Interested in becoming a yoga instructor? Learn about the White Lotus Teacher Training Program.
Meet our team of White Lotus yoga instructors:
Peggy Klauer, ERYT, White Lotus Owner
Peggy brings a beautiful balance of intensity and grace by way of breath and postures to each therapeutic class, thus allowing one’s own healing powers to inspire each practice. She teaches with joy and compassion. Her joy has been teaching for over twenty years and she continues her ongoing studies of the science and philosophies of yoga. Upon leaving her class you will have touched on your freedom ~ inner balance.
Tammy Bedard, RYT
I walked into White Lotus for the first time on October 7, 2013, fell in love with the practice, and have been there almost every day since! Finding Yoga has brought physical, emotional, and mental balance to my hectic lifestyle. My thirst to want to learn more and deepen my practice led me to obtain my RYT200 Certification in the Spring of 2015. It was then my real journey of self-discovery began and my practice reached a completely different level. In the Fall of 2015, we moved to the new studio and Peggy added a room with hammocks hanging from the ceiling! I remember thinking, “OH GOODNESS!! My new playground!!”. In November 2015, a handful of us was certified as AIReal Yoga™ Instructors.
My passion is building core strength which I believe to be the foundation of our practice. Whether in a Hot Flow or hanging in the AIReal™ hammocks, let’s crank up the music and start that journey to a healthier, stronger you! Most importantly, we will have fun in the process!
Taylor Driscoll, RYT
Taylor has a gift of healing with the grace of the universe. She expels the word compassion that is within each step she takes. Her energy is healing which she brings into her class. She is Certified through Yoga Alliance as an RYT200 Yoga Instructor through White Lotus Yoga Studio. With her knowledge of yoga and her wisdom of the truth, she expels grace with every word.
Melissa Henk, RYT
Yoga has been an amazing journey for me and I am so happy to facilitate this healing practice for others. When we take time to tune in and find inner stillness, we become aware of the mind, body, and spirit connection. We discover the power of surrender, learn to move gracefully through challenges, see the growth surrounding obstacles, change our world in a breath, and feel the eternal truth and beauty of our being. Not only did I receive my RYT200 Hour Certification through White Lotus Yoga Studio in the spring of 2016, but I also uncovered a more confident and empowered version of myself. I can feel the strength of my body, the quiet of my mind, and the light of my spirit. I can listen to the tiny voice inside, trust it and believe in it. In my classes I prefer to play the role of a guide rather than a teacher, creating the space where the student can tune into their own inner wisdom; the best teacher is within! I enjoy weaving together flowing movement with peaceful stillness for a balanced mind and body practice.
Stephanie Howard, ERYT
Stephanie is ERYT 200/ RYT500 certified through Yoga Alliance. She continues to learn from local and national experts in yoga, with a focus on yoga as therapy. She has worked in health and wellness since 2003 and teaches a variety of fitness classes. Stephanie’s passion for yoga has helped her in all aspects of her life and believes that yoga is the perfect complement to any activity. She loves to share that passion with others and to work with people of all abilities and help them achieve better body awareness, acceptance, strength, alignment, and connection of the breath, mind, body, and spirit. She considers herself a forever student, constantly learning, experiencing and expanding, on her mat and off. Stephanie finds inspiration from everything around her and believes that the practice of yoga is a gift for all to enjoy, and finds much inspiration in watching her students explore and navigate their way through the many benefits of the mind, body, and spirit connection yoga offers. It is never too late to begin the journey of healthy self-discovery through yoga. She brings to the tradition of yoga a practical light dashed with humor and intention.
Natasha Woodcock, RYT
Natasha did her RYT200 Hr Teacher Training course in Thailand through Mahi Yoga. She is now a certified Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She found her passion for yoga as a relief from the stress of being a former Kindergarten Teacher. She has taken her knowledge of being a former school teacher and transformed into a beautiful Yoga Teacher. She believes yoga is for everyone and truly believes in the life-changing benefits of practicing yoga. She is a compassionate, kind person and it shines through in her teaching. She brings her students into a blissfully calm state by bringing her students into the present moment by connecting them with their breath.
