Hello! Thanks for taking the time to read about our teachers. The vision for Toula is a yoga studio dedicated to offering yoga to the whole family. Toula means "divine light" in Greek. (Just watch, or watch the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and see for yourself!) Yoga has been a light in my life! Just getting on my mat and moving my body mindfully, and using my breath as my guide helps me see clearer when things get dark, confusing and twisty in life. It's a way to connect back to my true self despite any distractions that might come my way. Our intention at Toula Yoga Studio is to open up the practice of yoga to more people; all 8 limbs of yoga which also includes focus and meditation.
Toula Yoga studio offers quality instruction for individuals of all ages and abilities to develop strong, healthy bodies; calm, content minds; and receptive, open hearted spirits, which will help them become fully present in their lives and the world around them. I've been doing yoga since 1999 while living in Dubuque, IA, where I was a High School German teacher & coach, and in graduate school. I still hold an Iowa teaching license and you might catch me subbing once in awhile in many of the school districts in the Cedar Rapids/Mount Vernon area. Yoga was a life changer for me and gave me the courage to create a completely different life for myself. I moved back to Cedar Rapids, where I grew up, in 2002 and have been caring for my three daughters full time ever since.
Deciding to do something for myself, I found Marsha Nieland in 2004 and started to immerse myself in every yoga class, workshop and training I could. Marsha has also led me to many other wonderful yoga teachers and I've been lucky enough to have accumulated over a thousand hours of formal classes, workshops and trainings; plus hundreds of self-directed yoga studies. But who's counting! This is just the beginning! Marsha is my main teacher and I've also studied with Mathew Sanford (Adaptive Yoga), Dana Robinson (prenatal & baby/tots yoga), John Friend (Anusara & Sridaiva), Moses Brown (Philosophy & Therapeutics), Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, Martin Kirk (Anatomy), and many others. I'm a licensed teacher through The Anusara School of Hatha Yoga and have been teaching public yoga classes since 2008. I specialize in private & corporate lessons and have taught at many businessses including Cargil, Lil' Drug, VanMeter, Raining Rose, and Schneider Electric. I've designed classes especially for people over age 60, Men Only, Athletes, Kids and Expectant mothers. I'm happy I found yoga and its benefits when I was in my 20's, but I would have loved to have found it even younger! I aspire to lead the youngest and the oldest, and the most "non-traditional" students into the healthy habit of a regular yoga practice. Namaste.
I have tried various styles of Hatha yoga over the years before finding "seriously fun" Anusara yoga. The principals of alignment to enhance poses and the playful attitude resonate strongly with me. Taking what I learn on the mat through my own practice has enriched my life off the mat; physically, mentally, and spiritually and I want to share that experience with others. I graduated from Marsha Nieland's Teacher Training Program in January 2010. I have participated in workshops with John Friend, Martin Kirk, Moses Brown, Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, and Betsey Downing. I am also a RYT 200+ through Yoga Alliance. I encourage my students to have fun and experience the joy in their own yoga practice.
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 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. My classes are Hatha yoga based, and include Hatha Flow, Beginner's Yoga, Yoga and Mindfulness, Restorative Yoga, and Yin Yoga. Excited to announce that "Bed Head" yoga is back- 6am on Wednesday mornings at Rolling Hills! I love morning time- always up early to rejoice in the quietest part of the day.
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 that love to create, cook, travel, and just hang together.
The minute I dipped my toes into the world of yoga with beginner classes I was hooked! In 2017 I completed my training to become an RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor through the Cloud Nine Yoga School in Iowa at Toula. My passion is teaching Hatha style yoga in a relaxed atmosphere so that all feel welcome and safe to appreciate and enjoy the physical, mental, and most importantly the spiritual benefits the practice of yoga brings to each individual.
Like many people, I wish I would have discovered yoga much earlier in life, but I am fortunate to experience the benefits of it now. I work with the breath, proper alignment, and weave inspirational themes and positive messages into my Vinyasa Flow class while incorporating a sense of humor and fun. My training consists of three yoga immersion courses and a 200 hour Anusara teacher training.
With a practice spanning 20 years, Ellen Huerter has been teaching for almost half of that time, as A Yoga Alliance Registered 200 hr teacher, Registered Relax and Renew Trainer as taught by Dr. Judith Hanson Lasater, Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing Practitioner, and Reiki Healer. She is currently on her way to becoming a Certified Life Coach, to share the art of true relaxation, “a state where there is no movement, no effort, and the mind is quiet
ERYT-500 teaches Kundalini yoga at Toula Yoga in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has taught yoga extensively worldwide for nearly a decade. She is a Cloud Nine Yoga Teacher Trainer. With a passion for being a Soul on Fire and lighting up people's lives, her programs show others how to reach beyond their perceived limitations and into unlimited possibilities. Her work as a spiritual navigation coach has led thousands of people from fear to living their purpose. With a degree in psychology from Coe College, she is a reiki master, theta clearer (clearing beliefs in the subconscious mind) and soon to be author.
