About Us

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Our Philosophy

We believe that by engaging in the practice of yoga, we learn to live in a state of peace, love, harmony, and gratitude. When living in this state of being we are able to share that with those around us – friends, family, neighbors, and even those we are just meeting for the first time. When we live well, we share it. As that state of bliss is shared with others, it has a ripple effect out into the world.

 

When we practice together we cultivate a sense of community and oneness. The practice of yoga in a group environment establishes a sense that we aren’t alone in this world, but really this journey of life is full of friends and people to support us. We hope that by providing a space to practice in together and by offering many types of inclusive classes, that we can grow the yoga community together at Bliss Yoga Studio.

 

Thank you for joining us and we’ll see you on the mat!

Meet the Instructors

Learn a little more about the Bliss instructors and why you will love to practice with them!

Shara Power

Bliss Yoga Owner & 500 RYT Instructor

“Smile Often and see what happens”

Shara started practicing yoga in 2008 as a way to satisfy her need for movement. She has been a dancer all her life and absolutely fell in love with Vinyasa yoga from her first class. Initially it was the movement of Vinyasa yoga that was appealing to her, but what she found was that yoga was so much more than just movement. It opened up new areas inside her—physically, emotionally and mentally— that had never been explored before. She was hooked! Once she had that feeling, Shara realized that she had to teach and hopefully help guide others along this incredible path.  In 2013, Shara completed her 200 hr RYT education through Jane’s House of Yoga in St. Louis, Missouri in the Dynamic Yoga Method. 2016 saw the completion of her 500 hr RYT journey with Shiva Rea, internationally known teacher and creator of the Prana Flow Vinyasa® methodology. Both of these Vinyasa based practices journey into the heart of yoga, the discovery of your true self that is always present. Shara also has an interest in Yin and Restorative styles of yoga and bodywork practices to help cultivate balance in our body and lives. She has studied Yin Yoga with Carole Westerman, Ayurveda with Maria Garre, Anatomy Trains with Tom Myers and The Roll Model Method with Laurie Streff. Shara continues to advance her knowledge and practice in all aspects of yoga and health and wellness as often as she can.  Shara is dedicated to providing yoga classes and teachings that help individuals look past their perceived limitations and expand into their highest potential. The goal for every class is to be challenged physically, mentally and emotionally so that we may transform. Her focus is on the awareness of proper body alignment in the flow, the link between movement and breath and the examination of our habitual mind.

Wednesdays 9:00 am Blissful Flow, 6:00 pm Prana Vinyasa

Thursdays  7:15 pm Blissed Out

Fridays 9:00 am Beginner’s Yoga

Sundays 9:00 am Prana Vinyasa, 7:00 pm Blissed Out

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Private yoga sessions are the perfect way to have an experience that is customized just for you and your unique needs. These sessions are for everyone, no matter where you are on your yoga journey. Shara will meet with you to discuss your objectives for your one on one session. Typical private yoga sessions focus on:
  • injury prevention, injury management or recovery
  • techniques to develop a particular pose
  • stress reduction techniques
  • practice modifications for your body
  • introduction to meditation
Once a focus is developed, Shara will create specific sequences or techniques that address your desires. Private sessions with Shara may include any of the following modalities
  • vinyasa, hatha, yin or restorative yoga
  • alignment assessments
  • breathwork
  • myofascial release techniques
  • meditation
  • thai yoga massage
  • mindfulness techniques

You will leave your session with tools to help you in any yoga class you attend as well as ways to incorporate the essence of yoga outside the yoga studio. Contact Shara at shara@bliss-yogastudio.com to schedule your private yoga session today!

Cost: $75 for 1 session or $150 for 3 sessions

Samantha Kollasch

Samantha Kollasch

Bliss Yoga Owner & 200 E-RYT Instructor

“Positive Mind. Positive Vibes. Positive Life.”

Samantha fell in love with yoga in 2006 and has been a yoga practitioner ever since! It was by suggestion of a great friend that she pursue teaching yoga and it was from that tiny spark that the flame grew and she sought out her 200-RYT.

YogaFit® offered a great program for Samantha to travel around the United States to complete her 200-RYT program and along that journey Samantha was able to deepen her mindfulness and awareness of the gifts yoga can bring to our lives.

More than anything, she enjoys sharing the gift of yoga to those around her and by teaching a variety of classes she gets to practice with many wonderful people. Yoga is more than just the physical practice; it is also a mindset and a dedication to the journey we are all on as well as a way to spread peace in our world. Samantha’s goal is to bring a challenging but inviting practice to her classes so students can truly appreciate the gifts of the body, mind, breath and spirit.

In addition to instructing yoga, Samantha is also a certified personal trainer, a certified health coach, and certified to teach many group fitness classes. She also loves to run in races and triathlons. In her personal training and coaching, Samantha has worked with a vast array of people with a multitude of goals to ranging from improvement of athletic performance, to maintain overall health, and also with individuals with serious medical conditions and limitations. Samantha believes in the philosophy that movement is medicine.