Catherine Lynn Richardson-Bristol, ERYT
Catherine’s Journey with yoga began at a young age with an early interest in meditation. She believes that by following the path of yoga, you can find access to your own genie (genius) from within and make your wishes your reality, that is what the name Yogini Genie is all about. She has traveled to India and brought back a balanced energy that she shares with all. She has been teaching yoga for 8 years now and finished her teacher training in 2012. Yogini Genie is a natural intuitive artist who is able to channel the flow from source with focused intention as to what’s needed for the group, this is where her lasted project Spiral Dancer was born in early 2017. Wither her set of seven quartz crystal singing bowls she helps to open, clear, and balance the bodies seven main chakras. In 2015, Catherine helped launch Green Touches Garden to help spread awareness of organic practices and growing your own food. In 2016, she finished school to become a national board certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Herbalist, Nutritionist and also attained a holistic Doula certification in North Carolina with The Matrona.
Karin Wozniak, RYT
I’ve been practicing yoga for about 16 years mostly in a non-studio setting. I was initially interested in yoga for the strength and flexibility aspects but found that the stress- relieving, mind-calming benefits were much more than I’d anticipated. I would like my classes to be focused on alignment, posture, proper muscle engagement and safe performance for all levels of participants. I am a hands-on instructor helping participants move deeper in poses respecting their personal limits. I would like to instruct participants to use blocks, blankets, straps, sandbags and other props to assist their practice. As a licensed physical therapist, I feel uniquely suited to adjust traditional yoga asanas to allow all types of participants.
Stephanie Naddaf, RYT
Before yoga, I had felt somewhat disconnected from myself and lost in the world. Physical discomfort to mental agitations or worries were normal, everyday occurrences. I felt out of control of my life. Losing sight of who I truly was underneath all the emotions, thoughts, and pains in the body. However, through this practice, there is a power that reawakens within us, for it was always there and always will be. By learning to connect with our breath and bodies, to detach from the thoughts and come into the present that is the NOW- we are able to find peace & stillness. The lessons we learn on our mats such as patience, compassion, and acceptance, not only carry out into our lives, but also transform our lives. Through years of personal experience with the practice and immense inner growth- I have come to be a teacher. Sharing this universal knowledge and practice with others is not only a joy but an honor. Together we can learn to break down our walls, let go of any self-limiting beliefs/thought patterns/habits- and in turn remember everything that we truly are.
Tiffany Gasperoni, RYT
Since I was a kid, I’ve suffered through anxiety and panic attacks. Doctors kept suggesting yoga to me so I finally gave it a shot. After trying local studios, I felt the most comfortable at White Lotus. When I was on the mat, my anxiety lessened a great deal. I went through the teacher training program to learn to keep the anxiety away off the mat as well. I became certified in January 2015 and have been teaching ever since with the hope of helping my students lessen their own stress and anxiety. I invite you to get a work out in while calming the mind and body through my yoga class.
Susi Pacitto, RYT
Susi has been practicing yoga for almost 10 years and received her RYT 200 Certification through Yoga Alliance and her Teacher Training with White Lotus Yoga Studio. First turning to yoga as a stress release, she was quickly drawn in by the strength, flexibility, freedom of movement, the power and the challenge she came to love in her regular Hot Vinyasa classes. Now, as a yoga teacher, she is excited to share this passion in her teaching to help others see their potential of strength and find what they may have thought impossible to be possible. Susi also received her 50 Hour AIReal Yoga™ Teacher Training at White Lotus Yoga Studio and has been teaching AIReal Yoga™ since Spring of 2017.
