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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Student Spotlight: Mary Gillaspey

Greetings, fellow yogis! I’m Mary Gillaspey here. I live in Urbandale with my husband, Dean, and our golden retriever Luke. Our two adult sons are out in the world—Daniel in corporate America, Adam as a chef. Before I retired in 2001, I worked for 15 years at Metro Waste Authority, our local solid waste agency, […]

Student Spotlight: LJ Pollack and Nancy Crowfoot

Hello Yogis!  We are John “LJ” Pollak and Nancy Crowfoot.  We are retired in our 60s. LJ from 3 decades as a nonpartisan bill drafter and administrator for the Iowa Legislature.  Nancy from nearly 40 years as a producer and director of presidential debates, Market to Market, Iowa Press, and other public affairs programming at […]

Student Spotlight: Rachel Regenold

I would have scoffed if you had told me I’d one day enjoy practicing yoga via on-demand video. For me, a big part of the practice of yoga was about going to the studio, setting up my mat and props, and lying back in constructive rest to settle in before a class. I first started […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Kathi Kruidenier

Hello. My name is Kathi Kruidenier and I have been a student of Mary’s since day one – almost 23 years.  I have two great kids, a son and a daughter, and a wonderful daughter-in-law plus a married granddaughter and two grandsons.  I also have four fabulous sisters, a brother, and their families.  I have […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Robert Brammer

Greetings to you who are part of Mary’s community and to anyone thinking about joining Mary’s extraordinary work to foster their physical and mental well-being.  My name is Robert Brammer (nickname Bram). I tune in and attend Mary’s livestreamed Strength & Balance class almost every Wednesday at noon and other times via recording.   I live in Beaverdale with […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Judy McClure

Hello! My name is Judy McClure, and I’m a Midwesterner—born in St. Louis, lived in the four central states until we moved to Cedar Rapids when I was in 4th grade. I attended Iowa State and have been in Des Moines since the mid-1970s. I live in an 1895 late Victorian house in the Sherman […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Dawn Reser

Dawn Reser

My name is Dawn, and I live in West Des Moines with my husband, John. We have two adult children who both live in the DM area. I am a hospital pharmacist at UnityPoint, where I’ve been for more than 25 years. Outside of work, I love being in nature, bicycling, camping, and bird watching. I […]