Owner | Teacher
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.
Owner | Teacher
Adrienne HoxmeierAdrienne Hoxmeier is a Fort Collins native and formally trained dancer, known for her supportive, creative, and intentional style of teaching.
She graduated from Colorado State University in 2012 with a degree in Apparel Design and Production before completing her first 200-Hour Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga the following year. This first training sparked a love for teaching and serving others that has reshaped her journey and career in many ways. Before opening Meraki Yoga in 2016, Adrienne spent several years teaching in the Fort Collins community while continuing her education with additional trainings and workshops. 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 almost 5 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.
You can expect a class that is challenging, thoughtful, and engaging that develops your inner teacher through heightened awareness, curiosity, and exploration.
Off the mat and outside the studio, you will find Adrienne involved in a long list of creative projects, cooking, tending her garden, or spending time outside with her animals and husband, Charlie.
Ben JohnstonBen is a Colorado native who skipped about through various states until life circumstances brought him home to Fort Collins in 2016. He began his yoga practice shortly after, hoping to repair the effects over utilizing his not-so- invincible youth.
After seeing the powerful effects of yoga on his own life, he decided to attend the Colorado School of Yoga in fall 2019. Since completing his training, he works to apply his learning in every aspect of his life and strives to pass usable knowledge along during his classes. Ben spent many years in agriculture and ranching, as a construction worker and heavy machinery operator and also spent five winters doing snow removal and traffic control for a popular ski resort.When he is not pondering yoga things, he enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, caring for plants, excessive reading of all sorts, writing short stories and questionable poetry, and searching for a sunny place to relax. Yoga has become a daily part of Ben's life, whether it be philosophical or his active practice. He has found a community he was able to bond with and comfortable, safe place for growth and healing, and intends to help provide a healthy space for self discovery.
Chrissy BarkerChrissy is a Colorado native who discovered yoga in 2008 after moving back to Colorado after living in Portland, Oregon for 6 years. Chrissy tried different types of yoga while living in Portland but none of the styles really stuck with her. After taking a "power vinyasa yoga class” she was hooked! She felt very disconnected from her body after having 3 babies & Chrissy was ready to find herself again. The typical gym workout wasn't working anymore, but Chrissy noticed change in her body only after 2-3 weeks of yoga. She was hooked solely on the physical aspect of yoga at first and then started to notice the mental and spiritual side as well. As a mom there wasn't any peace or quiet in her day- the yoga studio provided that sense of both connection to herself, quieting her mind and feeling certification good about her workout.
Chrissy earned her 200 hour power yoga training in 2011, followed by multiple small trainings, workshops, pre-natal yoga certification in 2012 & Yin yoga intensive in 2017”. She primarily teaches heated power vinyasa classes that are fun yet challenging incorporating both a flow and long holds. Her favorite things about teaching include playing fun upbeat music, alignment and inspirational themes to connect with her students. Students will say Chrissy is a very authentic teacher - her flow, her jokes, calm voice and warmth make it a "Chrissy class." Chrissy likes to grab inspiration and ideas from Yoga Journal magazine, various well known teachers such as: Tara Stiles, Jason Crandall, Desiree Rumbaugh & Kino MacGregor. As well as local teachers in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas.
When she is not teaching yoga you will find her at the nearest coffee shop, taking a yoga class, spending time with family, or doing her full time job– Chrissy is realtor at C3 Real Estate Solutions. Chrissy is able utilize her yoga skills and weave it into real estate transactions. Simple things like being calm, breathing, being mindful & connecting with people make her a powerful realtor and great negotiator!
Josie LopezJosie is a Colorado native and has lived in the Fort Collins area since 2016. Her yoga journey began over ten years ago and quickly became a passion in high school. She completed her 200 hr teacher training in fall of 2014. Josie is trained in traditional vinyasa yoga. She strives to help others reconnect in the philosophical ideas of yoga. She designs classes to enrich the mind, body, and spirit. Josie believes that the practice of yoga can be healing and transformational when the practitioner fully devotes themselves to the movement. When Josie isn’t teaching yoga, she can be found climbing, drawing, listening to music, making memories with friends, or spoiling her fur babies.
