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 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 and co-owner of the Lotus Yoga Center. Her study of yoga began at age of 18.

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

Michele stays current with studying the teachings of Yoga and delights in remaining a student as well. 

Michele studied yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute in Virginia where she completed her education and at the Song of the Morning Yoga Center in Vanderbilt, Michigan. She also trained with Saul David Raye in 2000-2001 in the ancient tradition of Thai Yoga.

Allison Lavens

Allison's adventure in yoga began in 2011. Yoga began as a physical challenge for her, but she soon became passionately addicted to the mental change as well. Allison then explored many fascists of the yoga practice, drinking in the thirst for more knowledge. 

In 2015, Allison decided to take yoga teacher training to learn more and “maybe” teach yoga. She choose to do her 200YTT Yin Yang Ashanga Yoga training with Tina Lanzoni.  In April 2016, she graduated and was transformed on many levels. Then started teaching later that year in the studio that she was taught in, grateful for the opportunity to expand her knowledge of teaching while working with and under the knowledgeable teachers at Evolutions Studio.

She believes that we should never stop learning or growing….. having found a path in yoga, Allison teaches with a true  passionate expression that she wants to continue to learn, grow, and teach from.