Kara Yahn Mulder
Owner and Operator
Welcome!! I will start by introducing myself. My name is Kara Yahn Mulder, Experienced 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) through the Yoga Alliance. I am so excited for all of you to experience the physical art known as Yoga. Balance is strategically set up to help you “balance” your lifestyle physically and mentally.
Originally from Clinton, Iowa, I came to the beautiful campus of the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 2003. I was recruited by the UNI Track and Field team as a hurdler/sprinter and I chose to major in Worksite Health Promotion. My 5 years at UNI were some of the best ever. School was wonderful and I had a lot of success in track and field, but not near as much as my husband Tyler Mulder. Tyler signed a Nike contract with Oregon Track Club Elite, which took us to Eugene, Oregon.
While living in Eugene, I managed a weight loss company called Metabolic Research Center. Helping people achieve their health and fitness goals has always brought such joy to my life. One year into my residency in Eugene, I encountered hot yoga. I LOVE the heat and love to sweat so when I heard about this I knew I had to check it out. The studio I went to, Zen Spot, welcomed me with open arms, and I absolutely fell in LOVE. Hot yoga was something I had never heard of in the Midwest (12 years ago) so my mind started turning. I immediately thought about what I could do to bring this love of mine back to Iowa.
I practiced yoga intensely for 2 years before getting my certification through Zen Spot. Throughout the process I had been in contact with a dear friend of mine and fellow UNI track alum Brent Dahlstrom about this “hot yoga.” He and I decided it would be a great fit for Cedar Falls and UNI. Together we created a beautiful, welcoming studio right next to UNI’s campus on College Hill.
Four years after opening the studio, in January 2017 myself and fellow ERYT, Margaret Prophet, decided to open a teacher training program through Balance, called the Balance School of Yoga. Together we wrote, implemented, and have graduated 64 (and counting) Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teachers to date.
In October 2022, our new location on Viking Road opened. We now offer Hot and Non Hot Yoga and I couldn’t be more excited. We also offer childcare which is a great asset.
My goal for Balance has always been to challenge practitioners to take a chance and see what Balance has to offer. We have yoga for EVERYONE!
My staff and I are so excited to enhance your yoga practice. Please contact me with any questions by phone at (319) 435-0827 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.