Your illuminated space
Body Mind & Core is a manifestation of a great dream. A vision brought to life by the hard work of its founder, family, friends and community. Since 2008, Natalie conceptualized a sacred place; a studio where yoga can positively affect peoples lives and their community. A space where practicing yoga becomes inspirational, enlightening and empowering. A sanctuary to keep lives full of balance, freedom and wellness. A enlivened community where learning and sharing knowledge makes room for fun and relaxation and most importantly, a nurturing, inclusive environment where individuals can be at peace with themselves, experience the freedom to grow and welcome a challenge.
In 2010, after 17 years, Natalie returned to motherhood. By 2012, she and her husband Matt, welcomed their youngest of four children into this world. During that time Natalie found the benefits of Pilates perfectly complimenting her yoga practice. As she prepared for labor and post-delivery, she found new ways to enhance her yoga and pilates journey. With the discovery of TRX, Natalie experienced a new challenge and began to appreciate the triple effects of Yoga, Pilates and TRX. It is through this process the Body Mind and Core concept came to life.
In 2013, Natalie and her husband sent their second son to college and decided it was time to leave their home in California, move "Back Home Again in Indiana" to raise their two youngest children close to family. Courageous by faith, brave with spirit, Natalie and Matt, chose to realize her dream and Body Mind and Core was born.
Body Mind & Core is a state of the art 4000 square foot facility in Carmel, Indiana (upstairs of Panera Bread). There are (3) studios offering over (50) classes a week in Heated Vinyasa, unheated Yoga, Pilates, Barre, and TRX. There are classes for all ages and experience levels. From Beginners to professional athletes, Body Mind and Core has programs to fit all your needs and lifestyle. Body Mind and Core has a focus on families with Pre/Postnatal Yoga & Pilates, Kids Yoga and childcare for Body Mind and Core members. We are ADA compliant and have worked hard to provide first class accommodations for changing rooms, restrooms and lockers. We are excited to bring a line-up of Indiana's premiere teachers and instructors to the Body Mind and Core family. In addition, we are committed to featuring the world's most experienced teachers and speakers for workshops in Yoga, Pilates and Wellness. We believe our teachers are the heart and soul of Body Mind and Core. They are "OUR CORE" and hold the key to the positive change we seek in our lives. If you desire to quiet your mind, trim your waistline or scratch the spiritual surface, Body Mind & Core, is the place to belong. For it is here, through belonging and within an illuminated space, you will absorb the light and leave with a glow.
Born in 1975 to an influential family in Belize with a political background, Natalie likes to still consider herself a village girl. When in 1999 she moved to the United States, Natalie pursued the practice of yoga in Sebastopol, California. She first focused on the physical benefits but soon uncovered access to profound healing, awareness, and spirituality. Natalie completed a 200 hour RYT training in California, the Comprehensive Equipment based Teacher Training with Balanced Body Pilates, and she continues educational studies in functional anatomy, Ayurvedic wellness, and nature’s healing modalities. She is currently learning to be a Bush Medicine Specialist and diving back into her deep indigenous past in the Maya Ketchi tradition.
Natalie and her husband Matt moved to Northern California from the U.S. Midwest. As young entrepreneurs, they built one of the first hydroponic retail stores beginning in 2002. Natalie handled accounting and HR for the young couple as Matt designed new hydroponic products and hybrid techniques. Natalie worked as an executive officer as the company grew to over 3.5 million dollars. They integrated two more businesses of distribution and manufacturing, producing a OMRI certified plant nutrient before moving on from all 3 businesses in 2012 to pursue yoga and farming endeavors in Indiana and Belize. A 4000 square foot state-of-the-art wellness center in Carmel, Indiana, Body Mind and Core was Natalie and Matt’s latest business venture. Natalie has been leading retreats in Belize and California the last 5 years with great success and has continued to explore therapeutic endeavors in her work. She has been a part of marketing different products and services across many different brands in her time as an entrepreneur, specializing in yoga brands to reach their maximum potential. She pools together over 20 years of experience, from yoga to farming.
Always blending their passions in life for a prosperous, abundant and sustainable lifestyle, Natalie and Matt are currently developing Kann Ku, a spa and lifestyle resort in Belize. Natalie, herself, has began developing her next brand, her first lifestyle brand. Natalie now offers retreats and global mentor services to entrepreneurs within and outside of the wellness industry, both to navigate building a business and support self-healing and discovery while fostering professional growth.
Amanda came to yoga with a simple curiosity about the ancient postures and contemplative practices after her brother had introduced her to a book about traditional Hatha yoga. This interest led her on a deep inward and outward journey as a yogini. She completed the 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Certification with Todd Norian in 2005. Her profound desire to know the philosophical aspect of yoga led her to become a Take Five Scholar in Eastern Religions at the University of Rochester in 2002-2003. Amanda brings sweetness to her classes by sharing her love of yoga, healing arts, dance, pranayama, and meditation. She believes that the awareness of the breath is the guide, and that the best parts of yoga are the unplanned moments of grace.
