Indu Bala Bhardwaj E RYT 500, RETIRED, Co-Founder of It;s Yoga.
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.
Indu was one of the first yoga teachers in the country to receive the highest registration level of the National Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500). 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.
Co-Chairman of Cincinnati Yoga Teachers Association for two years, Indu co-founded two of Cincinnati’s first yoga schools, Cincinnati Yoga School and It’s Yoga Cincinnati. Under her leadership, It’s Yoga was acknowledged by the National Yoga Alliance as Cincinnati’s first Registered Yoga School (RYS) and the first Registered Yoga Teacher Training Program (RYT) in Ohio. Her mentors are Larry Schultz (It’s Yoga), Richard Freedman (Ashtanga), Paul Grilley (Yin Yoga), and Eric Schiffman (Vinyasa).
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”.