Director & Lead Faculty, Laurel Hodory, MS, E-RYT500
Laurel is a teacher’s teacher who has been studying and teaching yoga since 1992. She has trained and certified hundreds of yoga teachers, teaches in the U.S. and internationally, has trained the OSU NCAA Women’s Rowing team, and teaches yoga as a guest lecturer at the Ohio State University Dance Department. Among many luminaries, her most influential teachers include Sianna Sherman, Paul Grilley and Pattabhi Jois. Her inspiration comes from the power of yoga to heal and transform. In her classes, she inspires students to find the truth within so they can live their lives more authentically. Laurel is also a published author, a playful muse of life, and loves nothing more than being outdoors in the company of her friends, family and her amazing husband.
Assistant Faculty, Indubala Bhardwaj
Indu has 38 years experience in teaching and living the yoga lifestyle. She began studying yoga with Swami Satchidananda while attending the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and the International Dance School in New York City.
She deepened her studies of Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit for 22 years with her Indian Guru and Sanskrit scholar, the Late Yogi Raj Sharma, Shastri. She continues her Sanskrit studies at the American Sanskrit Institute with Vyaas Huston.She completed her 500-hour certification in Hatha Yoga from Integral Yoga and has additional certifications in Ashtanga, Raja Yoga, Cardiac Yoga, Multiple Sclerosis Yoga, Yin Yoga and Pilates. She also has extensive experience with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue and Senior Care yoga. A graduate of the Canadian College of Massage and Hydro Therapy, Indu’s experiences as a Licensed Massage Therapist help her bring the benefits of yoga to those with limited mobility.
Indu co-founded two of Cincinnati’s first yoga schools, Cincinnati Yoga School and It’s Yoga Cincinnati.
With her experience as a professional ballet dancer, Indu brings a love of movement, meditation and breath to the yoga flow. Her preferred teaching style is facilitating a balance between the flow of Vinyasa with Hatha alignment techniques. She encourages surrender of effort to the breath, leading to a moving meditation. Her teaching philosophy is, “Work smarter not harder”.