Brittney first practiced yoga in 2008 as way to balance her body between aerobics classes, but instead found a way to balance her mind! Seeking a deeper understanding of yoga and its roots, Brittney studies and applies the rhythm of Ashtanga practice. Creativity and her own personal style come from fun transitions between postures. She is registered RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance. Still an active group exercise instructor, Brittney teaches some high intensity classes, but spends the majority of her time working with new or returning exercisers, active older adults, and adults in chair-based fitness classes. Brittney seeks to establish an environment where students can both challenge their bodies with a powerful vinyasa flow and feel joy and peace in their minds!
Brook’s first big impact by yoga was in DeDe Groves’ power yoga and again in her hot yoga class located in her hometown. Brook was surprised how yoga could make such an impact on her life and had to keep practicing. At first, Brook used yoga as a fun physical workout, but quickly found other benefits as well. She received her certification through Body, Mind and Core. Brook was taught by the amazing Natalie Perez-Hayden in Vinyasa yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. She quickly found a passion for teaching power flow, restorative, and prenatal yoga. Brook has a strong power flow practice, but believes restorative yoga is just as important. In Brook’s power classes you will find beautiful sequences and wonderful adjustments that allow for a stronger practice. Brook’s restorative classes allow her students to find clear minds and deeply relax their bodies. Prenatal classes will consist of a slower flow to allow for easier movement and allow for connection to your baby.
Charlene discovered yoga in the foothills of the Sonoma coast back in 2009. Originally from the jungles of Belize, she migrated as a teenager who quickly learned how stressful the city life can be. Far away from the natural environment she grew up in, she was determined to gain back her sense of peace. Yoga started out as a means to take the stress off. What she quickly discovered was that yoga was a means of balancing the subtle energies and of clearing mental and emotional blockages, allowing her spirit to become more harmonized a deep self-awareness. It is through her own transformation of awakening and ability to tap into energy fields that allows her to move with the flow. She stands firm in the belief that a strong power flow can and does break away the many layers of blockages we hold inside of us. Her flows incorporate yoga philosophy and spirituality while sustaining a reverence for a strong practice. Charlene completed her yoga training under guidance of her sister Natalie with Body Mind and Core in 2016 and is ready more than ever to share the gift of yoga.
Cindi Odle began practicing yoga following a car accident in 2016. Her husband had been practicing for over a year and raved about the benefits for his mind & body, and as part of her recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury, she decided to give it a try. She began researching the benefits of yoga for brain healing and what began as a curiosity, turned into a passion. Cindi completed her training at a Baptiste Affiliate studio in Fort Wayne, IN and is excited to bring this power vinyasa yoga to Body, Mind & Core. She loves the concept that “yoga is accessible to all” and encourages all levels of yogis to try her class. From beginner to experienced, there is a place for each and everyone to see the mind-body benefits from a consistent practice. When not teaching yoga, you will find her cheering on her husband and two boys in their passions (Orthopediatrics©, reading, singing theater, soccer, basketball and football), advocating for a cause, researching and experimenting with the latest wellness trends (including essential oils & nutrition) and connecting with family and friends.
Claire Ranieri is a RYT 200 certified yoga teacher. Since 2014, she has been sharing her practice based in traditional Vinyasa yoga and meditation. Claire is also a certified Buti Yoga instructor, a modality that mixes yoga, tribal dance, and plyometrics. She is committed to the deeply healing power of yoga, has experienced it in her own life, and is passionate about sharing this with others. She believes in the transformative power of a holistic yoga practice that helps students develop a strong and flexible physical body, expansive Soul connection, and a centered mindset that extends far beyond the mat and into your daily life.
Drawn to movement and fluidity Danielle comes from a background of gymnastics, dance, and cheerleading. She stopped cheering when she went to college at the University of Alabama and found a new love in weight training. After three years it was one of her friends from the weight room that brought her to yoga for the first time. Having been a "gumby" in her dance and cheer days, Danielle wasn’t immediately drawn to yoga until she went to a class that made her love how she felt emotionally. She started to feel the greater impact yoga could have on her.
Fast forward 3 years, Danielle realized she wanted to put her psychology degree to use through teaching yoga so she signed up and completed her YTT200hr with Mindi Epstein and Peace Through Yoga. Danielle wanted to help others find freedom from anxiety, depression, or any other daily life troubles through yoga and to feel empowered by movement just as she had. Passionate about flow, strength, inversions, safety through correct form, self healing, and more, you’ll find that Danielle’s classes are a balance between strengthening the mind and body.
Georgia Arnett was introduced to the practice of yoga six years ago. After battling with severe anxiety and depression a friend suggested she give yoga a shot as a way to cope. She started with a simple but effective home practice and within weeks was astounded with the impact yoga was having on her. Needless to say, she hasn’t stopped practicing since. Her personal love for the practice eventually evolved into a need to share this gift of yoga with her family, friends, and community. She has a soft spot for beginners yoga but loves teaching a fiery power class as well! When she’s not teaching you can find her with her nose buried in a book, sifting through racks at thrift shops, or walking her one eyed dog Nanners.
