Who We Are

“A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” -Gina Carey

We are so excited to be on this journey together. Peace Out Yoga has an exceptional team of yogis with a wide range of styles and yoga backgrounds. Come take a class and experience the rich variety of yoga in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Meet the Owners

Meg Pacella

Meg Pacella

Meg Pacella has spent ½ her life in San Diego, California and ½ her life here in Colorado. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and found herself missing the ocean and moved back to San Diego shortly after college. In San Diego she attended National University where she earned her Master’s in Special Education and Elementary Education. While studying to be a teacher she began her yoga journey in San Diego where she completed her 200 hour Core Alliance teacher training, sculpt teacher training and level 2 vinyasa certifications at Core Power Yoga. Shortly after her certification was complete, she traveled the world with her husband David. Their travels took them to 37 countries and over 100 different cities. She stayed and immersed herself in different cultures around the world. In India they stayed at an Ashram where she learned various formats of yoga and received her certification in Ayurvedic Medicine. When returning to the United States she decided to pursue the Elementary Education path and worked as a Kindergarten teacher in Chicago, Illinois. She welcomed her first child, Guthrie in 2015 which brought her family back to Colorado to be closer to family. In 2017, they welcomed their 2nd child, Etta. While in Castle Rock, CO she has taught Special Education and 1st grade at Clear Sky Elementary. She hopes to bring her love for kids into Peace Out Yoga offering a variety of kid’s classes and workshops. She is a fitness enthusiast and hopes to also add in some fitness elements to the studio through sculpt classes, health workshops and programs.

Amanda Shefsick

Amanda Shefsick

Amanda Shefsick is a proud native of Colorado. She has spent the last 21 years living in Castle Rock raising her family with her husband Brad and two teenage children. She works as a reading specialist in Douglas County School District and has her Masters in Community Counseling. She has been practicing yoga for 24 years. Yoga has always been a practice she applies to her life as a way to find wholeness. Yoga is not just the practice on a mat, it has become a way of life for her. Amanda earned her 285 hour core alliance certification through Inner Connections Yoga Studio under the teachings of John and Jeanne Adams. She is excited to teach hatha inspired, restorative, yin and gentle yoga classes and create community workshops for both adults and children and pass on gratitude, kindness and love to bring the community together. The last year has created fear, anxiety and pain for so many. She wants to create a space that welcomes people in to feel safe, loved, hopeful and put back together.

Meet Our Team

Michelle Hettinger

Michelle Hettinger

Lead Instructor

Michelle is a seasoned instructor with a passion for yoga (her soul-mate workout) and fitness.  Her unique energy and style allows her yogis to explore their practice in a creative, challenging and FUN asana playground.  Mother to two beautiful boys, Michelle uses the principles of yoga throughout her daily life.  She is Yoga Alliance Certified and currently finishing up her 500hr Certification, holds an Exercise Physiology degree and multiple PT & GFX Certifications.

Favorite quote “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything.  Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you so you can become who you were meant to be in the first place.” ~ unknown.

Katie Ruekert

Katie Ruekert

Lead Instructor

Katie’s yoga journey began in 2003, but it wasn’t until 2011 when she found herself on her mat more consistently after experiencing a great deal of dis-ease within her physical body. During this time, Katie naturally gravitated towards the gentler side of yoga because the slow, rhythmic, therapeutic movements aligned with breath flow allowed her to feel safe in her body. In 2019, Katie completed the 285 hours of yoga teacher training with Inner Connections Yoga studio.

Katie is a RYT and enjoys teaching gentle, restorative, chair and accessible yoga types of classes, with a special interest in somatic and trauma sensitive yoga. In her classes, you will find yourself having the opportunity to quiet your mind, connect with your prana through breathwork and invite the higher aspect of you to receive you, all while feeling your way through the gentle asanas to calm the nervous system. As a Registered Dietitian, Katie will often provide little gems of healing nutritional wisdom integrated throughout the theme of your practice together. Drawing from the grace of her own human experience, Katie intentionally creates a safe healing space guiding you back to sovereignty, your sacred wholeness, and shifting you into remembrance that you are your own majestic creator.

Char Burwell

Char Burwell

Yoga Instructor

Charlene found yoga in 2010 after going through some trying times which left her feeling lost, out of balance and overwhelmed. When searching for direction in life, she felt “called” to yoga, at the time not knowing the spiritual component that yoga held. Yoga has helped her learn patience, flexibility in life, how to listen to her heart, how to let go, and self-love. As her body awareness improved and her connection to self deepened, she was able to experience the challenges of life with calmness, insight, and even joy.

