The Blog

At mang’Oh, we believe the practice of yoga is a celebration of life. We run a boutique yoga studio in NYC, teacher trainings in NYC and the Hudson Valley, and retreats around the world. Our blog takes the practice of yoga off the mat, exploring topics that allow you to build the strength and serenity to live your life with beauty and abundance.

I’m Grateful for Everything I Have in My Life: An Interview with Frank Muscara

We are looking back at posts that we love! Here’s a favorite from June 15th 2016.
Honestly, Frank has the most …

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On Most Days, With Practice, I Feel Blessed: An Interview with Anita Matalia

We are looking back at posts that we love! Here’s a favorite from June 30th, 2016.
Anita is so fun and …

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About: Sara Blumenkranz

What is your hometown?
Brea, California
When is your birthday?
September 19, Virgo
What training / education have you had?
BA: Fashion Merchandising, Moda Pelle Academy …

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About: Lisa Levine

Why did you begin practicing yoga?
As a sedentary person by nature, I spent decades telling myself that to stay healthy …

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About: Galina Safronova

What did you do before becoming a yoga teacher?
When I moved to NYC back in 2003 by myself, it was …

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A Day in the Life of Katherine Willert, a Yoga Teacher with an 18-Month Old

Introducing our latest monthly blog post! Each month, we’ll feature one of our fabulous mang’Oh teachers, giving a peak into their lives …

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Erica’s Playlist of the Month: March

It’s controversial, it’s emotional and oh so personal. Pairing playlists with a yoga practice is an art and a science. …

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About: Kristin Bilella

Introducing our latest monthly blog post! Each month, we’ll feature one of our fabulous mang’Oh teachers, giving a peak into their lives …

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A Day in the Life of Sarah Girard

Introducing our latest monthly blog post! Each month, we’ll feature one of our fabulous mang’Oh teachers, giving a peak into their lives …

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Teacher’s Corner: Meet the mang’Oh Teacher Trainers

Teacher’s Corner is a new blog series written by one of mang’Oh’s most experienced (and well-loved!) teachers, Chintamani Kansas. Chintamani …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Parvrtta Surya Yantrasana

Parvrtta Surya Yantrasana is usually referred to as “Compass Pose”. In this beautiful and challenging posture, we have an opportunity …

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Ericas Favorites: Meditations for Busy Days

There is nothing like a busy day to make me forget all of my resolve to meditate daily. I like to …

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Ericas Favorites: Ways to Stay Present

These strategies are simple yet profound. Why do we so often overlook the things that make us most happy, most …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana is King Pigeon Pose and is a deep hip opener. The pose targets so many different parts …

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You Are Here: Yoga and the Map to the Heart

Teacher’s Corner is a blog series written by one of mang’Oh’s most experienced (and well-loved!) teachers, Chintamani Kansas. Chintamani also …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Malasana

Malasana is Garland Pose, or a deep seated squat. This posture takes on a reflective, grounding quality. It helps us …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana means “Half Lord of the Fishes Pose”, or is often referred to as Seated Spinal Twist. Matsyendra is …

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Teacher’s Corner: Mindfulness In Flow

Teacher’s Corner is a new blog series written by one of mang’Oh’s most experienced (and well-loved!) teachers, Chintamani Kansas. Chintamani …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Parivrtta Trikonasana

Parvrtta Trikonasana is translated as “Rotated Triangle Pose”. This powerful and deep twisting pose can be incredibly challenging, but also …

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On Most Days, With Practice, I Feel Blessed: An Interview with Anita Matalia

Anita is so fun and personable. She always makes everyone around her feel at ease and like they can be …

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Ericas Favorites: Vegetarian Dishes

Disclaimer: My husband Evan works for Blue Apron 🙂 Despite my bias, I really do LOVE our weekly vegetarian menu …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month:Chaturanga Dandasana

Chaturanga Dandasana is translated as “Four Limbed Staff Pose” and is often referred to as Low Plank. This challenging pose …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Shiva Natarajasana

Shiva Natarajasana can be translated as “Lord of the Dance Pose”. This beautiful, graceful shape is both a challenging backbend …

