Yoga Instructors

Meridith Antonucci

Meridith knows there are deep connections between mind, body and spirit. Her love of movement led her to the practice of yoga, while her inquisitive nature and thirst for healing led her to the realm of therapeutics. She has been teaching yoga for over six years and loves working with all different types of people because she believes that yoga, in some form, is for everyone and every body type. In addition to her 200 and 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs, she has completed Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga trainings. She completed a 300-hour Yoga Therapy training and is currently continuing her therapeutic studies in order to become a certified Yoga Therapist.

She loves to emphasize the importance of feeling and experiencing over thinking and doing in her yoga classes. She motivates students to not only pay attention to anatomical alignment and experience yoga’s physical benefits, but to also understand how yoga encourages us to delve inward—into our thoughts, habits and fears. Her classes are playful, accessible & contemplative. When Meridith is not teaching, talking about, or doing yoga, you can find her soaking in Colorado’s gifts—ski slopes and sunshine.

Meredith Saver

    Meredith went to her first yoga class as a competitive athlete seeking balance in her exercise.  The true magic of yoga quickly revealed itself to her and what began as a physical journey quickly grew into a much deeper exploration.  Her practice is just that-a practice.  In this often-challenging and ever-changing life, it is her medicine, her anchor and her guide. 

     In 2015 Meredith completed 500 hours of interdisciplinary yoga teacher training at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica.  It was there that she became certified in Self-Awakening Yoga© therapy and a type of yoga massage called Pranassage©.  She is also certified to teach Yin. 

    Always a student and sometimes a teacher, Meredith is drawn to many forms of yoga and as a result her classes are well-rounded, playful and intelligent blend of movement and meditation.  As a teacher it is always her aim to create a safe learning environment so that anyone can show up to step onto their mat and into the inquiry of yoga. 

"    My style of teaching is focused on empowering you to honor your body as your own greatest teacher.  I invite you to get playfully curious about your own experience as a gateway to healing and growth in your body, mind and soul.  I believe that yoga is for every body and that through mindful movement we can cultivate a practice of peace and equanimity on our mats that we can't help but carry into the rest of our lives and out into the world."

Madison Waggoner

Madison is a passionate yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner. She began her journey when she found yoga during college as a way to soothe her anxious mind and find release from outside pressures. Yoga connected her to something greater than the self, and served as a method of personal evolution to shed layers that no longer serve. After moving to Denver in 2013, Madison dove deeper into her practice partaking in yoga teacher training through Karma Yoga Center. She learned about Ayurveda through teacher training and quickly realized how students' needs differ based on their nature. Madison offers a safe space for students to explore their mind and body without judgement but rather curiosity and care. She teaches classes that are educational, introspective and leaves students feeling balanced and whole. Madison strives to inspire students to live a life that positively impacts the self, community and greater world.

Brianne Hovey

Brianne is a motivating and calming yoga instructor that pushes her students to challenge themselves in every practice to be their best self while remaining true to their level of comfort in each practice.

 

She has her 200 hour RYT from Samadhi Center for Yoga and completed an additional restorative yoga training certificate with Beth Gurupriya Sanchez at One Yoga in June 2016. She loves teaching small, intimate classes.

Sara R

Sara began her practice in hopes to find the tools to live a more structured and stable life. Shortly after, she enrolled in her first teacher training to develop an understanding of how yoga can create such harmony in the body, mind and spirit.

Teaching quickly became a passion for Sara. Since her first training she has participated in many workshops, immersions, and trainings in order to further her education, and offer new material for her students. Her classes are always lead from the heart with the students in mind. She encourages everyone to approach their practice with a sense of curiosity, in order to discover their full potential physically and mentally.

Sara is passionate about the therapeutic qualities of yoga and meditation. Her teaching is a mix of stability, softness, anatomy and meditation to create physical, mental and emotional empowerment for her students. She is currently working on her 500 hour teacher training through Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank. Her goal is to use yoga with her students as a way to heal the physical and emotional body.

