Om Sweet Om Yoga
12 Irma Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
516.944.YOGA
www.omsweetomyoga.com

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This class is taught by:

Sarah G. Goldblatt

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.

 

Lenora Gim

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  

Beth Lipset

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."

 

Erica Fazzari

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.

Elena Box

Elena began her yoga journey with Om Sweet Om at the age of 19. At the time she was studying for a BFA in Acting at SUNY Fredonia. Her studies included movement and voice training from the Linklater technique as well as commedia del’arte and stage combat.
After graduation in 2011, she took her yoga teacher training at Om Sweet Om and began teaching there after. Om has truly been her “home” for quite a while now!
Following the terminal brain cancer diagnosis of her father in 2012, she travelled to the amazon to study Peruvian shamanism with the Shipibo tribe. It was this knowledge that helped ground her during the challenging times of coping with grief and loss.
When her father passed in 2016 her yogic path lead her to Australia and Bali to study indigenous wisdom and ancient Balinese healing with Agus Sihman. She practiced yoga passionately at Radiantly Alive in Ubud, while getting trained in Reiki with Devi Ma of Divine Light Healing.
Most recently she studied Kundalini yoga extensively in Los Angeles at Rama Institute with Guru Jagat.
In 2017 Elena felt pulled to round out these profound teachings and became a certified death doula with Olivia Bareham of Sacred Crossings.
Now she proudly calls herself: casual lady shaman, yoga teacher, and conscious comedienne.
Above all, she is happy to be here in service to our great community.
As a yoga teacher, Elena draws from many lineages and practices from all over the globe. To her, yoga is all a play of breath, and a vehicle for expanded awareness and freedom of expression through form. A divinely playful meditation in motion.
When coming to her classes, you can expect to feel held in a ceremonial-like sacred space. She encourages the releasing of breath through voice, and the flowing of your poses in a way that feels best for you. Releasing all expectations of what a yoga pose ‘should be’ and providing a space for you to explore how the poses feel in your body.
Her Open level classes are Vinyasa flow, while incorporating gentle stretching and intuitive movement. Playlists vary from tribal beats, to gentle contemporary, inspiring cinematic –like soundtracks, or even West African music. A feast for the ears is in store for you!
In Restorative she offers her style of hands on shamanic energy healing while you melt into the easeof your relaxing practice. Touch is always offered as an option, not a requirement to receive. Boundaries are key.
Candle light yoga on Friday nights is like a luscious romantic date with yourself. Flickering firelight, sensuous and playful flow, rounded out with a few restorative poses.

Kathleen Katzmann

Kathleen turned to yoga in 2002 when she was expecting her 4th son, and has been practicing regularly ever since. Having put her body through much wear and tear growing up as a competitive gymnast and acrobat, ultimately fracturing a vertebra during college cheerleading, she is grateful for the benefits that a consistent practice has brought. After receiving an engineering degree from Lehigh University and spending a few years on Wall Street in computer programming and investment banking, she decided to retire from a desk job due both to her bad back and desire to raise her family full time. For years amid a variety of athletic regimens including competitive martial arts, she powered through pain until finally discovering yoga. Kathleen knows firsthand the challenges of finding a balance of effort and ease (shtira and sukkah) to deepen asanas without furthering injury, and brings this understanding to her students. Her ultimate goal as a teacher is to bring her students not only physical but mental and spiritual rewards of yoga, infusing them with tidbits of yogic philosophy, sanskrit, and theory behind the asanas. Kathleen completed her 200 hour RYT training in 2015 at Om Sweet Om and an additional training in Restorative Yoga with Gail Grossman in 2016. While her go-to personal practice is ashtanga-inspired vinyasa, she can be found teaching a variety of classes at all levels, specific to the students in front of her at any given moment. She has participated in classes and workshops with many renowned yogis, and is grateful to all of her teachers past and present for helping to shape her practice, philosophy and teaching style.

Marie Icard

Marie has a Bachelor degree from the Culinary Institute of Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France, the country where she grew up.
She moved to New York in 1998 and had the opportunity to work in prestigious hotels and restaurants in Manhattan, then she moved Long Island.
She started to practice different styles of yoga after the birth of her daughter and discovered that Yoga like good Cuisine could bring people a lot happiness and well -being.
Yoga brought her enjoyment, pleasure, better health and boosted her energy. The benefits of practicing were not only physical, but also mental and emotional.
Like to Chocolate , she became addicted to Yoga !
So, she decided to learn more about it and its philosophy in order to become a teacher and specialized in Vinyasa Flow and Restorative.
She followed the teacher training program at Om sweet Om and is very grateful to Gail, Deborah, Jen, and Robin, for being such amazing teachers and earned her RYT 200 certification.
She did a training of Restorative Yoga with Gail at the Shack studio and enjoys teaching restorative classes as well.
Her wish today is to share this passion with her students and simply bring them some well -being, some joy, some warmth, peacefulness and relaxation.

