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  • Meghan Pflepsen Zender

    Meghan Pflepsen Zender is the owner of Mindful Movement & Wellness. She is certified in a variety of exercise and health modalities and is currently working on her degree in Ayurveda and Integrative health. She has a love for community and healing through movement and a healthy lifestyle. Her favorite part of teaching is getting to know and help so many amazing women to be their best. She strives to create a welcoming and supportive community full of challenging and effective classes.
  • Tessa Wagnild

    My name is Tessa and I am an ACE certified group fitness instructor and a certified Buti Yoga instructor. I was born and raised in Washington state, and love traveling back home to visit my family. I played volleyball and basketball at Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota, and after receiving my Master’s degree, I returned to my alma mater to coach volleyball for 4 seasons before my husband and I moved to Albuquerque in 2012. I am the mother of 3 beautiful and very active girls, and I enjoy coaching them in T-ball, soccer, and basketball in my free time. I also enjoy playing volleyball, hiking and camping with my family, and running 10K races.

    I was so grateful to find Mindful Movement and Wellness shortly after moving. As a stay-at-home mom with a 5-month old baby, this community was truly a “life-saver” for me, and the classes exceeded my expectations in ways that I couldn’t have imagined. Being able to connect with other moms and give my children a chance to be social with other kids, has proved to be just as important to me as the physical fitness aspects I was seeking. I am thrilled to get share my passion for fitness and well-being with other women, moms, and their families.
  • Danielle Verlanic

    My name is Danielle, I have a daughter, Kerrigan, and twin girls, Tatum and Keira, with my husband Jimmy. We were both born and raised in Montana and met in college at Montana State University. We relocated to ABQ by way of Nevada for my husbands surgery residency program. We recently moved back to Montana and could not be happier to be living near family.

    Growing up I was a multi-sport athlete and loved anything outdoors and active. After high school I started running road races. I have participated in 30+ races ranging from 5ks, multiple half marathons, relay races, a century ride, and 2 full marathons.

    I am a PE teacher and spent 6 years teaching high school PE in Las Vegas and Reno Nevada. While teaching I was the head softball coach, head tennis coach, and assisted in the basketball and volleyball programs. I loved coaching and will get back into when Kerrigan starts playing. I have taught fitness classes, swim lessons, run programs, and weight lifting in Montana and Nevada. Most recently I taught elementary PE but now I stay home with my girls.

    I am an AFAA certified group fitness instructor, PLYOGA instructor, and Buti Yoga instructor! I really enjoy teaching boot camp and getting my Buti on!

  • Nichole Gonzales

    Nichole is a certified Buti Yoga instructor and 200 RYT who has a passion for learning and sharing Yoga with others. At her classes, she strives to bring the energy and cultivates an atmosphere that supports you in your quest for health and happiness.
  • Jamie Botteon

    My name is Jamie and I am originally from Connecticut but just moved to Albuquerque! I am a 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher and also certified in Buti Yoga, Deep Buti yoga and am a Certified Group fitness instructor. I believe in healing through movement! I have a strong passion to help others on and off the mat and am currently in nursing school to continue my dream of giving back to others. I am so grateful to be a part of the Mindful Community and am honored to be alongside such strong and powerful women!!!
  • Chloe Delozier

    Hi! I'm Chloe! I am a mom to 3 beautiful girls who have been coming to classes with me here since they were babies! I joined this community 10 years ago and have been teaching here for 2 years now. I am certified in Group Fitness and Buti Yoga.
    I moved here from OR when I was 13 years old. I have a lot of my family still living there and we love to go visit every year! I love cooking, gardening, and getting my hands in the dirt, harvesting homegrown herbs, and making fun beauty products. My mother owns The Herb Store in Nob Hill and I am blessed with the opportunities and knowledge it has provided me and I work there as well. I love to incorporate good health, movement, exercise, and good food into my life as much as possible.

  • Ophelia Bernardino

    Ophelia discovered her passion for yoga when she took her first yoga class in Costa Rica at the age of thirteen. After graduating from the University of Miami, she continued to grow her practice through self-practice and group classes and felt called to complete her 200-hour training in 2016. She is currently completing her 500-hour training at NM School of Yoga. She has been teaching in Santa Fe since she moved to New Mexico in 2017 and is grateful to have found the Mindful community in Albuquerque. Ophelia hopes to spread the love, compassion, and joy that yoga has brought into her life with all of her students.
  • Jennie Pletsch

    Jennie has been a yoga instructor since 2013 but became passionate about the practice for the first time in 2006! Yoga came into her life at a time when she desperately needed and found not only physical benefit but also mental and emotional support from the practice. She is very passionate about sharing space in class to help others deepen their relationship with themselves and support themselves in much the same way she did. Jennie has enjoyed being active all her life and this love led to aerial silks in 2015 ( the circus-style dance with fabric)! In 2016, she discovered where her love of yoga met silks and immediately began the training to teach aerial yoga! She has been a full-time fitness and yoga teacher since 2015 and has training in trauma-informed yoga therapy, acro yoga, restorative yoga, Hatha yoga, and more! In 2019 she traveled to Asia to teach aerial yoga teacher training and aerial yoga workshops and hopes to continue traveling to offer training and retreats in the future!
  • Mary Klein

    Bio coming soon
  • Tanya Snow Lujan

    Bio coming soon