Serenity Staff

Marcie Evans

Marcie Evans has been promoting health and fitness through lifestyle change since 1998. Her lifetime love of fitness and health has sent her across the United States presenting workshops and teacher training programs. During her experience, she has enjoyed helping students and instructors follow their own personal journey to transform their bodies and minds. Marcie has a Bachelor’s Degree specializing in Structure/Function Anatomy, Kinesiology and Biology from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Health and Sport Studies from the University of Iowa. With 20 years of experience in health promotion and wellness, Marcie has obtained the most valuable certifying credentials in the industry. Marcie is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, a certified Yoga Therapist with IAYT, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance, a Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist (BCES) with the Pink Ribbon Program™, and she is STOTT PILATES® Certified. She also has several special population certifications including: prenatal, postnatal, kids, mommy & infant, seniors, scoliosis, and breast cancer fitness and wellness*. Marcie instructs clients from 14 years old to 90 years young and feels that anyone can practice Yoga and Pilates, given the right tools and using their own personal style. In addition to her certifications and credentials, Marcie has over 2500 hours of teaching experience and has trained over 1000 Yoga and Pilates instructors across the United States. She currently directs the Serenity School of Yoga in Iowa City. Marcie has presented at Mind & Body Fitness Conferences and workshops in San Diego, Dallas, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Boston, and Reston. Marcie has also presented at the University of Iowa’s Core Stability Symposium and the Iowa City Yoga Festival.

John Jadryev

A self described “yoga junkie” John estimates he has participated in well over 1000 yoga classes from over 40 different teachers and that’s what he brings to his classes; a little of this and a little of that, favoring no particular style, yet respecting all within a measured, gentle context offering the opportunity to explore and deepen each asana.

Avory Pierce

Avory received her 200hr yoga certification through the Indigo Studios of the Quad Cities. This certification included an exploration of Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa Krama, Yin Yoga, and Hot Yoga. She continues to increase her knowledge through learning additional styles and variations on the yoga theme, receiving additional training in Bikram, various forms of acroyoga, and Thai massage. Throughout the year, you will find her participating at acroyoga events in both Iowa and Illinois, as well as teaching workshops with her various acro partners. She encourages a beginner’s mindset for each practice, encouraging her students to explore their boundaries mindfully and compassionately. Yoga classes currently consist of some flow, some long holds, exploration of breath, and a savasana/optional guided meditation to end class. Yoga massage is occasionally incorporated into savasana, but is always optional. Avory loves to learn new styles and moves, so if there is something you enjoy or want to work on, bring your ideas/energy to the room. She is excited to learn with you!