our team at băl'•ance yoga lounge


Our instructors have practiced and studied yoga around the country- and the world. We offer yoga for every body at balance yoga lounge in Ankeny.

Sandy is a pharmacist and owner of balance yoga lounge and balanced breath school of yoga. In addition to leading group yoga classes, she is available to work with individuals in search of health through the unifying energy of yoga and mind-body healing. Sandy earned the designation of C-IAYT (certified yoga therapist) through the International Assoc of Yoga Therapists in July 2016.
Jamey Cox is a second generation yoga practitioner whose love for yoga began in 2000. In 2015 she graduated from the Integrative Yoga Therapy 200-hour teacher training at the lounge. As a former Ironman athlete, Jamey has a unique perspective to offer her students. She hopes to help others recognize the healing benefits of yoga at the physical, emotional and spiritual planes. She is also certified to lead Yin yoga classes.
Annette has three passions, family, sharing yoga, and the visual arts. She taught public school art in Minnesota and Iowa for 30 years, most of that time in Ankeny. In 2000, one of her four sons introduced her to yoga. She attended Sandy Eimer’s classes and after retiring in 2005, trained with YogaFit®. In 2014 she earned her 200 hour certification at balanced breath school of yoga. She also teaches at the Ankeny Art Center, Ankeny adult education and the YMCA Ankeny.
Mother of two and avid lifter, Ashley discovered yoga just a few years ago. What started as a way to stretch her body after workouts, has turned into a way of life. She currently is a RYT200 and is working towards her RYT500. Ashley truly believes yoga is for every body - that everyone can find strength, playfulness and peace on the mat.
Daishin began study of Soto Zen Meditation with his Zen Master in 1994, and undertook a 15- year apprenticeship with her in central Pennsylvania from 1998 until 2013. He studied under Zen Masters in Japan and with Thich Nhat Hanh in France. Daishin found yoga an awesome complement to Zen meditation, and completed his 200RYT at Yogaville in 2012. He now studies Trauma Sensitive Yoga and is in the process of certification. He lives in Ames with his wife and son.
Patty Van Meter’s yoga practice began in 1995 after experiencing yoga nidra. She is certified in YogaFit®, and completed her RYT500 in 2014. She is currently working towards healing touch practitioner certification. Patty is passionate about empowering yogi's to create a personalized practice from within that leads to balance and well-being. Through yoga, Patty has found boundless strength and joy as well as a genuine love for teaching!
Jodey has been practicing yoga since 2007 and completed her 200 hour training at the yoga lounge. Her journey on the mat led to additional certifications in power, yin and vinyasa. When Jodey isn’t busy planning her next yoga adventure she is available for private and small group instruction.
Angela graduated from balanced breath school of yoga's first 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2012. For the past five years, she has also taught weekly classes at the Ankeny YMCA. Her classes are yin and vinyasa-based with strong emphasis on alignment. She has attended numerous trainings and workshops by admired teachers such as Jim Bennitt, Max Strom, Mas Vidal, Tao Porchon-Lynch, Andrey Lappa and Mara Healy. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes, and hopes to impart nuggets of yogic wisdom along the way.

Mary Frein is a graduate of balanced breath school of yoga. What began as a search for balance in her personal life has turned into a quest for mindfulness on the mat and in daily living. With a spirit of gratitude, she looks forward to sharing her love of all things yogic.

Tanya Allison began practicing yoga in 2003. In April 2016, she graduated from the Integrative Yoga Therapy 200-hour teacher training at the lounge. She became interested in yoga because it allowed her to respond to stress in a healthy and adaptive way. She currently also teaches beginning yoga classes at her workplace as part of their corporate employee wellness program.
Dennice has been teaching fitness classes for many years. After becoming certified in teaching Pilates in 2002, she sampled yoga and completed Level I certification through YogaFit in 2009. Dennice currently leads yogalates classes at the lounge; stirring together the perfect blend of two passions. She enjoys reading about the rich history of yoga and learning from other yoga instructors and students to expand her knowledge of the ancient art. 
Jennifer Younk has been practicing yoga since 2002, and completed her 200-hour teacher training through YogaFit® in 2006. She enjoys empowering her students through self-discovery, and has unearthed many ‘pearls of wisdom’ from her teachers, as well has her students. Jennifer is continuing her training in therapeutic yoga, and is currently a healing touch practitioner apprentice.
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