After moving to NYC over 3 years ago and using yoga as a tool to deal with transition and running injuries, Alana realized a deeper passion for yoga. In one year, Alana completed the 500 Hour Teacher Training at ISHTA Yoga. She loves teaching well rounded classes that incorporate pranayama, asana, meditation, and restorative poses with an Ayurvedic touch to complement the seasons. She enjoys challenging busy New Yorkers to slow down, be present, and look for the connection between mind and body. While not lying around in goddess pose, Alana works in Marketing and Communications for an online employment company, helping to find the connection between people and job opportunities.
Andrea found yoga through dance, beginning a new journey of movement and discovery. Over the past decade, yoga has been a source of joy and calm within the hustle of life in NYC. Andrea completed her 200-hour teacher training certification in 2014 at mang’Oh Studio. Through the mentorship she received at mang’Oh, Andrea uncovered a fresh perspective, awakening a deeper understanding of what the practice can offer. In her teaching, she hopes to share the passion and peace she feels on the mat and provide students with an environment in which they can find new awareness, presence, and strength. Andrea infuses her classes with playfulness and dynamic, creative sequencing in which students dance and sweat through asana from a strong foundation of alignment.
Chintamani teaches classic and specialty yoga in New York City, and is a longtime Teacher Trainer in the mang’Oh 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. She continues to study yoga, yoga therapy and other healing modalities, including Anatomy, Pilates and Mindfulness Meditation.
Chintamani’s classes blend mindfulness, alignment and joyful movement; encouraging safety and skillfulness, as well as freedom and expression. Chintamani’s mission is to get us all to move, breathe, find our joy, and feel connected and smart.
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Love at first sight – that is how Danielle’s relationship with yoga began. She has been practicing since 2002, and like any truly great relationship, the connection has only gotten stronger over time. After spending five years in a very fast-paced corporate job, Danielle decided to turn her passion for yoga into a profession and became a Registered Yoga Teacher, certified at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. She wholeheartedly believes that happiness is a choice. And for her, yoga is happiness. In her teachings, Danielle incorporates asana flow with pranayama and meditative techniques. The goal, first and foremost, is to move in harmony with your breath, while tapping into a deeper awareness of your self to provide a balance that will bring you to a peaceful, happy place.
Danielle was first introduced to Yoga at age 12, and ever since has been continuously discovering the limitless wonder and power of the practice,and sharing it with people of all ages. She teaches specialized classes for the elderly and children, and structures individual and group private lessons. As a musician and trombonist, Danielle incorporates the spontaneity and joy that music possesses into her teaching. That coupled with her studies of health, anatomy, and nutrition, her students learn to overcome obstacles and find ease, grace and abundance first on their mats,and then off, in their day to day lives. Her classes are rooted in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition while also catering to the physical and spiritual needs of her students. Danielle obtained her 200 hour certification from Life Power yoga in Long Island, NY in 2011, and is currently pursuing a degree in Nutrition and Food Science at CUNY Hunter.She plans to become a Registered Dietician and continue to teach Yoga to her students, who are also her greatest teachers.
Djuna’s aversion to yoga quickly dissipated after she discovered the strongphysical, emotional, and spiritual effects of a daily practice during atime of personal upheaval. A life long love of moving and firm belief inthe healing that comes from developing and deepening the mind-bodyconnection have led her to successful careers as a dancer, choreographer,and dance/movement therapist. Feeling a strong desire to share the wondersof yoga with others she received her yoga certification through mang’Oh aspart of their inaugural teacher training. Blending extensiveknowledge of the body with choreographic skills and the ability to createand hold a safe space for self-exploration and play, Djuna aims tochallenge and inspire her students. She loves sharing her passion for yogawith the mang’Oh community.
When Erica found mang’Oh, she was running around New York City teaching at various studios, gyms, and living rooms. At the time, mang’Oh had a tiny community and was in need of some love and inspiration. In 2007, she, along with her business savvy sister and dearest friend Cynthia, purchased and reinvented the studio. Today, mang’Oh has become the place they always dreamed it could be: a sweet yoga sanctuary full of heart and soul.