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Ericas Favorites: Candles

What better way to relax after a long day? Candles are both simple and luxurious.
Rewined Candles are beautiful and made from recycled wine …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Navasana

Navasana, or Boat Pose, is an incredible pose to fire up and strengthen the core of the body. It also …

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Erica’s Favorites: Yogi Gifts

 Every December, we give our teachers gifts of thanks to celebrate the end of a beautiful year. These are some …

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Erica’s Favorites: Inspirational Books

These are the yoga books which I keep going back to, over and over. They are also part of our …

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Yoga Pose of The Month: Bakasana

Bakasana is translated as Crane Pose, but is often referred to as Crow. This arm balance is the foundation and …

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Musical Mantras: A Second Yoga Playlist by Andrea

It’s controversial, it’s emotional and oh so personal. Pairing playlists with a yoga practice is an art and a science. …

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I am Grateful for the Life I Live: An Interview with Stephanie Freudenberger

Stephanie is such a sharp, quick student. She quickly grasps new concepts, and always provides such intuitive and interesting perspectives. …

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Musical Mantras: A Second Yoga Playlist by Alana

It’s controversial, it’s emotional and oh so personal. Pairing playlists with a yoga practice is an art and a science. …

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Yoga Pose of The Month: Sirsasana

Sirsasana
Sirsasana is headstand pose, and is often considered the “king of all asanas”. In a headstand, your body is completely inverted, …

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Teacher’s Corner: The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

Teacher’s Corner is a new blog series written by one of mang’Oh’s most experienced (and well-loved!) teachers, Chintamani Kansas. Chintamani also teaches and …

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Yoga Pose of The Month: Urdhva Dhanurasana

Urdhva Dhanurasana
Urdhva Dhanurasana is often called Wheel Pose, and can be translated as Upward Bow Pose as well. It is a …

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A Tribute to Our Teachers and Staff

A real tribute to our teachers and staff:  We are very excited to see mang’Oh listed as one of the …

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Reflections from our Southern Italy Yoga Retreat

In August, we hosted mang’Oh yoga’s first international retreat to the southern Italian province of Puglia.  We had 12 amazing …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Camatkarasana

Camatkarasana is playfully referred to as Wild Thing Pose, and has been translated as “the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart”. …

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Get to Know Your Inner Voice: An Interview with Lauren Mitchell

Lauren is an absolute gift to anyone who meets her – she’s warm, caring, and full of life. She is …

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Musical Mantras: A Yoga Playlist by Kristin

It’s controversial, it’s emotional and oh so personal. Pairing playlists with a yoga practice is an art and a science. …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Padmasana

Padmasana is Lotus Pose, a challenging and powerful seated pose. You often see images of sages and masters practicing this posture …

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Be Happy and Want the Best for Others: An Interview with Brittany Doherty

Brittany Doherty is truly a student of life, full of spontaneity and curiosity. I always enjoy hearing about her next …

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Musical Mantras: A Yoga Playlist by Alana

It’s controversial, it’s emotional and oh so personal. Pairing playlists with a yoga practice is an art and a science. …

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How To: Clean Your Yoga Mat

Here’s how we do it at the studio:
– Natural Cleaning Solution (we use this to clean EVERYTHING at the studio and …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Viparita Karani

Viparita Karani
Viparita Karani, or “Legs-Up-The-Wall” pose, offers an excellent alternative inversion practice. It is a beautiful way to receive the …

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Sneak Peek: Southern Italy Yoga Retreat

So, we haven’t gotten a chance to do a full write-up yet, but we wanted to give you a sneak …

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Ericas Favorites: Yoga Styles

When it comes to yoga styles, everyone has an opinion.  But there is not just one style for everyone.  You …

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Musical Mantras: A Yoga Playlist by Andrea

It’s controversial, it’s emotional and oh so personal. Pairing playlists with a yoga practice is an art and a science. …

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Having Passion is What Living is All About: An Interview with Janine Silverman

Janine Silverman was an incredible addition to our teacher training program – her humor, honesty, and courage is refreshing and …

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Yoga Pose Of The Month: Parsvottanasana

Parsvottanasana
Parsvottanasana, otherwise known as pyramid pose, is an incredible stretch for those tight hamstrings and the lower back. In order …

