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Here's a bit more about us

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.

Instructors

Hannah Martin

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.​

Tea Ho

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.

Jillian Hernan

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.  

Joe Rhodes

Joe started practicing yoga as a way to undo all the things playing soccer through college did to his body. He quickly realized it helped undo more than the just the physical. The days he did yoga, not only his body feel better, but his mind was quieter as well. In no time at all he was attending class almost every day. He decided it felt so good that he wished to share that feeling with others. He enrolled in the teacher training program at Yoga One in Charlotte, North Carolina and received his 200 hour certification in power vinyasa yoga. Since then, he has been to workshops of many different styles of yoga. Combining the base learned in teacher training with the workshops, books read, and life experience he hopes his class will help students both on and off the mat.  ​

Jenna Gibbs

As a former Division I college athlete, Jenna has always kept a competitive edge—she enjoys training for marathons, swimming, biking, and teaches cross-fit and Olympic weight lifting.  Jenna began to incorporate yoga after running several marathons and suffering multiple knee and foot injuries during graduate school.  She realized the yoga was a useful tool in injury prevention and enhancing athletic performance.  After a studying abroad in Tamil Nadu, India and discovering ashtanga yoga, she was hooked. Jenna currently teaches gentle vinyasa flow, yoga and meditation, ashtanga primary and secondary series, as well as pre/post-natal yoga classes.  Jenna has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Iowa and a doctoral degree in environmental/occupational health from the University of Washington in Seattle.  She believes that mindful practices like yoga may become a great public health tool for prevention of short and long term illness.  In addition to yoga, her other interests include gardening, meditation, cooking, and painting.  She is a proud mother, wife, and dog lover.

Abby Souder

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! 

Instructors

Joe Baumann

Practicing yoga has impacted my life in ways that continue to surprise me; I continually seek ways to broaden and deepen my understanding of yoga. It is so much more than what happens on the mat. It permeates all facets of my life.  I was first drawn to Yoga from reading about the physical and emotional health benefits that came with a dedicated practice.  I would often stay after class to talk with my teachers and other students about any tips they had to improve my yoga practice. Over time, I was being asked by others for advice.  I wanted to share the joy I found in Yoga and completed my 200 hour RYT training right here at Downward Dog. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to share the passion I’ve found in yoga with you all!​

Trudy Russell

Trudy began practicing yoga soon after turning 50 years old, when her daughter invited her to go along.  Her practice was intermittent at first due to injuries and other life demands, but gradually the benefits, including arthritic pain subsidence, core strength improvement, and the halting of spine shrinkage (It's wonderful not to get shorter as you age!) sold her on yoga for life. After getting hooked on almost daily practice Trudy wanted to help others enhance their fitness and wellness too.  She completed her 200-hour teacher certification with Kelli and Hannah at Downward Dog in 2018.

Melissa Young

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.

Lori Lasansky

Lori grew up taking dance classes, she studied dance in college and taught at a local studio. Later, when her kids were growing up, she experimented with various workouts including aerobics, kickboxing, spin classes, weights and a variety of cardio machines. However, none kept her interest for very long. Then she tried a yoga class and it stuck. Lori loves the unlimited challenge and journey that yoga offers – there is always more, or less depending on what you need. She enjoys studying yoga and the benefits that yoga can bring to everyone. Lori completed her 200-hour teacher training at Downward Dog Yoga in 2019.  As a longtime yogi her passion is evident in her teaching, sharing her knowledge compassion and personal touch.

Miranda Meyer

Miranda completed her 200 hour teacher training at Downward Dog Yoga in 2019.  She has a gentle, encouraging knack as she shares her love for practicing yoga.