Erica is in love with the practice of yoga. She profoundly believes in its healing effects for the individual body and spirit, as well as the collective whole. She delights in teaching beautiful and expressive asana classes in the hatha vinyasa style. Every day, she is inspired by and grateful for all of the students and teachers that call mang’Oh their yoga home.
Erica has a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University, and she received her yoga certification through Laughing Lotus Yoga School. She lives in Astoria with her husband, Evan.
Galina, a former swimmer, was born and raised in Russia. From a young age, she was trained to push her body to the limits and beyond, which led to injury. She was introduced to yoga soon after moving to NYC in 2003. She has practiced ever since, using yoga as a tool to deal with transition and assimilation, and to deepen her knowledge about herself. As she became more interested in exploring and deepening the mindbody connection, she completed a 600 hour massage therapy training while seeking to address her own long term injury. She has practiced at Jivamukti, Laughing Lotus, and Kula Yoga Project, but it was not until she discovered the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York that her understanding of yoga completely changed. Studying the Iyengar method taught her to turn her own practice from being not only physically intense and challenging, but also therapeutic for both body and mind. Galina obtained her 200 hour certification from mang’Oh yoga studio. She teaches classes in the Vinyasa Flow style with a strong emphasis on alignment, the breath, turning within and loving yourself. Her uplifting classes are slowflowing but intense, creative but safe, challenging but never competitive. She enjoys challenging busy New Yorkers to slow down, be present, and look for the connection between mind and body.
Gloria’s love for teaching blossomed during the development of her own personal practice. She credits the entire Mang’Oh Community for providing the solid foundation upon which her practice is based, and for inspiring her to complete their 200-hour certification training course.
She is trained in the Hatha Vinyasa style of yoga for adults, children and teens, having also studied at the Karma Kids Yoga School in New York City.
As a former ballet dancer, she infuses artistry and musicality into her classes with creative choreography and uplifting playlists that range from classical to hip-hop. Her classes are non-intimidating, challenging and fun.
Heather teaches yoga for peace and bliss. She believes that the art and beauty of yoga is to understand your limits, expand your boundaries and then be able to truly relax into who you are. In yoga we seek the unification of the mind, body and soul. This is the very reason she devoted her own life to yoga and wants to share it with as many people as possible through her teaching. In Heathers class you’ll be physically challenged while you are always reminded of your spirit and breath. The music will carry you through the mental and physical shift that occurs in the class. Heathers personal practice began 20 years ago at Integral Yoga Studio in NYC. She received her RYT- 200 hour certification in the summer of 2014 at Pure Yoga.
A performer from a young age, Josh has always had an interest in movement as a form of expression. While receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre, he was exposed to multiple forms of dance but was never really a ‘dancer’. He arrived in NYC in 2005, attended his first yoga class, and found that it was the right speed for a ‘mover’ while being just as expressive and beautiful as classical dance. Adding in the deep intellectual and emotional connections had him immediately hooked. Following years of exposure to awe-inspiring instructors, he found himself full to the brim, and the only option was to start putting it back in the world. He received his certification in 2014 and has been upwardly expanding since. His goal in teaching and practice is to cultivate multiple levels of awareness while aligning the physical body with the heart’s intention. By creating a safe, healthy environment for the exploration and play of dynamic asana, he aims to weave the depths of ancient philosophy with the demands of modern life, allowing for a yogic approach to any situation the every day might present.
Justin uses a powerful combination of focused yogic movement, thai massage, reiki, meditation, and philosophy to ignite his students in their practice. He challenges his students to use power and subtlety to approach their practice–and their life–with passion, confidence and wisdom. Justin’s innate ability to inspire depth and grace in the people around him has attracted students from all over the world and captured the attention of New York City’s most established yogis. He is eternally grateful to his teachers, including Dana Flynn, Rodney Yee, and Abbie Galvin, and is excited to share his practice with you.
Katherine has her 200 hour yoga certificate from YogaWorks, and is working on Sonic Yoga’s 300 hour advanced teacher training as well as Pure Yoga’s 100 hour Ashtanga teacher training. Her classes are dynamic, creative, and chakra-centered. Everything about yoga and yoga practitioners continues to fascinate her; she is so pleased and humbled to participate in this tradition with others every day.
