Welcome to Half Moon Yoga!
We wanted to create a yoga studio in Council Bluffs that comes from the heart and welcomes students of all levels; from beginners to experienced!
Half Moon is committed to providing properly trained and certified teachers, who have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide a solid and well rounded yoga experience to students. We are committed to providing opportunities to meet the needs of all our students, regardless of ability, and to navigate the journey of healing, opening, and connecting to what yoga can offer.
Half Moon Yoga is a cozy, comforting space, free of judgement. We pride ourselves on being a safe space for self development and growth towards a more peaceful way of life. We are here to GROW with the community of Council Bluffs and help in offering positive lifestyle changes. Come join us today!
From a young age, Carrie was drawn towards a spiritual way of living and mind body connection. Carrie's first exposure to yoga was through a Denise Austin yoga VHS tape that she bought in high school and regularly practiced it in her room! It has stuck with her because no other exercise ever made her feel as good as yoga! Yoga has been her favorite form of "exercise" since then and has visited almost every yoga studio in the Omaha area, trying out different styles and teachers. Finally she decided to pursue her interest and passion for yoga and enrolled at Evolve to Harmony, under the direction of Carole Westerman-ERYT 500, and completed her Yoga Teacher Training. Its from her teacher training that she learned that yoga is so much more than just the postures, but a way of life. Her professional training consists of a 200 hour, Yoga Alliance, Registered Yoga Teacher Certification (RYT200). She is currently enrolled in the 500 Hour Certification program with Carole Westerman at Evolve to Harmony to further her education and deepen her knowledge of the practice of yoga. She is also a Level 2 Reiki Practitioner. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, spending as much time immersed in nature as possible and overall just having fun. She loves bird watching, drinking coffee, being active and reading any and all books she can get her hands on! Carrie strives to bring yoga into everyday life by doing, evolving, and truly living it, allowing peace and joy to flourish within, and spread to others. She teaches Flow classes, Restorative and Yin classes and can't wait to meet you all!
My name is Caitlin Finn. I am a certified Yoga Teacher, Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, and Reiki Master, with continuing education certifications in Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Chakra Healing. Previously, I worked for 7 years in the wellness industry overseeing a massage and skincare clinic. During this time, I was responsible for the experiences of thousands of clients and hundreds of employees. I pride myself on having perfected the art of customer service and crafting customized experiences for each individual client; skills that are seamlessly transferable to my healing modalities.
I believe we all possess the power to heal ourselves and I am steadfast in understanding that my purpose in this life is to help show you how. Healing emotional wounds, reversing deep-rooted thought patterns, and learning the power of love is possible! I felt called into service to help spread the healing properties of Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Reiki after they proved incremental in my own healing journey. Answering that call has been one of the most soulful, joyful, and liberating experiences of my life and I cannot wait to share that with you.
Outside of healing, I am a single mother to two exquisite daughters, age 11 and 9. I am an avid reader and have an ever-growing home library. I own a virtual proofreading business called Proof in Print. I operate a virtual women’s support group called Women Motivating Women: Mind-Body-Spirit with two other incredible goddesses. Three things that are present in my day-to-day routine: coffee, reading, and professional skincare products.
I have been practicing yoga since 2015 & recently received my 200-hour yoga certification through Lotus House of Yoga in Omaha. Breathwork & arm balances were my first love of yoga. I appreciate all different kinds of classes but have a special LOVE for power classes that are high vibrational & sweaty- all while getting you more attuned to your body. Although my classes are designed for all levels, I like to incorporate small challenges in each class that will leave you feeling inspired and accomplished. I believe yoga can ultimately be life changing & a practice that will enhance your mind, body, and spirit on and off the mat! Come get your zen on with me!!
Hello! My name is Bailee and I am so excited to be joining Half Moon Yoga. Three words to describe me are student, teacher and dreamer.
I received my 200 hour RYT certification and Yoga Nidra training through Lotus House of Yoga about two years ago. I am also first aid/CPR certified, have my BS in Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy. I am currently working on my Masters in Physical Activity and Health Promotion.
Since receiving my 200 hours of training I have taught yoga classes for various organizations in Omaha including the ROTC, sororities/fraternities and many different sports teams. Throughout the past year I have also taught scheduled group exercise classes at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Some fun facts about me are that I have a passion for physical activity, I love to travel and I never want to stop learning.
