Sipra Pimputkar, Owner
Yoga has slowly, subtly changed my way of thinking, my attitudes, my life objectives, and my health and spirit.
I grew up in India, in the Himalayan Mountains, in the old summer capital of the British Colonials when they ruled India. Living 8,000 ft. up in the mountains, my education was from the West with Irish Nuns in a convent school. In my home, my parents kept us in touch with our traditional Indian roots, with the celebration of Indian rituals, yogic ethical values and customs, along with our westernized lifestyle. My father practiced yoga each morning, and I absorbed a lot of it from him without even trying. My father was my first and only teacher. He never felt he was an instructor, but gave me his discoveries with yoga in a gentle, low-key way that made me want to experiment with it on my own. My mother meditated daily on a regular basis, and carefully observed the devotions and charity works that are such an important part of yoga. About eighteen years ago, I took a Vedantic ‘initiation’, and have since practiced meditation on a regular basis. There is a ‘stillness’ that meditation brings to the regular practitioner - it makes me feel as if I am the pilot of a spaceship that is my life, but I can keep it on a steady course as I hurtle through this oftentimes stormy journey.
Sada Nam Singh (Alex Everett)
Sada Nam (aka Alex Everett) became a devoted yogi in 2007 when he started taking yoga courses at the Ohio State University. He has taught yoga and well-being workshops at festivals and conventions around Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Georgia. Now, he teaches Kundalini yoga in the tradition of Yogi Bhajan with the goal of uplifting, energizing, and healing people through the realization of our true potential. Alex is also a lover of devotional music from different cultures, playing guitar, drums, gong, and singing bowls with local kirtan groups. He holds a BFA in Art and Technology from the Ohio State University where he does videography and photography as manager of Educational Technology's Media Services team. Sada Nam strives to share the gifts and benefits that yoga has given him with the world and to clear the clouds of doubt and limitation that prevent us from realizing our true self, which is absolute bliss!
Yoga is a very special and sacred type of lifestyle for me. I consider it a “lifestyle” because it has benefited my life in so many different ways, and in so many different aspects. I found yoga many years ago. I was drawn to yoga mainly because of the physical benefits of the practice. I wanted to stay in shape, but I didn’t want to lift weights or run on a treadmill. Over the years, my practice came and went; I dropped it when I was too busy, and picked it back up when I knew I needed to “get back into shape”. It wasn’t until several years ago that I really started to create a serious, consistent practice. I realized very quickly that this type of consistency had an invaluable effect on my well-being. I started a daily mediation practice, and was able to manage my stress in ways that I never could before. The mental and spiritual aspect of yoga only helped to deepen my physical practice. I realized that the practice was not just a way to get fit, but it also helped to improve my psychological and mental well being!
Beatrice Bachleda continues daily to hone her skills as a practitioner and instructor. As a yoga instructor who is also deaf, she offers a unique perspective and experience on the practice mat and strives to bring yoga to the community at large, as well as to the Deaf and ASL communities. She believes life is meant to be lived beautifully, meaningfully, mindfully, and happily. Existence is all about love, loving, and being loved. Her advice? Go out and love.
Erin Hindel integrates holistic techniques that encompass the mind, body, and spirit. She currently holds certifications in Holistic Health Coaching, Reiki, Yoga, and Personal Training. Erin works with special populations to include cancer survivors, children with special needs, female veterans and special needs for women. She is currently training in trauma-sensitive yoga.
Erin celebrates freedom from shame in body, mind, and spirit by retrieving the soul through self-love. Self-love is first observed and learned on the mat, then translated off the mat and integrated into the rest of the individual’s life.
After practicing yoga for a number of years at various studios, the gym, at home and on retreats in exotic places like Cleveland, Upstate New York and Costa Rica, Michael felt in 2013 that it was time to bring his practice to the next level by attending a yoga teacher training. It also enabled him to spread the joy and the body-mind-spirit connection that only yoga can provide. Coming from a history of back problems, his focus is on proper alignment and safe execution of the poses. His goal is to unleash the power that resides within you - the power to flow through challenging poses, the power to direct the breath to where the body needs it most and the power to calm the mind and nurture the soul.
When Michael is not on the yoga mat you may find him at the gym, riding his bike, exploring the great outdoors or at the office doing IT work. If you have a lot of time, ask him about his bicycle travels.
Paul has varied and wide experience with yoga. He has mostly trained in New York, NY. While his background is in Hatha Yoga, his own interest is in using yoga to create peace of mind, and sharing that ability with his students. A ‘Restorative Yoga’ practice such as Mellow Yoga is a perfect blend of deep stretches, mind centering and calming poses designed to relax and stretch you out mid-week.