There is a hotspot of yoga in the northwest Iowa town of Okoboji, with three yoga studios nearly stacked on top of each other, relatively speaking — they’re within a 50-mile radius. These include Yoga Okoboji, The Studio Yoga and Barre in Okoboji and The Studio’s second location in Spencer, a town about 20 miles south. You have to travel as far east as Algona, as far south as La Mars or across state lines to Worthington, Minnesota to encounter any other yoga studios. But as I said, yoga is happening.
Though 77 percent of Iowans are Christian, the idea of connecting Christ with yoga is relatively novel in a state where most yoga is taught from a secular perspective. Teachers in Newton, Cedar Rapids and Sioux City now teach Bible-focused classes at affordable rates.