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.
My yoga practice started 8 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!
I teach a variety of classes at 3 different studios in Cedar Rapids and Mount Vernon- Breathing Room Yoga, Toula Yoga and Rolling Hills Yoga. My classes are Hatha yoga based, and include Hatha Flow, Beginner's Yoga, Yoga and Mindfulness, Restorative Yoga, and Yin Yoga.
I most recently, started my own business called "Many Masters Yoga". An avid photographer (nature and yogis) , Boho yoga jewelry designer, and yoga instructor, it has been a super fun start up business!
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.
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.