Friendship Yoga

Friendship Yoga
1231 Gilbert Court
Iowa City, IA 52240


About Friendship Yoga


Friendship Yoga was founded in 1993 by Nancy Footner, who began her studies in 1985 at the San Francisco Iyengar Yoga Institute. The Iyengar National Association of the United States sets rigorous and stringent standards for teacher training and certification. (Google IYNAUS for more information about Iyengar Yoga and teacher certification) Nancy and her colleagues Jenn Bowen, and Kirsten Brooks are the only Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers in southeast Iowa. Nancy's continuing education includes ongoing training with Senior Certified Iyengar teachers as well as intensive studies at the Iyengar Institute in India in 1999, 2002, 2004, and 2011. Jenn and Kirsten study on a regular basis with senior certified Iyengar teachers.

Iyengar Yoga is a method of practice and instruction based on the work of the living yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar, who in 65 years of practice and teaching has brought classical yoga into the modern age. His many publications, including Light on Yoga, are considered definitive. Iyengar Yoga is a systematic and dynamic practice, with an emphasis on precise alignment and therapeutics. The classes cover the full range of classical postures and end with quiet relaxation poses. Props and modifications are utilized, allowing access for all ages, body types, and levels of conditioning.

Asana, (yoga poses), the study of the physical body, is an ancient practice, and the aspect of yoga most familiar to the Western world. Yoga postures develop strength, flexibility, balance, and stamina while cultivating discipline, courage, sensitivity, and compassion. All systems of the body are affected: muscular, skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic, and nervous. By diffusing awareness throughout the body, the postures reveal what is habitually unconscious. Over time, and with practice, extraneous tension is released and unhealthy habits dissipate. The stillness of the poses provides an opportunity to focus inwardly on the breath. The close attention of the mind to body and breath enhances concentration, reduces stress, stabilizes the emotions, and allows for a sense of inner peace.

Classes for every body. The atmosphere at Friendship Yoga is calm, supportive and safe. Classes are held in a professional, fully equipped yoga studio. There is ample parking and space for changing clothes.


  "Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life."
B.K.S. Iyengar