Katie KnudsenBorn and raised in Colorado, Katie has been practicing yoga since about 2010. She was inspired to truly focus her energy towards yoga after a severe injury in 2016. Katie has completed CorePower's 200 hr Power Yoga Training (Fall 2017) and Power Yoga Extensions Program (Fall 2018).
Katie holds an AA degree in Business Entrepreneurship and has a strong background in fitness, nutrition/Ayurveda, competitive sports and physical training. Coming from a very competitive athletic background, yoga was a new kind of challenge for her. She discovered that yoga is not only a great way to exercise, but it's an even better way to heal and deeply explore the mind, body, and soul. Her classes combine inspiring, uplifting music, with creative, challenging flows intended to allow space to explore the depth of your physical yoga practice while encouraging proper anatomical alignment and understanding of the foundational roots of the practice. Katie truly believes that yoga is for everyone and her goal is to make her classes safe, uplifting and accessibly challenging to anybody seeking healing and peace of mind.
Off of her mat, you will find her painting and drawing, hiking 14ners, or adventuring with her husband, Kyle, and her dog, Skip.
Kim GravesAlthough she didn’t yet know it, Kim’s yoga journey began when she took her first Tae-Kwon Do class at the age of seven. She became a Tae-Kwon Do instructor at eleven, and quickly discovered her love of teaching.
After well over a decade of practice, Kim had gained both mental discipline and physical awareness that helped her when she stepped into her first yoga class in 2010. In that class she discovered a sense of freedom in simply being with herself and actively setting aside the stresses of life, and she’s been practicing yoga regularly ever since. In 2013, Kim decided to combine her love of yoga with her love of teaching, and finished her 200 Hour Teacher Training that March at Elan Yoga and Fitness. In 2015 she moved to Auckland, New Zealand to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts. There she fortuitously found a wonderful yoga community, and decided to get her 500 Hour Teacher Training Certificate with Jayayoga in 2016. Although Kim loved her time in Auckland, she’s excited to be back teaching yoga in her home town of Fort Collins, CO. Through yoga Kim has found a love and acceptance for herself, and she is passionate about helping others realize their own wholeness. Kim encourages each student to tune in to their personal experience and invite whatever they need into their practice, finding a balance between effort and ease in each posture. Her classes are designed to empower each student at every step of their own journey.
Erin AustinErin first began practicing yoga in 2004 as a way to decompress after her full-time job teaching high school French and AP Art History. Soon after, she completed 200-hr and 300-hr yoga trainings and started teaching yoga. Erin has taught yoga in corporate gyms, independent gyms, yoga studios, private yoga, and one spa in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado, and she has led yoga-themed vacations to Paris and the south of France. Her vinyasa classes are infused with a strong alignment focus and a holistic view, and although she has a “yoga mutt” background that includes Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga, Yin, Restorative, and Anusara, Erin’s primary practice is Baptiste-style Power Vinyasa.
Erin moved to Fort Collins in 2014, and when she’s not teaching yoga or high school, she's usually playing a "zone defense" with her husband, chasing around their two kids and dog! Erin loves traveling abroad (often with her students!), going to concerts, and being outside and active in our beautiful state. She is an Associate Board member with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, as well as a freelance writer, and she actively maintains an online store where she sells teaching curriculum she creates.
Izzy CisnerosIzzy is a Fort Collins native and an avid fitness lover (soccer player, runner, ultimate frisbee player, and kickboxer) whose practice of yoga originally began as a way for her to just stretch and prevent injury. Over time she has come to love all the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of yoga.
Prior to living for a year in Southeast Asia, Izzy became attracted to the joys of teaching fitness as a kickboxing instructor. While traveling, she completed her 200 hour teaching certification in Bali in order to better build her yoga practice. Her passion for learning drew her to start teaching so that she could connect and grow with a network of likeminded people. She believes that yoga is a PRACTICE and should always be fun! She enjoys flows with creative transitions and postures that strengthen core and foundation. Her focus is on really listening to one’s body, working on proper alignment, and building strength versus forcing the perfect Instagram pose. Off the mat, Izzy runs her own business called Fiercely Be, where she encourages people to feel empowered, confident, and love their bodies through coaching, personal training, photography, and, of course, yoga! 🙂
Libby LyonsLibby 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
Studio Manager | Teacher
Madeline CookMadeline is a Colorado native and grew up exploring and appreciating the beauty of the outdoors. She began a steady practice with heated Vinyasa Yoga in 2012 looking for a physical workout, and fell in love with the mental benefits that it had on her while she pushed through college.