Heather English began practicing yoga for the mental health benefits and became a yoga instructor in order to share these amazing benefits with others. She received her 200-hour certification from Cloud Nine Yoga School Midwest at Toula Yoga in 2017. Heather is inspired by the potential that a regular yoga practice has for impacting so many areas of life. In fact, it was her yoga training that motivated her to begin crafting as a career, to share her crafting with others, and to regularly explore the intersection of yoga and creativity.
Five years ago I was discussing a recent injury with a friend and she suggested yoga. I attended a class with her and the teacher was amazing. I was hooked! Yoga has not only eased my physical pain and increased my flexibility but has given me an emotional health boost! In 2017 I graduated from Cloud Nine Yoga Teacher Training with 200 hours RYT. My passion is Hatha style yoga. My mission is to help you unite your body, mind and breath for a relaxing experience.
Yoga is integrative wellness that allows students to practice connection with their mind and body. I share my passion with many students to help them gain flexibility and mobility again. I'm very passionate about finding beauty and art in exercise. I am active in pursuing aerial silk and deepening my practice of life with prayer.
As a long time student of yoga it was the physical practice that brought me here but it is the mental and spiritual practice that keeps me here. With a desire to grow and share I completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training through Power Life Yoga, studied MBSR, Children's Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. Yoga gives me more LIFE on and off my mat that I crave. I have found a passion deep down inside that I can't wait to share with you!
At first, in my early 20s, I was guilty of the sweat=effort misconception. After knee surgery, I really began seeing yoga practice in three dimensions: using it for pain management- for life management; learning to be patient with a limited me; constantly assessing whether it was ego or therapy leading me to to push or pull back. Five years later, I see the therapy in touch, trust and resetting the perceived limitations of our capabilities. I believe wholeheartedly we are #bettertogether. I earned my 200hr +100hr yoga therapy from Santhosh Kumar of Yogadarshanam in Mysore, India. I completed my 200hr AcroYoga training with AcroYoga Montreal. I am an ERYT-200 and Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance. I've written the curriculum for and lead my teacher training program in Busan, Korea annually. I am a lover of eggs on pizza and waterfalls. Yes, I will go chasin'!
Raelene Newton (Swore) is a native of Cedar Rapids, although she has lived and traveled all over. She is a mother of two, wife, daughter and sister to many. She has an expansive family and always says she was, "raised by a pack of hippies." She has studied herbal medicine gaining a Certificate in Western Herbalism, studied at The New York Botanical Garden received a Horticulturist Certificate, and obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Mount Mercy University. She most recently graduated from Cloud Nine Yoga Teacher Training with her 200 hour-RYT. She teaches Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, enjoys challenging her students and engaging their minds. She hopes to share the mat with you and that you leave with fat heart.
With parents who offered the right environment, Sayde began practicing yoga at age 12. She has practiced in the mountains, in the ocean, on the prairie and on airplanes, and with teachers whom she met along the way. Sayde holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Iowa and is currently working on her MS in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University. She began teaching in Iowa in January 2001. From general adult classes the demand spread to prenatal, with baby, kid's and more. May you come to be a part of the interconnectedness that is Soundness With Sayde.
I began practicing yoga in 2009 and received my 200-hour certification in July of 2016 from Cloud Nine Yoga School at Toula. I balance my body and mind through yoga and love to share and teach these benefits with my students. I have found that a regular yoga practice brings a sense of grounding and peace to life. I hope to share the many benefits of yoga with others looking for balance too.
I have been practicing yoga for many years. I decided I wanted to deepen my practice and my understanding of yoga, so I signed up and did my 200-hour training in July 2016 with Cloud Nine Yoga. During my training I studied Hatha yoga and I enjoy teaching slow flow yoga. I believe yoga is a never ending "improving your life" journey. It has certainly had that effect on my life. My classes will improve your mind, body and spirit.
In search of a workout to compliment running, yoga was suggested and after one class, I was hooked! With a dance background, the flow of vinyasa was very natural, but the idea of working to explore the mind, body and spirit connection was new and quite a challenge! I love all there is to know about the body's mechanics and have a degree in health sciences so yoga teacher training drew me in easily. I completed my 200 hour certified yoga teacher training at Corepower in 2010. During my yoga journey I ran across many pregnant mamas, myself included, and felt there was much more to know about the woman's body during this time of change and growth and wanted to explore more. In 2013 completed Blooma's Prenatal Yoga teacher training and Birth Doula training in Minneapolis, MN. My passion for teaching and alignment is a full body experience; beginning with yourself, nurturing and loving you first and embracing all the changes that life may bring. Prenatal yoga offers this wonderful mind, body, spiritual AND baby connection. It is an honor to be a part of the mama's journey into mother hood! Come visit me with baby on board or after baby arrives in a Baby and Me Yoga class. I love watching little ones grow!