With the support of a soft suspended fabric, Aerial Yoga explores what happens when you combine classical asanas with elements of aerial acrobatics. You do not need to be a circus star, lifelong yogi, or natural-born acrobat to come play! Students of all levels can learn to flip, fly, and flow through Aerial Yoga sequences.
Everyone who enjoyed swinging on the monkey bars as a kid is encouraged to try out this fun fusion of yoga and aerial arts. First time flying at Om Factory? Sign up for Aerial Yoga Level 1 (Foundations) or Aerial Mellow Flow (Restorative).
A unique fusion of two disciplines, Yoga Fight Club blends the intense physicality of kickboxing and the fluid form of vinyasa yoga in a no-holds-barred workout. This class transitions between fast-twitch and slow-resistance conditioning techniques, bringing students to their edge and back to solid footing.
A vigorous vinyasa sequence is used to warm up the body, especially the legs and shoulders. Then a progressive series of kickboxing drills builds form and speed, challenging both mental fortitude and physical endurance.
Yoga Fight Club offers an intense workout for the body and is a great way to blow off some steam. Students can use this intensive practice to infuse all other areas of their lives with a sense of confidence and peace.
Yoga Tune-Up® is a challenging yet accessible practice that incorporates movement from classical yoga, calisthenics, body therapy, and self-massage. The practice brings together practical yoga philosophy with the nuts and bolts of healthy human movement.
Classes are designed to impart the fundamentals of traditional yoga postures along with knowledge of human anatomy. Using Yoga Tune-Up® massage balls enhance the classes’ exclusive combination of strengthening, stretching, and relaxation work.
Each student is invited on an archaeological dig of their body’s anatomy, exploring every micro-region while systematically and intelligently priming body, mind, and spirit. The practice encourages exploration of personal imbalances, areas of tension, and repetitive stress. Expect to move in ways that open, energize, and inform your tissues!
Have you ever wanted to stay longer in savasana? This class journeys deep into supported postures with pranayama techniques and meditation.
Restorative yoga is a delicious surrender into quiet, soothing postures that incorporate bolsters and blankets. With the support of props, students can achieve poses without muscular strength, facilitating release and relaxation that will calm the nervous system and coax away built-up tension.
Yin yoga is a deep practice that targets the connective tissues, such as ligaments, which are not exercised in the more active flow of asana. Long-held postures can even target bones and joints, strengthening the body’s foundation.
Why should adults be the only ones having fun flying around in the Om Factory studio? Bring along your little ones to join us for KIDS Aerial Yoga, where they can swing in the air like a monkey to play – and expend all that pent-up energy – while they learn.
Children can gain enhanced concentration, flexibility, body awareness, and overall well-being from any yoga practice. But an aerial yoga classes has even more to offer! This super-fun style of kids’ yoga also promotes better balance, boosts confidence, and offers tykes a sense of courage and strength.
KIDS Aerial Silks is designed to introduce kids and pre-teens to aerial circus arts. Children will get stronger and more flexible while building self-confidence by doing things they never thought possible.
A blend of martial arts and yoga, the Budokon® style is best described as a hatha style with continuous circular rotation that focuses on transitional movement. It is an athletic flow of constant and mindful movement, incorporating elements of strength and agility that are often left out by traditional yogic practices.
Budokon Yoga unites the distinctive elements of two worlds, martial arts and yoga, to offer the benefits of both disciplines: self-awareness, concentration, courage, emotional and physical healing, and freedom from fear.
Learn more about Budokon by reading the beginner guide by founder Cameron Shayne. And to see the energetic practice in action, check out this demo by Om Factory’s own Sensei, Derek Cook.
Breakti® Flow is a challenging, fun and articulately aligned yoga class inspired by simple movements and transitions from break(dance). Approach rigorous postures such as arm balances and inversions from a new lens while keeping shoulders, neck and wrists safe. Learn unique ways of transitioning between poses that support both stability and fluidity in the hips and spine. Challenge personal fears and doubts and establish sustainable confidence on and off the mat. You may discover your inner breaker or flying yogi, but most importantly you’ll reveal your inner empowered self.
Ashtanga is a vinyasa yoga practice which consists of ujjayi breathing (victorious breath), dristhi (gazing point), asanas (postures) and vinyasa (a sequence of movements connecting the breath with movement). It is a dynamic flow often described as a moving meditation that follows a therapeutic and progressive sequence of asanas (yoga postures).
This practice focuses on learning how to breathe freely through the use of the ujjayi breathing technique throughout the sequence while maintaining the dristhi. Students also learn how to maintain the proper balance of strength and relaxation within the asanas through engagement with the bandhas (energy “locks” located along the central channel of the body). The combination of these techniques teaches students how to relax while in challenging asanas in order to understand the nature of the body-mind connection.
