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 principal instructor at balanced breath school of yoga. In addition to leading group yoga classes, she is available for private yoga and yoga therapy sessions. She is certified in somatic movement, trauma yoga, and is a registered yoga therapist through the IAYT. She is also a senior faculty member at Sundara Yoga Therapy (Austin, TX); facilitating  trauma-informed training's held throughout North America.
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!
Shanea began her yoga journey by developing a home practice as a means to cope with personal trauma and develop a connection with her body. After a couple years of steady at home practice Shanea felt a strong pull to become certified to teach yoga as a means to help others go within to heal themselves as she had done. She completed her 200hr teacher training at LifeTime Fitness in Des Moines in the spring of 2018 which granted her the experience to teach many types of classes. Shanea’s classes encourage students to develop a strong sense of connection within to leave the mat with a feeling of lightness.
Amy’s mission is to improve the lives of others both mentally and physically through sound healing and yoga instruction. Amy taught elementary music for 10 years before pursuing her yoga teacher certification in Costa Rica and pursuing a career in teaching yoga. Since then, she completed a 95 hour Kids, Toddler, & Teen yoga teacher training and has grown more and more passionate about sharing tools to help adults and children navigate today’s world in a more mindful way.
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 and in 2014 she completed 200 hr certification at balanced breath school of yoga. She is certified in trauma sensitive yoga through Sundara Yoga Therapy (TIYT) and also teaches at the Ankeny Art Center, Ankeny adult education and the YMCA Ankeny.
Angela earned her Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification from balanced breath school of yoga in 2012 and is the founder and former publisher of YogaIowa magazine. She enjoys discovering practices, understandings, and techniques from master teachers while attending yoga conferences and festivals. 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.
Erin began her inner journey with vipassana meditation. She fostered a home practice and earned her RYT from balance yoga lounge and completed trauma sensitive yoga certification with Sundara Yoga Therapy (TIYT). Compassion and curiosity guide her on and off the mat and she enjoys supporting others on their yoga journey.
Jennifer completed the first of many yoga certifications 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 trauma sensitive yoga certified through Sundara Yoga Therapy (TIYT), continues to train in therapeutic yoga, and is a healing touch practitioner apprentice.

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. She is trauma sensitive yoga certified through Sundara Yoga Therapy (TIYT). With a spirit of gratitude, she  shares her love of all things yogic.

Daishin began study of Soto Zen Meditation with his Zen Master in 1994, and did a 15- year apprenticeship with her in central Pennsylvania. He also 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. His work with trauma survivors and those in recovery led him to study Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) and to complete their 300 hour teacher training.
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.
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