Mondays 6:00 pm Power & Restore, 7:15 pm Bliss Basics

Tuesdays 7:00 am Power & Restore

Thursdays 7:00 am Chakra Flow, 6:00 pm Blissyasa

Saturday 9:00 am Blissyasa

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Private yoga is a great way to find a stronger understanding of your yoga practice, and experience movement tailored to your physical, mental, and emotional needs. These sessions are great for anyone, regardless of how experienced the yoga practice.

  • Go deeper into your practice, receive personal attention, individualized instruction & hands-on assisted stretching.
  • Explore specific areas of interest such as alignment in postures, movement within injuries and post-rehab, meditation, & stress reduction techniques
  • Samantha also specializes in providing yoga opportunities for cancer patients & cancer survivors as well as those with acute or chronic pain & injury.

Cost: $75 for 1 session or $150 for 3 sessions

For inquiries or scheduling, contact Samantha at samantha@bliss-yogastudio.com.

Jillian Hernan Fee

200 RYT Instructor

“Where there is love there is life”  -Gandhi

I began my yoga journey 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.

Tuesdays 7:15 pm Blissyasa

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Ross Katz

200 RYT Instructor

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Gandhi

I began practicing yoga in 2006 at a free class offered at college. I came to yoga practice on a search for healing during my mother’s fight with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. To my surprise, I discovered the power of the practice to cultivate presence and to work meaningfully with difficult situations on the mat and off. Over time, the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of the practice have come to touch every corner of my life. I gained experience in a variety of styles, including Vinyasa Flow, Prana Flow, Jivamukti, Dharma yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, restorative yoga, Anusara, and yoga nidra through my experience at Flow Yoga Center in Washington, DC. While elements of all these styles inform my teaching, Ashtanga yoga has been my “primary” practice since my first led class with Gail Harris in 2008. I was first forced to cultivate an independent practice during a year living in China, and this served as a springboard for my independent Mysore practice, which I cultivated under the guidance of Jen Rene and Michael Joel Hall upon my return. I am certified by Yoga Alliance as a registered yoga teacher at the 200-hour level through the teacher training program at Tapas Yoga Shala. My classes emphasize energetic movement according to the Ashtanga system, but I believe the practice should lead to peace and meet people where they are. All of my classes are all-levels, and all are welcome regardless of background, strength, flexibility, or mobility. Showing up is the most important ability there is.

Mondays 5:30 am Blissyasa

Wednesdays 7:15 pm Bliss Basics

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Joe Rhoades

200 RYT Instructor

I started doing 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.  ​Off the mat he enjoys playing with his son, creating artwork, riding his motorcycle and reading.

Tuesdays 6:00 pm Blissful Flow

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Natalie Johnston

200 RYT Instructor

“The way to develop a calm adult presence is through experiential exercises that increase your ability to restore equilibrium, quickly, and naturally, so you are more likely to experience grace under pressure.” Peter Levine

I am an energetic person committed to helping others improve quality of life through health and wellness. As a physical therapist, I look for ways to help people improve their function with less pain. I was drawn towards yoga for two reasons.

 

The first is that it provides unique physical exercise for strengthening and stretching. This can be done in a variety of ways from gentle yoga to more of a power vinyasa yoga to complement an athlete’s training program. I have found both to be successful in accomplishing strength and flexibility gains.

 

The second reason that attracted me to yoga involved the emphasis on mind and body connection. We are in a society with a lot of anxiety and disease all of which manifest in or exacerbate physical symptoms in our body. We have slowly lost some or more of that mind/body connection. Yoga offers a way to re-connect with our present awareness and what that feels like in our bodies. Yoga provides tools to re-establish a state of equilibrium between brain and body that improves quality of life

Tuesdays 10:00 am Gentle Flow

Sundays 4:00 pm Beginner’s Yoga

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60 minute one on one yoga sessions available at the studio with Natalie Johnston. Natalie has experience working with people recovering from ankle, knee, hip, back, and shoulder injuries.

She has also worked with athletes looking to improve their flexibility or strength for sport specific interests. Private sessions will include an overall assessment for areas of imbalance, weakness, or restriction along with recommended yoga poses to work on those areas.

One session $75 or package of 3 sessions $150.

Contact:
Natsyogatherapy@gmail.com
319-665-2119

Maria Friederichs

200 RYT Instructor

There’s a lot more to being a yoga instructor than just guiding students through a class. It’s about a practice not only with the physical asanas, but a practice of lessons, challenges and balance from the outside world to invert internally. Each student has a story and it’s my journey to help each student learn that story on a deeper level. I offer a place for students to feel safe in their exploration of their self, and to enjoy a practice that goes beyond. I teach so my students feel their own strength within, and to bring that strength to the world with compassion and love. Let’s live in a world of Love starting with YOGA!