AcroYoga® blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of acrobatics. These three lineages form the foundation of a unique practice that cultivates trust, connection, and playfulness. Built upon the framework of cultivating skillful partnership, AcroYoga provides a vehicle to explore positive and supportive relationships with an emphasis on honest, clear and compassionate communication. The practice inherently creates a strong bond and fosters a sense of community amongst participants.
AcroYoga® class styles include Acrobatifc Flying, Thai & Fly, and AcroYoga Flow and class levels range from Basics to Open level to Intermediate ‘Jedi’ level so all flyers are welcome. And don’t worry, you do not need to bring a partner to take class.
Advanced acrobatics, including handstands and aerial tricks, can’t be learned in a single class. To pull off the seemingly impossible, strength and technique must be gained through ongoing practice. In Acrobatics Prep courses, students of all levels, from complete beginners to professional performance artists, can build the foundation necessary for hand balancing, tumbling, and aerial arts.
Handstands with Jan Manke provides the tools to improve alignment and build better body awareness. Looking to gain confidence to train aerial silks or trapeze? Become stronger and more flexible with Aerial Fit to Fly. Ready to push your aerial act to the next level with perfect planches and meat hooks? Condition on multiple apparatuses in Aerial Circus Playground.
SKY BOX @ OM Factory offers circus-style classes such as Aerial Silks, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), Rope, and Static Trapeze. Students with all levels of experience are welcome. If you have always wanted to run away to join the circus, these classes will get you closer to your high-flying dreams.
Vinyasa, which translates from Sanskrit to “flow” or “move in a special way,” merges movement with the breath. Flowing through sequence of asanas synchronized to breath warms the body, allowing the practitioner to move deeper into postures and, over time, deeper into their personal practice.
This yoga style is inherently diverse, and sequencing varies based on each instructor’s personal flavor. Check out our teacher bios to get a feel for their individual styles. Already know you want an athletic class, a weekend yoga detox, or a fiery flow? Contact us for recommendations.
Vinyasa class levels range from Foundation Level to Open Level to serve students at any level of experience from the yoga novice to the regular practitioner.
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Yoga mats are provided at no additional fee. Yoga mat storage is available for students with a membership pass.
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Our facilities include separate changing areas with showers for men & women, which are stocked with natural products. Towels are available for $2.
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Unless otherwise specified, we will offer a full refund (or credit to your account) for cancelations made at least 24 hours before the start of a class OR at least 48 hours before the start of a workshop.
For sold out classes and workshops, we do not offer a refund or credit for late cancelations or no shows.
Yoga memberships and class packs are non-transferable and non-refundable. A 1-month extension may be applied to a class pack under extenuating circumstances with timely student request.
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Susan Holland hails from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, USA. She loves athletic endeavors, especially those involving being upside down. With a passion for all things playful, humorous and deemed by some to be impossible, Susan finds yoga, fitness and health to be a wonderful career, hobby and way of life. Susan is a certified personal trainer, vinyasa and acroyoga teacher. She also loves to practice and teach kickboxing. Susan feels Om Factory NYC is her second (and sometimes first) home and she is truly honored to be a part of the Om Factory Seoul family. Susan also enjoys studying Buddha dharma, consuming snacks and exploration of all sorts.
나마스떼~~~ 반갑습니다. 옴팩토리 일산점 부원장 이희진입니다. 요가란, 스트레칭을 조금 체계적으로 하는 동작이라고만 생각했었습니다. 그래도 어느순간 간절히 필요했기에 요가를 시작하게 되었고 몸도 마음도 즐거워짐을 느끼게 되었습니다. 저는 오래전 15년 동안 몸담았던 직장을 그만두고 갑자기 주어진 많은 시간의 공허함을 채우고자 제빵과 메이크업 컴퓨터 등을 배우고 컴퓨터 강사로 봉사활동을 다니기 시작했습니다. 그것도 모자라 한지공예의 매력에 빠져 한지공예사범증까지 취득하고 작품활동을 하던 즈음 옴팩토리서울 원장님의 제안으로 생각하지 못했던 새로운 인생의 출발점을 맞이합니다. 이제는 요가에 대한 생각이 조금씩 변화되고 있음을 느낍니다. 요가를 ‘명상과 호흡 스트레칭이 결합된 복합적인 수련방법이다’ 라고 열거합니다. 제가 생각하는 요가란, 일상생활에서의 마음가짐이며 즐거움이라 생각합니다. 몸과 마음이 한 뜻이 된다면 더더욱 좋은 요가가 되겠지요. 부족한 내면을 채우고, 나보다 남을 생각하는 겸손한 마음으로 많은 분들과 함께 호흡하고 열정과 즐거움으로 진정함을 보여드리도록 노력하는 일산지기가 되고자 합니다.
