meet our instructors!

Our intimate class size gives you unparalleled access to our instructors expertise.  With artful and clear guidance, our instructors ensure a safe and gratifying experience.   Instruction based on study, experience, years of training, practice and real life lessons.

Sarah Driscoll   Sarah has been practicing yoga and meditation since college. "With the help of yoga, I found that I could focus better and sit still longer in class." Sarah studied with James Miller in 2011 and started teaching out of her home later that year. Breathing Room Yoga opened in Downtown Cedar Rapids, May 2016. Sarah's mission is to make yoga accessible to all. "I want to take yoga to the streets and show everyone that they can do it and their lives will be better for it."

Sarah Driscoll

Sarah has been practicing yoga and meditation since college. "With the help of yoga, I found that I could focus better and sit still longer in class." Sarah studied with James Miller in 2011 and started teaching out of her home later that year. Breathing Room Yoga opened in Downtown Cedar Rapids, May 2016. Sarah's mission is to make yoga accessible to all. "I want to take yoga to the streets and show everyone that they can do it and their lives will be better for it."

Ann Fleckenstien

My yoga practice started 10 years ago- invited by a good friend to attend a yoga class, I wasn't sure what I had signed up for, but was super excited after my first hour in practice and I was "all in".  The classes I attended really encompassed the full philosophy of yoga, and that resonated with me. 

 In the summer of 2015, I took a deep dive into studying yoga.    Colleen Yee and Rolf Gates were my inspiration and I started learning more about all 8 limbs of this ancient, beautiful, time tested practice.   In the winter of 2016,  Andrea Parks, a long time friend, and someone I consider family and an inspiration, asked me if I would like to do a 200 YTT.   The timing was perfect, and with the noted enthusiasm on my part, my family and friends gave me the support I needed to start my training.  I graduated as a Cloud Nine Yoga Teacher in July of 2016 under the careful instruction of both Andrea Parks and Erin McGuire.  I also had the most amazing benefit of being mentored by both Sarah Cram Driscoll and Maria Dummermuth during my time in training. Cloud Nine Yoga is new to Iowa and based out of California with studios located in the western United State and Hawaii.  Erika Faith is the founder and she is an amazing soul!  

On a more personal note, I am the very proud mother of 2 amazing and creative children- Julian and Grace.  We are a close knit group of 3 that love to create, cook, travel, and just hang together.

 

Lindsey Flannery

Lindsey Flannery

 

Ken Appleby  Ken teaches how Ken lives, from the heart, authentically and compassionately. Ken discovered yoga and dove in head first. By the time Ken reached the one year anniversary of personal practice Ken was a registered teacher touching the lives of others on the yoga path. Ken coordinated and teaches the Trans and Queer Community classes at the Breathing Room along with community classes at Life Connections. Ken also manages Camp Bow Wow, fosters and adopts dogs and animals in need. Ken loves being outdoors, kayaking, camping gardening, traveling and seeing live music with wife Reegan.

Ken Appleby

Ken teaches how Ken lives, from the heart, authentically and compassionately. Ken discovered yoga and dove in head first. By the time Ken reached the one year anniversary of personal practice Ken was a registered teacher touching the lives of others on the yoga path. Ken coordinated and teaches the Trans and Queer Community classes at the Breathing Room along with community classes at Life Connections. Ken also manages Camp Bow Wow, fosters and adopts dogs and animals in need. Ken loves being outdoors, kayaking, camping gardening, traveling and seeing live music with wife Reegan.

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Darcy LeFevre

Darcy began teaching in 2005 after completing her 200-hour certification with Jimmy Barkan. Since then she has trained to teach Vinyasa yoga, mat Pilates, and Yin yoga. You can expect a class suited to your body, whether you need a pose to be less intense or more challenging. You can also expect, even after all these years, that she will mix up left and right at least once per class, but she doesn’t mind if you let her know.She lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband, two children, and a couple of cats. The kids and kitties make practicing at home extra challenging, so you are likely to see her in class, because yoga helps to keep her (mostly) sane.

Donna Heyvaert  Donn began her journey in meditation in 2010 by attending a 10-Day Silent Meditation practice known as Vipassana. Since then, Donna became a 200 hour certified Yoga Instructor and has taught yoga continuously since 2011. She has attended Mindfulness Meditation courses and participates in group sits.  She encourages participants to come with an openness to continue this journey together. Meditation is a journey, not a destination

Donna Heyvaert

Donn began her journey in meditation in 2010 by attending a 10-Day Silent Meditation practice known as Vipassana. Since then, Donna became a 200 hour certified Yoga Instructor and has taught yoga continuously since 2011. She has attended Mindfulness Meditation courses and participates in group sits.

She encourages participants to come with an openness to continue this journey together. Meditation is a journey, not a destination