Meet the Team

We are a team of devoted Yoga instructors, passionate leaders, and adventurous world travelers. Our retreat leaders are highly-trained, well-traveled and dedicated to expanding your Yoga practice, enhancing your international, cultural journey and committed to facilitating an unforgettable retreat week.

Loren Lotus
Ryann Tillman
Beatriz Bonnin
Maria Rose
Ivanna Kalyani
Sita Devi
Marina Chupac
Reem Haddad
Allison Forbes
Amy Harrington
Alexa DeRiggs
Autumn Rae

Loren Lotus

Director of Lotus Retreats
Yoga Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • B.S Kinesiology, Indiana University
  • 500-Hour E-RYT, YogaWorks, Los Angeles
  • 200-Hour E-RYT Passion Yoga School, Costa Rica
  • 85-Hour PRYT, La Lupa Via Prenatal School
  • 50-Hour Kirtan, Bhakti Yoga Shala, Santa Monica, CA
Loren is a devotional curator whose true love and passion is sharing the beauty of the world and the unity of Yoga with all of those seeking it. She is continuously inspired by Yogic teachings of our everyday life and the practice of Yoga, on and off the mat. Every day is an opportunity to grow & live your life like a Lotus flower, reaching your true potential and fulfillment.

Loren believes her dharma and work is to inspire others to live a fulfilling life path with purpose and passion. On the mat, she teaches a variety of Yoga class styles including Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Yin. Her alignment-based training and study of Kinesiology has fueled her fascination with the human body, mind and eternal soul.

Ryann Tillman

Yoga Instructor & Fascial Stretch Therapist

Certifications:

  • 500-Hour RYT, Passion Yoga, Costa Rica
  • 200-Hour ERYT, Ayur Eco Ashram, Mysore India
  • Fascial Stretch Therapist, Stretch To Win, Arizona

Ryann believes that yoga has the power to positively transform our lives. She earned her 200 hour yoga teaching certification while living and studying in an ashram in Mysore, India. She traveled to the birthplace of yoga in search of a traditional and authentic yoga education and experience. Once back in the states she became a full time yoga teacher and never looked back. 

She teaches a Hatha inspired class with an emphasis on breath, awareness, and body control. She aims to make each class feel steeped in Indian tradition and lineage. After a few years of teaching she decided that it was time to drive deeper into the transformational healing side of yoga and expand her knowledge as a teacher and student. She earned her 500 hour teaching certification in the magical jungles of Costa Rica with Passion Yoga.

Since her time in the jungle Ryann still teaches classes full time and teaches in yoga teacher trainings. Her path also led her to Fascial Stretch Therapy(fst) as a way to help speed the physical healing/recovery process and flexibility that yoga offers. With yoga and FST Ryann has a passion to guide people towards a more connected, positive, and healthy life.

Beatriz Bonnin

Yoga Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • 500-Hour E-RYT, YogaWorks, Los Angeles
  • 200-Hour ERYT, Shanti Yoga Shala, New Orleans
  • 85-Hour PRYT, La Lupa Via Prenatal School
Beatriz is a fearless force passionate about empowering women’s circles, moon ceremonies and sharing her knowledge of the chakra system. She has created a community of women in Puerto Rico called Sanando Juntas Puerto Rico that offers weekly empowering workshops along with monthly moon circles.

She is passionate about helping people find their power through alternative healing techniques and by sharing her own study and devotion to a Yogic lifestyle. Bea has undergone a Prenatal and Doula training, 4 fertility and prenatal workshops with UMA Mother in Los Angeles, and her 500-hour with YogaWorks in Los Angeles.

Maria Friederichs

Yoga Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • 500-Hour RYT Michelle Mazur Yoga, LA, CA
  • 95- Hour RCYT, Iowa City IA
  • Thai Yoga Level 1, Iowa City, IA
Maria is a passionate believer in sharing her colorful light to the world. She loves to connect with her students, supporting them in inner balance and allowing asana practice to gracefully guide them through challenges of the outer world. She offers a place for students to feel safe in exploration of his/her self and to enjoy a practice expanding beyond limits of the mind. Maria earned her 200 Hour Yoga training certification in a magical yurt in Los Angeles, CA. She enjoyed her group and the training so much that she continued to achieve her 500 Hour there as well. Her love for teaching and the body has inspired her to continue her education, expanding into Kids Yoga, Thai Massage, and Specialty Workshops. She currently resides in Iowa City, IA where she teaches regular classes and continues to fulfill her passion by following her heart and embracing the yogi journey.
Ivanna Kalyani