Karine Falleni

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.

Steph Danias

Stephanie is a registered yoga teacher (RYT). Stephanie had taken her first yoga class with her mom and enjoyed the benefits of the breathing techniques and movement. Stephanie was inspired by the inner connection between mind, body and spirit and motivated to teach others. Stephanie began her training 2004 with a Yoga Fit Certification. Stephanie received her teaching certification in 2006 with the Sonic Yoga 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She also completed Yoga Kids training with Gail Grossman. Recently, she completed advanced training in Pre-Natal yoga with Suzanne Cardinal’s Into This World Teacher training. Stephanie enjoys doing yoga birthday parties for kids. Stephanie also teaches yoga to seniors. Stephanie shares her energies and inspirations with her students. She is thankful for her teachers and their continuous inspiration to learn and teach. Stephanie is a certified Spin Instructor and personal trainer since 1999. Stephanie has worked in Fertility for twelve years. She holds a Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Gail Grossman

Gail Grossman, E-RYT 500, founder of Om Sweet Om Yoga, has been sharing the gift of yoga for decades. Her students describe her as a very nurturing teacher who can quietly touch every muscle in their physical and emotional body, which leaves them feeling relaxed, grounded and happy.
Gail’s book Restorative Yoga for Life has been very well received, ranking in the top 1% of Amazon.com book sales. Her audience extends far beyond the established yoga community, reaching many who have never had a yoga practice.
Gail’s offerings include trainings, workshops and retreats for all levels of fitness. Sharing her knowledge of yoga’s life-changing potential truly feeds her soul. She is grateful to all the students she has met on this journey and is equally grateful for all the teachers present and past who have helped to shape her into the teacher she has become.
Ultimately, Gail’s work is informed by her intuitive inner voice, which has guided her at every step on her path.
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

Bill Dinner

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

Deborah Corsitto

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.

 

Rebecca Scaramucci

Rebecca began practicing yoga at Om Sweet Om in 2007. After the passing of her mom, yoga became a great source of healing and positive thinking. With a new appreciation for her practice Rebecca wanted to deepen her knowledge of everything yoga has to offer. She received her Yoga Alliance 200-Hour RYT at Om Sweet Om and her YogaKids Foundations Training certification with Gail Grossman. She can be found teaching adult Open Vinyasa flow, Foundations, and Candlelight yoga. With her children away at school, she is grateful to have the opportunity to lead playful mommy and me classes encouraging a lifetime of health and wellness to the very youngest yogis. Rebecca also works with special interest groups such as senior citizens, girl scouts and athletic teens. Whether working with the very young or just young at heart Rebecca desires to share a sense of peace, love and strength to all her students.
This class is appropriate for all levels of yoga students who have some experience with yoga. The instructor will offer modifications for newer students as well as more challenging poses for advanced students. (not recommended for pure beginners)
 
This class is for experienced beginners who wish to take their practice to the next level. Vinyasa Flow level one classes include the basics of a flow class, which is a dynamic practice that focuses on combining movement with breath control - an energizing and invigorating yogic experience.
 
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Oct 22 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Sarah G. Goldblatt
  • Mon Oct 22 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Lenora Gim
  • Mon Oct 22 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Lenora Gim
  • Tue Oct 23 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Christine Kelly
  • Tue Oct 23 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Beth Lipset
  • Tue Oct 23 9:45 am - 10:45 am with Erica Fazzari
  • Tue Oct 23 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Elena Box
  • Tue Oct 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Kathleen Katzmann
  • Wed Oct 24 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Marie Icard
  • Wed Oct 24 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Karine Falleni
  • Wed Oct 24 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm with Lenora Gim
  • Thu Oct 25 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Steph Danias
  • Thu Oct 25 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Beth Lipset
  • Thu Oct 25 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Gail Grossman
  • Thu Oct 25 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Elena Box
  • Thu Oct 25 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Elena Box
  • Fri Oct 26 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Reilly Barfield
  • Fri Oct 26 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Bill Dinner
  • Fri Oct 26 9:30 am - 10:45 am with Deborah Corsitto
  • Sat Oct 27 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Rebecca Scaramucci