Yoga for Gardeners

Hello Spring! Thank you for longer days to play outside and enjoy the fresh air. In addition to warmer weather, many of us are excited to get into our gardens, dig in the fresh dirt, plant new flowers and shrubs, and watch the greens and colors pop out of their slumber to celebrate the sun […]

Taking Yoga Off the Mat

Many of us are introduced to yoga as a physical practice that helps our bodies look and feel good. After a while many of us wonder if there is more to it than what we do on our sticky mat for 30-60 minutes, and of course, there is. The idea of practicing yoga is not […]

The Power of Fun

Last month, I wrote about the importance of finding your tribe and huddling with other women. I was inspired to write this blog post after attending the Women Lead Change conference last October. Catherine Price was a keynote speaker at the event. She is the author of The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive […]

Student Spotlight: Michelle Sommer

Hello!  I’m Michelle Sommer and I live in Adel with my husband of 23 years. We have three adult children.  My stepdaughter, her husband, and their two children live in West Des Moines. My stepson and his new bride live in the Boston area. My daughter, who is engaged to be married, lives in Minneapolis.  […]

The Power of Finding Your Tribe

A few weeks ago, I attended the 2022 Central Iowa Women Lead Change conference. It was a wonderful event filled with inspiring presenters and opportunities to network and connect with other women. Throughout the two days, the speakers touched on various topics including how to build confidence, the power of fun, creating boundaries and joy, […]

Student Spotlight: Sue Jansen

I am Sue Jansen and live in Des Moines with my husband of 40 years and a rescue pup.  I retired from 39 years of teaching special education from preschool to high school. I have had the opportunity to teach and learn from kids on the spectrum, deaf, visually impaired, learning, and behaviorally challenged. To […]

Rest for the Weary

Over the past year, I have been practicing the art of rest and what it means to feel fully rested. Although this may sound like an easy journey, it has been challenging for a seasoned yoga and meditation teacher like me. Over the years, I have placed a lot of self-worth on my ability to […]

Student Spotlight: Terrie Larsen

Hello friends.  My name is Terrie Larsen, and I live in Windsor Heights with my husband of 41 years.  We have three adult children and four grandchildren. I have a degree from Iowa State in Interior design and attended a one-year drafting program at DMACC.  I started my career drafting commercial buildings in an architectural […]

Let Go & Get Grounded

As the autumn winds creep in and the summer glow fades, it seems Mother Nature is once again reminding us to let go instead of holding on. To trust that after a period of rest, new growth will appear. This change in season is an invitation to come inside and pay attention. You may have […]

Student Spotlight: Carol Miller

Hello Yogis! My name is Carol Miller. I work for a local insurance company where I support an amazing team of underwriters who write Surety Bonds. I enjoy riding horse, spending time with family, having lunch with friends, sitting outside and reading a good book, and taking walks. I began practicing yoga with Mary in 2013. […]