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Musical Mantras: A Yoga Playlist by Sarah

It’s controversial, it’s emotional and oh so personal. Pairing playlists with a yoga practice is an art and a science. …

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I Have Gained Pockets of Yogi Wisdom: An Interview with Diana Trotsenko

Diana is highly intelligent and has a beautiful, inquisitive mind. I was always astounded by her insight and clarity in her …

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Erica’s Favorites: Mantras

A mantra is simply a word, phrase or sound that is used to concentrate the mind.  My favorite mantras are …

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The Yamas: Aparigraha, Non-Greediness

We’ve partnered up with some amazing Cape Town illustrators to bring the Yoga Sutras to life.  Every other week, we include …

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Musical Mantras: A Yoga Playlist by Lauren

It’s controversial, it’s emotional and oh so personal. Pairing playlists with a yoga practice is an art and a science. …

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Ericas Favorites: Breathing Exercises

Do you ever give yourself credit for the amazing thing that you do, all day, every day, without fail? It is …

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The Yamas: Brahmacharya, Sense of Control

We’ve partnered up with some amazing Cape Town illustrators to bring the Yoga Sutras to life.  Every other week, we include …

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Erica’s Favorites: Tote Bags

This one is an easy one – my favorite tote bag is our mang’Oh tote of course.
Pick one up at the …

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Do What You Love, Love What You Do: An Interview With Greg Frew

Greg Frew is such a joy to have as a student. He is consistent, hard working, and has a great …

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The Yamas: Asteya, Non-Stealing

We’ve partnered up with some amazing Cape Town illustrators to bring the Yoga Sutras to life.  Every other week, we include …

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Musical Mantras: A Yoga Playlist by Erica

It’s controversial, it’s emotional and oh so personal. Pairing playlists with a yoga practice is an art and a science. …

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The Yamas: Satya, Commitment to Truthfulness

We’ve partnered up with some amazing Cape Town illustrators to bring the Yoga Sutras to life.  Every other week, we include …

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Erica’s Favorites: Yoga Mats

Choosing your yoga mat is a personal decision.  Only you can really decide what thickness, texture and “stickiness” works best …

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I’m Grateful for Everything I Have in My Life: An Interview with Frank Muscara

Honestly, Frank has the most comforting presence I have ever encountered. He is grounded, kind, capable, and intelligent. Frank takes …

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The Yamas: Ahimsa, Compassion for All Living Things

We’ve partnered up with some amazing Cape Town illustrators to bring the Yoga Sutras to life.  Every other week, we include …

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Erica’s Favorites: Healthy Snacks On-The-Go

I try not to eat “on-the-go” too often.  It’s so much better to sit down and take the time to …

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Erica’s Favorites: Yoga Books

Satchidananda says in the Sutras, “There’s no value in digging shallow holes in a hundred places. Decide on one place and …

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The World is Brand New Again: An Interview with Josh Meier

Josh has such a nurturing spirit. I witnessed him encouraging and uplifting everyone around him throughout our Teacher Training, always …

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Erica’s Favorites: Accessories

Of course, there are the standard accessories – blocks, strap, and bolster.  I’ve always liked a block made of a …

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Erica’s Favorites: Incense

When we first opened our doors at mang’Oh, I wanted to make sure that we calmed every sense when students …

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Teaching Yoga to Children: An Interview With Kim Cunningham

Kim is absolutely hilarious – she is fun loving, adventurous, and one of the easiest people to be around. She …

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My Time on the Mat is an Oasis: An Interview with Andrea Lodico Welshons

Andrea is one of our Teacher Trainees who now teaches at mang’Oh. Andrea an absolute light – she fills every room she …

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Erica’s Favorites: Gurus

A guru is simply a teacher, someone who leads a life that is a model for our own – who …

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Life is Messy, There is No Instruction Manual: An Interview with Djuna Passman

Djuna has been a longtime student and teacher at mang’Oh, and she was a part of our first Teacher Training …

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Erica’s Favorites: Yoga Clothes

I call my yoga clothes my “uniform”.  I have a pretty easy system – 3 items, everything mix and match.  …

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