In 2021 Charlene finished her 285-hour yoga teacher training, working with the Himalayan Tradition. Her classes emphasize the importance of strength and flexibility, effort and ease, breath and awareness, connection with self, and infuses yoga philosophy to help empower students to find inspiration in their daily lives on and off the mat.

Besides yoga, Char is a Registered Nurse and enjoys spending time with her husband, blended family of six children, two grandchildren, standup paddle boarding, and hiking with her dogs.

Toni Veruchi

Toni Veruchi

Yoga Instructor

Toni feels honored to be part of the yoga community at Peace Out. In 1997 she took her first yoga class and practiced Bikram (Hot Yoga) for the following five years. In 2002 she enrolled in the teacher training program and became certified. During her 19 years teaching, she has taught Power, Bikram (Hot Yoga), Vinyasa Flow and Fusion. She has studied with world renowned yoga teachers that include Tias Little as well as Aadil Palkhivala -author of Fire of Love/Teaching the Essence of Yoga and founder of Purna Yoga.

Teaching yoga is truly her passion. It is her desire to share the vastness of yoga with you. Yoga is about transformation and the joy is knowing that the journey is forever!

Allison McKean

Allison McKean

Yoga Instructor

Allison, E-RYT 200, began practicing yoga in 2005 while playing collegiate softball. Yoga quickly became an everyday practice as she found it helped with her mental, spiritual and physical health. 

Allison received her Masters of Science in Sports Science from The University of Edinburgh in 2014. While there she conducted a study on yoga and its physical benefits. Her study concluded that with only 6 weeks of yoga, twice a week, one can see improvements in flexibility, strength and balance. Upon graduating and returning home in 2014, Allison completed her 200-hour teacher training at Samadhi Yoga in Denver, CO. Allison currently teaches yoga and health at a local high school.

As a teacher Allison is knowledgeable, friendly, encouraging and adds humor to her classes. Her goal is to bring physical and spiritual benefits to every class. In today’s world Allison strives to be a guide for unity, connectedness and expanded awareness. Allison is a Castle Rock native and shares her life with a wonderful partner and two beautiful children.

Krista Krisl

Krista Krisl

Yoga Instructor

Krista is a special education teacher, a mom of 2 energetic boys and one giant dog, a wife, a daughter, a friend, and a yoga teacher. She first got into yoga as a path to healing postpartum depression in 2014. In 2018, she received her 200 RYT from Breathe for Change, a yoga teacher training program geared for educators. What started out as just a coping strategy, has become a way of life for Krista. She spends her free time outdoors, with family, watching hockey, and reading yoga philosophy. 
Krista’s classes will connect you with your breath and encourage you to find peace in every moment of your life. Her background in special education and inclusivity drives her teaching yoga as an individual experience. You do you – and do it proud. 
Renee Mettler

Renee Mettler

Yoga Instructor

Renee (RYT-200) started practicing yoga as an adjunct to running, hiking, and skiing and as a way to connect with her, then, teenage daughter. She soon realized the intrinsic benefits of a regulated breath, relaxed nervous system, focused mind, and deeper awareness – within and beyond the physical body.

In 2015, Renee completed ICY’s 285-hour Classical Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and began teaching classes ranging from gentle to power vinyasa. As a K-12 educator and life-long-learner, she enjoys continued study – especially regarding the science behind the practice (i.e. How yoga asana, pranayama, and meditation reduce chronic stress and inflammation – allowing for healing of body and brain). Renee is also certified in Accessible Yoga – a teaching practice inclusive of all backgrounds, body types, ages, and abilities. She loves that yoga meets each of us exactly where we are. Renee strives to create a safe and healing space in which one can explore, balance, and expand breath awareness, strength, flexibility, and relaxation – in body, mind, and spirit.

Lindi Holden

Lindi Holden

Yoga Instructor

Yoga has been apart of Lindi’s life since college. She first tried yoga as a different form of exercise from her normal routine and has been practicing ever since. Lindi’s practice has helped her grow stronger and more flexible, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires her to live each moment more mindfully.

She believes yoga should be noncompetitive, rooted in mindfulness, and inclusive of all bodies, ages and abilities.  

Lindi has also earned a certification in Yin Yoga and has experience teaching PiYo and bootcamp. 

Michele Suriano

Michele Suriano

Yoga Instructor

Michele began her yoga journey in 2008 when friends recommended the practice to increase strength and flexibility in balance. Yoga has helped her learn to listen to her body, manage stress, and so much more. In her desire to share the gift of yoga she received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2018 and continues to deepen her personal practice with additional training and teaching via Zoom and in-person.

