Jackie Wolff comes from a background in performance and education. While teaching theater at a special needs school for children, she started practicing yoga with her students and soon realized that was what she was meant to do. She was inspired to become certified, and now has over 400 hours of Yoga teacher training with specialties in yoga for special needs populations, prenatal yoga, trauma informed yoga and restorative yoga…but her heart is in vinyasa flow and loves to guide you to the deep end of your soul, linking movement with breath. Jackie enjoys sequencing her classes in accordance with the Chakra system, and infuses the movement with dance-like fluidity and liberation, while drawing special attention to alignment. When not hanging out in a headstand, you can find her in the pool as a member of the Brooklyn Peaches Synchronized Swim team. Special thanks to her mentors Mary Dana Abbott, Kenny Frisby, Francesca Bove, Victor Colletti, Ariel Kiley, and all the dreamers, lovers and humans out there showing up on your mat to raise the vibrations on this little planet we share.
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”.
Yoga was initially a form of therapy for Jenny. It provided her a means to counteract the stresses exerted upon her body by her professional dance career, which included a prolonged tenure with Pilobolus Dance Theater. As she kept on with her practice, she discovered in yoga a source of calm that empowered her to manage the hustle-and-bustle of modern life. Yoga also became for her, an endless wellspring of inspiration and a map to countless paths to self-discovery. It was a passion to share the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of yoga that drove her to become a teacher. And so, in 2011 she attained her 200-DYRT teaching certification from Dharma Yoga Center. More recently, she achieved a Level II Hot Vinyasa teaching certification from The Barkan Method. Jenny is also certified in mat pilates and Gyrokinesis. Additionally, she has been shown the ways of absolute love as well as how to do a perfect updog and downdog by her furry four-legged flower child, Frida.
Jenny’s goal for each and every class is simple: She wants her students to walk out of her class feeling better than when they walked in, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Her classes draw from hatha, vinyasa and ashtanga yoga with a focus on alignment, mindful sequencing and inspirational music. She hopes her students will leave her class feeling refreshed, and ready to begin afresh.
A NYC transplant from Detroit, Michigan, Jeanette Doherty came to the East Coast and to yoga through her first passion – stage acting. A practicing yogi since 2002, Jeanette transitioned from student to ever-learning teacher in 2014 through JataVeda 200hr teacher training with Keri Setaro and Paula Loose. She recently completed her advanced training through Laughing Lotus NYC’s 300hr Love School. Jeanette’s classes combine vigorous, creative flows with storytelling, inspiring students to take the curiosity, freedom and playfulness they find on the mat into the rest of their lives. In addition to fluid asana, classes include restorative elements, as well as deeper spiritual study through dharma, meditation, chanting and breath work. Expect to dance, sweat and surprise yourself as you safely explore challenging shapes and learn a little practical magic along the way. Outside the studio, Jeanette shares her life with a wonderfully nerdy data scientist, a playful pup named Stevie Nicks and a snaggletooth cat named Rufus.
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!
When I was a kid I used to watch my aunt practice yoga in her room, I would slowly open the door and try to be as invisible as possible, watching her move and breathe in really strange ways. Years later, as an athlete I started adding yoga in my routine so I can stretch and relax my muscles from excess training. I had little to no awareness on all different aspects of the practice however after avery class I would always feel a sense of joy and comfort within my body and mind. Many years later while battling a serious illness, the practice of yoga came to my rescue, it totally changed me and my life. I dived deep in the wider aspects of it, the philosophy, the meanings, the breathing and… The urge to learn was too strong to hold back so I traveled to the source, India, and started this journey of life long study. I share all that I know, fully and from a place deep within my heart with my students.
Yoga to Andie means breathe. The practice of yoga is seamlessly intertwined in how we live our lives every day. After completing her YTT 200 hour at Satsang Yoga Studio in Westfield, NJ in 2012 she’s continued her education at Yoga Shanti with Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee’s 100 hour advanced TT and a mentorship with Heather Lilleston in NYC at Yoga Vida. In Andie’s classes you will find that she brings a lifetime of movement, power, and flexibility to each series and an invitation to bring your breath and questions. Her goal is to show you that through the physical practice of yoga, you will feel empowered and learn more about yourself both physically and emotionally. When she’s not on her mat you can find her with her feet in the sand. An avid surfer and ocean lover she’s constantly chasing the tide. For her there is never enough time in the sunshine, but there is always time for a smile and a laugh.
Teaching Style: Challenging! Where there is no challenge, there is no possibility for growth. Julie’s classes are creatively and intelligently sequenced to build a deeper practice not only physically, but also mentally. A back injury for the last 4 years has driven her to study anatomy and principles to help you safely play with your edge and discover what’s possible. Known for powerful playlists which include an eclectic range from Bach to Patti Smith and strengths in alignment cues that weave in yogic philosophy to remove internal boundaries. Expect to laugh and learn how to breathe when things get tough. Trainings- 200 Hour RYT Absolute Thailand 2011, 200 Hour RYT Yoga to the People NYC 2012, 50 Hour RYT Laughing Lotus 2016. Continued weekly training with Nikki Costello (Ivengar/Kula) inspire Julie to expand her practice, knowledge and teaching. She is eternally grateful for the the art of teaching from Nikki as well as Dana, Kenny, Sheri, MaryDana (Laughing Lotus) and Nevine Machan (Katonah).
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.
Candice is a born and raised Texan, living in New York since graduating with a Psychology and Studio Art degree from Texas State University in 2012. She received her 200-hr yoga teacher training from Dharma Yoga of Austin in 2008 and has been teaching ever since. Upon her initial training, she has received an additional 100-hr training through Dharma Yoga, 40-hr Ashtanga intensive with David Swenson, is a 600-hr Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, and is certified to teach Prenatal Yoga from the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC. Candice is also undergoing her DONA doula certification and has a Katona Yoga intensive training coming up this fall!
Candice’s classes are grounding, healing, and challenging, sprinkled with a bit of magic and confident assists.
Sara Blumenkranz received her 200hr certification from Mang’Oh Yoga in the Spring of 2015, a mentorship through Sky Ting Yoga in the Spring of 2016 and a 50hr Katonah Yoga certification in the Fall of 2018. In life, she refers to, BYTT (Before Yoga Teacher Training) and AYTT (After Yoga Teacher Training) as it was sincerely life transforming. She found that balance, calmness, and fulfillment through a yogic lifestyle is truly the key to harmony. Sara is a footwear designer by day and yogi by night. She invites you to explore the magic of yoga in every class. Her goal is to create a safe and comfortable environment 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, weaving in essential oils during savasana, you will undoubtedly find euphoria. Yoga brings so much value to our lives, being able to share the yogic lifestyle is truly exciting. See you on your mat! Follow my playlists on Spotify: Sararose85 / instagram: @sararosecollection / www.namastayforlife.com
Teacher, student, writer, and entrepreneur, Stacey has spent the last decade practicing and learning yoga. She found her place on the mat as a place where she could catch her breath and dance around. Since, the yoga mat has become a place for finding freedom, breath, release, growth and healing. Stacey’s classes are infused with inspiration, nourishment and creativity and encourage the chance to hear one’s voice, allowing it to affect the present and future.
Stacey is an RYT 200 Teacher certified with Yatra Yoga. She received her Yin Teacher Certification with Ishta Yoga and is currently enrolled in the 300 Hour Advanced Teacher Certification with Integrative Yoga focusing on overall well being.
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!
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.
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.