To me, yoga is a reductive process. It burns through the shackles of physical asymmetry and psychological stress and creates balance. Yoga brings integration by harmonizing strength with letting go, and builds a bridge between mind and body in a way contrary to many of our culture's assumptions. A teacher once told me that our musculature is our memory’s hard drive, and my experience releasing memories, burning away traumas and resentments through asana practice (yoga poses) has solidified this idea. My personal practice is one of adjustment and readjustment in each pose to release the physical and psychological tensions stored in my muscles, and to ultimately be liberated from them into deeper states of balance. The shape of my life is indeed the shape of my body, and yoga is my vehicle towards freedom.
Angelina is an experienced yoga and pilates professional, drawing from both modalities and her dance background to give insightful and challenging classes that synchronize movement and breath. Trained as a power vinyasa yoga teacher, she also studied restorative yoga and children’s yoga, bringing aspects of deep restfulness and playfulness into her core-centered classes. Her yoga path has also included journeys into Ashtanga and Anusara yoga, and has been guided at different times by the wisdom of Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee and Charles Matkin. Her training in pilates has been through Power Pilates and the countless hours of practice needed to support her previous career in dance. Whether in yoga or pilates, Angelina strives to teach her students how to move intelligently and find the balance between effort and surrender.
With a strong background in Martial Arts, Barb has taken yoga and pilates for over10 years. Conscious, connected movement and core control are important elements inher training and teaching. She has studied extensively in Anusara-inspired yoga, andhas a Thai yoga certification through the Lotus Palm school. As personal trainerfor nearly 10 years, she has acquired in-depth knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, &injury prevention and rehab. Barb is dedicated in helping others build strong,solid core strength, which leads to more ease & grace in everything we do.
Chintamani teaches Yoga, Pilates, Meditation and Zumba in New York City. In addition to enjoying fun, invigorating, movement classes, she has a passion for the therapeutic potentials of Yoga and Pilates. Her classes are a blend of playful sequencing, intelligent alignment, mindful presence, and body-awareness meditation. The mixture of structure and joyful movement encourages safety and skillfulness, as well as freedom and expression. All movement is connected to the heart and should be fun and empowering. Chintamani continues to study meditation and other styles of yoga and yoga therapies, including Embodied Anatomy in Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga and Pilates Therapy for Specific Conditions, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Thai Massage. Teachers who have particularly touched her heart are: Kelly Kane, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Amy Matthews, Roxlyn Moret, Cyndi Lee, Genny Kapuler, Erich Schiffmann, Shiva Rea, Dharma Mittra, Mukunda Stiles, and Ellen Saltonstall.
Love at first sight – that is how Danielle's relationship with yoga began. She has been practicing for seven years, 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. Thegoal, 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.
Eric Larson (500hr RYT) teaches vinyasa for all levels, gentle restorative and absolute beginner classes and workshops. His intelligent hands on adjustments guide the newcomer into safe and correct alignment and the more experienced yogi into advanced asana. Eric was introduced to yoga after a serious back injury nearly ended his dancing career. After several years as a professional ballet dancer Eric is pursuing his BA at NYU double majoring in creative writing and literature. He believes in the healing power of an intention infused asana practice, and Eric specializes in building his students' practices with one on one attention. Whether you are looking for Samadhi or just a good sweat you will find help to reach your goals in Eric's classes.
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.
Justin is trained in two schools of Vinyasa yoga. He first studied at The Yoga Sequence and later at Laughing Lotus. Early in his path, Just was taken under the wing of some of NYC's most established yoga teachers for his ability to sense and work with energy as well as his calming presence. He has begun to rapidly rise within the yoga community. Justin now teaches regularly and leads workshops for beginners, master classes, partner yoga and much more.
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 yogaschool 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 Iannacito McBride
Lisa's experience with movement is ever evolving. Through dance she found Pilates and through Pilates she found yoga. She enjoys the continuing journey of learning how each discipline compliments the others and is in awe of the body’s potential. In her classes, she hopes to provide her students with an environment in which they can playfully find new perspective and insight as to their own patterns and abilities while providing a fluid foundation of breath and alignment. She received her BFA in Dance from Purchase College and was certified by the Kane School of Core Integration to teach Pilates mat, reformer, cadillac, and chair exercises. She was thrilled to be certified in mang'Oh Yoga’s inaugural 200hr vinyasa teacher training. As studio manager, she is grateful to have the opportunity to connect with and cultivate the mang’Oh community. She is happy to be spending more and more time in a place she loves doing work she believes in.
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.
Sarah Girard is a born and raised native of Venice Beach. Being introduced to yoga at a young age, she has followed many teachers and styles throughout her life. A cancer survivor, dancer, singer and food lover she has incorporated resiliency, courage and humor into her life. In 2009, Sarah sailed around the globe, touching six continents and learning the importance of sharing our individual experiences with others. Back in the states, she continues her yoga practice, which started 13 years ago and she won’t go a day without a down dog. During the past decade, Sarah has trained with world-renowned yoga mentors Bryan Kest, Rudy Mettia, Annie Carpenter and Maty Ezraty. She is always in search of a new teacher, a new studio and a new class to practice many different forms of fitness, which is why her journey has brought her to New York City. She believes that we are all students and to be a teacher one must always be learning. Sarah continually practices the connection of mind and body in her classes and celebrates the challenges we greet in our daily lives. Along with being a nationally certified Instructor, world traveler and performer, she is also a member of the Royal Academy of Dancing and has a BA from UCLA in Theater. Being a Cancer Survivor, Sarah supports Yoga Across America, a charity that provides yoga classes for schools, American Soldiers and soon those fighting cancer. We are all powerful in our own ways. Let us help each other discover the unknown.