Serenity Staff


Marcie Evans has been promoting health and fitness through lifestyle change since 1998. Her lifetime love of fitness and health has sent her across the United States presenting workshops and teacher training programs. During her experience, she has enjoyed helping students and instructors follow their own personal journey to transform their bodies and minds. Marcie has a Bachelor’s Degree specializing in Structure/Function Anatomy, Kinesiology and Biology from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Health and Sport Studies from the University of Iowa. With 20 years of experience in health promotion and wellness, Marcie has obtained the most valuable certifying credentials in the industry. Marcie is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, a certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance, a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (BCES) with the Pink Ribbon Program™, and she is STOTT PILATES® Certified. She also has several special population certifications including: prenatal, postnatal, kids, mommy & infant, seniors, scoliosis, and breast cancer fitness and wellness*. Marcie instructs clients from 14 years old to 90 years young and feels that anyone can practice Yoga and Pilates, given the right tools and using their own personal style. In addition to her certifications and credentials, Marcie has over 2500 hours of teaching experience and has trained over 1000 Yoga and Pilates instructors across the United States. She currently directs the Serenity School of Yoga in Iowa City. Marcie has presented at Mind & Body Fitness Conferences and workshops in San Diego, Dallas, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Boston, and Reston. Marcie has also presented at the University of Iowa’s Core Stability Symposium and the Iowa City Yoga Festival.
A self described "yoga junkie" John estimates he has participated in well over 1000 yoga classes from over 40 different teachers and that's what he brings to his classes; a little of this and a little of that, favoring no particular style, yet respecting all within a measured, gentle context offering the opportunity to explore and deepen each asana.
Mary Pogge began her lifetime interest in fitness and health early, getting hooked on yoga through Lilias on PBS when only 10 years old. She has practiced yoga both with instructors and on her own ever since childhood. When living in Iowa City in the 80s and 90s, she became involved in martial arts, earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do through Jung's Tae Kwon Do of Cedar Rapids. In 1993, her family moved to the Ann Arbor area of Michigan and her years as a stay-home mom, caring for her special needs daughter, brought Pilates into her life. She began teaching at a private studio eight years ago, earning a certification in Stott Pilates through Equilibrium Studios in West Bloomington, Michigan. After moving from the private studio to the Ann Arbor YMCA, she and her daughter made the circle complete, returning to Iowa City. Mary has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Nebraska Wesleyan University and is also a published writer. Good health, good friends, and a commitment to lifelong learning are her ingredients to a good life!
Bri first discovered yoga in 2008 after an injury incurred while pursuing a B.A. in Dance at the University of Kansas. She began her dance training at the early age of three, and found as she grew older that yoga and improvisational movement were much more personally rewarding. She practiced yoga for seven years before deciding to pursue a professional career, and has benefited from all styles of yoga, especially restorative. Bri has also worked as an improvisational dance teacher, adding the element of music to discover how the body can be drawn to various rhythms. With her dance background and interest in the breath-body-movement connection yoga teaches, she likes to create classes that teach traditional yoga postures and breath techniques, while also encouraging free-form movement to discover the hidden and unique voice within all of us.
Megan’s journey with yoga and Pilates began when she started taking classes from her mom back in 2009. Her personal yoga and Pilates practice created a passion for health and wellness and a desire to help individuals find functional ways to move and improve overall health. This passion led Megan to graduate from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Health and Human Physiology and Health Promotion. It also led to furthering her studies within yoga and Pilates to become a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and SCW Certified Pilates Instructor. Full-time, you’ll find Megan teaching health and physical activity skills courses to college students at the University of Iowa. Megan hopes to use her degree, certifications and years of experience to help individuals of all ages and abilities become more in-tune with their body, breath and mind. The classes that Megan teaches are centered around being mindful, finding your breath and moving in a way that works for your body. She hopes her classes leave students feeling better (in mind and body) than when they walked in to class.
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*Please note that Yoga and Pilates do not substitute as a cure or treatment for medical conditions, but they may alleviate symptoms.
Please see your Physician for more information or a recommendation about which exercise is right for you.*