Guest Teachers


Meredith Patterson

Meredith Blanks Paterson is a Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and a certified instructor and Director of Yoga Trainings with Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® (YYY). Through YYY, she facilitates trainings for children’s yoga instructors and workshops for schools and educators. She is passionate about helping children and families learn mindfulness strategies to reduce anxiety and promote emotional self-regulation. Her classes are adventures across the globe, inspired by myths, stories, and art from cultures near and far. Join her to fly like an eagle, weave like a spider, and relax like a starfish on the waves.


Katarina Arneric

Katarina Arneric is a yoga instructor, health coach, dance teacher, food blogger, photographer and over all mind/body/soul health enthusiast. She loves the outdoors and was the first to bring Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga to Chicago in the Summer of 2011. That’s yoga on a board, in the water! Her mantra is “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” Every day she chooses to live her best life and seeks to help and inspire others to do the same. Find weekly inspiration, food recipes, and nutrition information on her blog CreateWithKLA. Katarina graduated from the University of Texas with a BFA in dance and also got her 200-hr RYT certification from Breath and Body Yoga in Austin, TX. Her most recent adventure has been pursuing her certification in Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Infusing her strong background in dance, passion for anatomy, music and awareness, Katarina teaches a unique Vinyasa style of Power Yoga guiding each student to experience personal growth in the body, mind and spirit.

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John Friend

John Friend is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced hatha yoga teachers in the world with 40 years of practice and 33 years of public teaching. Blending a life-affirming yoga philosophy with universal principles of alignment and a disciplined approach, John’s teaching style guides students to live every moment fully from their hearts.

John has studied with the best hatha yoga teachers around the world including hatha yoga masters, B.K.S. Iyengar and Patabhi Jois. Over the last 22 years, John has taught over 600 workshops in 26 countries. His world tours have included North America, Central America, South America, the UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Anusara yoga was founded by John  in 1997. He led the school until early 2012. Anusara yoga is now an internationally recognized teacher-led school of hatha yoga independent of John’s direction and leadership.

Starting in Fall 2012, John is offering public workshops as an independent hatha yoga teacher. He looks forward to bringing universal principles of alignment to aspiring yoga students, regardless of their school or system.

He is not providing certification or licensing in yoga instruction nor is he operating a yoga school. John holds an ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance. Any classes taken with John will count toward continuing education credits for teachers who are already registered with Yoga Alliance.


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Desi Springer

Desi Springer is a co-founder of Sridaiva yoga with John Friend. She has been an intensely dedicated yoga practitioner in Colorado since 1998. In the beginning of her yoga journey she immersed herself in Bikram Yoga, and then the heart-oriented, alignment-based Anusara yoga for 7 years. In 1999, Desi and her sister, Micah opened Vital Yoga in Denver. It has been a flourishing yoga studio for 13 years with a second Vital Yoga location in Golden, Colorado.

In 2008, Desi and Micah co-created The Roots, a signature posture series for Vital Yoga. Then in 2012, John Friend and Desi collaborated on the current version of The Roots, 8 sets made up of 54 base poses and 54 advanced poses, which is now practiced both nationally and internationally.

Desi teaches regular weekly asana classes at Vital Yoga in both Denver and Golden, Colorado, as well as, national Sridaiva yoga workshops on the weekends.

Desi is renown for her disciplined, high integrity, character along with being very innovative, authentic, and sweet-hearted.

Desi plays the edge in her practice, constantly exploring the frontiers of body-mind performance using her avant-garde alignment ideas. The deep commitment of her lifestyle and the beauty of Desi’s world-class asana practice is deeply inspiring to all who wish to move toward their full potential in their health and heart.


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