Yoga Instructor, Retreat Leader, & Teacher Trainer

Certifications:

  • 500-Hour RYT, Ahkanda Yoga School, India
  • 200-HR Passion Yoga School, Costa Rica
  • 85-hr Prenatal Instructor, Costa Rica
  • 75-hr Yin Yoga instructor, Costa Rica

Ivanna has found a passion in creating supportive spaces for people to courageously feel the electricity of their true, authentic and empowered nature. Sourcing knowledge from her Bachelor’s degree in western psychology, as well as her education in yoga and the eastern philosophy of the mind, she is dedicated to shedding light on the layers of conditioning that keep us from fully connecting to ourselves and to others.

She is a life coach, a registered Yoga teacher and Yoga Alliance teacher trainer, and has lead over 10 Yoga Teacher Trainings in Costa Rica where she currently resides. Nothing makes her more excited than travelling, further delving into the practice of yoga, and discovering pieces of herself in different cultures around the world.

Sita Devi
Yoga Instructor, Retreat Leader, Kirtan Artist & Ecstatic Dance Facilitator

Certifications:

  • BFA Dance, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • E-RYT 500-HR Kona, Hawaii,
  • Ecstatic Dance Facilitator
  • Contact Improv Facilitator
Sita Devi is a yogini, kirtan artist, and ecstatic dance facilitator in service to the divine. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of California Santa Barbara, completed her 500 hours of training in Kona, Hawaii in 2007, and has been teaching yoga for 10 years in California and at festivals and conferences worldwide. She teaches various modalities of Yoga including Vinyasa Flow, Bhakti Vinyasa Flow, and Restorative Yin. In 2015, Sita filmed a complete Bhakti Yin series for Udaya Yoga Online in Sofia, Bulgaria. As a Kirtan Walli, Sita sings and plays the harmonium, guitar, kartals, and the mrdanga. She has a weekly community Kirtan in her town. Sita has performed and taught at San Francisco Yoga Journal Conference, Lightning in a Bottle, Wanderlust and several events worldwide.

Her mission is to share this heart opening practice and make it easily accessible for everyone. It is her dream and goal to make Bhakti, devotional service, something that anyone can do, without limitation, expectation, discrimination or judgement.
Marina Chupac

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Yoga Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • Certification: 200-Hour Elemental Flow YTT, Guatemala
  • Licensed Attorney in the State of Michigan since 2011
Marina is a passionate, inspiring soul with a wandering spirit. She spends the majority of her life traveling the world, immersing herself in different cultures. Spirituality became the driving force in her life in 2013, which led her directly to yoga. She knew early on that it would become not only a practice but a lifestyle. Marina believes that yoga is an effective tool to alleviate anxiety and create balance. Her style of teaching brings a light-hearted energy to her students as she focuses on alignment and helps students find their edge.

When she is not downward dogging, she is a criminal defense attorney who advocates for those on the wrong side of the legal system. In her home state of Michigan, she is known as โ€œThe Hippie Lawyerโ€, where she takes a special interest in helping clients with substance abuse and addiction. She uses the yogic philosophy to help guide her clients through the legal process while bringing holistic healing into their lives to facilitate real changes. Marina completed a 200 hour Elemental Flow training in the mystical forests of Guatemala with the Kula Collective. Upon her return home, she opened a new office that houses a yoga studio and full kitchen in the lower level.

She teaches yoga and hosts other wellness related events in her space to help her clients and the community โ€œPractice Life Betterโ€. Marina realizes that we thrive in unity, and works hard to share her knowledge of yoga and conscious living with her community.
Reem Haddad

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Yoga Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • 200-Hour Elemental Flow YTT, Guatemala
  • Functional Nutrition Certification
With a wild heart and a warrior spirit, Reem left normal and regular to explore the outskirts of magical and extraordinary. Wanderlust consumed her at a young age, foreign hearts & exotic minds compelled her. Sheโ€™s a gypsy soul with a vibrant hope for the unknown.

Reem began her spiritual and yogic journey in 2015. After injuring her back as a Wakeboarder and Crossfitter, she found yoga. She continued her travels, making her way to Thailand & Bali. She has attended countless yoga classes and visited more yoga studios than she can keep count of, all across the world.

