Harbor Yoga Studio Instructors
Angie and Heidi started their yoga journeys in 2002 and 2003 respectively and they benefited from the athletic foundation Vinyasa yoga has brought into their lives. Both avid runners and gym rats, Angie and Heidi quickly saw the positive improvements to their physical selves but also emotionally, with the confidence and energy that power yoga develops in each person. The strength, flexibility and balance that yoga provides improved their practice as well as complemented all aspects of their lives.
Heidi and Angie realized that when you combine fun and funky music with the yoga poses, it challenges a person to move with more purposeful strength and style. This “yogahop” style of yoga is a hybrid of traditional Eastern style yoga with a more Western twist.
- Heidi Bell
- Angie O'Brien
- Angie Moore (Studio Manager)
- Caroline Forrest
- Colleen Mathews
- Molly Prosser
- Kellie Harrington
- Katie Brewer
- Jennifer Bajec
- Katie Pardi
- Lori Mesaros
- Meg Zimpfer
- Shannen Rook
- Anna Hicks
- Kelli Joyce
- Amanda Kunstmann
- Gabriela Alvarez
- Beth Ann Holmes
- Samantha Coughlin
- Amber Gabriel
- Ashley Hackbarth
- Jacquie Grundei
- Alyson Sullivan
Heidi Bell, Co-Owner
Heidi has been practicing since 2002 and began instructing in 2004. In addition, Heidi is also a Lululemon Ambassador. Running and playing sports throughout her life led her to try yoga as a way to gain strength and flexibility. Her passion for yoga led her to create Harbor Yoga with Angie O’Brien. Her husband, Eddie and two children, Holland and Steele, have all been a part of this amazing process.
When she was not on the mat, Heidi was a kindergarten teacher in Dublin, a job she has enjoyed for 11 years. Heidi has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and continues to create her dynamic yoga practice. Heidi has found that a consistent practice of power yoga keeps mind happy and her body strong. She hopes to give her students that same experience by providing a physically demanding class while reminding everyone not to take themselves so seriously.
Angie O'Brien, Co-Owner
Angie has been a student of yoga since 2002. In addition, Angie is also a Lululemon Ambassador. After 13 years in television advertising, Angie decided to leave the corporate world behind for a while to spend more time at home with her husband Mike and two boys,Tommy and Davis. Angie is actively involved with the Heinzerling Foundation, which provides a loving and nurturing environment that enriches the development, education, and quality of life of individuals with severe or profound developmental disabilities. Her Brother-in-law is a resident there, which makes all the work even more significant to her and her family.
Caroline was drawn to yoga after dancing for 15 years. She has learned her grace through ballet, but has gained her strength in yoga. She is currently a student at The Ohio State University and likes to maintain balance in her life by regularly practicing yoga and baking! When she is not doing yoga, Caroline is an active member of her sorority Kappa Delta, a member of a group organization at Ohio State called OUAB, serving at Figlio, and baking orders for her company Sweet Caroline’s. Caroline is certified through YogaFit and is so happy to be a part of the Harbor Yoga family!
Colleen worked as a registered nurse at The Ohio State University Medical Center for 13 years. She then left to be a stay at home mom for her three children, Emma, Connor and Sophie. She has been married to her husband Stephen for over 20 years. She is very active at her children's schools. Other than family, her passion is fitness. Besides yoga, she enjoys running, weight training and playing tennis. Colleen is certified through YogaFit.
When she's not on the mat she is a Financial Accounting Manager. She lives in Dublin with her husband Garth, their son Max, & two rescued shelter dogs, who are also her running partners. In her spare time Molly runs marathons & 1/2 marathons and travels with her family. She is certified through YogaFit.
Kellie’s yoga journey actually began with Harbor Yoga. Initially drawn to yoga as a change of pace from her typical workout routine, it was not long after that Kellie fell in love with the challenge and found that missing piece to her active lifestyle. In addition to teaching yoga, Kellie works in advertising. When she’s not teaching or taking a class, she is spending time with her husband cooking, running, biking, skiing, traveling, and enjoys anything outdoors. Kellie is certified through YogaFit and is happy to call Harbor Yoga home!
