Teachers

 
MEGAN WHITESIDE  Founder and co-owner of Lacuna Juice And Yoga, Megan’s yoga journey has inspired her teaching to be a reflection of her own values; joyful, fun, creative, informed, and intelligent. As a former professional athlete, she loves challenging the limits of her own mental boundaries and of what’s possible when the mind and body work together.  Megan's teaching style has ripened through the years with a dedicated and varied practice in multiple disciplines and traditions of yoga. Her teaching method is a uniquely blended Vinyasa framework infused with Katonah Yoga®, a Hatha practice rooted in geometric alignment principals, pranayama, and Taoist theory. As a certified Katonah Yoga® teacher, her experience with this practice allows her to provide pragmatic, dimensional, and practical insights into the material. Her classes are full of creative sequences that are playful yet challenging, and her lighthearted attitude and playlists will always put a smile on your face. Her goal is to make yoga accessible, enjoyable, and informative for everybody so that they can live life at a higher frequency.  Her passion for travel has allowed her to train, teach, and learn, as well as lead yoga retreats, around the world. She finds endless joy in experiencing new places, and her retreats aim to share the world with her students in a way that is real, raw, uplifting, and insightful.

MEGAN WHITESIDE

Founder and co-owner of Lacuna Juice And Yoga, Megan’s yoga journey has inspired her teaching to be a reflection of her own values; joyful, fun, creative, informed, and intelligent. As a former professional athlete, she loves challenging the limits of her own mental boundaries and of what’s possible when the mind and body work together.

Megan's teaching style has ripened through the years with a dedicated and varied practice in multiple disciplines and traditions of yoga. Her teaching method is a uniquely blended Vinyasa framework infused with Katonah Yoga®, a Hatha practice rooted in geometric alignment principals, pranayama, and Taoist theory. As a certified Katonah Yoga® teacher, her experience with this practice allows her to provide pragmatic, dimensional, and practical insights into the material. Her classes are full of creative sequences that are playful yet challenging, and her lighthearted attitude and playlists will always put a smile on your face. Her goal is to make yoga accessible, enjoyable, and informative for everybody so that they can live life at a higher frequency.

Her passion for travel has allowed her to train, teach, and learn, as well as lead yoga retreats, around the world. She finds endless joy in experiencing new places, and her retreats aim to share the world with her students in a way that is real, raw, uplifting, and insightful.

 
CLARE ANDERSON  Clare has been in health and wellness for over a decade. She completed her vinyasa teacher training in 2010, which inspired the rest of her studies in massage, nutrition, herbalism, and her new endeavor, interior design (let's create sanctuary in both home and body). Her practice is inspired by longer holds and deeper breathing, offering a more challenging class . As a former Thai massage therapist, you can expect deep adjustments, and lots of hands on love. When she is not teaching yoga or designing, she is with her daughter + main man, rock climbing, cooking, or adventuring.

CLARE ANDERSON

Clare has been in health and wellness for over a decade. She completed her vinyasa teacher training in 2010, which inspired the rest of her studies in massage, nutrition, herbalism, and her new endeavor, interior design (let's create sanctuary in both home and body). Her practice is inspired by longer holds and deeper breathing, offering a more challenging class . As a former Thai massage therapist, you can expect deep adjustments, and lots of hands on love. When she is not teaching yoga or designing, she is with her daughter + main man, rock climbing, cooking, or adventuring.


 
MERIDITH ANTONUCCI  Meridith, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, specializes in teaching steady and intentional alignment-based yoga in both public classes and individualized private sessions. She weaves together precise alignment cues, nurturing hands-on assists and contemplative dharmic themes that relate to our lives off the mat. Students say she is welcoming, attentive and has a knack for making complex asanas feel more realizable.   She knows there are deep connections between mind, body and spirit and is committed to foregrounding the therapeutic elements of the practice. Her aim is to guide engaging and accessible classes through thoughtful and creative sequencing learned through over 1,000 hours of yoga trainings and more than a decade of practicing asana. Meridith believes experiencing a sense of embodiment through the linkage of movement, breath and body awareness can be an incredibly powerful tool for healing and transformation. That belief, which is based on her lived experience, led her to pursue further education in therapeutic work. She is currently working towards becoming a certified yoga therapist as well as a body-oriented mental health counselor.

