Our Teachers
Voted best yoga studio in Eastern Iowa by KCRG A-list- 2008-2013


We seek to help your practice unfold in the most uplifting and empowering way. Our goal is to honor and support each student, seeing the best in you and to assist you in your experience of finding the highest within yourself.


Our classes will both teach you the basic principles of yoga and move you to a deeper level in your practice. We encourage each student to work at his or her own level, finding a comfortable starting point and moving forward from there.


Marsha Nieland


“Call me Humpty Dumpty ! Yoga helped put me back together again.”

Marsha was damaged goods when she first landed on the yoga mat. Years of fitness classes, running, dance etc. had taken a toll on her body.  She realized she needed to make some changes and so she gave yoga a try. At first she was drawn to yoga for a new way to “workout” and she tolerated the relaxation and meditation portions. As the years passed she learned to value the “work in” component of the practice and soon found a deep sense of wellbeing and healing on many levels. 

Her mission is simple, to help others feel better about themselves and in doing so uplift the world one heart at a time. To be greeted by her warm smile, soothing voice and uplifting presence is a gift she extends to all.  She blends asanas with themes that are applicable to daily life and leaves you feeling empowered , encouraged and inspired. She has the ability to connect with people and create a non-intimidating environment. She is attentive and intune with her students and has a way of making everyone feel comfortable and capable. Her light-hearted style of teaching is fun , refreshing and entertaining.

Over the past 25 years Marsha has had the great priviledge of studying with many inspirational teachers, like John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, & Moses Brown, to name a few. She is the owner of Fusion Studio , was certified through the Anusara School of Yoga and is an E-RYT-500 certified yoga teacher. She is certified to teach meditation through the McLean Meditation Acadamy and is working towards her Primordial Sound Meditation certification with the Chopra Center. Marsha was recently named one of the 10 Women of Influence for 2017 in the Corridor by the Corridor Business Journal. She offers destination yoga retreats, teacher trainings and workshops on a national and international level. Marsha’s mantra is ; Every challenge is a blessing in disguise , a gift that makes us stronger, more conscious and ultimately, more alive.


Bev Nowak


Bev is an Anusara-Inspired™ teacher who has studied yoga for 10 years and has been teaching for over 6 years. She has studied with John Friend, Desiree Rumbaugh, Moses Brown, Betsey Downing , Martin & Jordan Kirk and is in the process of becoming Anusara® certified.

Bev became a serious student when she realized the powerful effect that yoga had in her life on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Her style of teaching and dedication to yoga creates a heart-oriented, light hearted yet challenging atmosphere with a strong emphasis on the principles of alignment. Bev's approach offers loving support, encouraging students to look within and discover their own unique gifts and abilities on and off the mat.


Lisa Hanigan


Lisa has been a lifelong advocate of "physical and mental fitness within reason". But it was the spiritual component that really drew her to yoga. Balance of life commitments are a given, the student will immediately feel comfortable with her attention to needs and level of experience. You should have no qualms attending a session, whether a seasoned veteran or beginning student, she will make you feel welcome. Yoga instructor, mother of four, engineer, wife, lend a strong background to assist you on your yoga journey.

Lisa has taken her training from world-class instructor Marsha Nieland. She has also attended workshops with John Friend, Betsey Downing, Amy Ippoliti, and Martin Kirk.


Carmen Wharton


Carmen has been teaching yoga in the Cedar Rapids area for 10 years. She was introduced to Marsha after having a pacemaker and defibrillator put in 2000 and has been a student of hers every since.  She fell in love with the the breathwork and playfulness of Anusara yoga.

Carmen became Ceritified by Yoga Fit in 2001 and the American Council on Exercise in 2002. She completed the Fusion 200 hour teacher training.  Her teaching experiences include working with runners, athletes, adults and seniors. She has been blessed with the opportunity to study with such inspirational teachers as, Marsha Nieland, Martin Kirk, Desiree Raumbaugh, Moses Brown, Amy Ippoliti and John Friend.  She is a runner, and yoga has been the perfect complement to running.  It improved times and recovery after long runs.  












© 2009 fusion studio
600 3rd Street SE | Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 | 319-364-8085