Andrea Lodico

Andrea Lodico is a New York-based yoga teacher. She found yoga through dance, beginning a new journey of movement and discovery. Since 2004, yoga has been a source of joy and calm within the hustle of life in NYC. 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 uncover new insight, vibrant presence, and strength. Andrea infuses her classes with playfulness and dynamic sequencing in which students move through asana from a strong foundation of alignment. A vigorous and lighthearted practice works to encourage mindfulness of breathing and somatic awareness. Andrea is filled with gratitude for her teachers and the community that yoga has brought into her life, having completed a 200-hour certification at mang’Oh yoga in 2014 with Erica Whalen and her 500-hour training in 2017 at Boston Yoga School in Boston, MA under the mentorship of Ame Wren and Kevin Courtney. She received a 75-hour certification through Kula Yoga Project & The Sacred Fig with Nikki Vilella & Anton Brandt in September 2019.

In addition to teaching yoga, Andrea is an arts administrator, working with choreographers and dance companies to bolster infrastructure and guide change and strategic planning. Over the last decade, Andrea’s creative and strategic vision, along with her commitment to collaboration and innovation, has distinguished her as a leader in the dance field.

Andreas Schwarz

Andreas teaches Vinyasa style yoga and completed his 200-hour teacher training certification in 2014 at Sacred Sounds Yoga. His decision to complete his 200-hour training was to further enhance his knowledge of the philosophy and history of yoga as well as Western anatomy in order to understand the effects and benefits of one’s asana practice on the body.

Although having no intention to teach at the time, Andreas soon recognized his passion for teaching others. He enjoys creating “safe havens” for his students in which they can learn, engage and deepen their practice. Passionate about social justice, Andreas holds an M.A. in International Relations with a focus on Human Rights.

He is currently employed at an HIV/AIDS Foundation where the mission is to end the epidemic by challenging the root social causes of the disease such as discrimination, stigmatization, poverty, and lack of health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Andreas is grateful to all his family, friends and mentors that have encouraged and supported him throughout his journey.

Annie Hartkemeyer

Annie H is a New York based actress and yoga instructor. Always one for an adventure, Annie has found that her yogic journey has been one of the most rewarding ones, and she loves sharing that journey with her students. Annie is now on faculty at her alma mater, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where she teaches Yoga for Actors.

She teaches yoga at the United Nations, works one on one with patients at a doctor’s office where she leads yoga therapy sessions, and teaches group classes and private sessions across the city. Her classes are carefully crafted to nurture the individuals present and include lots of detailed alignment work, quiet moments of introspective self-study, and a vigorous, heat-building Vinyasa flow. She received her yoga training at Sonic Yoga, her prenatal training at Sanctuary Pilates, and trained with Connected Warriors to learn how to teach yoga to veterans with PTSD.

Beatrice McMullen

Beatrice is a proud New Yorker who discovered yoga while teaching English in Spain. Her new practice brought her peace in a time of uncertainty and self-discovery. She feels very lucky to have discovered mang’Oh as a neighbor upon returning to New York – her practice balanced her in yet another transitional period in life. Beatrice brings her quick wit and sweet nature to mang’Oh, where she completed her teacher training. Her teaching style is challenging, moderately paced, and energetic; always encouraging her students to go deeper into themselves physically and spiritually.

Chintamani Kansas

Chintamani discovered yoga on a whim and quickly realized how powerful, yet simple, yoga can be to help bring balance and healing. Yoga helped Chintamani overcome trauma and redirect her life towards health and wellbeing. She quickly realized yoga was a gift that needed to be shared with everyone.
Chintamani teaches classic and specialty yoga, and is a longtime Teacher Trainer in the mang’Oh 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. She continues to study yoga, yoga for injuries 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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Danielle Figgie

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.

David Ito

David’s journey in yoga started over 20 years ago. Being a former gymnast and of Japanese descent, he was immediately attracted by yoga’s vigorous yet meditative approach. During his decade long work as a relief worker for the Red Cross and the UN in Africa, Middle East, and South Asia he worked in terrible conditions, war, and natural disasters. Many elements of yoga – breath work, meditation and asana- helped him towards managing emotional and physical hardship.

However, such working conditions came with a price – PTSD, malaria, anemia, and Degenerative Disc Disease. His back pain was so bad he could not get out of bed in the morning. Eventually David decided it was time to recover and heal. That’s when a solid yoga practice and the will to become a yoga teacher emerged.

David is now a yoga teacher, a healer (Reiki Master) and certified in Thai Massage. In class, he focuses on balancing body and mind and strongly cues for proper alignment and safety.

David wishes to share his passion for yoga with his students and to encourage them to expand yoga practice beyond asana and help set a path towards healing and strengthening body, mind and spirit.

Djuna Passman

Djuna’s aversion to yoga quickly dissipated after she discovered the strong physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of a daily practice during a time of personal upheaval.