Katie was initially drawn to Yoga as a way to stay fit and healthy during pregnancy, but soon found strength and balance that once was not there. Which is especially helpful since there is only 12 months between her two crazy and adorable kids. She cherishes the kids nap times so she can come up with fun and exciting sequences to share with her Harbor family. Katie has her 200 YTT through LifePower and enjoys being a student of yoga as much as a teacher. In addition, Katie was certified in Kids and Prenatal yoga in 2013. There is always room for GROWTH...
Jenn is a mom of two and a graphic designer. After developing retail branding for many years, she stepped back to spend more time with her active family. Since then she created a line of jewelry called Thrive Theory which was designed to empower women & girls. A portion of every sale goes towards groups that encourage growth for women & girls through the Thrive Theory Foundation she also established. Check out www.ThriveTheory.com. Jenn's yoga practice has grown over the past twenty years, and she started teaching last year. She is certified through YogaFit.
Katie Pardi has been a part of the Harbor yoga family since it's opening and has earned her certification and began teaching in 2011. She is a Columbus native, an Ohio State grad and now lives in Upper Arlington with her husband, Paul, and their 3 daughters, Paige, Blaire and Annie. When Katie is not at Harbor you will find her running, walking, hiking or anything else to stay active often with husband and baby in tow. Being a former college athlete she enjoys yoga with an athletic twist and brings that into the classes she teaches. In addition, Katie is a proud new mom to twin girls Blaire and Annie.
Lori has been a registered yoga instructor for over 13 years and is also a licensed teacher who has been teaching children since 1996. Lori's balance in life comes from her incredible husband, Mark and amazing children, Logan and Brooke. Lori's belief is that yoga is for everyone and it doesn't have to be serious. Lori's classes are entertaining, challenging, and encouraging. Her hope is that every student leaves her class feeling accomplished. "I am honored to be a teacher and a life long learner."
Meg began practicing Yoga in 2001 after finishing her collegiate soccer career at the University of North Carolina graduating with 3 NCAA National Titles as well as 3 ACL tears and 3 reconstructive knee surgeries. These injuries and the desire to find balance in life led her to Yoga.
Meg finds that Yoga at Harbor brings the perfect amount of intensity, strength and flexibility to her workouts while protecting her body and uplifting her spirit. Meg decided to leave her career as a CPA with Ernst & Young, LLP to stay home with her two children, Lola and Luke, and lives in Dublin with her husband Troy. Meg is certified through YogaFit.
Shannen began her yoga journey at Harbor after shoulder surgery and fell in love with the strength, flexibility, healing and fun found in her practice. Being a former college athlete, she loves the personal and physical challenge as well as the balance yoga provides. Shannen is certified through YogaFit and has her 200-hour teacher training through Amazing Yoga.
After 14 years of teaching, Shannen decided to stay home, and now she and her husband Jason spend their days chasing their two crazy, energetic boys, Ty and Tate.
Anna's passion from the time she was in the 4th grade until her sophomore year in college was playing basketball. She loved the game and the competitive nature of the sport. After graduating from Ohio University in 2006, she has been able to continue to fulfill that need to challenge herself in the workplace. She has been in medical sales since 2006 and currently works for ConMed Endosurgery. While looking for that next passion in life she found Yoga. Although it took her husband Phil to introduce her to her first class, she's been in love ever since! She looks forward to sharing her passion with her students and helping them reach their goals. Whether enhancing their mental or physical strength, she wants to help guide them in their practice! Anna is certified through Yogafit.
Kelli was looking for something to add to her workout routine when she found yoga. She began a dedicated yoga practice in 1999 when she moved to New York City where she experienced many different styles of yoga that inspired her to teach. She trained in Hatha/Vinyasa style at the American Yoga Academy in New Jersey and began teaching in 2002. When her family relocated back to Ohio Kelli opened and operated Village Yoga in Powell, through which she formed a friendship with Angie and Heidi.
Her classes are tailored for all levels of yoga experience, encouraging each yogi to explore what their body and mind can handle on any given day all while bringing a sense of humor and playfulness to the practice. Kelli lives in Dublin with her husband, son and two dogs!
Amanda began her yoga practice in 2006. As a new mom, she appreciated the restorative and calming effects of yoga, and as a runner, she welcomed the improvements in flexibility, stability and total body conditioning that regular practice provided. She quickly became addicted and was inspired to share these benefits through teaching!
Before finding a home at Harbor, she taught various styles in a variety of settings. She earned a 600-hour comprehensive teaching certification through Power Pilates and a yoga certification through YogaFit.
