Adrienne has served as a contributor to Mindful Studio Magazine and a mentor for new teachers and young women entrepreneurs.

Through her practical application of yoga you can expect a class that is equal parts: exploring movement & breath and developing skill & technique.
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Ben

Teacher

Ben

Ben grew up in Maryland, ultimately finding his home in Colorado. He attended University of Colorado Boulder, where he obtained a degree in Integrative Physiology. While living in Boulder, Ben pursued emotional freedom through exposure to the mountains. He found his roots in teaching, working as a youth climbing instructor, where he excelled at elevating children who experience behavioral challenges and special needs.

Ben’s work with children nourished a deep sense of connection. After sustaining numerous injuries, he found a powerful source of physical and emotional healing in yoga. Through this practice, Ben found his life unfolding in unexpected but fulfilling ways.

Ben’s approach to teaching is influenced by his background in human physiology, emotional insight, and his drive to help make the world a better place. As a teacher, Ben hopes to inspire a self-reflective and intuitive process, guiding students towards self-realization.
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Hannah Eppley

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Hannah Eppley

Hannah is a Colorado native, born and raised in the Denver metro area and relocated to Fort Collins to attend college at CSU. After completing a master’s degree in social work in 2013, Hannah had found community and a place to call home here in Fort Collins.

Hannah was introduced to yoga at a local gym, while working at a non-profit supporting youth and families. She first stepped onto her mat hoping to find a way to cope with the stresses of her job as a social worker. Hannah transitioned to working with adolescents in the child welfare system, and over the next four years continued to cultivate her yoga practice and grew to love and depend on the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga. She found empowerment, refuge, and resilience in the salient mind-body connection she experienced through yoga. Hannah completed her teacher training in Integrated Vinyasa with the Colorado School of Yoga in 2019. She intends to create a safe and supportive space in her classes, where others can grow, explore, challenge themselves, and witness their own resilience. Hannah is a life-long student, and she looks forward to sharing new teachings and lessons as she guides others in this practice. When she’s not on her mat, Hannah enjoys reading, spending time outdoors with her partner, tasting new foods and exploring new restaurants with family, and playing with her large, goofy cats.
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Josie Lopez

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Josie Lopez

Josie is a Colorado native and has been living in Fort Collins since 2016. She is currently completing a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine at CSU.

Josie has been teaching yoga since 2014, she strives to help others reconnect in the philosophical ideas of yoga. She pays close attention to detail when designing classes with the intent to invoke all your senses. Her class connects the body, mind, and spirit with a focus on alignment and accessibility. Her goal is that you leave each class feeling inspired and challenged. Josie believes that yoga can be healing and transformational when the practitioner fully devotes themselves to the practice.
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Juliet Casso

Teacher

Juliet Casso

Juliet is a teacher who will help you feel connected, authentic and empowered by the love she invokes through her teachings. She believes an open heart mixed with courage and a sense of humor can change the entire world. Juliet is trained in various styles of yoga including: Yin, Restorative, Bikram, Vinyasa, Acro and Baptiste Power Yoga, and enjoys blending all these modalities together for a practice that rinses your joints, improves your range of motion and builds incredible strength and body awareness. Juliet believes everyone already has within them, all the knowledge one may seek, and all that is needed is enough stillness and intention to access this truth and inner wisdom. Her classes will uplift, empower, connect and keep you completely engaged.

When Juliet is not teaching or leading International Yoga Retreats, you can find her climbing rocks, writing poetry, convincing anyone she encounters to do acro yoga and trying to keep up with her two crazy kiddos!
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Katie Murphy

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Katie Murphy

Katie is from Colorado and loves calling Fort Collins her home. When she first started her yoga practice 9 years ago, it simply was a feel-good activity that she kept coming back to. It quickly turned into a space where she could quiet her busy mind and use asana to move energy through her physical body—it has been a way of life ever since!

While Katie always wanted to be a teacher, she had no idea that the subject matter would one day be yoga. She completed her 200-hour training at YogaPod Boulder in 2019. Her style focuses on breath awareness and intentional physical movement of the body, working to create a space of presence and connection to the deeper self.

Off the mat you can find Katie taking care of her many houseplants, spending time outside in nature, cooking up dairy-free dishes, or enjoying time with family and friends.
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Libby Lyons

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Libby Lyons

Libby is a Fort Collins native and CSU Alumni. She has a passion for maintaining the special sense of community she has come to know and love in her hometown.

Community, together-ness, and a sense of belonging have always been of most importance to Libby. She believes that yoga is for everyBODY and wants the practice to be approachable and the classroom to be welcoming. Libby traverses between small business owner, business consultant, and yoga teacher. Libby has been teaching yoga for 12 years and finds the most joy in teaching vinyasa, where she can blend all the trainings she has taken over the years to create something that is unique, intelligent, challenging, compassionate, and perhaps most important to her, fun. Libby loves to offer yoga and fitness as a way to create community and a sense of belonging, as well as an avenue for self care and development
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Sarah Franco

 Teacher

Sarah Franco

Sarah recently moved to Fort Collins from Miami, Florida after traveling and searching for a new place to call home. Her yogic path began 10 years ago after having a previous dance background in the performing arts realm. And she began teaching 6 years ago after shifting career paths, deciding to devote herself fully to the path of yoga. She deeply believes in the power of transformation through yoga, as it has led her towards her own journey of self rediscovery and embodiment. Her intention is to offer guidance, inspire transformation, share yogic wisdom, radical love, while still devoting herself to the practice and embodiment of it. She is of service through her teachings and experiences, offering a loving space for all to explore and unite.

