Wendy believes that incorporating ancient yogic philosophies into managing organizational change has been an integral part in the success of her management style. Change puts employees in a defensive and fearful state. The way in which companies and managers handle these fears is the critical step in successfully implementing new ways to do business. Wendy’s ultimate goal is to create fun, team-oriented environments where people have the opportunity to bring their best to the table and make their team into a stronger part of the organization. Wendy holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership and a Masters in Counseling. She has 20 years experience working in the criminal justice system, 10 of those years as a manager. During this time, she managed the merger of two organizations. Her experience includes the reorganization of positions and personnel, budgeting, and building strong, independent teams. She successfully developed and implemented new concepts to produce work more efficiently, including the development of mobile offices. For her work, Wendy was awarded the 2009 Administrative Office Director’s Award for Excellence in Court Operations, Washington D.C.. As an expert in conceptualizing, strategically planning and implementing new programs, Wendy has been invited to coach and mentor others around the country to support and assist in the successful implementation of organizational changes.
Robb, MBA, 200 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
Tori, 200 Hr Yoga Teacher, Vinyasa Yoga
Tori is a firecracker yoga instructor who infuses passion and joy into her life, as well as her daily practice. Her classes are a dynamic blend of strength, breath, flow, and anatomical awareness that are accessible to all levels and walks of life. Tori believes in the healing capacity of yoga for both the body and the soul, and hopes to use it as an empowering tool for her students. She was proud to earn her 200-hr certification from Primal Yoga founder, Liz Arch, while living in Los Angeles. Since, she has since carried a glowing passion for igniting a sense of self-love and free spiritedness in those around her. Tori also enjoys the beauty of Tai Chi and invigoration of Qi Gong, and loves to incorporate those into her classes as well. Her hope is to help her students peel back the layers which cloud their personal growth to reveal their perfect, shining light at heart-center, all the while developing keen body awareness and self-acceptance. Tori is the mother of three small children who remind her every day to embrace the unique beauty and wonder we possess as individuals, and as a world. Her mission is that every student leaves class feeling renewed, embraced, and empowered.
Tiffany, 200 Hr Yoga Teacher
I do yoga because it is my time to step away from the world and all the craziness swirling around me, and just focus into my mental and physical well-being. When I first began at Om Prana Yoga I was in the second trimester of my first pregnancy, and practiced all the way up to 38 weeks. I was on the cusp of this huge life change that is motherhood, and having a community to come to each week and share our experiences was wonderful. Through yoga I found the strength and endurance needed to bring new life into the world and since that time my practice has continued to grow and evolve. I have built energy for keeping up with my active toddler, and began a study of the philosophy and guiding principles of yoga. I have been able to integrate these principles in my daily life and thus develop my practice off the mat as well. Yoga has really provided a foundation for me to explore not only my physical strength and flexibility but to make meaningful decisions and actions in mine and my family’s life. Tiffany completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Om Prana Yoga and we are so pleased to have her teaching prenatal and regular yoga classes.
Heather, 200 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
Heather started yoga so she could keep running. It has given her so much more! She am learning to live in and respect her body and all the amazing and weird things it can do. Heather has become more acquainted with how the emotions and details of daily life effect the body and how to use movement, breath work, and meditation to bring balance to her life. Yoga has made her calmer, happier, and better able to not let my 9 – 5 drive her energy. Well, she is still working on that one!
On the mat Heather likes to slow down and feel. Most of all she likes to laugh and fun with yoga. Life is stress filled enough without taking ourselves too seriously!
Kathleen is an Om Prana Yoga 200 hour graduate & certified yoga instructor. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years since the birth of her second son. She believes that a regular yoga practice is key to a healthy mind and body, especially in the reduction of stress. Kathleen’s classes mirror her mindful personal practice. There is exploration in your practice in every one of her classes. She holds an MA in adult education, has worked in the education field for many years and has been a step aerobic and water aerobic instructor
Katie’s Pilates journey began at the age of 16; when she began experiencing severe lower back pain while performing with her dance team. Doctors found that three discs in her lower back hat ruptured. She had a choice; surgery or therapy & strength training. It was during this time Katie discovered Pilates. Katie was able to use Pilates to strengthen her core and restore her spine to health. This decision allowed Katie to continue dancing through college. Upon receiving her degree, Katie followed her passion to teach Stott Pilates full time. Katie has been a Pilates instructor for seven years throughout the Des Moines metro area. She is excited to be bringing Stott Pilates to Om Prana Yoga.