Melissa Winter

I believe the true gift of yoga is received in each moment we are living our yoga during our day-to-day, off the mat life. The more I teach yoga, the more I become a student of the tradition. Through self-study I’ve felt the tremendous healing powers of this practice. The more I practice the more I learn and want to share this powerful practice with others. It is truly a gift and honor to be able to help others find freedom and release so that they can comfortable and competently move their bodies through life. I am vinyasa, yin, hot and yoga sculpt certified and am grateful to be able to share yoga with others and to be a part of this amazing concept White Lotus Therapeutics has created.

Amanda Anspach

 Amanda recently moved to Colorado from the Bay Area, California where she was first introduced to yoga in 2006 after knee surgery. Amanda travelled to India for her first 200 hour training in 2012. Since then, she's been to nearly 20 countries studying, practicing, retreating, and teaching. In 2015, she also completed the SmartFLOW training with renowned teacher, Annie Carpenter, who she continues to study with. 

 

Amanda's teaching is a holistic blend of inquiry, depth, and intelligent movement. Her classes focus on fundamental poses, foundational alignment, and feelin' good! Here is what one of her students had to say: "In class, Amanda embodies a unique blend of intensity and calmness, of discipline and relaxed playfulness--a sort of walking embodiment of sthira sukha.

Jennifer Lambert

Jennifer became an "instant yogi" during her first yoga class a little over 8 years ago. Yoga gave her a feeling she had never felt before, and she craved it again and again. Jennifer attended classes almost every day and yoga became her companion through some of the most tumultuous times of her life. Her yoga instructors had such a profound impact on her life that in February of 2009 she decided to "pay it forward" by learning to guide others through their yoga journey. Jennifer's yoga journey has taken her through many paths and relationships, and what she has learned is invaluable. She says, "Yoga taught me to find the joy in my life, to find happiness even during the bad times. It taught me to love both the light and the dark within myself and for that I will always be grateful." Jennifer had the opportunity to pass on her knowledge to other teachers through the development of Integrated Fundamentals: A 200 hr Yoga Alliance Certification. She believes that the practice of yoga should be integrated into the practice of life as they are one and the same. She invites everyone to come and experience themselves in her yoga classes in order to find mental and physical freedom

Anna Beyerle

An east coast transplant new to Colorado, Anna is excited to continue her yoga journey through teaching at White Lotus. Anna originally came to yoga for stress relief, and stayed for the invaluable lessons it has taught her. A long time practitioner, Anna completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at the Giving Tree Yoga Studio in Astoria, New York in 2018. She is also a certified prenatal yoga teacher through Maha Mama in New York City.

 

Through teaching, Anna aims to facilitate her students' own unique journey, cultivating a joyful practice both on and off the mat. She combines movement, breath, and mindfulness to help students achieve alignment in their mind and body.

Claire Balmas

Yoga has always been more than a physical practice to me. Even when I started studying as a child, I felt the deep interconnectivity of the practice in other areas of my life. Yoga helped me heal physically, mentally, and spiritually; removing negative energies and replacing them with positivity. By the time I entered a studio, I had already been practicing for ten years, and thought I knew what to expect from a class. How very wrong I was. It was a life-changing experience that altered my way of practice forever, and after college I changed my life path to bring the yoga experience to others. I trained to be a RYT at House of Yoga in Berkley MI. Having a traditional and Jivamukta base, my teacher training helped deepen my respect and love of the practice. It also fueled my love of intellect
with historical and symbolic study. During my training I developed a love of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Hatha yoga. As I continued to teach, I found a deep passion in prenatal yoga and became certified with Mindful Mamas in 2017.
I find myself consistently drawn to the individual as well as the traditional bases of yoga. I believe that teaching yoga is about compassionately teaching a traditional tool to others as a practice. This practice brings a more peaceful state of mind and soul. Yoga has brought me peace of mind and an ability to let go of old wounds, and this is what I strive to bring my students. I feel like in order to hold a great space in a yoga class, one must always be a student. I constantly look for ways to humbly grow my knowledge in order to add to the experience I bring to my students and life.