MERIDITH ANTONUCCI

Meridith, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, specializes in teaching steady and intentional alignment-based yoga in both public classes and individualized private sessions. She weaves together precise alignment cues, nurturing hands-on assists and contemplative dharmic themes that relate to our lives off the mat. Students say she is welcoming, attentive and has a knack for making complex asanas feel more realizable.

She knows there are deep connections between mind, body and spirit and is committed to foregrounding the therapeutic elements of the practice. Her aim is to guide engaging and accessible classes through thoughtful and creative sequencing learned through over 1,000 hours of yoga trainings and more than a decade of practicing asana. Meridith believes experiencing a sense of embodiment through the linkage of movement, breath and body awareness can be an incredibly powerful tool for healing and transformation. That belief, which is based on her lived experience, led her to pursue further education in therapeutic work. She is currently working towards becoming a certified yoga therapist as well as a body-oriented mental health counselor.

 
ANDREA PAOLA SOTO-INNES  My name is Andrea. I am from Mexico City but have lived in Texas, Arizona, and now Colorado! My passion for wellness began when I was young. My parents always promoted healthy living through exercise, nutrition and healthy habits. I love the water, and began swimming at a young age. In Arizona, I got more into hiking and individual sports, as well as Yoga, and I pursued a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Health. Since then, I have worked in studios, corporations, behavioral science research, and other facilities to spread my passion. My goal is to to create a well rounded environment where all levels of fitness can obtain their fullest potential of wellbeing. I can't wait to have you in class and let you explore your fullest potential through focus and dedication

ANDREA PAOLA SOTO-INNES

My name is Andrea. I am from Mexico City but have lived in Texas, Arizona, and now Colorado! My passion for wellness began when I was young. My parents always promoted healthy living through exercise, nutrition and healthy habits. I love the water, and began swimming at a young age. In Arizona, I got more into hiking and individual sports, as well as Yoga, and I pursued a degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Health. Since then, I have worked in studios, corporations, behavioral science research, and other facilities to spread my passion. My goal is to to create a well rounded environment where all levels of fitness can obtain their fullest potential of wellbeing. I can't wait to have you in class and let you explore your fullest potential through focus and dedication

 
EMILY COUTO  Emily Couto has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and became a registered yoga teacher at the 200 hour level in 2013. She came to the practice with a love of movement, but little inner awareness. Through the years she has gained a deep understanding of body and energetic awareness, alignment, and action. In teaching, she aims to anchor her students into their bodies and their breath in order to more fully experience all that the moment has to offer them. Every moment is an opportunity for growth, whether it be into a new shape or a deeper breath. She also firmly believes that ANYONE can do yoga, whether or not you can touch your toes! In her classes you will be directed breath by breath through intelligent sequencing meant to challenge, awaken, and ultimately soothe you into a state of simply being, without judgement or expectation.

EMILY COUTO

Emily Couto has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and became a registered yoga teacher at the 200 hour level in 2013. She came to the practice with a love of movement, but little inner awareness. Through the years she has gained a deep understanding of body and energetic awareness, alignment, and action. In teaching, she aims to anchor her students into their bodies and their breath in order to more fully experience all that the moment has to offer them. Every moment is an opportunity for growth, whether it be into a new shape or a deeper breath. She also firmly believes that ANYONE can do yoga, whether or not you can touch your toes! In her classes you will be directed breath by breath through intelligent sequencing meant to challenge, awaken, and ultimately soothe you into a state of simply being, without judgement or expectation.


 
SARAH DOWELL   With almost ten years in health, wellness and fitness Sarah is a dynamic teacher who brings a new level of intention and self-awareness into the spaces she inhabits. Over the years she has grown to not only teach movement but also fine tune her understanding of the art of biomechanics as it relates to chronic pain. Her most recent ventures include growing her seat as teacher and developing her own business Mind Body Mechanism providing a mixture of meditation, yoga, functional mobility, posture analysis, subtle body mapping, and hands on bodywork/massage.     In Sarah’s class you can expect to try things you’ve never tried, push your limits, and challenge yourself mentally, emotionally and physically.

