Central Iowa Yoga Retreat

2020 Central Iowa Yoga Retreat OCTOBER 9, 2021

Each year gardens surprise us even as they ground us. We want the Tenth Annual Central Iowa Yoga Retreat to be like a garden that way. You’ll have time and support for grounding yourself, as well as time to nurture new yoga shapes, teachers and people.

We’ll stay true to our roots of growing community, and still give you time to explore our new location!

Please bring your own yoga mat, straps and blocks. We will not be providing any props this year.  

Please take a look at this schedule and envision your day to ground, grow and bloom!

CIYR Schedule 4.4.2020

Morning Program

We're excited to bring together an eclectic group of unique teachers. Deb Jennings will lead us in a meditative sound bath; you'll have a chance to set intentions with art or writing. We'll break the ice doing AcroYoga with Brent Aronsen and Tiffany Thomas-Killam. It's the newest aspect of adventure education. Finally Haley Niichel will help us expand our edges in an ecstatic dance session. Throw in a little breathwork for inner reach, and we'll flow into lunch and the afternoon sessions. 

Flow & Restore

Yin & Yang--a dynamic flow for the first half of class. Vinyasa Yoga synchronizes movement with breath to develop self-awareness, balance, and harmony. Lindsay will lead a restorative practice the last part of class to help you renew, and soak in a special essential oils savasana at the end of class. Please bring your own straps, blanket and blocks.  

Thai Yoga Massage

This ancient healing practice was born in Thailand and has flourished in North America. You'll have a "hands-on" experience with basic techniques of this therapeutic style of massage. Learn to combine soft tissue manipulation with yoga postures, breathing, and meditation to bring the body into a state of deep relaxation.

Taste of Forest Bathing

Forest bathing boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure and stress hormones, prevents and relieves stress and anxiety, and increases cognitive functioning. Brandy will help you enter a state of embodied awareness, moving through a series of “invitations” to tune into each of your senses, move into a liminal space, and experience resulting wellness benefits. Brandy will lead Forest Bathing at 12:45, 2:15 and 3:45. Please bring clothes that will keep you comfy for this session.

Soma Yoga

Slow, thoughtful, gentle exercises will re-educate the nervous system and allow the release of habitually restricted muscles. This concept will blend with asana to increase mobility and stability for greater ease on and off your mat. Janet will weave in elements of yogic philosophy for a whole person exploration. Please bring 2 blocks, a strap and blanket to this practice.

Strength Yoga

Celebrate just how strong you are, and find areas you'd like to strengthen even more. Check out the strength required for arm balances and inversions from your core, shoulders and arms. Work on integrating the muscles in these areas. Ignite your core and practice using it to find stability in these challenging poses, and the foundation of them all--Tadasana--Mountain Pose. 


Find a chance to really soften into the end of the day with this relaxing session of deep poses supported on blankets and blocks. Poses are held for longer periods of time and gravity helps to renew body and mind. Although this class is slow, it is deep. You must bring two blocks and a blanket or two to enjoy this class.

Yoga Nidra

Just as seeds rest during the Iowa winter, Yoga Nidra practice allows the body to deeply relax into dynamic sleep, while the mind stays alert. Stephie will guide you to the threshold between alpha and theta waves—the knife's edge where the body “sleeps” while the mind is lucid. You must bring two blocks and a blanket or two to enjoy this class.

Sign up for the Central Iowa Yoga Retreat. It’s your best next step!