Blue Lotus Yoga & Wellness - Classes held at Toad Valley Golf Course Pleasant Hill, IA

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Our Staff ~

Blue Lotus Yoga & Wellness

Paula Secker-Johnston, E-RYT-500, Pink Ribbon Recuperative Yoga Specialist, CTA Certified Life Coach

Founder, Blue Lotus Yoga & Wellness  


Paula began her exploration of yoga and meditation in 1997.  In 2000, Paula began teaching yoga at the fitness center where she taught fitness and spinning classes.  Over time, her love of yoga encouraged her  to explore her personal yoga practice and professional training more deeply.  In 2007, Paula made the leap to teach yoga full-time and has never looked back.


Over the years, Paula has been fortunate to study and train extensively with internationally recognized teachers including: Desiree Rumbaugh, Amy Ippoliti, Christy Burnette and Anusara Yoga founder John Friend as well as other acclaimed teachers.  Paula is eternally grateful for their guidance, wisdom and inspiration.  Paula continues to study with internationally recognized teachers, local teachers and she learns from each person that she meets; especially her students.


Paula delights in sharing her knowledge of yoga; her personal mission being to help others feel better about themselves as they tap into their own wellspring of vibrancy, strength and joy.  She strives to teach classes that are explorative, playful and empowering; weaving in themes applicable to daily living.  Paula believes that her students are her greatest teachers and a huge source of inspiration.


In 2012 Paula was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Upon the news and subsequent surgeries, she was uncertain that she would be able to continue teaching and/or practicing yoga.  She made the most of the situation by developing modifications to the poses when she was able to return to her personal practice.  She also used the time to dig deeper into breath work and meditation techniques.




Gabe & Milo, Co-Founders, Mascots and Teachers of Life


Gabe, our beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog, was one of our co-founders. He

shared his love and wisdom for 12 years. He was a sweet, gentle soul who provided 

everyone with unconditional love.


Milo, our other co-founder,  is a Yorkie-Poo who is 8 years old.  

He is playful and full of spunk; always ready to go.


The two co-founders were the best of friends to each other and provided so much

wisdom and delight to Paula and her husband.


Our co-founders, Gabe & Milo, remind us to:

  • live in the now
  • be playful
  • love unconditionally
  • be a good companion
  • get out of our heads and move from our hearts
  • be consistent
  • be grateful
  • be content
  • rest fully