Meghan Dowd

Meghan Dowd

Owner/Instructor

Meghan was motivated to bring indoor cycling and hot yoga back home to Fairfield after developing a love for it while living in Los Angeles for six years.

She loves the balance and integration of practicing spin, yoga and TRX strength training – and encourages everyone of all abilities to get moving from where they are and develop cardiovascular endurance, core strength, and flexibility. She believes the aim of fitness is more than just physical – and should lead to empowerment and an overall sense of well-being.

She has practiced yoga extensively at Power Yoga in Santa Monica with Bryan Kest, Anusura at Still Yoga in Silverlake, and at Hot House Yoga in Iowa City. She completed her 200 Hr RYT in March 2011. She has been instructing spin since 2009 and became a certified TRX instructor in 2012. She also draws upon her endurance training as a rower on the crew team at Dartmouth College.

Meghan’s yoga classes offer a blend of challenging and relaxing postures linked through a fun creative flow with an emphasis on breath and alignment. Since opening the studio, Meghan has taught over 2000 hrs of yoga & spin. She has been inspired by everyone who has made Open Space Studio part of their lives and who have seen real benefits in health and fitness. Outside of the studio Meghan spends her time with her family and as a partner in the beverage company, Shaktea Kombucha.

Ronda Whitney

Ronda Whitney

Yoga Instructor

Ronda Whitney, RYT-200, is a native of Fairfield. Her quest to harmonize body, mind, and spirit led her to begin practicing in 2003, after the birth of her fourth child. Wanting to share the positive effects yoga had brought to her life, she began her teacher training in 2006 and began teaching shortly thereafter. Ronda completed her teacher training at Serenity Yoga & Pilates Studio in Iowa City, under the leadership of Marcie Evans.

While her main focus is Vinyasa Flow, she draws from many styles of teachers who have influenced her through the years. Her classes offer both a strenuous physical practice and time to sit and “be”.

Ronda is a promoter of health and fitness through lifestyle change and her sincere hope is to make yoga accessible to everyone in the community.

Andi Palladino

Andi Palladino

Yoga Instructor

Andi began studying yoga in 2009 while enrolled at the Universal College of Healing Arts in Omaha, Nebraska where she received her degree and license in Swedish Massage. In 2011, she received her certification to teach Hatha Yoga from the Omaha School of Yoga and since then has been teaching various styles. Her classes are inspired by other yoga limbs and paths and work to link the body and mind while incorporating such themes as, love, compassion and kindness. She continues to expand her practice and knowledge under the entire tree of yoga and hopes to bring a greater sense of well-being to all her students.

Sheila Higgins

Sheila Higgins

Yoga Instructor

Raised by a family of coaches, educators, and meditators, Sheila is lifelong athlete and spiritual seeker. She is passionate about the field of health and fitness as it relates to personal well-being and finds great joy in teaching and working with people of all ages and physical abilities. Sheila is in her 7th year as a coach and Physical Education teacher for junior high and high school girls at Maharishi School at the ripe at of 24, and is thrilled to begin her journey as a yoga teacher in her hometown of Fairfield, Iowa.

Sheila has been practicing meditation for 18 years and playing sports since she learned how to walk. She began studying yoga in 2008 in the Vinyasa and Anusara traditions and completed her 200-hour certification in July of 2014 with Amy Ippoliti in Boulder, Colorado.

Her mission as a yoga teacher is to provide students with a deep understanding of alignment and empower them to establish a healthy, integrated connection between mind and body through physical movement. She aims to help each and every student find confidence and strength within their own body, a sense of curiosity and play in practice, and a desire for growth and authentic self-expression on and off the mat.

Tanell Pretorius

Tanell Pretorius

Yoga & Fitness Instructor

Tanell Pretorius spent most of her childhood on a game reserve in South Africa. Growing up, she and her dad would go to the gym together, and although she was tall and skinny, Tanell had big dreams of becoming a body builder. At 19, she began a modeling career where she experimented with many different workout and health regimens. It was not until she suffered a serious knee injury that she became fully engulfed in the field of fitness and health. Today, Tanell teaches both CrossFit and Ashtanga yoga. She is also a personal trainer with a large roster of clients in Iowa. She believes that when you are happy and fulfilled, it’s easy to uplift everyone around you. Tanell feels most fulfilled when she is working on her goals and making herself a priority.

Tanell is a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant. Through this system, she is able to help her clients understand their bodies, be more connected to their own particular needs, and develop a lifestyle unique to them. She believes in living an active life and takes her dog, Hercules (a 100 lb Rhodesian Ridgeback!) for walks in the countryside as often as possible. She also enjoys swimming, riding her bike, and daily meditation. Tanell is a health journalist with a column in a regional publication, and spends her free time taking part in courses and certifications to deepen her knowledge in the health and fitness world.