Our Instructors

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Angie O'Brien (Co-Owner)

How has yoga changed your life?

I would say that yoga changed everything about my life. 🙂 I am happier, I am more present in my own life and I hope I am helping others to find more happiness in their lives too.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

Ain't no yoga like Harbor Yoga! Watching people step out of their comfort zone, give a little more of themselves on the mat and seeing a difference in their strength of body and mind as well. Mostly, meeting the incredible people who happened to find their way to our studio.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Mike and our two boys are my FAVORITE interest, but I also enjoy reading self help books (nerd) and watching NETFLIX (ha!). My passion is in the work I am able to do with the Heinzerling Foundation to help severely mentally and physically disabled children and adults.

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Heidi Bell (Co-Owner)

How has yoga changed your life?

Always an active person, playing field hockey then running and eventually teaching spinning, I fell in love with yoga; like, literally fell ... over ... The first class was so hard! I loved that you could sweat and workout while stretching and challenging different muscles.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

I love Harbor and being at the studio because I love our vibe--fun people, fun music and great classes! There is nothing better than looking around in class and thinking, this is so crazy hard and we are all doing this together. Clients have become friends and how great is it that we get to workout/suffer all together day after day!

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Our kids play sports and I enjoy watching them on the fields and in the hockey rink. I love our family trips abroad to watch the kids surf and I look forward to the summer trips to Michigan. I hate running but I do it.

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Angie Moore (Studio Manager)

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga brings strength to my body and calmness to my mind. Whether it is sticking a difficult pose or letting go of life's stress for an hour, I always end class stronger than when I began.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

Being the Studio Manager for HY is by far the best job I've ever had. Our vibe is welcoming, encouraging and just plain fun! It is my happy place.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

When not practicing yoga, I love spending time with family, rescuing dogs and binge watching Netflix.

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Amanda Kunstmann

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga has helped me find peace in the midst of some of life’s greatest challenges. I’ve learned that there’s a power inside of me that’s much stronger than any external circumstances.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

The atmosphere at our studio is warm and welcoming, the clients are genuine and kind, and all of the instructors are remarkable individuals, both on and off the mat. I was inspired to become a yoga teacher because I wanted to share the benefits of yoga practice and philosophy with others.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

I’m a dedicated distance runner, having completed 18 marathons and going on 8 consecutive Boston Marathons. I have a Ph.D in school psychology from Ohio State, so I have spent a lot of time working with children with special needs and their families. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with and cheering for my husband and two children!

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Alyson Sullivan

How has yoga changed your life?

Although I was always fit and felt strong, yoga challenged me to use my strength in different ways and always presented a new physical goal. [Now], other workouts were always repetitive. Simply put each class is a challenge!

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

I love the idea that all are welcome, all levels are encouraged to come and work at their own pace. The classes are challenging for every level but open to everyone who wants to try a strong flow in the heat!

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Now that my family is growing and [out] to college and high school, my favorite interest is family time when we can all be together. Other interests are working with young and underprivileged mothers and pregnant women, guiding them through the process and making their home safe for baby.

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Beth Ann Holmes

How has yoga changed your life?

Often we are hard on ourselves, placing so many mental and physical demands on our bodies and beating ourselves up for not being productive enough, not eating healthy and other daily occurrences.

Yoga has helped me see that it is important to take care of myself. In order to be able to strong for other people it is important to be kind to myself.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

Coming from a background as a fitness instructor, Harbor is the perfect blend of traditional yoga with a fitness high intensity kick.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

My hobbies include spending time with my family and sipping wine with my friends. I spend a lot of time volunteering at my kids schools and at church. You might often find me painting or rearranging my house. ... I'm always up for a nice long walk and love to go trail running.

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Caroline Forrest

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga has brought such joy to my life. It has increased my flexibility and made me so much stronger. There is no better therapy after a bad day than to come to Harbor, let the music and the movement take over, and leave it all on the mat.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

Teaching at Harbor is my favorite part of my week. There is such a strong and infectious energy at Harbor that motivates you to work harder, and it is such a great feeling being able to provide that energy to everyone.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Outside of yoga, I work in advertising sales for Orange Barrel Media. I also enjoy spending time in the kitchen! I am very passionate about food, and work part time on my dessert catering company, Sweet Caroline's. I also enjoy doing other forms of fitness training, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Colleen Mathews

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga may be the greatest thing I have ever done for myself! It helps bring clarity to me about what is important in my life. There is a sense of healing for me both emotionally and physically.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

I never really enjoyed yoga until I found Harbor and then it was life changing for me. Teaching here is amazing; the friendships we have built here with each other and our clients are one of a kind. I am inspired by all of you. 🙂

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

I love to play tennis especially when I win! LOL ... Love to cook with family and friends. I enjoy doing home improvement projects. Mostly, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching Emma, Connor and Sophie play their sports.

