real life yoga
Peace through Yoga’s owner and visionary, Mindi Epstein (ERYT-200, RYT-500, YACEP), founded Main Street Yoga in Speedway, Indiana in September 2013. Less than a year later, her business expanded with the acquisition of Peace through Yoga in Zionsville, followed by the establishment of a third studio in historic Danville in the spring of 2015. Mindi’s passion for making the benefits of yoga accessible to communities surrounding major metropolitan areas spawned Peace through Yoga’s mission statement: We meet you where you are: physically, spiritually and geographically.
Under her direction, the studios have become vibrant centers for what Mindi defines as “real life yoga.” The studios’ are serene havens where students have safe space for personal growth and exploration, and where they learn to integrate the benefits of an ancient practice into their modern, 21st century lives. Experienced and credentialed teachers guide students of all ages and abilities through authentic practice without artifice. Truly, Mindi’s studios are aptly named for those who seek peace…through yoga.
Mindi came to her own practice of yoga as an avid runner and cyclist to improve her sports performance. Imbued with an alert, eager spirit, she quickly recognized the power of yoga and committed to this practice of authenticity and self-acceptance. What began as a quest for external movement led to internal stillness Mindi didn’t know she had been seeking. Since that discovery well over a decade ago, she has been driven to share the transformational benefits of yoga with others.
Motivated by her passion, Mindi took a calculated leap of faith and became what she unabashedly calls “a corporate refugee.” She abandoned her successful career as a Senior Vice President of marketing and communications for a large not-for-profit organization and delved into the realms of entrepreneurship as a yoga studio owner. She steered Peace through Yoga’s rapid growth by developing yoga communities where previously there had been a dearth and need. Each location has become woven into the fabric of the communities they serve through local support and events, and by offering personal yoga instruction, an appealing variety of classes and workshops, and certified yoga teacher trainings.
Mindi’s quest for knowledge predates her dedication to yoga. Always an enthusiastic student of life and learning, she is a graduate of the University of Michigan, BA with Honors, a published writer and somewhat surprisingly, a former archaeological conservator of frescoes and mosaics at sites in the Middle East. Mindi has trained with notable national and international yoga instructors, including Seane Corn, Jason Crandall, Tiffany Cruikshank, Gary Kraftsow, Judith Hanson Lasater, Nikki Myers, Dharma Mittra, Eric Paskel, Shiva Rea and Sianna Sherman. Locally, she has expanded her extensive knowledge and experience by studying with Sally Brown Bassett, Marsha Pappas, Nancy Schalk, Matece Skow and David Treat, and has completed the Stewards of Children training for the prevention of child sexual abuse.
This rich inheritance contributes to Mindi’s vision for the studios and Peace through Yoga’s Real Life Yoga Immersion training program leading to the Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification.
Her conscientious devotion to alignment in both body and spirit ensures that every student is met where they are in their yoga practice. With 30 dedicated yoga teachers under her direction, three studios and more than 60 hours of classes each week, Real Life Yoga is Mindi’s contribution and legacy to the greater Indianapolis yoga community.