Madeline graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Apparel Design and Production in 2016 and later that year she decided to enroll in a 200 Hour Power Yoga Teacher Training. After completing training at the end of 2016, she knew she had found her passion in sharing her love of this practice with others. Nearing the end of 2017, she dove deep into teaching full time (12-15 classes per week) for the next two years. Throughout this time, her fascination with the practice led her to continue to train in Yoga Sculpt, Hot, and Restore formats. Combining the beauty of each format she has learned, her teaching style is an eclectic mix of flow and stillness, encouragement, and maintaining safe alignment guided by intentional sequencing.
Off her mat you will find Madeline creating sustainable clothing, enjoying the outdoors and/or live music, or in the company of her two dogs Nixie + Nahla.
Natalie CarrascoWith a background in dance and a degree in Theater Arts, Natalie is very familiar with the concept of “practice”. Just as rehearsing prepares us for a live performance, we practice yoga in order to be prepared for LIFE performance.
Natalie became a yoga instructor after completing her 200 hour teaching certification at Élan Yoga in 2013 and has since focused her education and teaching toward Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Meditation. Her intention as a teacher is to encourage comfort, knowledge, peace, and a sense of humor while creating an opportunity for students to linger in that which serves them, and let go of what does not. Off the mat, Natalie’s heart belongs to the great outdoors and she feels incredibly grateful to live in beautiful Colorado. Natalie is a calligrapher with a deep appreciation for the methodical movement and the meditative flow required for both creating art and practicing yoga.
Paige LaBrechePaige completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Northern Arizona Yoga Center (Flagstaff, AZ) in 2017. After graduating, she went on to manage and teach at a donation-based studio in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis, MN. This kickstarted her mission of making yoga accessible for all. This mission has been carried with her to her new home at Meraki, where she provides thoughtful and intentional sequencing to foster growth and transform mindset.
Alongside being a certified yoga teacher, Paige has a Bachelors of Science in Fitness Wellness from Northern Arizona University. She is also certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. With her education, Paige performs wellness evaluations, personal trains, and teaches a variety of fitness classes around town. In her free time, she enjoys cuddling with her cat named Hendrix!
Sarah OlsonSarah discovered yoga several years ago as a means of coping with running injuries. Not expecting to fall in love with yoga, Sarah was surprised to discover the meaningful ways in which the practice not only healed her body but also allowed her a more peaceful, joyful, and compassionate mind. Believing that yoga was somehow a necessary, if unexpected, part of her journey, Sarah completed her RYT-200 certification in Hood River, OR with Adi Vajra, Stephanie Adams, and Lora Munn and later her 300-hour certification in Milwaukee, WI under the guidance of Meg Galarza and Ali Modell at YogaOne studio. Sarah's classes are intelligently-sequenced, mindful and challenging, and alternately playful and earnest. Sarah loves practicing and teaching in a studio because of the community that comes with shared practice; after all, yoga means to yoke or unite.
Off the mat, Sarah enjoys teaching composition at CSU, working on her novel for her MFA, and playing with her two young daughters.
Sasha WoodardSasha 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.
Tammy BlackTammy began her journey as a yoga teacher 25 years ago and holds an ERYT-500 from Yoga Alliance. Her training includes traditional Hatha, Vinyasa, Prenatal, Kundalini and Restorative/Yin.
She teaches classes that build a strong foundation, allowing what you learn on the mat to be taken off the mat as well. Her classes combine the physical practice of yoga with meditation and inspiring affirmations with the intent to strengthen not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.
"I have been blessed to have my knowledge and growth nurtured by many great teachers. I hope to pass on the practice of yoga in its purest form and share with my students the gifts that yoga has given to me. Yoga encourages us to approach our lives with understanding and grace. This is what I have experienced and this is what I teach..."