Gail just can't keep her good fortunes to herself. When she discovered yoga, she immediately knew she had to share it with others. Gail opened Om Sweet Om Yoga in 2004, which has been a dream come true, as she has been able to bring this practice to so many wonderful people, both young and old(er). Her students describe her as very nurturing teacher who can quietly touch every muscle in their physical and emotional body, which leaves them feeling relaxed, grounded and happy. Gail was certified by YogaKids in 2000, and has since become a trainer for YogaKids, teaching other adults how to teach yoga to children. In 2001 she received her certification from BeYoga with Alan Finger. She received her 500 hour certification from YogaBloom with Cora Wen in 2013. She has continued to feed her ever-curious soul by continuing her training with other remarkable teachers, such as Shiva Rea, Brian Kest, Erich Schiffman, Kofi Busia, Leslie Kaminoff and Judith Hanson Lasater. Ultimately, Gail is guided by her inner-teacher, the truest voice she will ever know. Through her yoga, she encourages her students to tap into their own wellspring of truth and peace. In 2014 Gail's first book was published. Restorative Yoga for Life is a book she hopes will help many people that she cannot help in person.
Though Om Sweet Om is her baby, she is being called to spread her wings a little further. You can visit her personal website at http://www.gailgrossmanyoga.com
Jean Aronoff's approach to yoga is one of total health support; she believes Yoga can help students achieve a positive integration of both body and mind, creating a whole healthy person. "Yoga comes from the heart not the head". Jean is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher has traveled to Pune India three times to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute with her Guru B.K.S. Iyengar, Dr. Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar. Jean is a founding member and a staff teacher at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Greater New York. We are very honored to have her as part of our Om Sweet Om Family.
Deborah Corsitto fell deeply in love with the practice of yoga in 2004, following the birth of her third child, and fell deeply in love with teaching yoga in 2009, when enrolled in Om Sweet Om’s 200-hour teacher training program. Since then, Deborah has maintained a consistent, near-daily practice in the Ashtanga yoga tradition while continuing to teach, study and enjoy the benefits of restorative and vinyasa styles of practice. Deborah is currently pursuing her 500-hour teaching certification with Cora Wen of Yoga Bloom with an emphasis on yoga therapeutics and has recently completed an intensive 40-hour training in the primary series of Ashtanga yoga with yogi master David Swenson. Deborah offers challenging yet nurturing flow classes, where students are invited to explore perceived limits, both physically and mentally, and safely move past them. Students credit her lighthearted, unpressured approach and gentle encouragement with making her classes fun, empowering and uplifting, steeped in tradition, but sweetened with fun. She is forever grateful to her primary teachers, Lisa Bondy, Gail Grossman and Sara Intonato, and most profoundly thankful for the life, legacy and teachings of her guru, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Karine Falleni has come back to her home town of Port Washington after years in Tucson, Arizona to bring us the ONLY Yogahour offered on Long Island. Karine trained with one of Yoga Journals 21 Talented Young Teachers Shaping The Future Of Yoga. Darren Rhodes (the founder of Yogahour and director of YogaOasis in Tucson, AZ). As Karine studied under him, we cannot wait to introduce her to our Om Sweet Om community for her unique style, knowledge and exuberance for teaching. We KNOW that Yogahour is the perfect class to add to our schedule and can't wait to see you there to experience this incredible unique class.
Jennifer Scott has a masters degree in art and teaches art at Nassau community college. It was her art the lead her to yoga. On an artist retreat in Vermont, tired and frustrated jennifer took a yoga class down the road. Immediately she connected to the practice not only on a physical level but an emotional and spiritual level. When she got back home she needed to find a place to practice what she discovered. Om sweet Om had just opened its doors and the rest is history. Jennifer is an 200 E-RYT and has just finished her 500 hr certification Her concentration has been in alignment yoga which she uses when she teaches her vinyasa classes. Jennifer loves sharing and teaching what she loves the most, art and YOGA.
Yoga first came into Beth Lipset's life from her then 2 year old daughter, who was enrolled in preschool and participated in yoga as an activity. She loved how flexible and focused her daughter was becoming and wanted to join in on the fun. She began practicing yoga at Om Sweet Om in 2003, the year the studio first opened. While yoga was initially a difficult thing to schedule into her calendar, it quickly became an element of her daily routine as her desire and need to practice increased. In 2008, life events escalated her practice of yoga into Beth's "off the mat" life when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Yoga not only allowed her to regain her strength and flexibility after several surgeries, but allowed her to find the strength in her mind and focus on her outlook on life. Wanting to share and give back all that yoga did for her, she enrolled in the yoga TT at OSO. She became a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 teacher, and a YogaKids instructor, in the summer of 2011. She loves to integrate many modern music styles within her classes and it is not uncommon to hear the Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Luther Vandross, Train or Little Feat in one session.
