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!
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! 🙂
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.
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.
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..."
Tayler WeidemanTayler Wiedeman is a Colorado native who started her yoga journey at the beginning of 2018 when she was 18 years old. She started practicing with the intention of taking a YTT course. As a competitive athlete in the sport of brazilian jiu jitsu, Tayler hoped that with this she could offer recovery for herself and her teammates by bringing yoga classes to her jiu jitsu academy. In April of 2019 she graduated from her alliance certified 200 hour Vinyasa YTT course under her instructors Chrissy Ferraro and Coco Peterson at Om House Yoga in Loveland, Colorado. Throughout her training Tayler found that her passion for the physical practice of yoga quickly grew into a passion for the philosophical side of yoga. The philosophy brought much needed clarity to her life and she wanted others to be able to discover the same kind of clarity in their own life.
Tayler started teaching at Om House right after she graduated. Unfortunately Om House closed only a few short months after Tayler joined their team. Later that year in August of 2019 Tayler began teaching at Catalyst BJJ where she continues to teach today.
Tayler keeps things fresh and interesting by creating a different flow every class. Her classes are creative and flowy with a mix of holds and movement. Her classes can be challenging, but she offers modifications so that everybody can challenge themselves within their own limitations. Tayler believes in practicing yoga off the mat as well, so every class is also integrated with an intention that her students can carry with them throughout their day.
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 “women’s class” and private lessons, or competing at the highest levels. There’s a good chance you might also find her upside down practicing handstands.