Originally from Lincoln, NE with my high school years spent in the tiny town of Ashland, I came to the big city of Omaha in 2007. Four years later I found yoga from a flier left at the restaurant where I worked at the time and knew immediately it was a sign, with the great feel that my life was about to change drastically. The next day I took my first Vinyasa class, and while I had no idea what I was doing and felt a fool I was instantly hooked. That sense of bliss afterwards! After practicing under a yogi that challenged me both physically and mentally, I completed my 200 hour RYT training through the Omaha Yoga School in 2013. Shortly after this I bought the studio I so loved. After obtaining E-RYT status I led several teacher trainings over the course of two years, which taught me so much more than I would have imagined. There’s no greater pleasure than to watch students grow and come into their own. I’ve taught everything from Vinyasa to Restorative to Chair yoga in a wide variety of settings, such as corporate offices and a women’s shelter. It’s hard to pin down my favorite style, but I do love a good Vinyasa flow and have an affinity for Yin.
To me, yoga is dance, a sacred space where it is only my mat and I, where the rest of the world fades away and everything becomes just this breath, just this moment. Teaching has given me my voice, and I enjoy it as an opportunity to share all these things I’ve come to love. It connects me to some cosmic energy I’ve never experienced in quite the same way. Before every class I teach I smile to the Universe and say “Let’s make magic”. For it truly is just that.
My yoga journey began as an effort to still "workout" while nursing a running injury. While I am thankful that something brought me here, I am embarrassed to admit this. I quickly realized there was a lot more to yoga than a workout. I spent almost a decade practicing solely hot yoga, but when I was introduced to vinyassa flow years later, I was hooked. I had an instant connection and a strong desire to learn more.
I completed One Tree Yoga's teacher training program in 2018 and soon after began teaching. My first classes were at Crossfit Vise in Council Bluffs, IA. Introducing these strong athletes to yoga was so much fun! I later began teaching at One Tree Yoga in Omaha, NE where my teaching style really took hold. My mentors and teachers include the brilliant OTY owners: Alison Tigges and Gabe Hopp. I have also trained with Jason Crandell on sequencing and vinyassa strength techniques, and I completed Yin yoga training with Theresa Murphy. I am a forever student of yoga and absolutely love opportunities for continuing education.
I teach a variety of styles including hot yoga, yin yoga, and vinyassa flow. My passion is vinyassa - I enjoy a challenging flow with a balance of effort and ease. My students learn to connect their body and mind through movement and breathe. I think it is important to have fun and be curious at all times - on and off the mat!
Other than yoga, my loves include two German Shepherd fur babies, family hikes, long summer bike rides, and spending time with my amazing husband and friends.
Brian is a Council Bluffs native who recently moved back with his wife and young son. He spent several years in Austin, TX where he focused on his trade of glass blowing. Searching for ways to stay active, he found yoga. The movement was a perfect fit because it offered physical relief as well as a mental break. Brian later moved to Denver, CO where he deepened his practice, becoming certified in Hatha and Sculpt yoga from Core Power Boulder. While on the yogic path, Brian studied Ayurvedic principles including meditation, ultimately becoming a certified Perfect Health instructor through the Chopra Center. He enjoys sharing his passions for glass art, Ayurveda, and permaculture with his community.
Make it a goal to come 2-3 times a week! Try out different styles and classes. Get some one on one practice and book a private session! Yoga can safely be practiced daily.
Lightweight, comfortable clothes and nothing too baggy. Please refrain from smoking or wearing perfume or cologne before class, as other participants may have certain sensitivities to smells.
They are helpful to have as they keep you from sliding around. Mats are available for you to purchase at Half Moon, or most large retail stores carry them. In a pinch, beach towels will work.
Give yourself the gift of time!
Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class starts to ensure you are properly settled. Please use the restroom before arriving. Restrooms are located inside Crossfit Vise, next door. There are no bathrooms inside the yoga space. Doors open 15 minutes before class starts and will be locked promptly at the beginning of class to ensure the privacy of the class and that there will be zero interruptions. Changing rooms are available for you to use and showers are also available inside Crossfit Vise. Cell phones must be placed on silent and kept out of the practice area, if possible. Cold and hot water, tea and coffee are available for class participants.