Kristin’s passion for yoga started about 8 years ago. From struggle, she found joy when she learned she could look within to find strength through yoga.
After years of practice, she continued on her journey to 200 hour yoga
school at Laughing Lotus where is graduated in 2010 and the real fun began. She teaches a fast-moving, fun vinyasa flow with emphasis on turning within and loving yourself, and really great music! While the physical practice moves you, creates heat, and keeps you in shape, it’s the spiritual aspect of the practice that keeps her coming back to the mat and teaching. Coming together as a community both as a student and a teacher has brought such fulfillment to her life, and she is honored to give more and be a part of the Mang’oh community. Namaste!
Lauren began her yoga practice while living in Florida. She received her 200 hour yoga certificate from Mang’oh Yoga after moving to New York City in 2011. She teaches a vigorous, yet calming Vinyasa flow with a strong emphasis on adjustments, the breath, and the student’s individual experience within his or her own practice. She’s also been known to sneak in a restorative pose whenever she can. As Charles Bukowski says “find what you love and let it kill you”. See you in Savasana!
After being sedentary for 41 years, Lisa realized that to live well into middle age and beyond she would have to become active. She forced herself to lift weights and do aerobics without joy. Then a yoga studio opened near her and she found what felt natural and even fun. And she discovered an unexpected benefit: more acute self-awareness and deeper body awareness. Since then, Lisa has practiced Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Bikram yoga. She became a 200 hour trained teacher through Mang’Oh studio in spring 2015 and loves sharing the joy with her students!
Lynne found yoga as a freshman in university, originally looking for a new physical exercise but finding a whole lot more. After graduating from Drexel in 2011, Lynne worked behind a desk for several years before finding passion in sharing her yoga practice as a means of living a fulfilled life in the modern fast-paced western culture. She teaches yoga in the Vinyasa style with touches of Ashtanga, focusing on strengthening both the body and the mind through carefully structured classes ranging from quiet stretches to challenging inversions. She also incorporates breath work, light meditation and yogic philosophy in her classes. In addition to teaching yoga, Lynne is currently running health coaching programs and studying Psychology at Columbia University, with hopes of incorporating all of her knowledge to enrich as many lives as possible. Through yoga, meditation, nutrition and mindfulness, Lynne aims to live and help others as possible live simply, happily and freely, no matter life’s ever-changing outside factors.
Maggie has been teaching yoga since 2012, but her fascination with movement and body awareness began long ago when she trained as a ballet dancer and started teaching dance during college. She then went on to enjoy running a successful recruiting business in New York City, M. Luca & Associates. She reconnected to her dancing past and started practicing yoga on a regular basis in 2010. Perhaps influenced by her daughter who is also a yoga teacher (in Brazil), Maggie applied to and completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Mang’Oh in 2012.
Since then, she has plunged into teaching a wide range of students. She particularly enjoys teaching vinyasa at Mang’Oh and helping students with physical challenges and movement disorders. She obtained an advanced teaching certification in Yoga for Arthritis in 2013 and a certification in Yin Yoga at the beginning of 2014 at Integral Yoga. Maggie also spent a few weeks at an ashram in India studying the roots of Yogic philosophy. She is presently enrolled at Integral Yoga for a 300-hour certification in Yoga Therapy. Maggie hopes to share her enthusiasm for the benefits of yoga with the Mang’Oh community.
Masako stumbled into a yoga class after having a particularly hard day in February 2001. The rest, as they say, is history. She practices yoga not only for its physical, mental, and emotional benefits, but because it is just so much fun! Sharing what she has learned and experienced with her students has brought her joy and happiness beyond allmeasure. Originating from Japan and having gone to an all-girls Buddhist school has prepared her to infuse Buddhist teachings with yogic philosophy, and weaving them into the class. She is known for her mindful, caring, kind, and light-hearted approach to yoga and to her students. Masako is a certified Integral Yoga and OM Yoga teacher, with additional training in restorative, yin, pre-and-post natal, and chair yoga.