Off the mat she leads a highly active and community-oriented lifestyle with her husband, Mike, and their two school-aged children. She and her husband both love to race and often travel for marathons, halfs, and tris.
Amanda works part-time as a Pilates trainer at a studio in Gahanna, trains for 2-3 marathons per year, coaches Girls on the Run, and volunteers with Circle of Friends, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Before becoming a mom and fitness instructor, Amanda earned a PhD in school psychology from Ohio State and worked for Olentangy and Columbus schools. She believes her background in psychology complements her yoga practice as it leads to a heightened awareness of the mind-body connection and an appreciation of how empowering yoga can be, both physically and emotionally.
Gabriela will complete her 200-hour Teacher Training in Vinyasa/Ashtanga through Yoga on High in November 2015. She began doing Yoga back in college as a way to stay fit and flexible. In 2012 she came as a student to Harbor and found the combination of Vinyasa and up-beat music made the practice fun and empowering, which she believes is exactly how yoga should be - fun, challenging, and playful.
Beth Ann Holmes
Beth Ann began her yoga journey in 2002. As a fitness instructor for over 20 years, she has taught a wide variety of classes. After taking her first YogaFit training, Beth Ann was hooked. Yoga, in a fitness setting, was a perfect way to share her passion of yoga with her traditional fitness classes. As an instructor and student she has found this style of yoga to be accessible, understandable and doable by all fitness levels. Not to mention a lot of fun! Combining fitness moves and traditional yoga poses, set to upbeat music, makes Harbor a perfect fit for Beth Ann's teaching style.
Beth Ann and her family live in Dublin, moving from Indiana in 2013. Beth Ann stays home with three children Luke, Lily and Zach. These days a lot of her time is spent volunteering at school and keeping up with her kids. She received her yoga training through YogaFit. Beth Ann has also held a Primary Group certification from AFAA. She has taught at various gyms and studios throughout her fitness career.
Samantha's yoga journey began in 2009 as a way to stay fit and flexible. As a former competitive Figure Skater she immediately fell in love with power yoga and all the benefits it brings to her life both physically and mentally. She began teaching in 2012 and is certified through YogaFit; working towards her 200 hour RYT. Off the mat, Samantha and her husband Jeg enjoy running, hiking, biking, and drag racing. Jeg enjoys the competitiveness of driving a Pro Stock race car while Samantha continues to compete in the sportsman drag racing series as a Super Comp/Super Gas driver. They travel across the country with their daughter Carly and chocolate lab Riley.
Hello, my name is Amber Gabriel and I have practiced Yoga for 13 years and counting. I enjoy many forms of exercise, but most of all my passion sides with Yoga. I have two 200 hour certifications, one with Yoga Fit and the other with Baptiste Power Yoga. My love for a heated flowing practice makes me feel right at home here at Harbor. I am very excited to teach everyone how to match your breathe with flowing movement.
Ashley has been practicing yoga for over 14 years and completed her 200hr certification through Yoga on High. She loves yoga for its ability to create a balanced yet energized body and mind. Oh, and most importantly - for the good sweat! Her classes focus on strength building, core work, and proper alignment through creative sequencing. She lives in the Short North and enjoys travel, outdoors and is always up to try any kind of workout!
Jacquie's love for yoga began when she rolled out her mat for her first hot power yoga class at Harbor. After years of being an avid runner, she found that integrating yoga was a perfect balance. Yoga has helped her mind and body feel better than ever. Following four years of practice and much inspiration from her teachers, she pursued her teacher training, and received her yoga certification from Amazing Yoga.
In addition, Jacquie has a degree in elementary education. After teaching for several years, she left her fulltime position to spend more time at home with her children. Jacquie resides in Dublin with husband Scott and three boys Hayden, Caleb, and Gavin.
Through Harbor Yoga, Jacquie is able to share her passion with others in the hope that they too will find themselves transformed by the power of yoga.
Aly has enjoyed many roles as a yoga enthusiast. By chance she walked into a studio by her home in Grandview and never looked back. She believes in the mental energy and physical power the practice of yoga has given her. She feels that often a workout can become a burden but the variety offered in a yoga practice is never ending. Aly has four kids and a husband that have supported her love for yoga and joined her often, making yoga a family activity. She also enjoys outdoor activities with her family and friends: hiking, skiing, beach time, and especially lake time! Aly has practiced for over fifteen years and taught for over ten years. Aly has done her training with YogaFit.