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Gabriela Alvarez

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga has brought a balance between strength and flexibility. It has taught me to not take myself too seriously (on and off the mat), and to never be afraid of trying new things.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

People are very easy going, friendly and they come to get a good workout, to have fun at the beat of our own drum... or music 😛

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Anything outdoors, hiking and exploring new routes off the trail are a big one, traveling, camping, and if I were closer to the ocean, going to the beach (my happy place) also rock-wall climbing.

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Jacquie Grundei

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga has changed me not only physically but mentally too. I am physically and mentally stronger. I’m more present in my everyday life, and have been able to find calmness with my breath.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

I can share my love of the practice. Harbor feels like home, my happy place!

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Spending time with my family.

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Jenn Bajec

How has yoga changed your life?

They say the only constant thing in life is change ... for me yoga has consistently helped me adapt to those changes while feeling centered, strong and resilient.

From my first yoga class, which I took as an undergrad at OSU, to rebuilding my core strength after my kids were born, to stabilizing myself as I balance the demands of a career with raising my own family, my yoga practice has changed to support my needs as much as I have.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

I love the people drawn to Harbor and the awesome community here! Teaching lets me have a deeper connection to all the students and teachers, and supporting them throughout their own evolving practice brings me so much joy. 🙂

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Paleo cooking, traveling & celebrating with family, making stuff, designing, writing, gardening, hiking, strength training, and loving my Morkie.

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Joey Tracy

How has yoga changed your life?

I discovered yoga in my search for help with a health issue that didn’t involve more medication and Drs. appointments. While I did find what I was looking for health wise, an unexpected surprise was the ability to find an untapped source of strength, both physically and mentally, for life away from my mat. While I cannot control what happens to me, I can control my reaction and that is true strength.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

Teaching at Harbor is such a gift. It’s an inviting studio that welcomes everyone. From the moment you walk through our doors, I\we hope you feel that you have found a place to leave your cares and for 60 minutes focus on reconnecting and recharging with the person who needs you most, YOU.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

In addition to my passion for teaching yoga, I own a small skincare business. I’m married and have a daughter and 2 step children. We enjoy traveling, golf and the Buckeyes.

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Kate Brewer

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga has changed my life for the better in so many ways; I've gained confidence that I didn't have in my teens and early 20's. I'm healthier and stronger than I've ever been before and I've gained a sense of calm and become a little more laid back.

When momma gets grouchy, the kids ask me to do yoga -- so I can find my happy place.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

Besides our amazing clients; I love the sense of home I feel at Harbor. I love being on my mat and helping clients find their space.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Besides raising three wild and active kids I love reading, being outside (gardening, hiking, running or biking), and photography.

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Katie Pardi

How has yoga changed your life?

I took my first yoga class when I was 19 as a student at Ohio State. Then about two years later, I walked into this loft studio with big windows, music blaring and it was hot as hell. The instructor at the front had a friendly smile but gave firm instructions, “20,000 push ups! 😉 Let’s go!” And in that moment I thought this is it! This is exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for! I was hooked!

My life has changed in so many ways since that time with many bumps in the road (a few of them were good bumps). But my attendance to yoga has been constant, it has to be, it is a part of who I am!

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

I know I can make it through whatever my week will throw at me, knowing I get to come teach on Fridays!

The fact that people show up -- taking time out of their busy schedules -- to attend my class inspires me to make it challenging yet fun, so when they leave they feel like they made the best decision to come to Harbor and not go somewhere else for a workout!

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

We have the hardest-working and friendliest clients in town!

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Kelli Joyce

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga changed everything for me! It became the one thing that allowed me to be more aware of my mind and my body, which carries off the mat into real-world situations.

Why do you enjoy teaching yoga at Harbor?