Natalia is a former gymnast who was born and raised in Russia. She moved to Japan after university graduation and stayed in Asia for 10 years. Buddhism and eastern life culture attracted her during her time in Japan, where she experienced yoga for the first time. In 2012, she came to New York and found a multicultural city with a lot of energy, where every second New Yorker is engaged in yoga. Her gymnastic background instilled in her the belief that challenges makes us stronger and better. Her goal is to be positive – that in attaining physical results we achieve a spiritual practice, which leads us in a positive direction. She teaches vinyasa flow with physical challenge, graceful movement with connection to breathe. She inspires students to find their inner peace through strength, balance and harmony. Natalia has received yoga certifications at both New York Yoga and mang’Oh Yoga. This is your life – do what you love, and do it often.
Sarah Girard was born and raised in Venice Beach, California and has recently moved to New York City. Having an exposure to a wide variety of yoga teachers at an early age, she welcomed education from many different disciplines. Also being a cancer survivor, artist and food lover she has incorporated resiliency, courage and humor into her life.
During the past decade, Sarah has trained hundreds of hours with Bryan Kest, Annie Carpenter, Maty Ezraty, Dharma Mittra and Leslie Kaminoff. Her non-profit work brings her to both Cancer Wellness Centers and low-income high schools throughout Manhattan. She believes that we are all students and to be a teacher one must always be learning. Sarah encourages the connection of mind and body in her classes and celebrates the challenges we greet in our daily lives.
We are all powerful in our own ways.
Yoga opened up a world of spirituality and allowed Stephanie to find her voice and speak this language of love she had been longing to share for a long time.
Stephanie graduated from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center where she keeps learning from her teachers. She completed advanced trainings in Fly and Bhakti Yoga, Ayurveda and Healing, Energy and the Subtle Body.
As a dancer, she used her movement to express her emotions, to get them out and bring them back in. Yoga and the Lotus Flow have brought a deeper dimension to this, to the way she feels and understands her body and mind, to the way she links her breath to the internal and external transformations constantly happening, to the way she can come in touch with her soul.
Stephanie’s classes move through a fluid and organic flow, encouraging her students to find their own artistic voice, to create their own beauty on the mat and to reflect on how much all the connections that we feel so strongly in class can make our life, off the mat, brighter, lighter, happier.
While living in Miami, Susan completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training and soon was teaching Vinyasa and Yin yoga full-time. She moved back to her hometown, New York City, while completing her 500-hour certification at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in 2013. Fascinated by the complementary interaction between the active and passive practices, she studied Yin Yoga with Corina Benner, becoming fully certified as a Yin teacher in early 2015.
Tara Dhyani Purswani is a registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist with over 1,000 training hours and 7 years of experience teaching yoga in studios, gyms, hospitals, schools, and living rooms.
Tara was exposed to Indian culture and spirituality at an early age through her father and extended family in India. She took her first Yoga class at age seventeen and it became her church. Back then, she was very uncomfortable in her body — each and every shape was met with resistance, but she kept showing up nonetheless. Over a decade later, she barely recognizes herself and has been sharing these transformational practices with others for over 7 years.
She received the sanskrit name Dhyani when she studied Hatha Yoga at Integral Yoga Institute’s Yogaville Ashram (Satya Greenstone). After that, she studied Vinyasa at OM Yoga (Cyndi Lee), YogaAnatomy at The Breathing Project (Leslie Kaminoff), Yoga Therapeutics at Pure Yoga (Dana Slamp), and Yin Yoga at Integral (Corina Benner). Dhyani encourages her students to embrace their anatomical uniqueness and connect to their highest purpose. Dhyani’s classes are known for intelligent alignment, rhythmic flow, and a bit of funny bone.
Dhyani teaches Yoga full-time in her native city of New York. She did a two-year Yoga and meditation residency at Integral Yoga Ashram in Manhattan (she is now happy to sleep in) and she’s been on multiple 10-day Vipassana Meditation retreats. Dhyani has worked as a Audio Engineer, Travel Agent, and Cheesemonger, but most of all she’s an anatomy geek, volunteering weekly with physical therapists at the Hospital for Special Surgery.