About Us


Lotus Yoga Center

Lotus Yoga Center LLC was founded by Gary L. Gross and Michele Baran-Gross in 1992.  Gary L. Gross and Michele Baran-Gross are registered yoga instructors with the Yoga Alliance and are designated ERYT-500


Swami Bhavajananda (Gary L. Gross)

Gary began his yoga journey at the age of 16 and has taught yoga for over 30 years. 

He has several teaching certificates from the leading yoga schools; White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA, Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, MA, Golden Lotus Teachers Association in Michigan and the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. 

In 2007 Gary was awarded the yoga title Swami Bhavajananda. 

Locally Gary teaches at Lotus Yoga Center. 

For a number of years he taught yoga and stress management at the University of Toledo and Owens Community College.


Michele Baran-Gross

Michele is a certified yoga teacher/reflexologist and co-owner of Lotus Yoga Center. Her study of yoga and bodywork began at the age of 18.

She has trained in many yoga programs and schools specializing in Hatha Yoga, Cardiac yoga, Stress Management, Pre & Postnatal Yoga, Kids Yoga, Partner yoga, Kriya meditation, and Vinyasa yoga. 

She studied yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute of Virginia, Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat Center in Vanderbilt, Michigan and at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California. She also trained with Saul David Raye in 2000-2001 in the ancient tradition of Thai Yoga Massage.

Her reflexology training started in 1988 with the Original Ingham Method Seminars and continued with The Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Florida where she also studied various modalities of bodywork.