Our Instructors

 Jessica Melkus teaches both the 5:30 PM Monday and the 11:30 AM Thursday yoga classes.

Jessica has been practicing yoga since she fell in love with vinyasa in 2011. Since then she has grown to appreciate many different styles and paces of yoga and the way they can reveal truths hidden within the body. She sees yoga as a path of self-discovery and a beautiful way to cultivate courage and compassion. She has practiced both judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and finds yoga to be the perfect complement to martial arts. Jessica received her 200 hour teaching certification in Mysore, India in 2013 and hopes to do more teacher training in the coming year.

We may periodically have a substitute instructor.  Our current sub list includes: Lisa DeShano, Denise Harder, Helaina Thompson, Dorian Dean, and Caroline Woods.



Helaina Thompson: need updated info re her yoga background.  She substitutes for the Monday 5:30 PM session.

Denise Crouch is a substitute yoga instructor for both the Monday and Thursday sessions.  Denise, an aerobic guru, took her first power yoga class in 2015 and found a new passion. She discovered that yoga did not only need to be meditative and quiet, but in fact, it could be sweaty, difficult and fun. Always a learner, she jumped in to complete her 200-hour training from Bend Yoga (now known as Muddy Feet Yoga) in 2016. Denise has a successful following in her beginner classes which she offers in her home; power yoga classes at the University of Iowa; and yoga in the park offered in the summer months. Denise loves to motivate and bring people to their edge but has a gentle touch and kind heart. She hopes to inspire others to become passionate about themselves and recognize their endless potential. She has transitioned very nicely into the needs of our group for a gentle practice as needed by those of our group in cancer treatment or recovering from treatment and enjoys the very supportive and positive nature of this yoga group.


2 thoughts on “Our Instructors

  1. Wonderful instructors who have tailored their sessions to meet the needs of cancer survivors aged 20 to 80. Please read bios using full screen as minimizing might cut off pertinent text on the right side.

    1. Kathy, I am just posting to check and see how I am identified. If you want only your first name listed, I believe you can change how you identify yourself for log-in.

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