Michele enjoys the depth of experience when connecting breath to movement in challenging postures as a true meditation in movement. Her joy is infectious, and you’ll connect to your highest self with the blessings of yoga and the Peace Out Yoga community.

Amber LaRusso

Amber LaRusso

Yoga Instructor

Amber is a 200 hour RYT (working towards 500 RYT) with 5 years of experience teaching in the Boston area. She teaches the principles of vinyasa and yin yoga with an emphasis on meditation and pranayama to create a mindful experience allowing room for the whole self to be engaged in each student’s practice. Amber is passionate about creating an environment which encourages her students to initiate their practice from a place of acceptance and compassion, inviting them to explore the subtle body and to take the transformational qualities of their practice with them into their daily life.

Kelli Delp

Kelli Delp

Yoga Instructor

Kelli, is both a Certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor and Registered Yoga Alliance yoga teacher. Kelli came to yoga as a way to regain clarity after dealing with complicated grief. Yoga helped her learn presence, compassion, self-love, and sparked self-discovery within.

Kelli was born and raised in small town Oklahoma. After moving to Colorado in 2013, she began taking group fitness classes and in 2019, began her instructor journey.

Her classes range from deeply restorative to a strong athletic flowing practice.  She has a commitment to mental health awareness and perceives each person as a whole on and off the mat.

Kelli is drawn to a spiritual way of living and mind body connection. Her goal is to help her students find and maintain a peaceful mind and body with breathwork and movement. She loves when her students find empowerment from within and believes that yoga can truly change your life if you allow your body to surrender and let go of everything that does not serve you in your practice.

In addition to teaching yoga, Kelli is a full-time Associate Director of client training. She enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Justin, hanging out with her French Bulldog, Magnolia, hiking, or reading a good book. Her favorite place is her sister’s ranch, and she loves a good margarita. Kelli has studied Muay Thai in Thailand and loves embracing other cultures.

Amanda Kanaber

Amanda Kanaber

Yoga Instructor

Jonathan Weber

Jonathan Weber

Yoga Instructor

Jonathan has been practicing yoga and incorporating its fitness principles into his teaching and training since 2015. 

He’s discovered that the physical conditioning one receives through a consistent yoga practice can address a host of issues including improving form and posture, increasing strength and endurance, balance, stability and coordination. 

In addition to being a Yoga Instructor, Jonathan is a certified Personal Trainer and specializes in Behavior Change and Corrective Exercise.

Kristin Schooler

Kristin Schooler

Yoga Instructor

After years struggling with migraines, pain, and neuropathy, Kristin found the practice of yoga to be transformative in her healing journey. This led to Kristin completing yoga teacher training to learn as much about yoga as possible. Kristin is equally drawn to the science and the spirituality of yoga, and she is passionate about sharing yoga with others looking to achieve a deeper sense of self, more body awareness, better health, and profound peace in their lives.

Kristin always has her nose in a book and is always excited to share what she is learning at the moment, whether it’s regarding the ancient wisdom of yoga, philosophy, women’s studies, energy healing, etc.  She is conscious of creating a yoga environment with every person in mind.

Liz Hochstetler

Liz Hochstetler

Yoga Instructor

Liz has been teaching yoga classes, since she got certified in Denver 8 years ago. She is a mom of 2 boys that are 5 and 8 years old. Her passion is helping others with their health and fitness and is a certified nutrition coach and personal trainer. She loves the practice of yoga, because it is truly a form of art to her, and she loves guiding others, as well as witnessing the light yoga ignites in everyone on and off their mats! Liz is so happy and excited to be back to teaching in person and becoming a part of this amazing community at Peace Out!

Mandy Irons

Mandy Irons

Yoga Instructor

Mandy is also a Colorado native, having grown up right here in the Monument/Castle Rock area, obtained her degree in Anthropology at CSU, and has returned to Castle Rock to raise her now two teenage boys. She has a passion for adventure and enjoys backpacking, snowboarding, camping and trips to the ocean. Mandy’s curiosity of the connection between nature and the human experience led her to spend many years in academia and personal adventures studying anthropology, archaeology and the humanities. Mandy is also an avid painter and artist.

Mandy’s quest to enhance the connection of mind, body and spirit within the human experience led her to obtain her 200 YTT certification in 2019. Since that time, she has been a member of the yoga and wellness community as a women’s wellness team leader, offering yoga instruction and unique events combining outdoor adventures, yoga and artistic experiences.

Her goal is to seek a deeper connection through the practice of yoga and to share this energy with her students and greater community with hopes of evoking emotion, passion and a quest for self-exploration. We enjoy having Mandy as a team member here at Peace Out Yoga and her offerings as a teacher of hot and balance, yin and restorative yoga.