SARAH DOWELL

With almost ten years in health, wellness and fitness Sarah is a dynamic teacher who brings a new level of intention and self-awareness into the spaces she inhabits. Over the years she has grown to not only teach movement but also fine tune her understanding of the art of biomechanics as it relates to chronic pain. Her most recent ventures include growing her seat as teacher and developing her own business Mind Body Mechanism providing a mixture of meditation, yoga, functional mobility, posture analysis, subtle body mapping, and hands on bodywork/massage.

In Sarah’s class you can expect to try things you’ve never tried, push your limits, and challenge yourself mentally, emotionally and physically.


REBECCA JO PHILLIPS  Rebecca Jo joins the Lacuna family as the Director of Programs. Inspired by the rhythms of the natural world, Rebecca Jo guides her students into their own innate patterning through practices of breath awareness, supportive movement and meditation. Within each class she emphasizes the need to slow down and create a space for oneself that is both comforting and sacred.  Trained in the arts of dance, photography, and breath-centered movement she incorporates a lifetime of lessons into each class and encourages her students to integrate practices of conscious flow into daily life. Rebecca earned her 200hr RYT certification in 2009 while living on a self-sustained farm in the mountains of Spain. She began her teaching practice in New York City, working privately with individuals recovering from injury; supporting them in finding acceptance and peace within their bodies as they redeveloped their physical strength and range of motion. Her practice is informed by the teachings of Abbie Galvin + Nevine Michaan of Katonah Yoga, Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains, Tias Little, Ana Forrest and BKS Iyengar.  A life-long traveler and eternal student, she seeks opportunities to immerse herself in new experiences and discover new ways of seeing the world. She has led retreats and workshops in Mexico, Costa Rica, Morocco, NYC, LA and Denver.

REBECCA JO PHILLIPS

Rebecca Jo joins the Lacuna family as the Director of Programs. Inspired by the rhythms of the natural world, Rebecca Jo guides her students into their own innate patterning through practices of breath awareness, supportive movement and meditation. Within each class she emphasizes the need to slow down and create a space for oneself that is both comforting and sacred.

Trained in the arts of dance, photography, and breath-centered movement she incorporates a lifetime of lessons into each class and encourages her students to integrate practices of conscious flow into daily life. Rebecca earned her 200hr RYT certification in 2009 while living on a self-sustained farm in the mountains of Spain. She began her teaching practice in New York City, working privately with individuals recovering from injury; supporting them in finding acceptance and peace within their bodies as they redeveloped their physical strength and range of motion. Her practice is informed by the teachings of Abbie Galvin + Nevine Michaan of Katonah Yoga, Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains, Tias Little, Ana Forrest and BKS Iyengar.

A life-long traveler and eternal student, she seeks opportunities to immerse herself in new experiences and discover new ways of seeing the world. She has led retreats and workshops in Mexico, Costa Rica, Morocco, NYC, LA and Denver.

 
CAITLIN ROSE KENNEY  Caitlin Rose teaches yoga to satisfy the whole being and speaks about the physical practice as an access point for widespread change in mental patterns, emotional states, and connection to spirit. Caitlin Rose is known for holding space with a calm confidence that allows practitioners to move safely, feel their experience, revitalize and heal. Her gentle demeanor and articulate instructions aid students at any level to advance their ability for precision and graceful embodiment.  Caitlin Rose has been teaching since 2011 and has studied a variety of yoga styles which make her offerings rich and unique. Whether she is teaching an energetic flow or a restoring yin class, you can expect her sequencing to be both creative and grounded in smart anatomical progressions. Caitlin Rose's classes are often woven with wisdom from Chinese Meridian Theory, poetry and spiritual-philosophical inquiry. Her significant teachers and mentors include Sarah Powers, Gina Caputo, Elena Brower, Kathryn Budig, Rachel Hull, Anna Smallwood and Laura Allard.   Caitlin Rose is based in Denver, CO and has also taught in Bali, Australia, and South Africa. She leads popular Yin + Essential Oils classes, Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings and Retreats. Caitlin Rose is the creator of Yoga Sesh Podcast, a featured teacher on Yoga Download and a hobbyist beekeeper.