I love teaching at Harbor. Everyone here -- owners, teachers and clients -- are welcoming and kind and inspire me everyday.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Outside of yoga, I love spending time with my husband and son (mostly driving to practice and games!) and friends, gardening and DIY projects!

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Kellie Harrington

How has yoga changed your life?

As a runner, yoga has added the perfect balance; I've noticed significant improvements in my fitness, stamina, recovery and most importantly attitude. I've never been as challenged as I am during a class at Harbor, and the accomplishment of completing a class transfers to all other fitness related activities I try and work/life balance in general.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

[The] classes are "not your traditional yoga" which is exactly what I love. Aside from the classes being challenging and upbeat, a theme at the studio is to not take yourself so seriously, which is a great reminder to everyone. Harbor is a truly welcoming place, and became my comfort zone when I moved to Columbus seven years ago.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

I love spending time with my family! My husband Dan and my little girl Lola - together we love to travel, we love trying new food and cooking, running, and outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. I also love fashion and am co-owner of Birch in Old Worthington, a women's clothing boutique that also features accessories, shoes, home goods and giftables.

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Kristin Deam

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga helped me to become aware and more in tune with myself. Mind and body. This has allowed me to work towards my best self so I can show up for everyone in my life. Yoga lead me to my purpose in like to elevate and inspire lives.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

I found a home at Harbor when I first started working at LuluLemon and it was love at first sweat. I love the workout but most importantly the people, the students, teachers and this community. There is an energy like nowhere else. It’s inspiring, challenging, and loving.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Travel, weightlifting, kickboxing, HIIT, hiking, anything sweaty!

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Lori Mesaros

How has yoga changed your life?

I am more mindful and life is more harmonious with yoga!

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

It’s just FUN! Yoga at Harbor has also introduced me to an entirely new network of friends.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Outside of yoga, I love to read and hang out with my family.

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Meg Zimpfer

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga helps keep my mind clear, my body strong, and my heart full!

Why do you enjoy teaching yoga at Harbor?

Teaching at Harbor is such a privilege! Angie and Heidi are beautiful, strong, and inspiring women! Whether taking a class or teaching a class - you feel like part of the Harbor Family!

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Sports, sports, sports ... I love watching my kids play sports, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Columbus Crew.

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Molly Prosser

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga brings out the better (slightly) calmer version of me. One that is more focused and centered.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

Our family of awesome, really down-to-earth, cool instructors, and our clients! From our die-hard regulars that we see every week -- multiple times -- to our brand new first-timers. I love the enthusiasm of a first timer has after they experience (and love) their first class.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Running, travel, walking my dogs with my husband, spending time with family.

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Samantha Coughlin

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga makes me a better person not only physically but emotionally and mentally. My life has been healthier and happier and continues to grow and flourish by leading a positive happy healthy lifestyle; promoted by yoga (And as Carly would say “Yoga makes you a better Mommy".

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

[It] enables me to share my passion for yoga and health with many people. ... The energy that Harbor brings to the table is unique and extraordinary.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Hobbies and interests including running, drag racing, spending time with family and friends.

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Shannen Rook

How has yoga changed your life?

I know this sounds cliché, but through practicing and teaching yoga I have been able to find a more balanced sense of physical and mental self. The physical practice provides me an outlet for flexibility and strengthening, undoing years of sports activities and other nonsense. Like everyone, my life is filled with crazy and yoga helps me to focus while getting an amazing workout.

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

The community, support and creativity is inspiring. It's HOT, challenging and it's close to my house so it's easy to pop over for class!

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

I have enjoyed playing volleyball for over 30 years and continue to play from time to time. I am always up for new adventures whatever they may be!

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Tim George

How has yoga changed your life?

I met my wife at the studio! She offered to save me spot after noticing I was rushing through traffic to make it after work. Lucky for me that spot was always next to her and the rest is history!

Why do you enjoy teaching at Harbor Yoga?

I enjoying teaching at Harbor Yoga for the same reasons I enjoy being a student a Harbor. The clients are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met and the energy in class is always positive. My fellow teachers come from so many different backgrounds and therefore offer such different styles of yoga.

What are your favorite hobbies and interests outside of yoga?

Undoubtedly skiing would rank number one on my list. I love to travel and especially enjoy trips that get me outdoors doing just about anything. I also enjoy hiking (especially with my wife and dog), cooking, biking, kayaking, or any type of boating for that matter, scuba, and also have quite a green thumb for gardening.