About

real life yoga


Mindi Portrait 300x300Peace through Yoga’s owner and visionary, Mindi Epstein (ERYT-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. In October 2017, Peace through Yoga expanded with a fourth location in Franklin. 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 40 dedicated yoga teachers under her direction, four studios and more than 80 hours of classes each week, Real Life Yoga is Mindi’s contribution and legacy to the greater Indianapolis yoga community.

“PTY is my peaceful place!!”

Lisa S.

“I really enjoy the way the teachers give time for each person to try the difficult poses.”

Haylie S.

“I look forward to my yoga class every week. My instructor is awesome.”

Natalie B.

“If possible, please keep it going!”

Patty M.

Kudos to Yoga Essentials for Beginners! Hip pain is completely gone! My increased flexibility has greatly reduced my lower back pain and I have recommended yoga to my husband for his back.

Ginny B.

Thank you! Love your studio!

Monique B.

This has been amazing.

Beth I.

“Joining the 200-hour Real Life Yoga Immersion program has been one of the best decisions I’ve made!”

Sara N.

…best money I ever spent on myself.

Sara N.

“You gave us so much information and made this a much deeper experience for me. Thank you.”

Grace L.

“Triangle is my favorite pose. It keeps me out of the chiropractor!”

Cheryl M.

“All of your instructors are awesome people.”

Sarah K.

I love my yoga. It helps me in so many ways.

Susan S.

The teacher explained the breathing and the poses. Her manner immediately put me at ease and allowed me to relax and move into my body and the experience.

Vicki O.

Thank you for all you have done and are doing for our community!

Becki V.

“Kudos to Beginning Yoga! Hip pain is completely gone! My increased flexibility has greatly reduced my lower back pain. The other thing I love about continuing to attend my yoga class is I have noticed greater core strength and much better balancing ability!”

V. Bartick

“I enjoyed learning the basics and all the poses correctly. Love the energy from you also—and the attention.”

Christi K.

“Your enthusiasm is contagious. Your knowledge and sincerity are amazing.”

Hannah J.

“I just wanted you to know I have been going to class for a little over 3 months now and I love my teacher! She is friendly and warm, challenges you but doesn’t push you too far, doesn’t make you feel badly if you can’t do a pose, is very nonjudgmental, and always seems to know the right thing to say at the right time.”

Melissa I.

“This has been a surprisingly eye opening experience for me. I have really enjoyed these classes. Our instructor is great!”

Cindy P.

Class was great last night. I’m glad I found a studio that is closer to home than downtown!

Amy S.

“I have been feeling SO good and truly attribute a lot of that to the yoga I did throughout [my pregnancy] and continue to do at home now. I am so thankful for what my body has been able to do and I continue to be grateful for how good I’ve felt.”

Allison S.

“You have the most wonderful teachers, all of them.”

Katie B.

“I learned a great deal in an unintimidating environment.”

“You gave us so much information and made this a much deeper experience for me.”

“I learned a lot. It is especially important to me to remember that this is a practice. Like education, yoga is ongoing.”

Lara C.

I took the back bend workshop in Zionsville and want to tell you how much I enjoyed it!  I am new to yoga and was so very impressed with the time the teacher took to help with body alignment, props and recognizing when a yogi (student) was doing the best they could.

Robin D.

“The instructor is awesome and it has been a pleasure working with her.”

Jim L.

“I love my classes! All of your instructors (that I have met) are awesome people.”

Sarah K.

I am more flexible than I have been since high school. Yoga at Peace through Yoga has been life changing for me.

Lisa T.

“I think yoga is probably one of the very best things I have done for myself, and with your help, was able to continue.”

Elizabeth B.

I’m grateful to have a wonderful studio so close to my new home!

Shannon R.

“The diversity of the people add to the community feel of my class.”

Allyson H.

“I cannot say it enough, I love the studio! The small town feel, the love teachers have, and the relaxed atmosphere no matter where the mat lies. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Amanda P.