Beth's Mantra: "have peace in your thoughts, have peace in your words, have peace in your heart."
Sue O'Connells' introduction to yoga came working at Gurneys Inn and Spa in the 80's after graduating college as a physical education teacher. The seed was planted and years of teacher trainings/workshops have followed allowing her to create her own alignment inspired yoga class. Sue stresses proper positioning will allow the student to receive maximum benefits while breathing freely because the body feels "safe" in the pose. Sue's respect for student's individual emotional and physical needs allows for use of props. The student feels supported and is able to create their pose to "fit" the alignment to their specific body type and physical needs. Going deeper isn't always the best adjustment to release congested joints and tight muscles! Sue lives in Sag Harbor on the weekends and continues her alignment studies with master teacher Rodney Yee. Her philosophy is simple and is emphasized in all her classes: "a successful yoga practice at any level creates easeful movement without force". Practicing yoga with this simplicity is not easy yet suppleness and strength can be attained thru this simple philosophy.
You have to learn to play before you learn to flow... Lenora Gim teaches yoga to both adults and children through her unique and warm approach to the mat. An avid yogi who has been practicing consistently for over fifteen years, she completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification at Om Sweet Om in Port Washington. In addition to her more traditional adult vinyasa training, Lenora received her Foundations Training certification from YogaKids with Gail Grossman. With a teaching style that's both down to earth and intuitive, she incorporates proper alignment and mind-body awareness into creative and spirited sequences that allow yogis of all ages, shapes and sizes to explore their bodies through the never-ending adventure of yoga both on and off the mat. She currently teaches classes at Om Sweet Om, The Training Station, Friends Together Nursery, and the Port Washington Children's Center. Although at times she misses Brooklyn, especially mass transit, Lenora has found a home in Port Washington with Gail and the Om Sweet Om community. She is truly honored to be part of this special sangha. “Learning is movement from moment to moment.” ~ Krishnamurti
In 2011, After a major life transition of from being a Private Equity workaholic from Seoul Korea to stay-home mom in New York, Yumi came to yoga as a means of finding balance. Since Yumi embraced yoga, her practice evolved into more than just personal care, but also a passion and love of sharing the magical power of yoga. Yumi truly believes that yoga is for everyone, from the raw vegan to the BBQ enthusiast. She admits that she is a carnivorous, wine and cheese lover, you won’t hear much Sanskrit in her class, and she will totally forgive you if you don’t know your asana from your elbow. Yumi gets excited when she meets brand new yogis in her class and loves being a beginner’s first door step into a yoga wonderland. As a perpetual student of yoga, Yumi is eternally grateful that yoga has been a centering force in her life and to her amazing husband for his support with a deep love.
Yumi is certified to teach Vinyasa style yoga, Kids yoga foundation, Yoga for Children with special needs and Restorative yoga. Yumi teaches alignment-based vinyasa yoga and restorative yoga at Om Sweet Om Yoga, Long Island, NY.
I started yoga late in life. In the 80's and 90's I was into aerobics! I heard about yoga but decided it was too "Easy" and I would do it when I was "Old". How wrong could I have been?! My body, mind and spirit became impassioned by the movement, the breathing and the stillness. I decided I would become a teacher after my first class! I had worn many hats in my life...Advertising exec, mother, actor, salesperson, out of work actor with the kids away. It made sense.
I went to yoga 5 days a week for a year and then I started to convince Gail to do a teacher training at OM. It worked! I was in the first class and it was truly an inspiring soul stirring experience. So I hit the ground running and have loved every class I have taught over the past 6 years. I never stop enriching my life studying the endless philosophy yoga offers.
I also learn from my students. They never cease to amaze me and the joy they offer me warms my hear. Let me end by saying I LOVE YOGA! and every time I leave OM SWEET OM I am grinning.. every time!!
I am so thankful for Om Sweet Om for so many things… for giving my yoga practice a home once moving out to the suburbs (almost 10 years ago), for supporting and carrying me through my first yoga Teacher Training, for introducing me to my teachers Gail and Jean, and for honoring me with Teacher of the Month. I truly love teaching yoga and sharing my practice with my students. We have tons of fun and flow while still maintaining the integrity of our breath and our most beautiful postures. We lead with our heart centers (both on and off our mats). I found yoga 15 years ago while recovering from a life-changing automobile accident and am forever grateful for all it’s healing benefits.