Reem looks to create a sense of community & belonging among her students, through compassion and playfulness. She appropriately challenges her students to explore their full potential, and is constantly on a pursuit to find creative ways to keep her students inspired. Her style of yoga is a fusion of presence, looking inward and quieting the mind, while maintaining a lighthearted nature. She holds space to offer her students an opportunity of openness, vulnerability, depth and strength. She loves to weave soulful tunes & chants into her classes, creating a soul-connecting, heart-filling practice that moves the body to free the mind.
Allison Forbes
Ayurveda Personal Trainer, International Yoga Instructor, Retreat Leader, Transformational Facilitator & Teacher Trainer

Certifications:

  • 500RYT Passion Yoga
  • 200 RYT Sport Science Yoga
  • 200 RYT YogaFit
  • ACSM Personal Trainer
  • NASM Personal Trainer
  • Ayurveda Foundation, SoulWork Facilitator
Allisonโ€™s passion is to help people be 100% in love with themselves. With her background in Exercise Physiology, she blends personal training with the ancient teachings of yoga. She has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and working with one-on-one clients for 7 years.

Her slogan from her company ForbesFitness is: โ€˜Challenge the body. Challenge the mind.โ€™ In her classes not only will you feel physically tested, but mentally and spiritually pushed as well. She currently lives in Charleston, SC mainly working with clients and teaching classes. She is a lead singer in the band LostTribe. On weekends, she loves to volunteer at local animal shelters and leading or participating in beach clean-ups. In 2016, she started traveling the world in search for places to lead mindfulness retreats. She leads retreats and workshops within and outside the United States.

Amy Harrington

Yoga Instructor & Retreat Leader

Certifications:

  • YogaWorks Teacher Training 200-hour
  • YogaWorks Teacher Training 300-hour
  • Yin Yoga Teacher Training, RYT-500

Amy is inspired by the power of the personal and universal ethics laid out in the first two limbs of the eight-limbed path of yoga. The yamas and niyamas clearly define the path of right action and living an authentic and compassionate life which inspires her to live in truth.
Amy believes in yoga because she is a much better wife, mother, and friend when she get the physical, mental, and emotional release that yoga offers. Breathing deeply helps calm and center, reducing reactionary impulses, and practicing ahimsa (non-harming) helps us to be a more compassionate human.

Amy loves inspiring students to explore their physical and mental boundaries by engaging in fun, challenging poses that help them confront their fears and find freedom in their body, mind, and breath. Witnessing students’ personal journeys toward transformation and enlightenment is a privilege and the reason she loves teaching.

Alexa DeRiggs

Yoga Instructor & Retreat Coordinator

Certifications:

  • Loom Yoga 200-Hour Teacher Training
  • Usha Veda 20-Hour Yoga Therapeutic Essentials
In her life, asana practice, and teachings, Alexa uses curiosity & exploration as her guide and empowers her students to do the same. Originally from New York City, Alexa attended university in central NY then in Australia while training to be a PADI scuba diving instructor. After returning to New York City and working in marketing & event management, Alexa knew she wasnโ€™t destined to stay in the city for long. In 2018, she packed her bags and moved to Bequia, a tiny island part of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Throughout her travels, yoga has always remained a constant for Alexa. No words can express the gratitude she feels being able to take time out of her day to unroll her mat, move her body, and simply breathe anywhere in the world. As Jason Crandell says, โ€œyoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.โ€ Itโ€™s a never ending inquiry but the farther you get, youโ€™re able to better interact with the fellow humans that surround you. Alexa teaches energizing & dynamic vinyasa yoga with influence from yoga therapeutics. Witnessing a studentโ€™s exploration and giving them the tools they need to do so is one of the most profound parts of being a yoga teacher. When sheโ€™s not on the mat, Alexa enjoys scuba diving, sailing, boxing, hiking, traveling (25 countries and counting) and has a black belt in tae kwon do. Now, Alexa teaches yoga & assists Lotus Retreats remotely on the sunny island of Bequia.

Autumn Worhle

Yoga Instructor & Social Media Manager

Certifications:

  • 200-Hour E-YRT Invoke Yoga, Indianapolis
Autumnโ€™s passion is authentic, connected communication and guiding others back home to themselves. She believes in every human paving their own unique path, honoring our differences, and inspiring courage through sharing her story of leaving her career in education behind, becoming a yoga teacher, and living for a time in Bali.

Autumn sees and adores the magic of social media and how it can be used to connect kindred souls and share valuable messages to the heartโ€™s of those who are seeking. She finds inspiration through her time in nature, on the ecstatic dance floor, and in authentic relating events.

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