Kristina Stashuk, RYT
I recently completed my 200-RYT through White Lotus Studio in the spring of 2017. I have come to believe that yoga truly is for everyone and try to insert it into my everyday life. Not only do the poses act as physical medicine for my body and mind, but the principles have given me a new way to connect with my highest self, others and God. Having worked in the cath lab as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist in the hospital for the past 10 years, I have been around incredibly sick patients. Providing care for patients in such a fast-paced and often stressful environment can mentally and physically wear you down. However, it is an incredible gift to serve others in this way. I get to help be the calm when they are anxiety-ridden, educate when they don’t know or understand what is happening, give compassion and love when they are scared and feel alone, make them laugh to help lighten the atmosphere and their mood and I get to help fix what is broken. Yoga has become these things for me. It’s my calm when I’m feeling anxious. Yoga teaches me, often subtly, what I need to know when I’m unaware or ignorant. It reminds me that I’m loved and am love. Yoga reminds me to be playful, to laugh at myself and not take things too seriously. It helps to fix what is broken, whether mentally, physically or spiritually. I love how yoga is this beautiful dichotomy, this yin, and yang, creating a balance between mental and physical. I strive to bring this balance to my class, creating a moving meditation. Along with the breath, I believe proper alignment and core strength are foundational to the practice. Working in the cath lab, I’ve had to wear an extra 25 pounds of weight in lead most of the day, bending over and moving patients, worrying about the degradation of my spine. Wanting not to be that person who has back problems, yoga has strengthened my core helping to protect my lower back, while elongating and keeping the integrity of my spine. I will always stress safety first in my class but lead you to find your edge gently. Music is woven in my soul, so I love to put together a good playlist. I also love to play with balance postures and inversions. I will be a forever student no matter where I am in my practice. Come learn, strengthen, play, maybe sweat a little (or a lot), laugh, have fun, breath and let it all go.
Randi Betcher, RYT
Randi was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula where she graduated from Northern Michigan University. That’s where she fell in love with yoga when she took a semester-long yoga class as a requirement. She then knew she wanted to teach yoga one day but never thought it was possible. Then several years later the opportunity arose when she joined White Lotus Yoga studio. Yoga was a way of bringing peace and balance into her life after being a stay at home mom for five years. She now wants to spread the love and passion to others. She attained her 200-hour RYT through White Lotus in 2018!
Leah Hobbs, RYT
I started doing yoga a few years ago to relax after lifting weights and I quickly fell in love with how it made me feel. I decided to do the Teacher Training program with White Lotus and graduated in Jan. of 2018. I am certified with Yoga Alliance as RYT 200. I love sharing my passion of yoga & weights with my students. I’m here to show all my students that weights aren’t scary and anyone can do it!
Victoria Patton, RYT
After I graduated from Grand Valley State with a Clinical Exercise Science Degree in 2018, my life events aligned to what led me to teacher training at White Lotus- an experience that has been incredible. I have undergone a transformation that has taught me peace, balance, mindfulness, and most importantly to love myself- fully, endlessly, and graciously. I’m SO excited to begin sharing this beautiful practice with others!
Julia Verbeek, RYT
My journey towards yoga began with a debilitating car accident that left me with sciatica and a boat load of pain. After trying many different pain management techniques my physical therapist started to work with me teaching me basic yoga to stretch and retrain my muscles. After less than a year I was pain free and hooked on the healing effects of yoga asanas. In order to share my passion for yoga and help others I took a 200 hour yoga teacher training on Koh Tao Island in Thailand. During my course I began to see that not only did yoga heal my body but it was beginning to heal my mind and help me through some of the most trying times in my life. I hope to use the amazing gift of Yoga to help guide others along their journey towards a healthier mind and body.
Harley Muscarella, RYT
Harley’s ultimate goal as a yoga instructor is to provide a comfortable environment where he can safely guide students of all levels through a series of intelligently sequenced poses linked with breathing exercises in order for them to connect mind, body, and spirit in an attempt to better understand themselves on the mat as well as in their daily lives.