Tired of spin classes and the gym routine, Bill tried yoga and quickly became a daily student at Om Sweet Om where he found that Yoga was much more than a physical practice and was an influence to him both on the mat and in life. Gail Grossman and Lisa Bondy were not only his primary teachers but became inspirational people as well as friends. Having completed the teacher training at Om Sweet Om in 2009, he has been teaching since then with enjoyment and energy. It has been quite a switch since his days as a data expert for Wall Street firms. Bill teaches an Ashtanga based Vinyasa style with a strong focus on breath while incorporating an undercurrent of Iyengar and a bit of Kundalini and Shivananda asanas. He has enjoyed learning and incorporating it all and customizes his classes based on the needs of his students. He brings to his classes both a strong commitment as well as a playful quality that his students enjoy and loves to see them try new things and be empowered by their results. Since his initial training he has studied with Iyengar certified teachers Jean Aronoff, Kofi Busia, Susan Marcus and Eleanor Williams. He has attended workshops with Ashtanga experts David Williams and David Swenson and has taken classes with Dharma Mittra, John Friend, and anti-gravity expert Shelly Bomb. He has also trained with Dr. Richard P. Brown and Qi Yong Master Robert Peng who focus on breath for healing and stress reduction. In addition, he was also fortunate to take three weeks of classes with Sharath and Saraswati Jois over the past two years. He is currently working with Ashtanga expert Stacey Plaske and has recently spent a weekend training with Richard Freeman. Bill enjoys tennis, cycling and traveling and is a highly accomplished bridge player. He lives with his wife and has two grown sons
Mary, one day, decided to take a yoga class because she was looking for a more therapeutic way to strengthen and stretch her body; after her first class she was immediately hooked. Mary truly loves the sense of peace and physical challenge she feels after each time she walks off mat. Being that she is a special education literacy coach by day, Mary made the decision to deepen her yoga practice and become a yoga teacher by taking a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification at Om Sweet Om, which in turn transformed her entire life. Mary loves to share her knowledge of yoga with her students by creating a safe, friendly, and encouraging environment. Her goal is to break down poses so her students gain a deeper understanding and full benefit of each pose. Mary is beyond excited to share her joy of yoga with all her students, new and old.
I always like to remember my first yoga experience - a Bikram class in NYC. I was nervous and insecure as I looked around the room which was filled with dancers who could contort their bodies like acrobats. I suddenly wondered why I had never stretched during my entire childhood, especially the years I played competitive field hockey. I felt stiff and out of place. A simple forward bend was a challenge for me; I could barely reach beyond my knees. And the thought of breathing exercises or meditation made me feel completely out of sorts. I was amazed how after only a few months of consistent yoga, I had gained both tremendous flexibility through practicing asanas and a deep sense of calm from incorporating simple breath work. I recall one occasion when a fellow yogi asked me if my background was in dance. I chuckled as I eagerly shared my story. For me, yoga has provided a tangible experience of possibility in all areas of life. On the mat, we catch a glimpse of our deepest self, our strengths and weaknesses, as we challenge ourselves and experience growth, all in the process of integrating mind body and spirit. As a dedicated yogi for over 18 years, I am committed to teaching yoga as a complete spiritual science - enriching others through the 8 limbs tradition of yoga. My classes, which offer a strong focus on core strength and alignment, are always rooted in the idea of developing awareness in my students. During class I guide students through the process of self inquiry - encouraging them to make deep personal connections as they become the ultimate observers both in class and in daily living. I completed both my 200 and 500 hour teacher training at Om Sweet Om (Thank you Gail for being an inspiring role model). In my spare time, I love to travel, especially to India to study with my teacher His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda Swamiji. Having a connection with guru has added a deeply devotional and spiritual aspect to my life. Being able to fully trust that life always supports, I have gratefully experienced pure joy - an inner happiness that just is, and is not based on any external factors. The truth about life is that we are all divine, loving and compassionate beings. To be able to share this understanding about life with others is truly a blessing.
Laura began her yoga practice in NYC in 1995 and has been a Certified Yoga Teacher since 2008. She is the mother of two teenage boys and a 2X breast cancer survivor. Her classes are welcoming, considerate, warm environments where she focuses on self acceptance, breathing and proper alignment. Laura encourages her students to take the flexibility and awareness they gain on their yoga mats out into their everyday lives.
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Here, your body is strengthened and soothed,
while your spirit is nurtured.
This is where new friends are made,
and hearts open.
Here, you learn to sustain a vibrant, balanced and healthy life,
and relax into the freedom of tranquility.
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