“What started off as an on again off again hobby 5 years ago has now become a complete lifestyle with which I’ve absolutely fell in love. After dealing with all the ups and downs of life- not being able to find a balance- I became an active member at Hot Yoga Naperville, learning and building amazing relationships with my instructors. Due to this experience, I went on to receiving my 200 hour yoga Alliance teacher certification. My goal is to help teach the importance of creating a relationship between the mind, body, and breath. In offering a range of class flows, I encourage my students to break through their perceived limitations on and off the mat. When I’m outside the yoga studio, I enjoy wine tasting, dancing until my feet hurt, writing poetry, and letting a breeze guide me during a nice run.”
Michelle discovered yoga in 2014 when she attended her first power flow class. She was searching for a positive outlet from stress and luckily, she found her perfect match with yoga! In February 2015, she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through CorePower Yoga in the Chicagoland area. Michelle wanted to share her positive experience on the mat with others and she felt the best way was through guided practice together. She took a 2-year hiatus from teaching; during that time, she got married, moved to Indiana and adopted a dog, Melon. When life started to settle down, Michelle felt it was time to re-focus on teaching again. She applied to be an instructor at Body Mind and Core: the studio where she had been working on her personal practice for the past year. Now, Michelle mainly focuses mainly on power, vinyasa and hatha style classes. She currently offers Power Flow and Prenatal Yoga and you can catch her subbing other classes as well! When she’s not in the yoga studio, you can find her spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying a nice glass of wine or trying out a new place to eat!
A part of the fitness industry for over 17 years, Monica is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer and ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor. She enjoys a successful career working with individuals of every fitness level and age seeking a variety of results including weight loss, post-baby body, injury rehabilitation, increased athletic performance, and maintenance of general physical fitness for overall health. In addition to those mentioned above, she also carries 7 additional certifications. Monica has been married 22 years to her husband Mike. They have two boys, Oscar age 14 and Joseph age 12, and one dog, Lucy. When not training herself, she spends her time cooking, writing, traveling and spending as much time as possible with her family.
Natalie fell into yoga while hiking in Squaw Valley, California in 2012. She was immediately drawn to the Prana- the life force positive energy- at the Wanderlust yoga festival and instantly knew she would start her own practice on her return to Indy.
For Natalie, a single Mom to 3 teenage boys, a daily yoga practice was vital to keeping anxiety and stress under control. "Yoga was my life preserver on days when I was barely feeling I could stay afloat. Knowing that once I got to my mat, I felt safe and everything would be okay." Natalie also discovered yoga is truly the fountain of youth. Natalie loves that yoga challenges her emotionally, physically and mentally. With every class she learns something new, feels stronger, sheds another layer and leaves her stress on the mat. Natalie believes that her calling is to share this amazing gift of yoga. Please come to class knowing you will feel relaxed, rejuvenated and nurtured.
Natalie completed her Yoga YRT 200 training under the tutelage of her Master trainer and friend Natalie Perez- Hayden in 2016. Natalie’s passion is teaching restorative, prenatal and chill flow yoga classes. Natalie looks forward to completing more training in the future. When not immersed in yoga, Natalie enjoys week-ends hiking, biking and discovering life with her boyfriend and moments with her 3 college aged sons.
"Having always been athletic, I found Pilates the perfect fit when I began doing it years ago. I literally had spent decades beating my body up, that the first time I left a Pilates class, I thought wow, that was hard, yet I feel amazing! Nothing I tried before had ever toned my muscles and increased my flexibility like Pilates." Tammy was comprehensively trained through Balanced Body and is certified by PMA.
Her favorite part about teaching is seeing her students grow in strength and confidence. It only takes a few weeks of a dedicated Pilates practice to really change your body. She teaches in the same style she likes her classes, numerous varied exercises that give a great whole-body workout. Her classes are athletically inspired for those who love a good challenge.
Theresa Rendell is a certified bootybarre instructor, trained under the instruction and choreography of world-renowned fitness and wellness expert and creator of bootybarre, Tracey Mallet. Theresa is married and has 7 children (including triplets!), and 2 grandsons. Having a large family, teaching bootybarre (and other fitness classes), and also sustaining her own skincare/wellness business keeps Theresa very busy and active. Theresa’s fitness background includes gymnastics, cheerleading and dance. She also holds an instructor certification in the CRT Method. Her classes provide a fun, energetic barre workout that fuses techniques from dance, Pilates and Yoga that will tone, define and chisel the whole body. Instructing proper form and alignment is important to provide a safe and well structured class that meets the needs of all fitness levels... while having FUN! Theresa enjoys giving her students a challenging class and encourages her students to push themselves to meet their own personal goals.