Our Team

Wendy, Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, E-RYT 500,  E-RYT 200, MBA, MA, Reiki Master
bioWendy received the gift of yoga in 2000. That first yoga class allowed her to reconnect with her sense of humor. Each subsequent class brought the ability to bend a little further or hold a stretch a little longer. Wendy found yoga to be physically challenging, but also very rewarding. The more classes she attended, the more she began to notice new accomplishments: better concentration, more patience with people, weight loss and an all-around positive outlook on life. Wendy also began to bring what she learned on her yoga mat into her management style at work every day. After 10 years as a yoga student, Wendy decided to dedicate her life to the teaching of yoga and completed her 200 hour certification at the Dallas Yoga Center. Since then, she has traveled to France, Canada and throughout the United States studying under Anodea Judith, Nischala Joy Devi, Francois Raoult and Judith Hanson Lasater. Wendy is a certified Relax and Renew Trainer and a Level 1 Radiant Child Yoga Teacher.  She has completed her level 1 & 2 training in Usui Reiki Natural Healing System.  Wendy was initiated into the Himalayan Institute in 2016 and since graduated from their 500 Hr Advanced Teacher Training program.  She continues to support the mission and vision of the Himalayan Institute. She was one of the first IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists in the Kansas City area.
Wendy studied under Nischala Joy Devi, former Director of Stress Management for developing the yoga portion of The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease, and co-founded the award-winning Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Wendy completed her studies and became a Yoga for the Heart: Cardiac & Cancer certified yoga teacher. This program is over a 100 hours of study in asana (yoga poses), pranayama (breath work), imagery, meditation, deep relaxation techniques, teaching methodology, anatomy & physiology as it relates directly to cardiac and cancer patients. Wendy has experience working with both cardiac and cancer patients (pre and post op) and enjoys helping them find yoga practices that enhance their healing process.

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)

He initially started doing yoga 14 years ago after experiencing a chronic health problem.  After 18 months of practicing yoga, his good health returned. From there he found a passion for yoga during significant business travel.  He learned that he could do yoga in his hotel room after many hours of sitting on planes, trains, and uncomfortable conference room chairs. This helped him to sleep and feel better without waking up groggy the next morning from the side effect of medications.  Now he practices regularly to manage stress, his aging body, and PTSD.  In his younger days Robb served as a combat medic in the US Army, and afterwards worked on an ambulance as a paramedic.  Robb holds an MBA in Strategic Leadership and has substantial experience working as a leader in healthcare research for over 20 years. He completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training at Om Prana Yoga and visits other studios when traveling.

 

Kathleen, 200 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

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

 

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 10400198_941984072517338_9033702641309982151_nfirst 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!

 

 

Katie-Pilates 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.