Warm hugs to our Central Iowa Yoga instructors
Check out these amazing folks as you find ways to stay healthy, active and sane!
Each teacher brings depth of experience and training to their sessions. Some favorites return from past retreats, and fresh faces and classes are here for you to explore.
Connect with our stellar team of yoga teachers; they will make you bloom!
WELCOME & INTROS & FOREST BATHING
Martha started practicing yoga in 1988, but got serious in 2010, and completed 200RYT in 2014. Regular practice and teaching keeps her fit physically, mentally and spiritually. Martha is also an experienced adventure educator, and includes kayaking and hiking as favorite activities! She encourages connection with the earth, & weaves stories, poetry, and philosophy into her teaching.
Ben radiates good vibes, and creates opportunities for everyone to experience yoga. Always an athlete, Ben first explored yoga as a student at UNI, and turned again to yoga to get through a rough spot in his life. It’s not that easy to find Ben because he really is rarely still, but look for him teaching all over Iowa. Check out his new and vibrant studio–The Spot on 6th!
FLOW & RESTORE
Lindsay was drawn to Yoga as a way to focus on mental and physical health. She teaches a variety of flows and works to empower others to live the life they deserve. She is interested in deepening their practice, as well as finding happiness inside. The mission of Yoga & Co. is to provide a safe space to come as you are, take what you need and spread the good energy the world needs.
THAI YOGA MASSAGE
…boss lady at Des Moines Massage + Yoga. Certified in a number of disciplines, Bridget is well known for her in-depth approach to bodywork and yoga. With a sincere playfulness, she weaves principals of yoga into her teaching. Bridget dives deep into relationships and the community.
Raised in West Des Moines, Jenny is a lawyer by day and yogini by night. It was at a studio in North Dakota that Jenny fell in love with yoga. Excited to share her love for yoga, she earned her 200 RYT certification in 2015. Jenny’s been busy; she had a baby last spring and opened her own yoga studio early this year!
It’s Sheng’s year—in the Chinese Zodiac the Rat is skillful and successful, and content with a peaceful life. Sheng inspires with strength and optimism. Sheng believes yoga is 99% practice, 1% theory. Sheng explored yoga first to become more flexible, but stuck with the practice because it felt so amazing.
Shelly bathes her young family in the outdoors, exploring new places all the time. As part of Next Step, she gets people outside in so many ways! Shelly taught middle school, and developed the Mindfulness & Movement Activity cards to help teachers bring focus and connection into their classrooms.
A professor in his “day job,” Joseph has found teaching yoga for the last 25 years to be a great “body supplement” to the mind work he does at school. For more than 10 years, Joseph has taught vigorous and challenging classes with some humor to move things along. He is the teacher who first brought restoratives to Shakti Yoga Shop.
Named “acharya,” a teacher of wisdom, Stephie wants “people to remember to stop and breathe. I want them to have a sense of self-awareness and connection with their bodies.” Stephie has completed more than 700 hours of training at Kripalu in Massachusetts, and recently added trauma-sensitive yoga to her tool kit. She currently teaches at studios in the Des Moines area, including Power Life Yoga.
With a balance of creativity and strategy, Robin Wasteney knows how to solve problems. Robin is a graduate of Iowa State University, and continues to mentor students with the Art Directors Association of Iowa. Outside of her work in graphic arts, Robin is an avid cyclist and yoga practitioner and teacher.