A lifelong love of moving and firm belief in the healing that comes from developing and deepening the mind-body connection have led her to successful careers as a dancer, choreographer, and dance/movement therapist. Feeling a strong desire to share the wonders of yoga with others she received her yoga certification through mang’Oh as part of their inaugural teacher training in 2011.

Blending extensive knowledge of the body with choreographic skills and the ability to create and hold a safe space for self-exploration and play, Djuna aims to challenge and inspire her students. She loves sharing her passion for yoga with the mang’Oh community. For more information or to say hi, visit her website.

Erica Whalen

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.

Heather Bernstein

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.

Josh Mathew-Meier

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.

Kristin Bilella

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!

Lisa Levine

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!

Maggie Romairone

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. Two years later, she completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Mang’Oh.
Since then, she has plunged into teaching a wide range of students.

She obtained an advanced teaching certification in Yoga for Arthritis in 2013 and certifications in Yin Yoga, Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Therapy in 2014 from Integral Yoga Institute. Most recently, after several years of study, she has been accepted as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy.

Maggie also studied the roots of Yogic philosophy in Haridwar, India.

In addition to teaching at Mang’Oh, Integral Yoga Institute and other New York studios, Maggie has a private Yoga Therapy practice for students with movement disorders, arthritis and other health issues.

Maggie hopes to share her enthusiasm for the benefits of yoga with the Mang’Oh community.

Marissa Anteby

Marissa Anteby, ERYT 500, is registered with Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Teacher for Yoga Teachers. She masterfully manages to guide beginner and advanced Yoga practitioners through an ever changing sequence of poses, with clear language and easy to understand instruction. Her experience in leading people is obvious from the first inhale to the very last exhale. Maybe it’s because she’s been doing this for over two decades, maybe it’s because she continues to study with the most revered leaders in the Wellness/Fitness industry, or maybe it’s just because she cares about each person in her classes.

Marissa upholds numerous certifications, among them are; Hatha Yoga, Ishta Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Healing Energy, Mat Pilates, Ballet Toning, Interval Conditioning, Resistance Training, Group Fitness, and several Indoor Cycling formats. Her popular classes have graced the tri-state area in Yoga studios and major health clubs. Marissa even took her unique blend of stretching and strengthening to Dubai, UAE where she lived and taught. But we like her right here, reminding us to be in this precious moment! Marissa’s main teachers include, Rodney Yee of Gaiam Yoga video fame, Yogiraj Alan Finger – meditation guru, Julie Kleinman – Director of YogaWorks LA and frequent author of Ask the Expert in Yoga Journal, John Friend – founder of Anusara Yoga, to name a few.

Practicing Yoga with Marissa will leave you feeling toned, refreshed, renewed, and glad you did it!

Masako Miyakawa

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 all measure.

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.

Phillip Pettiford

Inspired by his Love for movement, Phillip crafts his classes striking a balance between strength and fluidity. He specializes in leading creative classes with challenging balance postures and a brisk pace which allows you to silence your mind and connect with your body.
Phillip always follows the desires of his heart: first, dance, which led him from San Francisco to New York City; then, yoga. He received his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. Phillip is masterful at teaching to the student and encouraging his students to their highest potential. Off the Mat, he is trained in contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and modern dance. He currently teaches at top Yoga Studios in NYC and choreographs jazz funk routines.

Sara Blumenkranz

Sara Blumenkranz received her 200hr certification from Mang’Oh Yoga, a 200hr certification from Katonah Yoga and is an apprentice at The Studio. After years as a dancer an injury led her to yoga which became sincerely life transforming. She found that balance, calmness, and fulfillment through a yogic lifestyle is truly the key to harmony. Sara invites you to explore the magic of yoga in every class. She brings a mix of vinyasa flow filled with a blend of several styles including Katonah Yoga, Pranayama and Classical Hatha. Pairing a fresh playlist in every class, transformational adjustments will lead you to find euphoria. Yoga brings so much value to our lives, being able to share the yogic lifestyle is truly exciting. Sara is a footwear designer by day and yogi by night! A wanderluster, jetsetter, founder of Archetype Footwear and co-founder of The Yoga Life Retreats.

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Sarah Girard

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.

Vanush Von Love

It was a knee-injury that resulted in Vanush [Von] finding yoga and bodywork and opening the door to a personal and professional path of self-discovery, growth, and healing. He completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center followed by apprenticeships with Ali Cramer and Sheri Celentano and now teaches group, corporate and individual yoga classes all over New York City.

By combining his dance background and extensive training in various bodywork modalities and human anatomy, Vanush offers a style of yoga that helps students to find their breath, balance, and the profound wisdom that movement is medicine. Beginning with the physical body, Vanush invites you to take the step forward towards self-discovery and healing as he guides you on a personalized path to achieve wellness and balance in your own life. “Listen to your body” he says “it never lies”.

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