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
Roopali (ERYT-200, RCYT, YACEP, Licensed Yoga for the Special Child® Practitioner) Co-Owner of Om Sweet Om Yoga, began her journey practicing and studying yoga at the tender age of 7 as part of a Sunday Vishwa Hindu Parishad Bal Vihar program for youth in Southern California. She continued her yoga path at UC Berkeley, taking many courses in South Asian philosophy and literature while earning her B.A in Economics in 1999. While visiting India, during the winter before her graduation, she had the opportunity to visit many temples and Ashrams of Southern India including Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry and the Vedic Tirumala Sri Venkateswara Temple in Tirupati further deepening her philosophic and spiritual understanding of the Vedic roots of yoga. In 2000 she moved to New York to pursue a career in Finance at a top tier Investment Bank. She found herself on a path away from her Vedic roots. After nearly a decade of enduring the long hours, stresses and excesses of Wall Street she retired to be a stay-at-home mom. During that period of rest she found her way back to her practice and study of yoga. She found her second home at Om Sweet Om Yoga. In 2014 Roopali trained to be a yoga teacher at Om Sweet Om earning her RYT- 200 certification. As a mother of 2 young boys she wanted to bring yoga to them and their peer group. In January 2015 she completed YogaKids Foundations training with Gail Grossman at Om Sweet Om as well. In the spring of 2015 she was certified in Restorative yoga also under the expert tutelage of Gail Grossman. She was drawn to work with developmentally challenged and special needs students. She trained with master teacher Sonia Sumar (founder and director of Yoga for the Special Child®) to enable her to bring yoga therapy to those with special needs (ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, developmentally delayed, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy) and physically challenged children and adults. Her classes range from peaceful and relaxing (restorative) to energetic, sweat-inducing vinyasa flows, and educational playful kids yoga and therapeutic Special Needs Yoga. She infuses her passion for yoga asana as well as philosophy in every class and each posture. Her gentle and encouraging cues with particular emphasis on the breath, and playfulness make each pose truly enjoyable.
Rachel Golder, Co-Owner of Om Sweet Om Yoga, is a 22-year resident of Port Washington and has raised 3 wonderful kids here with her husband John. She is a 35-year yoga practitioner, enthusiast and advocate, mostly practicing at home before she heads to the early train for the city! She studied to be a classical musician in college, came to New York for the music scene... and then found herself on Wall Street for 30+ years. Her musical passion meanwhile is nurtured in St. Stephens' marvelous choir . She is hoping to live her values by engaging enthusiastically with the wonderfully nurturing community that is Om Sweet Om.
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.
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."
I received my 200 Hour Teacher Certification from Long Island Yoga School with Laurie Ahlemann and Jennie Wilson in May 2014. I am currently working on completing my 500 Hour Certification with Long Island Yoga School. I earned a YogaKids Foundations Certification from Gail Grossman in October 2014. I received my Restorative Teacher Certification from Gail Grossman in January 2015. And in September 2015 I earned my Reiki Initiation Certification from Reiki Master Laurie Ahlemann.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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