Her dedication to this path is endlessly growing and she remains a student even while teaching. She has accumulated close to 5,000 hours of teaching experience and is certified over 600 hours through Yoga Alliance with several continuing education training programs. Her yoga practice has inspired her to travel all over the world furthering her studies in India, Europe, the Florida Keys, and more recently virtually with mentors with different background experiences.

With her love for movement, mindfulness, and music; she has explored and learned to facilitate powerful meditation ceremonies with sound baths (yoga of sound) and yoga nidra (yogic sleep). Her journey of natural healing has also inspired her to become certified in herbalism and Reiki. She loves to travel, and naturally that inspired her to host spiritual retreats offering all her wisdom through experience. She is now on to her next quest for knowledge uncovering other skills to further be a source of support for all those who seek!
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Sasha Woodard

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Sasha Woodard

Sasha took her first yoga class over 20 years ago; however did not truly see the depth and potential of a yoga practice until years later. Her journey got even deeper and gained more meaning during her yoga teacher training in 2010.

Her mantra is “balance, balance, balance” and she wants to share her inspiration with her students to find balance in life through yoga. This is the yin-yang of life! She has a lifelong passion for all things active and enjoys sharing both her high energy and calming nature with her students. She considers yoga to be accessible to everyone, regardless of age or flexibility and strongly believes in yoga’s mental, spiritual and physical health benefits. Her teaching style focuses on alignment, synchronization of movement and breath, creative flow, self-acceptance, and having fun. Sasha’s other passions include running, traveling, cooking, dancing, snow skiing, spending time with friends and family, which includes her husband, two constantly-entertaining boys, and their chocolate lab, Nellie.
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Tayler Weideman

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Tayler Weideman

Tayler Wiedeman is a Colorado native who started her yoga journey at the beginning of 2018. She had never taken a yoga class (outside of a yoloties class in high school) when she decided she wanted to teach yoga.

The driving force behind this was her long term goal of becoming a professional Jiu Jitsu athlete. Training to be a professional athlete is a full time job in itself. Teaching yoga would not only allow Tayler to build her own schedule to fit her busy lifestyle, but also give her an opportunity to bring yoga to her Jiu Jitsu academy (which was much needed).

She completed her 200hr YTT in 2019 at Om House (Loveland,CO), under her teachers Chrissy Ferraro and Coco Peterson. Tayler taught at Om House until they closed and has been teaching yoga to her jiu jitsu community since 2019. Since she moved to Fort Collins at the end of 2020 she’s been teaching at Meraki Yoga (Fort Collins).

Tayler believes in practicing yoga off the mat and will often integrate intentions into classes that students can take throughout their day. Her classes are creative, intentional,often challenging,but always modifiable. You will always be offered and encouraged to use props and modifications to make you feel successful.

Tayler currently lives in Fort Collins with her boyfriend Trevor and their two cats. When Tayler isn’t teaching yoga you will find her on the jiu jitsu mat either training, teaching, or competing at the highest levels. There’s a good chance you might also find her upside down practicing handstands.
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Toni Viney

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Toni Viney

Toni Viney grew up as a city girl in the Chicagoland area with close country life and farming ties. She spent her summers on a river in southern Wisconsin and learned to drive a boat well before learning to drive a car. As an adult, Toni made her way to the mountains to pursue a master’s degree at Colorado State University and discovered her love for yoga during graduate school. She became a yoga teacher in 2011 and has been teaching group classes, one-on-one private sessions, and workshops ever since. Her yoga classes are intentionally sequenced around the physical and emotional needs of her students to support their wellness goals. Much like Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers, Toni’s yoga classes are fluid and dynamic. Toni has advanced certifications with Tiffany Cruikshank through Yoga Medicine’s anatomically based educational trainings where she has learned to infuse therapeutic yoga techniques throughout her classes. She sees yoga as an important tool for exploring the mind, body, and spirit and appreciates the creative spark and community that yoga brings into her life.

When she is not teaching yoga, Toni works at Colorado State University as the manager for undergraduate programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is an ambassador for Yoga + Life Magazine where you may occasionally see her articles. Toni is energized by travel, nerding out on yoga, and loves to spend time with her husband, Dan, two daughters, Josie and Cecily, and goofy dog, Moxie.
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Torrey Meisner

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Torrey Meisner

Torrey first fell in love with the practice of yoga when she was in high school, competing as a hurdler on her high school track & field team. At the time, she was drawn to the deep stretching and change of pace that yoga provided. Now, over a decade later, Torrey still enjoys those aspects of yoga, however she also craves the deeper dimensions, such as heightened awareness, connectedness, and empowerment.

Eager to learn more about the yoga and wellness fields, Torrey attended the Colorado School of Yoga in 2018, where she earned her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification with Gina Caputo, Julia Clarke, and Tracey Garcia. To further serve her students with varying mental and physical health conditions, Torrey earned her Accessible Yoga Teacher Certification with Jivana Heyman and his organization, Accessible Yoga.

As a yoga teacher Torrey is extremely passionate about offering yoga and mindfulness in an accessible way, allowing individuals of all abilities to find balance, peace, and calm in the midst of their busy lives. At Meraki Yoga, you should expect Torrey’s classes to be intentional, challenging, and engaging. In her free time Torrey enjoys spending time with her husband, exploring all that Northern Colorado has to offer – they love to ski, bike, hike and listen to live music!