Rebecca Spence

Rebecca Spence is a 200hr RYT trained in vinyasa, but her most cherished classes incorporate vinyasa with yin or restorative and meditation. As a perpetual learner, her classes are often themed around the concepts, topics, anatomy, advice, or poses that intrigue her most that week. Rebecca truly believes that the time set aside to practice yoga is the perfect time to rehabilitate from the physical and mental stresses of the day. She aims to position her students to direct attention to the present moment, and to let the yoga take care of everything else. In her life outside of teaching yoga, Rebecca is a law student, a live music lover, a co-director of a non-profit, a whitewater SUPer, an earth enthusiast, and somewhat of a bookworm. 

Adriana Medico

Adriana just recently moved to the Denver area from Atlanta. She has been teaching yoga regularly since 2015. She is 500hr and E-200hr Yoga Alliance certified, a Prenatal Yoga Teacher, and a Birth Doula. Through her yoga practice, she has been able to align with the truth - that our inner guidance is what gives us a true advantage. She is committed to opening students eyes to this philosophy one class at a time using self-study, music, movement, and meditation.

Katie Kennedy

Katie Kennedy’s RYT 500hr (in progress) relationship with yoga has been nurtured by a diverse array of experiences and teachers. Her practices are intentional, playful and soothing to the nervous system. A natural artist, Katie guides creative + explorative Prana Vinyasa classes accessible to all types of practitioners. In her free time, Katie loves photography, crafting and spending time in nature with her dogs. 

Kelly Hummell

Kelly first found yoga in 2014 while living in Chicago. On her mat, she found a sanctuary that not only created physical change in her body, but also sparked subtle change in her mind and spirit. Yoga invited Kelly to bring her attention inward, to notice the patterns of her breath and the quality of her thoughts without judgment.

Not long after she began her yoga practice, Kelly found that she’d been operating from a place of anxiety for most of her adult life. Through a combination of therapeutic techniques and the consistent practice of returning to her mat, Kelly cultivated a deeper sense of of compassion and acceptance for herself while learning about the power of an unattended mind.

In 2017, Kelly completed her 200 hour certification in Power Yoga/Vinyasa at CorePower and has been on the path of svādhyāya (self-study) ever since. Most recent teaching experience includes Gentle Yoga for adults + seniors through the City of Wheat Ridge. In working with this population, Kelly developed a greater appreciation for each individual’s unique journey with yoga, for the gift of physical modifications, and for the importance of creating a safe space for her students.

In her words, “My goal is to create a welcoming and accepting space for us all to come home to ourselves. With an emphasis on our breath as an anchor, I invite you to get curious about what you notice as you move and as you find stillness. We must all begin from somewhere, and oftentimes the hardest part is showing up. You’re brave when you make the choice to come back to your mat, and I’m humbled to support you as your guide.”

Kari Kwinn

Director of Yoga

Kari Kwinn, ERYT500, RPYT, YACEP is the Director of Yoga for White Lotus Therapeutics. Her academic background includes a BA in anthropology and a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management. With extensive training in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Sivananda, Prenatal, and Yin yoga, Kari lends direction to the diverse teaching staff at White Lotus. While Kari brings an interdisciplinary and academic approach to the study of yoga and the cultivation of the yoga team, her teaching style is approachable, witty, and fun. Her goal is to help students understand the potential for healing and wellness using Western, Eastern, and complementary healthcare models. A medical anthropologist by training, Kari has experience working with diverse populations and disease conditions, including dementia, MS, HIV/AIDS, prenatal and postpartum wellness, and those in recovery from addiction. When she isn't teaching or learning, Kari writes, cooks, hikes, and works steadily at successfully feeding herself with chopsticks.

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