The Heat Yoga Team
We practice integrity while we share our passion for the teachings of yoga and the benefits of floating. We embrace the diversity in our community with an open mind and express compassion to those who have stories different than our own. We understand that although our stories may be different, we have the power to transform each person’s life through the experiences that we create during every class and float session. We do this by having pride in the space in which we work, pride the way that we teach our lessons, and pride in the example that we set through our actions. We cultivate an environment in which our participants experience an expansion of consciousness, more joy and a clearer meaning to life.
Meet The Team
Founder & Instructor
Beth Hartman is the owner of Heat Yoga Studio & Spa in Cedar Rapids and North Liberty. She believes in creating a space where diversity is embraced and all may come together to experience oneness through the practice of yoga. She believes that connection with the inner divine can bring unparalleled joy and contentment to our journey through life and that Yama, the first limb of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga is the perfect place to start on that journey. Beth has been teaching yoga for 10 years and believes that although every person’s story is different, yoga has the power to transform each person’s life through its teachings. At Heat Yoga the mission is to provide a wellness oasis where each individual can experience an expansion of consciousness, more joy and a clearer meaning to life.
Amy joined the staff at Heat Yoga in October 2020, at the conclusion of her teacher training with Marsha Neiland and Betsy Rippentrop. Amy's lifelong obsession with endurance sports and movement in nature is what initially drew her to yoga. During teacher training, a workshop by Desiree Rumbaugh and Karen Church on the benefits of joint mobility and yoga for aging bodies deeply influenced Amy. She enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate classes, utilizing joint mobilization movements and gentle flowing sequences in between traditional, foundational yoga asanas. Amy's goal is for clients to leave class feeling alive, refreshed, and empowered.
Outside of the studio, Amy embraces long hikes with her husband of 26 years, spending time with her two adult children, cycling, reading, and friendships. A native of Minnesota, Amy's happy place is cross country skiing through the woods after a fresh snow.
Being fairly new to yoga, Courtney recognized the benefits of this practice, not only physically but mentally and spiritually, too. Wanting to strengthen her personal practice, she completed her 200-hour Yoga & Wholistic Arts Teacher Training program at Heat Yoga Studio and is a Certified Yoga instructor as of May 2020. Yoga has taught Courtney to learn from the past, strengthen herself in the now, and build a future for herself, which inspired her to start teaching at Heat Yoga Studio in May of 2021. For Courtney, yoga is more than just poses and moving, it’s learning about your true authentic self!
While yoga has positively impacted Courtney’s life, her background is in Finance and Accounting. She enjoys being out in nature and active from gardening, hiking or biking. She also loves animals and is a dog mom of one, named Panda. In addition, you may find her traveling and exploring the world or relaxing and enjoying a good book.
Gloria first came to yoga as a way to exercise, but over time, it evolved into a practice not only for the body, but for the spirit and the mind. After she retired from teaching art, to deepen her practice, she attended a 200 hour teacher training at Hot House in Iowa City and started teaching at Heat in 2016. Her practice and teaching style views yoga as a moving meditation, connecting mind, body and breath. She has trained in Ashtanga with Vinjay Kumar in Mysore, India and has completed teacher training in Ashtanga, Yin and Barre.
Her joys in life include her children, Nathan, Laurel, Joaquin and Sofi, her friends, travel, volunteering in the community, walking, biking and salsa dancing.
Hayley began her yoga journey as a child, waking up early and following what was played on cable. Without realizing it, she returned to yoga multiple times throughout her life, typically for stress relief and exercise. In 2020 she began practicing in a studio, searching for a hobby and a style of workout. She soon found that it was more than that, it was a way to find herself mentally and spiritually. Haley decided to further her knowledge and strengthen her practice through Yoga Teacher Training with Hot House Yoga in Coralville, Iowa, for she knew she wanted to become a teacher and help others find what she did.
In 2021, Haley began her yoga teaching journey at Bliss Yoga Studio and soon after at Heat Yoga in North Liberty, IA. Haley is comfortable teaching all levels of vinyasa yoga, strength yoga and slow flow yoga, however, she enjoys teaching beginner classes mostly because she is able to see growth from her students and is able to help in their first steps into the beautiful practice and lifestyle of Yoga.
Hayley is enrolled and plans to graduate from University of Iowa with a Bachelors in Sustainability Science. She hopes to find a career that works well alongside teaching yoga and fills her desires and sense of purpose.
Karsin's love for hot yoga started while on vacation in Colorado. Her friend talked her into attending a class and she quickly got hooked. Once home, she started researching hot yoga studios and found Heat Yoga. Karsin attended classes for several years before joining the team. As a certified exercise instructor having first trained with Les Mils Body Attack & Pump and then Barre, she naturally gravitated towards teaching Strength, Barre and HIIT classes at Heat. She brings her infectious energy and true love of fitness to her classes. Nothing is more rewarding to her than helping someone set, work towards and achieve their fitness goals.
She's a sales woman by day and a fitness fanatic by night. When she isn't working out or teaching classes, Karsin is spending time with her husband and kids.