CAITLIN ROSE KENNEY

Caitlin Rose teaches yoga to satisfy the whole being and speaks about the physical practice as an access point for widespread change in mental patterns, emotional states, and connection to spirit. Caitlin Rose is known for holding space with a calm confidence that allows practitioners to move safely, feel their experience, revitalize and heal. Her gentle demeanor and articulate instructions aid students at any level to advance their ability for precision and graceful embodiment.

Caitlin Rose has been teaching since 2011 and has studied a variety of yoga styles which make her offerings rich and unique. Whether she is teaching an energetic flow or a restoring yin class, you can expect her sequencing to be both creative and grounded in smart anatomical progressions. Caitlin Rose's classes are often woven with wisdom from Chinese Meridian Theory, poetry and spiritual-philosophical inquiry. Her significant teachers and mentors include Sarah Powers, Gina Caputo, Elena Brower, Kathryn Budig, Rachel Hull, Anna Smallwood and Laura Allard.

Caitlin Rose is based in Denver, CO and has also taught in Bali, Australia, and South Africa. She leads popular Yin + Essential Oils classes, Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings and Retreats. Caitlin Rose is the creator of Yoga Sesh Podcast, a featured teacher on Yoga Download and a hobbyist beekeeper.


 
DAVIDIA TURNER  Davidia aims to help others awaken their innate capacity for deep self healing through the practice of Yoga & Meditation. Having started her own path of healing mental and physical disconnection through Yoga, she learned that instead of fighting against her body to attain perfectionism, she could work with her body by embodying love. Inspired by her own self-growth, she became a 300HR RYT certified Yoga Instructor in 2013, in order to help others explore their bodies ability for transformation and integration. Davidia’s classes will often weave a dynamic mixture of Hatha, Vinyasa, Meditation, and Pranayama to create an integrative and deep container for self exploration, expression and embodiment.

DAVIDIA TURNER

Davidia aims to help others awaken their innate capacity for deep self healing through the practice of Yoga & Meditation. Having started her own path of healing mental and physical disconnection through Yoga, she learned that instead of fighting against her body to attain perfectionism, she could work with her body by embodying love. Inspired by her own self-growth, she became a 300HR RYT certified Yoga Instructor in 2013, in order to help others explore their bodies ability for transformation and integration. Davidia’s classes will often weave a dynamic mixture of Hatha, Vinyasa, Meditation, and Pranayama to create an integrative and deep container for self exploration, expression and embodiment.


 
KERI BERGERON  Keri is a Physical Therapist with over 15 years of experience. She initially fell in love with the physical practice of yoga as a natural adjunct to her extensive study of the body. Since then, she has sought great teachers like Ana Forrest, Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell, Andrei Ram, and Janet Stone. These teachers, along with dear friends and deep inquiry have helped her to access her heart, inner strength and softness. She has been teaching for over a decade, hoping to share some of the tremendous benefits she has experienced.  Alignment has become the main principle that guides Keri’s teaching. She believes that proper physical alignment and engagement are essential for safety, stability and space within the body. She believes that this engagement starts on the surface and “trickles inward” to build internal awareness—a deep listening—that helps students move through the world in alignment with their truest Self.  Keri is passionate about fostering autonomy. She wants to educate her students about the “how” and “why” behind the practice in order to truly experience the process within their bodies. She wants to educate rather than dictate, believing that students connect more by listening closely to their own bodies and breath than relying on an external “guru”.    Building personal relationships and fostering community are paramount for Keri. She wants to hear about your practice, the sparks and the challenges you’re experiencing. She wants to know you!

KERI BERGERON

Keri is a Physical Therapist with over 15 years of experience. She initially fell in love with the physical practice of yoga as a natural adjunct to her extensive study of the body. Since then, she has sought great teachers like Ana Forrest, Darren Rhodes, Christina Sell, Andrei Ram, and Janet Stone. These teachers, along with dear friends and deep inquiry have helped her to access her heart, inner strength and softness. She has been teaching for over a decade, hoping to share some of the tremendous benefits she has experienced.

Alignment has become the main principle that guides Keri’s teaching. She believes that proper physical alignment and engagement are essential for safety, stability and space within the body. She believes that this engagement starts on the surface and “trickles inward” to build internal awareness—a deep listening—that helps students move through the world in alignment with their truest Self.

