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Welcome to Bhumi’s Yoga & Personal Coaching
Bhumi’s Yoga & Wellness Center, founded in 1994, was the first yoga facility in Greater Cleveland and the first Yoga Teacher Training in Ohio! Our state-of-the-art facility, completed in 2012, sits on 8 beautiful acres of private property in Columbia Station, making it a serene get-away just 30 minutes from Downtown Cleveland. The indoor studio’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook our koi pond, woods, and specially designed outdoor yoga deck. Bhumi’s allows you to connect with nature and its beauty any time of year!
We offer a variety of wellness opportunities including multi-level yoga classes, healthy mind training for businesses, personal coaching and masterminds; all tools to help you discover your highest potential! Bhumi’s is a collaborative community of like-minded individuals of all ages and backgrounds who come together to learn about and explore body, mind, and spirit through a combination of holistic practices. We have the highest professional standards and individualized attention.
In our classes, enjoy yoga and relaxation. In our coaching, transform your personal and professional life.
Read more about Bhumi’s Yoga history:
The old adage says, “Bloom where you are planted”, and Bhumi’s Yoga & Wellness Center is no exception. After living 8 years in an ashram as Program Director of the largest residential yoga and wellness facility in North America, Harriet Russell whose yoga name is Bhumi, came home to Cleveland to recuperate from a horseback riding injury. She wanted to be surrounded by like-minded people so she decided to stay and build a yoga community, educating others in a holistic lifestyle. In 1992 the seeds were planted and Bhumi started teaching at various locations including universities, churches, and community centers.
In 1994 as the roots started to take hold, she opened a yoga school in Lakewood. Bhumi’s Yoga & Wellness Center was the first studio of its kind in Northeast Ohio offering a full array of wellness programs. The Bhumi’s Yoga Teacher Training certification course was the first in the Midwest to be nationally recognized by the Yoga Alliance. She also was the first one to introduce yoga into both public and private schools for physical education credit in the area.
The seeds flourished, the students were nourished, and the press and TV soon saw the benefits of yoga in mainstream suburbia. Bhumi was on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox 8, Ch. 43, and full page pieces were written about her and her yoga journey in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sun Herald, and Crain’s Business. Bhumi’s Yoga has hosted some of the yoga community’s biggest celebrities including colleagues Rodney Yee, Doug Swenson and Dean Lerner as well as Spiritual Masters Yogi Amrit Desai (Gurudev) and Yogi Hari.
Just a few short years later, the “one room schoolhouse” type studio in Lakewood was outgrown and transplanted to a larger space in Westlake. There Bhumi was able to offer classes simultaneously with her certified Bhumi’s teachers in several styles of yoga. The community grew to 350 students a week but the individualized approach and community spirit was not compromised.
With her yoga community in full bloom, and teacher training graduates operating their own yoga businesses throughout the community, Bhumi was confident her well-rounded teachers would carry on the path to bring excellent yoga with heart to the NE Ohio area and beyond. She focused on more advanced teacher trainings, specialized workshops and retreats. The community support during this time was most special as Bhumi was also caring for her mother Melva, who had been a regular at yoga class and events for many years.
In 2004, Bhumi‘s Yoga transplanted to an 8 acre wooded property in Columbia Station with hiking trails, small pond and organic garden. Bhumi felt learning can go deeper and students can immerse into themselves if they are in a relaxed environment in nature. In 2012, the new state of the art studio was built with spacious hardwood floor, ceiling to floor windows with stellar views whatever the season, and an outdoor yoga deck. The name changed to Bhumi’s Yoga & Teacher Trainings, although wellness continues in every aspect.
Bhumi’s Yoga & Teacher Trainings continued to be the blooming lotus just beyond the city still sending out plenty of busy yoga bees. Then came the pandemic. Although we were closed for 18 months, and had no new Yoga Teacher Training Certification in 2020/2021, Bhumi was able to help people individually with virtual coaching for personal and professional development. She created Mindfulness Masterminds to bring the power of community together for change makers.
And like seeds travelling in the wind, the inspiration of peace and understanding from over 40 years of yoga takes Harriet Russell (Bhumi) around the world as a speaker on multicultural competence with less stress and more mindfulness.