Room to Balance

Bethany Dykes/Clinton HeraldKelli Jahn strikes a yoga pose in the new Free Spirit Yoga studio at the former Sister’s Cafe on Sixth Avenue South.

CLINTON — Free Spirit Yoga is continuing its efforts at specializing in fusing yoga with innovative fitness practices. 

Owner Kelli Jahn has been teaching yoga for five years, with her yoga establishment celebrating three years at its current facility at 127 Sixth Ave. South. In the past year, though, the business has undergone some changes, with the addition of a CrossFit gym in January and a fuel bar cafe in May. 

The cafe offers a smoothie bar, organic salads and soups. 

After these new additions, Free Spirit Yoga has now been completely filled. Even though there is no more room for new additions, Jahn said that there will be new classes. Jahn also hopes to add more community events so that the whole community can get involved with Free Spirit Yoga.

CrossFit member John Papritz, of Clinton, said that the reasons he enjoys Free Spirit Yoga are the variety of fitness opportunities, the staff and the community of people that are there.

Papritz has been a member of Free Spirit Yoga for five years.

“I was a member at the previous CrossFit, and I really loved the community and members there and many of the members joined Free Spirit Yoga when it opened so I knew I had to join too,” Papritz said. 

Dave Grim, of Camanche, also is a CrossFit member at Free Spirit Yoga. Grim also learned about Free Spirit Yoga through his previous CrossFit center.

Grim is the physical education teacher at Camanche Middle School. One of the reasons he does CrossFit is because he tells his students they should give it a try and he goes by the motto “practice what you preach.”

Aside from the new additions, Free Spirit Yoga offers a handful of yoga classes, and even specific classes for beginners. Some of the classes include: 

• Slow Flow Yoga, which is approximately 45 to 60 minutes. This class is designed for all levels and uses the Vinyasa style. During this class they focus on strength, balance, and flexibility.

• Hot Yoga for athletes. The goals of this class are to improve athletic performance by preventing injury, and cultivating a mind and body awareness. The class takes place in a room heated to 90 degrees and focuses on recovery from over-specialized training. The class uses yoga to relieve residual muscle tension in the body from athletic training and daily life accelerating recovery and mobility exercises to rejuvenate the joints in the body.

• Hot Power Yoga, which is approximately 60 minutes. This class fuses Vinyasa and Hatha style classes in a room heated to 90-plus degrees. It also is recommended that you have some yoga experience before trying this class. This class offers many benefits, including increased flexibility, increased circulation, detoxifying sweat, weight loss and pain relief.

There are many other yoga classes that Free Spirit Yoga offers as well as group fitness classes and strength classes. To find the schedule of the classes and what days and times they start, visit

If you are not sure if you want to do yoga, Free Spirit Yoga offers free community yoga classes every Wednesday starting at 5:15 p.m.

Free Spirit Yoga also offers many different membership options, whether it be for yoga, group fitness, or CrossFit members.

For more information, visit or contact Jahn at (563) 265-2795 or email