Every time I walk out of Peace Through Yoga I have felt noticeably more serene and happier than when I came in.

Clare W.

“If it involves a bolster, I know I am going to love it!”

Jeanne D.

Thank you for helping me find myself.

Natalie D.

“I feel so much more comfortable and ready to take yoga classes!”

Beginner Student

Thank you again and again and again for being the one to bring yoga to me!

Kathryn W.

I so enjoy Peace Through Yoga! I wish I could participate every day.

Robin D.

“I love Peace through Yoga. It’s my favorite studio in town. Since first coming here, it is now the only one I go to.”

Diane S.

Thanks for being such an inspiration!

Megan D.

“I love the instructors because of their gentleness, confidence, comforting attitude and knowledge.”

Kathy C.

Your classes have made such a difference in my life. You are great!

Ulla C.

I recently practiced with a friend. We agreed that it was such a blessing to go to a studio that believes in training and inspiring teachers to teach. They corrected poses, offered the setting of mindful intentions and truly focused on its students!

Lisa S.

“I love my regular instructor! She is friendly and warm, doesn’t make you feel badly if you can’t do a pose, is very nonjudgmental and always seems to know the right thing to say at the right time.”

Melissa I.

“I love this place! I have M.S. and this is where I come to feel good.”

Patty E.

Thank you for bringing all of these amazing women together and for leading us on our journey. Thank you for everything you taught us.

Natalie D.

“I have deep respect for the attitude my teacher brought to the class and the service and the gift she gave to us through her dedication and passion for yoga.”

Allyson H.

“Love the wood floor, subdued lighting and music. Quite serene.”

Carrie L.

“The workshop was wonderful. Peace through Yoga teachers always move me forward with their words and instruction – such delightful teachers. They are authentic and have beautiful souls.”

Kathy C.

My daughter told me about her experience at each of your three locations and invited me to attend a class with her in Danville. I have attended 5 Beginner Yoga classes at another studio in the past two months. Your class is what I have been looking for!

Vicki O.

“I love the amount of time spent on each pose and the instructor!”

“Yoga has taught me to be more compassionate and forgiving of myself and others. I see changes in myself in just 6 months and am excited about what the future holds. Thank you for allowing me to find a yoga home at Peace through Yoga.”

Marisa H.

“Very calming and not intimidating.”

Rob H.

The thing I love about continuing to attend my yoga class is I have noticed greater core strength and much better balancing ability!

Ginny B.

“I am really enjoying the class and appreciate the way it stretches and exercises muscles that don’t typically get much use.”

Jeffrey A.

Your enthusiasm is contagious. Your knowledge and sincerity are amazing.

Anonymous

“I am so thankful that I found your studios. It has only been a month but I already feel so much better.”

Nicole P.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the class yesterday and your studio is beautiful. I have learned over the past two years that I absolutely love yoga and realize at my age it is something I need to include in my weekly workouts. I am currently taking a class on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday and would like to include more if my schedule allows.”

JoAnn E.

“After my teacher led us through quite a bit of warm-up, I got chatturanga for the first time! I was in a state of joy!”

Haylie S.

Our community continues to be thankful for you Peace Through Yoga. So blessed by your investment and the chance you took in our little town.

Kayla C.

“This is a great benefit that has been provided to us. I hope we are able to continue with these classes.”

Morgan B.

“I had a great ‘workout,’ worked hard, felt energized from this morning class, and finished with a great deep relaxation.”

Christy S.

Thank you for encouraging me to take this amazing journey…I have learned so much. I have met some fantastic people. I have truly added years to my life through 7-month journey.

Sara N.

“The studios are always clean and inviting.”

Natalie D.

frequently asked questions

If you have questions about yoga, you can be sure others have had them too.
Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
What if I've never done yoga before?

Congratulations! You have just taken your first step toward trying yoga by asking this question. You may be most comfortable in our 4-Week Beginner Series where you can learn the foundations and principles of yoga before attending a regular weekly class.

