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Hi, my name is Deb Clark. I opened this yoga studio here in Ankeny, Iowa because of my passion for fitness and teaching.
I’m a born and raised Iowa girl. I participated in high school track and basketball and competed at the Drake Relays and at Vets’ Auditorium. I attended DMACC and Iowa State University and met my future husband in an Iowa corn field while detasseling in the summers.
Then at age 24, on a wintery day 2 weeks before Christmas the unimaginable happened. My car slid onto Highway 69 where I was hit in the drivers’ door by a van. My back was broken, my pelvis crushed. My spleen was ruptured and my bladder burst. My arms and legs had been penetrated by parts from the door.
I spent two and a half months in traction and months of physical therapy. Then one day at therapy my doctor shows up and I asked him “when will I walk normal again.” He told me that I would “never walk without a cane” and the physical therapist said I should just accept it. I walked out that day and never returned.
That day was the beginning of my journey to repair myself both mentally and physically.
After 8 long years I got my first certification as an aerobics instructor and began to lead group workouts on weekends and sometimes after work. I spent many years as a group instructor at Ames Racquet and Fitness Center where they were continuously moving me to larger rooms to accommodate the growing class size.
I am thankful to have met so many wonderful people who have said I inspired them and they in turn have given inspiration to me. There are times when I stumble and fall, but I just pick myself up and keep going.
In my 20 plus years in the fitness industry I have learned that being an instructor is more than just telling the participants to “do what I do” or “do this move or that position.”
It’s more than just leading a class. It should be more than a children’s game of follow the leader.
It’s about teaching the student about why this move or position is important. How their body should feel when done correctly. Where your heart rate should be when performing the activity. Motivation, encouragement and inspiration are also important.
When you become a student of The Yoga Experience you will receive this level of teaching in every class. Whether it’s yoga, Barre, or cardio classes.
And if you think it will just be the same thing over and over again you can forget that. Each class builds on what you’ve learned. Always something new.
If you are looking for a high energy workout, we’ve got it. If you need that time to unwind and reflect we have that too.
If you are a new student in the class you don’t have to worry about being left behind. I will give instruction on what you should be doing. I do this in every class so beginning, intermediate and advanced students know what they should be doing.
I have also learned that the environment is important to the teaching and learning process. That’s why I created a very private, comfortable and inviting studio. This is especially important for the yoga classes because it helps you relax, focus and eliminate stress.
In fact, the doors are locked at the beginning of every class so there are no interruptions. No one peering in the windows or wandering around watching. No clanking of weights or equipment. So I encourage you to arrive on time for class.
So, if you are ready to start your learning experience, I would personally like to invite you to start today.
What do you want to experience?