Meet Our Teachers
Stephanie Neighbor Kubik, Owner & Co-Founder
Hello! I’m Stephanie and I’m a former banker who opened a bakery and now a yoga studio! I initially opened my gluten free bakery, Healthy Girl Bakery, in 2013 after “retiring” from our family’s bank, Farmers State Bank. After starting Vella Yoga, I decided to hang up my apron so I could focus more on our yoga studio and community.
I’ve been a health & wellness nut as long as I can remember and have always loved to move in some form. On any given day, you may see me walking the streets of Cedar Rapids or Marion - very far from where you think I should be! I also have a nerdy hobby of reading everything I can on yoga, holistic nutrition, healthy recipes and Ayurveda (the sister science of Yoga), and love sharing my knowledge with others. I'm passionate about helping everyBODY find health wherever you are, it's never too late to start!
I completed my 200 hour Ayurveda training at Kripalu Yoga Institute in 2015. In 2016, I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training with Cloud 9 yoga, and completed an additional 200 hour teacher training with Marsha Nieland at Fusion Studio in 2017. In June, 2018, I completed my 95 hour Holy Yoga Teacher Training.
I share my life with my husband Bryan, my darling daughter Ellie, my two bonus children, Emily & Jayson and our fuzzy four-legged babies, Jack & Pearl.
Cassie Hammarmeister, Co-Founder
I'm Cassie Willits and I am passionate about sharing my love for yoga and over all mind-body wellness with others!
I am a wife, mother, licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher and life long student.
I can say that "I found" yoga in my early twenties but I did not have a devoted practice nor understood what yoga truly was, until years later when yoga FOUND ME. I was awakened through my studying of yoga philosophy and practice and found healing I never new existed. Physically and emotionally. I knew this was something I had to share with others.
I enrolled in and completed the Cloud Nine YTT from Toula Yoga and began sharing my passion for yoga. Guiding people to the light of yoga and the fact that they can, in fact, "do yoga" has been a gift!
Ellie Carver, Yoga Instructor
Bio Coming Soon