Kelli Slocum started teaching yoga in 1998. With a background in ballet and dance, she has been teaching for over 35 years. In 2007, Kelli completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste. In 2009, Kelli opened Downward Dog Yoga. Kelli enjoys attending Yoga workshops regularly, taking classes from a wide variety of International presenters, including Baron Baptiste, Dana Trixie Flynn, Seane Corn, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Kino MacGregor, Kathryn Budig and Ana Forrest. Most recently, she attended Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, MA and completed a Teacher Training program with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Yoga Centre in New York City. Kelli is also an International Yoga Teacher with Fit Bodies, Inc. Along with Hannah, Kelli leads the Downward Dog Teacher Training program.
In 2009 Downward Dog Yoga opened on Highway 6 in Coralville. In 2014 Downward Dog Yoga became a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance. In October 2018 Downward Dog Yoga moved to our current location on 5th Street in Coralville.
Hannah's teaching style is creative, unexpected, strong and graceful. She wavers from health-nut to foodie, likes a saucy music playlist, and is a general badass. She trained with Chrissy Carter at YogaWorks in New York City. Expect some Pilates and maybe a few handstands thrown in your yoga practice! Along with Kelli, Hannah leads the Downward Dog Teacher Training program.
My philosophy: Work hard, play hard and smile while you're doing it! I accidentally discovered yoga as a way to find my "old" body after having my third awesome but tiring baby. After much time spent stretching, sweating, and wrestling with funny Sanskrit words and physics-defying contortions, I realized that I actually loved my yoga practice in all its flawed glory. For me, yoga is about struggling and striving, focusing and relaxing, falling and flying. I love to bring mindful focus to every vigorous, liberating and supportive vinyasa flow I practice or teach. When I teach, I try to cultivate a safe space free from judgment but full of challenge with a dash of fun. When I'm not practicing or teaching yoga, I study how bacteria protect themselves from environmental stresses and I enjoy laughing with/at my 3 brilliant, goofy daughters and their out-numbered dad who never gets a word in edgewise.
I began my yoga journey several years ago as an intermittent student and slowly deepened my practice. Once I reached the point of a serious, daily home practice I decided to pursue a 200 hour teacher training course. At the beginning of my training I had no intention of actually teaching, I just wanted to learn more about yoga. However, during the process I discovered that my love and passion for yoga translates well to teaching and that I have been able to inspire my students. One of the most satisfying aspects of teaching yoga is helping those students who don’t think they have the skills or ability to achieve their goals.
My passion for fitness expands wide from yoga practice to marathon and triathlon events. I started teaching fitness classes close to two decades ago. Weight training, spin cycle, Pilates you name it, I love to teach it! I’ve completed dozens of running races and triathlons including Boston marathon and full Ironman distance triathlon. Being an active mom of 4, yoga lets me unwind and reconnect with being mentally present.Born and raised in Iowa, I love being able to give back to my community through fitness.
Lila completed her 200 hour teacher training at Downward Dog Yoga in 2018.
My relationship with yoga first developed as a means to challenge my body. The practice of yoga transformed me to become stronger and more capable to carry me through life. Yoga quickly developed into something that helped me find a more loving and at-peace relationship with my body. I also quickly found benefits for finding peace in my mind in this fast-paced world, if only for an hour a day, or any time coming to the mat. All of this inspired me to complete my teacher training at Downward Dog; and soon after, I was granted the opportunity to share this practice regularly at the studio. I bring my love of music and people to my teaching. What I love about yoga is that it encourages the ability to connect with our selves by feeling empowered in both our physical and mental strength. This practice can even outwardly extend to cultivate community and service to others, however that translates for the student. I always strive to encourage students to come to their mat for whatever reason brings them - yoga is for everyone who wants to practice!