Michelle was first introduced to yoga through a series of yoga DVDs. Years later, she stepped into her first yoga studio and fell in love at “om”. She began noticing changes in her body she thought were impossible, having worn a back brace most of her life to help her scoliosis and orthotics to form arches, she rebelled against both. Yoga instantly hooked her in once she realized yoga could correct, rebuild, and strengthen the body. The alignment and growth of the spirit, mind, and body is what drives her inspiration and dedication to yoga. She chased her dream of sharing her practice with others and completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher Training at Sonic Yoga. She throws some challenges to her students only so they can notice their improvements. As she sees it, there is always room for improvement since perfection is never a goal, just constant redefining of oneself.
Jeevana spent her childhood in the countryside after her family moved from the city to live in Gwangju, Jeollansan-do, Korea. After majoring in physics in college, she found yoga in 2005. Two years later, she completed her vinyasa teacher training, and yoga has become the most vibrant source of energy in her life. Her yoga style is based on vinyasa to create a flowing link between breath and movement, and she’s also been recognized as an inspired teacher of Anusara yoga. At the One World Academy in India, she studied mindfulness and awareness of thought through meditation. In Jeevana’s class, students will receive the benefits of comfort, mental clarity, and a renewed sense of energy. She learned the anatomical principle of body movement in therapeutic and restorative teacher training, and she uses that to integrate delicate touch and massage in her yoga classes to help students understand proper alignment and learn to let go.
After practicing many kinds of yoga, Hellen was introduced to Forrest yoga in 2005 and was attracted to its healing power. Inspired by Ana Forrest’s approach to yoga movement, she transformed herself from a professional orchestra French Horn player to a certified Forrest yoga teacher. Hellen has attended many workshops and courses, including Forrest Foundation and Advanced teacher trainings, Bodywork by Brian Campbell, and continued education and mentorship for yoga teachers. She first started teaching in a Forrest yoga studio and has also worked for Pure Yoga in Seoul, M Athletic Square, and Om Factory Seoul. She give special thanks to her teachers Sun Bang, Ana Forrest, and Sinhee McCabe. The motto of Forrest yoga is “Go deeper,” Becoming aware of the body and the mind. Melting anxiety, depression, and the dregs of old emotions with deep breathing, asanas, and positive energy. Taking away negative energy, fear, and pain and strengthening resolve. Walking the path in practicing yoga and Sharing the joy of healing with other people.
Throughout her life, Agnes has been on many stages, and after a childhood of performing she went on to major in Korean dance. However, a movement lifestyle that focused only on the stage left her tired out. Just when she needed some rest for both body and mind, Agnes discovered the practice of yoga. Everybody has worried about something in their lives, but practicing yoga enlightened her on how to be free of worry and live a satisfying life. In coming to realize how precious her life is, and herself along with it, she gained a new sense of comfort. She looks to deeper understand this feeling by growing her practice and hopes you will join her on her journey. On the advice of the director of the yoga studio in which she began her practice – located in Ilsan, Korea – Agnes decided to take the general yoga teacher training course. When the studio introduced aerial yoga in 2013, she earned the instructor certificate for that as well. Agnes’ goal in teaching is to help students feel at accepting of themselves and the world around them. She can be found teaching aerial vinyasa and general yoga in Ever Studio and Om Factory Seoul.
Dancing ballet and doing rhythmic gymnastics in her childhood helped Lily gain a practical understanding of body movement. Then she gained an entirely different perspective of movement by majoring in physics at Sejong University, Korea. After completing her studies, Lily’s life took a turn in a new direction, and she worked in the field of the fashion retail. But the busy lifestyle soon exhausted her, and she felt she had lost the balance of body and mind that she remembered having as a young dancer. Yoga came into her life at the perfect time and helped her regain stability and rediscover the peace of mind she was longing for. Lily was so changed by this experience she pursued certificates in yoga and Pilates. Doing yoga makes Lily grateful for every moment and helps her maintain a blissful attitude toward life. Now she loves to share her experience – particularly the sense of balance she has achieved both physically and mentally – with students in her yoga classes. With passion and positive energy, Lily teaches others how to live well, love the present, and find happiness at Om Factory Seoul.
