Meet Our Teachers!
What sets First Street Yoga apart from yoga at other studios? The answer is our yoga teachers. Collectively our teachers, Jen Zimmerman-Bronder, Ann Fleckenstein, Devon Olberding, and Carol Daly have over 1400 teacher training hours and 14 years of teaching experience. Our teachers are and have been a presence in Mt. Vernon and the broader community teaching at local yoga studios and a variety of other yoga venues in Iowa City, Solon, North Liberty, Cedar Rapids, and nationally/internationally at yoga retreats in Colorado, Costa Rica, and Indonesia. Learn more below … “Yoga Teacher Bios”…
Yoga Teacher Bios:
Devon Olberding: Devon has taught spinning at Elliott’s Uptown Fitness for over five years. She has also taught fitness and dance classes for several years in the Mount Vernon area and specifically Dance Arts Iowa. She is certified in KAY Kids Yoga and TRX and is nearing the completion of her Holistic Nutrition and Health Coach Certification. Devon is passionate about mindful fitness and inspiring people of all ages to live happier, healthier lives.
Jen Zimmerman Bronder, RYT-200: Jen teaches Hatha Yoga which is influenced by two trainings, one in the Anusara Yoga style and the other in the Para Yoga style. Her classes blend the physical poses with breath work and meditation. She continues to expand her knowledge by attending workshops and training that focus on the healing, therapeutic aspects of Yoga.
Ann Fleckenstein, RYT-200: Ann specializes in Hatha Yoga which focuses on physical exercise for flexibility, strength, balance, concentration and relaxation. Breathing techniques and meditation are also part of her class offerings. Ann is a registered yoga teacher and completed her yoga instruction through the California based Cloud Nine Yoga Teacher Training (RYT-200). In addition to the practice of Hatha Yoga, Ann also brings insight and instruction into Patanjali’s eight limb path of Yoga which offers guridelines for “Yoga as an entire lifestyle.” Ann enjoys teaching and learning and being able to bring Yoga to the community in a way that makes Yoga obtainable for all level of students.
Carol Daly, DPT, RYT- 500: Carol grew up in a home where her mom practiced yoga and meditation. Those early experiences influenced her own personal practice of yoga and established yoga as a life-time strategy for health and well-being. Carol completed 200 hour yoga teacher training with Fannie Hungerford in 2015 and an additional 300 hours of teacher training with at the Himalayan Institute in 2018. Carol’s approach to teaching yoga draws from traditional yoga theory and contemporary knowledge of the mind and body to encompass the complete scope of yoga. Carol’s strongest held belief is that yoga is accessible to all who are interested in giving it a try.