Keri is passionate about fostering autonomy. She wants to educate her students about the “how” and “why” behind the practice in order to truly experience the process within their bodies. She wants to educate rather than dictate, believing that students connect more by listening closely to their own bodies and breath than relying on an external “guru”.

Building personal relationships and fostering community are paramount for Keri. She wants to hear about your practice, the sparks and the challenges you’re experiencing. She wants to know you!

 
DEVON SWEENEY  Devon is a student of inner ritual. She shares her art as a yogini and teacher of movement meditation. Devon’s vinyasa classes are delicately balanced experiences of rhythm and flow, subtle cueing and unique somatic patterning. In Devon’s teaching style, asanas are dynamic containers to explore the healing effect of breath and remember our essential guiding intelligence. She is a senior teacher and affiliate trainer for the Samudra Global School of Living Yoga with her teacher Shiva Rea. Over the last 10 years, Devon’s experiences teaching at a variety of festivals, trainings, retreats, and studio settings, have polished her unique ability to lead group practices with graceful clarity. Devon is an E-RYT 500 with a background in Eastern Religious Studies, social & behavioral psychology, and integrative massage therapy.

DEVON SWEENEY

Devon is a student of inner ritual. She shares her art as a yogini and teacher of movement meditation. Devon’s vinyasa classes are delicately balanced experiences of rhythm and flow, subtle cueing and unique somatic patterning. In Devon’s teaching style, asanas are dynamic containers to explore the healing effect of breath and remember our essential guiding intelligence. She is a senior teacher and affiliate trainer for the Samudra Global School of Living Yoga with her teacher Shiva Rea. Over the last 10 years, Devon’s experiences teaching at a variety of festivals, trainings, retreats, and studio settings, have polished her unique ability to lead group practices with graceful clarity. Devon is an E-RYT 500 with a background in Eastern Religious Studies, social & behavioral psychology, and integrative massage therapy.

 
ARI HALBERT  A licensed acupuncturist, holistic nutrition coach, Qi Gong instructor, and registered yoga teacher with over a decade of experience, Ari brings a diverse, multi-disciplinary approach to his work. His background in engineering, in-depth studies of biomechanics, and hands-on training in human anatomy enable him to help clients recover quickly from injury and achieve greater overall stability and quality of movement. Ari is an expert at helping people understand complex movement principles an apply them within their own practices.  In addition to his academic endeavors, Ari has spent many years gaining direct knowledge under the guidance and tutelage of Sung Baek, a 74th-generation Korean acupuncture master, and Nevine Michaan, founder of Katonah Yoga, whose mentorships have offered invaluable insight into the more esoteric aspects of Chinese Medicine, Taoist Philosophy and the yogic healing arts.  With a keen eye for detail, Ari’s teaching style is succinct, highly personalized, and imbues a deep care for integrity of movement. To “work smarter, not harder” is Ari’s personal motto, and one can see this ethic carry over into his teaching via his deep commitment to helping students move with more efficiency, fluidity, and ease.  Ari has an acupuncture practice in Boulder, Colorado and holds workshop internationally, teaching Yoga, Qi Gong, and calisthenics.

ARI HALBERT

A licensed acupuncturist, holistic nutrition coach, Qi Gong instructor, and registered yoga teacher with over a decade of experience, Ari brings a diverse, multi-disciplinary approach to his work. His background in engineering, in-depth studies of biomechanics, and hands-on training in human anatomy enable him to help clients recover quickly from injury and achieve greater overall stability and quality of movement. Ari is an expert at helping people understand complex movement principles an apply them within their own practices.

In addition to his academic endeavors, Ari has spent many years gaining direct knowledge under the guidance and tutelage of Sung Baek, a 74th-generation Korean acupuncture master, and Nevine Michaan, founder of Katonah Yoga, whose mentorships have offered invaluable insight into the more esoteric aspects of Chinese Medicine, Taoist Philosophy and the yogic healing arts.

With a keen eye for detail, Ari’s teaching style is succinct, highly personalized, and imbues a deep care for integrity of movement. To “work smarter, not harder” is Ari’s personal motto, and one can see this ethic carry over into his teaching via his deep commitment to helping students move with more efficiency, fluidity, and ease.

Ari has an acupuncture practice in Boulder, Colorado and holds workshop internationally, teaching Yoga, Qi Gong, and calisthenics.