I’ve been practicing for over 10 years and yoga has brought more to my life than I ever thought it would.  I originally started my journey unintentionally as the Universe always has a path for us. I had a knee injury from running, and I was looking for an alternative workout to heal and stay fit. I was a student at a Hot Yoga Studio in Las Vegas, NV for 3 years practicing and learning that this Yoga wasn’t just a work out anymore, but a new and exciting community to learn from. I continued my practice in Los Angeles, CA and took my first 200YTT training in 2012. My teacher was incredible and taught us classes in Yoga Therapy, Vinyasa, and the Yoga Sutras. Learning from such an inspiring Guru, I took my practice to another level.
My practice was deeper, my mind expanded and my love for Yoga connected with my whole being. I decided to practice and learn more throughout the years taking different Workshops, and classes to expand my practice even further. In 2016 I started teaching privates helping others to heal from injuries and flexibility.

Currently, I volunteer at a Cancer Support Center in LA, and teach various yoga styles around the world. I thrive on teaching classes to give back to the community and to help inspire fitness and health! Look for my adventurous retreats this 2018!

Mondays 12:00 pm Blissful Flow

Mondays 7:15 pm Bliss Basics

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Kelly Sedlacek

Certified Pilates Teacher

 

“An attitude of gratitude brings great things.”

I was first introduced to Pilates as a health tool to help cope with the many aches, pains, and imbalances I face daily from living with chronic health conditions such as Crohn’s Disease. All It took was one session and I was hooked and instantly knew I wanted to become certified to teach so that I could share this method with others. In January 2016 I completed the Pilates Mat portion of the instructor training program and began teaching. I have since went on to continue my education through countless workshops and further instructor training modules.

I absolutely love getting to introduce the Pilates method of movement to new students. And I love watching students of the Pilates method grow through their own practices. I believe that Pilates is truly met for any and every body and can be adaptable and beneficial to all. As Joseph H Pilates said “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

Whether you practice Pilates movements regularly, or are looking to give it a try for the first time, I’d love to have you join us in class. All classes are all-levels and beginner friendly. See you on the mat!

Tuesdays 10:00 am Beginner’s Pilates

Saturdays 8:00 am Pilates Flow

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Erin Duncan

200 RYT Instructor (July 2017)

 

“The beauty you see in me, is a reflection of you ” Rumi

I began studying yoga in 2006 while living in Los Angeles, California.  A dancer from a very young age I was looking for a way to move more regularly again and find deeper meaning in my life.  In Los Angeles I studied Anusara Yoga; a modern-day Hatha yoga system, that weaves a heart theme, with the breath through postural instructions that are checked in reference to the “Universal Principles of Alignment™”.  Moving back to Iowa in 2010, I began practicing Vinyasa Yoga more regularly and really enjoyed the more fluid movement that I was missing in Anusara.  I enjoy mixing these two styles in my classes, and find they complement each other well.  I started working towards my 200 hour RYT in February of 2017, as a way to commit more fully to my practice. I also started teaching the same month and have been ever since.  I will complete my 200 hours this coming July.  Through my yoga teacher training with YogaFit®   I have found deeper interest in the therapeutic aspects of yoga and am also working towards a certification in Trauma-Sensitive yoga. Off the mat I love spending time with my husband and four year old son, riding bikes, listening to music, and watching all things funny.


Andrew Trout

200 RYT Instructor (June 2017)

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated” Maya Angelou

Andrew began teaching fitness classes in 2012, and had participated in yoga and other classes for many years prior to teaching. After teaching many fitness programs, he began his 200 hour yoga training with YogaFit in 2015 and completed it in 2018. Both the movement and philosophy of yoga really resonate with him. He is grateful to have found yoga, and be able to share yoga with others.

His yoga interests include vinyasa, restorative, yoga Nidra, and trauma-sensitive yoga. He is currently seeking out a certificate in trauma-sensitive yoga through YogaFit. Andrew works full-time as a high school teacher in the Cedar Rapids area teaching English as a second language to immigrants and refugees. He also enjoys reading, singing, and learning languages. He and his partner also love to travel whenever they can.

Nilufer Filiz

200 RYT Instructor In Training

“Anyone can practice. Young people can practice. Old people can practice. Very old people can practice. People who are sick can practice. People who don’t have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people can’t practice yoga.” -Sri Krishna Pattabhi Jois

I began practicing yoga 2x/day (not a typo) 3 years ago and quickly fell in love with it. I used to think yoga was only for the very young and very flexible. I would conjure up images of twisted poses, chanting, and strange music. I could not have been more incorrect! Yoga is beyond accessible to anyone. I found practicing yoga regularly, whether at home or at the local studio helped calm my nerves, relax my mind, and serve immeasurable benefits to my general health and fitness. There is nothing more rewarding to me than simply attending a yoga class.

I found my path with Kelli Slocum, an amazing instructor and a beautiful soul, at Downward Dog in Coralville where I am currently training to complete my 200YTT certification.

Mondays 9:00 am Community Yoga

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Erin Duncan

200 RYT Instructor (July 2017)

 

“The beauty you see in me, is a reflection of you ” Rumi

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