Another alternative is to come to one of our Gentle/Restorative or Beginning Yoga for All Bodies classes. Our certified yoga instructors provide direction for easing into and out of the poses safely, and are there to assist you. There are many variations of each pose, and your instructor will guide you into the one that is best for you.

Something to remember is that yoga is referred to as a “practice.” That means every yogi is always learning regardless of what level of experience he or she may have. In the end, we are all new to yoga because each time we roll out our mat, we are exploring something new.


Is yoga for me? I don't look like a yogi!
We love this question because you are not alone in holding the misconception that a yogi is young, lithe and flexible like a rubber band. A yogi is anyone who practices yoga. We practice yoga for the physical benefits of improved strength, balance and flexibility; for the restorative benefits of relaxation, stress control and improved breathing; and for some, the spiritual benefits of quieting the mind and finding something deeper within. One does not need to “look like a yogi” to achieve these benefits. They are available to all.

What should I wear to class?
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing because you will move in and out of poses in every class. Yoga includes forward bends, which you will want to take into consideration when selecting a top. Bottoms should be comfortable around the waist. Yoga is practiced without shoes and socks.

Which class is best for me?

Sometimes the “best” class for you depends on the day and how you are feeling. Take a moment to take stock of how you are feeling. Agitated? Try a Gentle/Restorative class. Energetic? Register for a Vinyasa, Baptiste or Ashtanga class. Lethargic? Pick up your energy with any of our Vinyasa classes. Rusty? Our 4-week Yoga Essentials for Beginners workshop or regularly scheduled Beginning Yoga for All Bodies classes will get you back in the game.

We encourage you to try different styles of classes. There is always something to be learned from each instructor and class format, and modifications to poses can be offered to ease you into a pose or to challenge you. If you are pregnant or have any physical limitations, we suggest starting with a Beginning Yoga for All Bodies or Vinyasa Level I class (and please inform your instructor before class).


How do I register for classes?
You can register from the convenience of your computer, tablet or phone on our website any time before class. We strongly recommend advance registration. We like to know you are coming! Plus, check-in is easy when you arrive at the studio – simply sign in and find your favorite spot without having to stop and pay. In the event of an emergency (yes, we had a tree fall on an instructor’s car before class), we will call you if you are registered in advance. Thank you for registering online!

What should I eat before class?
You will feel most comfortable if you come to class with an empty stomach (think of forward bends on a full tummy). Eat no less than 2 hours before class so your food has time to digest. Drink water before and after class so your body is well hydrated. Yoga poses can cleanse your body of toxins, so water aids in moving these out of the body.

What if I can't do a pose?
Yoga is a practice, so everyone is somewhere on the learning curve no matter how experienced a yogi may be. That means you may think you “can’t” do a pose while we interpret that as meaning you are “learning” to do a pose. Your instructor will offer you modifications and assistance so you gain the benefits of the pose. Ultimately, the benefits are the purpose of the practice, not the poses themselves.

Is yoga a religion?

You are not alone in asking this question. After all, what is this fad called “yoga?” This popular practice actually is thousands of years old. While it has been associated with Hinduism because of its origins in the Indus Valley, yoga does not impose a belief system on its adherents. Instead, it is a science to attain optimal health, a peaceful mind and a more meaningful, purposeful life.

People of all faiths and religions practice yoga. Their reasons for coming to the mat are as individual as they are. Some desire the physical benefits of the practice – the stretching, strength-building and skeletal alignment. Others seek refuge from our busy modern world – yoga is 75 minutes of being unplugged from all electronics. Yet still others come for spiritual reasons because the mindfulness of the physical practice, the attention to the breath and the relaxation techniques allow them to quiet the mind and focus within.


The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

Ram Dass

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.

Meister Eckhart

Remember all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them.

Debbie Ford

We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

Joseph Campbell

If you are willing to change your thinking, you can change your life.

Louise Hay

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.

Henry Ford