Yoga has been a part of my life for over 17 years, my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and mindful, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to be more present and thankful for all the amazing things our bodies do for us.
As a former athlete, yoga was first more of a workout. I started when I was seven months pregnant and couldn’t run at that time. At first I really enjoyed the physical aspects of the movements during class but as time moved on I was able to understand and enjoy all aspects of yoga and the changes it made for me off the mat in my daily life. Incorporating the breath work, learning to enjoy the restorative poses, and slowing down life a bit while being in the present moment.
I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Cloud Nine Yoga in December of 2017.
Teaching in a variety of different places, working with college athletes, recreation centers, and
Brick House Yoga studio. My classes combine creative sequencing, stretching, vinyasa, core,
and relaxing poses. I will always be a student of the practice and hope to help others step off
the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Andrea Franz Parks
“I want to inspire everyone who crosses my path to become more of themselves, for them to step into their unique, natural state of presence, power, and peace.”
I’m a mother of three daughters, former high school German teacher, & coach. I’ve continued my love of teaching but changed subjects to yoga and meditation. I’m on staff as part time faculty at Coe College with my always popular Relaxation and Stress Reduction class and teach yoga & mindfulness at many business,hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and yoga studios. I’m also a Reiki Master Teacher and an Urban Monk trained Qi Gong teacher. I’m the owner of Toula Family Yoga in Cedar Rapids and extremely excited about being part of Brick House Yoga in Mount Vernon where I live and my kids go to school. Beyond my regular yoga trainings I have specialized training in adaptive yoga, prenatal yoga, baby and me yoga and kids yoga.
I plan and lead yoga retreats locally, nationally and internationally. I’m passionate about making yoga and mindfulness accessible to people of all ages and abilities helping to improve physical and mental health in a gentle, non-competitive way.
I hope to get to meet you soon!
Yoga has brought me so much inner peace and self confidence that I felt I needed to become an instructor so that I could share these experiences with others.
I was diagnosed with Stargardts (a rare eye disease) at the age of 30, a year after the birth of my first child. I would later give birth to two more children. With each pregnancy I gained more weight than the average mother to be would normally gain. I struggled with an eating disorder most of my teenage years into adulthood and motherhood. I never had self esteem, care for my appearance, nor could I figure out my purpose in this life of mine.
A few years ago as my marriage was ending and I didn’t know what my future would look like, Yoga came into my life. I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for finding yoga and finding inner peace. The focus of my class is fun and laughter, where many times, the jokes are at my expense. I take Yoga very seriously; Myself, not so much.
My mission is to help others find their inner warrior and be able to laugh at themselves at the same time in doing so. I believe we have to be able to laugh at ourselves. I also believe we have to learn how to happily pick ourselves back up after we have fallen.
Please join me for a yoga class….let’s stretch, laugh, and continue to grow in a world together.
I began practicing yoga for the mental health benefits and became a yoga instructor in order to share these amazing benefits with others. I received my 200-hour certification from Cloud Nine Yoga School Midwest at Toula Yoga in 2017. I am inspired by the potential that a regular yoga practice has for impacting so many areas of life. In fact, it was my yoga training that motivated me to begin crafting as a career, to share my crafting with others, and to regularly explore the intersection of yoga and creativity.
I have been practicing yoga for more than 15 years, but I didn't have a dedicated regular practice until Buti yoga found me in 2017.
I fell in love with this movement style that incorporated yoga, music, and dance—all things that had been a part of my life for many years. The more I practiced Buti, the more I felt the energetic shift that it brought, transforming me from the inside out, helping me find a place of self love that had eluded me for a long time.
I became certified to teach Buti in April of 2018, and I am passionate about showing others the amazing effect that spiraling motions, primal movements, shaking, and pulsing can have when incorporated into traditional asanas.
As I continued my journey into energy work, I also became certified as a Reiki practitioner and love incorporating the two.
When I'm not unblocking chakras, I am working my day job (freelance graphic design), cuddling my three children, meditating, or in the garden. I'd love to see you soon for some spiraling, some shaking, and most of all, some release!