When J’s life first collided with the world of yoga 10 years ago, she was immediately fascinated with the yoga asanas. Although an interior designer at the time, but she felt a strong pull to get certified in Bikram and vinyasa and effortlessly fell into the role of yoga teacher. Her training has been with Adidas, Jivamukti, and other studios. In the aerial yoga hammock as well as the ever-popular yoga mat, J has discovered the freedom in moderation. She found that freedom in her yoga practice, and now she shares it in her yoga classes in the form of awareness and gratitude for others. J now sees that there’s no room for greed or vanity in her life, and she no longer makes excuses for idleness and slothfulness. Instead she dances to the tune of positive energy and cherishes the respect she has for both her teachers and students. You can find J teaching aerial vinyasa in Om Factory Seoul, where she shares with students her enlightenment, exploration of mind, and philosophies of life that she continually happens upon in the path of discovery that is her yoga practice.
Vom received the Master of Physical Education from Korean University in 2007 and went on to receive the Teaching Qualification in 2008. She has lectured at Korean University as well as teaching Traditional Dance & Gymnastics. Vom started teaching yoga in 2012, and soon open her own studio, Ever Yoga quickly became a successful yoga studio with sold out classes. She started Aerial Yoga after visiting Om factory in 2012. In November 2013she opened her second studio in Seoul. Doing yoga is like putting on a pair of glasses - it changes my perception of the world around me and allows me to view things in an entirely different way. It helps me to connect with truth, the truth of the present moment and what it holds. She is the founder and director of the Om factory Seoul Yoga Center.
Lusia was a dedicated musician for 14 years, a graduate of the Sookmyung Women’s University in Korea who primarily played piano, flute, and contrabass. However, when she tired of the stressful lifestyle of a musician, she knocked on the door of a yoga studio for some much-needed rehabilitation. Those first yoga classes allowed her to have the quiet time needed to begin understanding her body on a deeper level. She wasn’t drawn to the sweaty, heavy exercise forms of yoga. It was the meditation, breathing, and slow-moving asanas that brought about changes in herself. She decided to retire from music and got a certificate of general yoga teacher training at Ever Yoga in Korea. Now she teaches at many yoga studios throughout Korea, including Om Factory Seoul. In Lusia’s class, students have a comfortable space to get back in touch with their happy place, find the satisfaction in small things in their lives, and feel how precious they are in the universe. She wishes a blissful life to all yoga practitioners and readily shares her positive energy to bolter the spirits of others.
When Miseom walked into her first yoga class, she knew nothing about yoga; her only thought was to start something new in the New Year. At that moment, she couldn’t possibly know yoga would soon consume her life. Yoga has since become more than a form of exercise for her. After one year of intensive practice, she took a general yoga teacher training course in Ever Yoga in Korea and completed aerial vinyasa yoga teacher training at Om Factory NYC. The greatest gift that yoga has given her is a way to keep herself in the present and grounded. That’s the mantra she uses before her classes and during her personal yoga practice. On the mat, sometimes she feels challenged by the need to focus, and sometimes she easily finds peace of mind – just like in the real world. If she can overcome the moment of struggle on the yoga mat, she’s sure she can do it in the rest of life too. Want to feel confident and full of life? Get off your butt and take a yoga class with Miseon. She’s teaching aerial vinyasa and yoga classes at Om Factory Seoul and Ever Yoga.
You know that feeling of finding that thing you never knew you needed? That glorious, epiphanic moment when your heart shouts ‘YES!?’ For Dana, that moment came after her first feeble attempt to climb a silk (and after tasting her first mango). She instantly fell in love with not only the intense physicality, but the novel challenge, as a former athlete, of conscious body movement. Since that day over 4 years ago in a humble Brooklyn warehouse, she has been reveling in all things movement, particularly silks, cloud swing and rope. Combining raw strength and grace, Dana performs in several private and public venues around New York and has taught in New York, Brazil and Cambodia.
Anya Sapozhnikova fell head over heals in love with aerial acrobatics after taking her second silks class, in Brooklyn. Since embracing this art form eight years ago, she has studied every traditional aerial apparatus and has invented some of her own. From 2008-2013, Anya co-founded and was the artistic director of House of Yes Theater and its aerial facility Sky Box in East Williamsburg. She has produced, directed and starred in countless circus and theater productions. When not teaching here, she can be found dangling from the ceilings of New York’s finest establishments, underground parties and cabaret venues. Anya has always felt that mastering the ability to fly is one of the best ways to make an impact as a physical performer. Anya’s teaching style focuses on not just acquiring good technique but understanding its efficiency. You will learn everything from basic building blocks of aerial silks, to stunning, yet beginner-friendly tricks. Each class finishes out with conditioning that will transform you into a total superhero. Coming from a background of gymnastics and ballet, she will also make sure your toes are pointed, your extensions are gorgeous, and you’re not slacking. But don’t worry, her drill sergeant ways com
Elena is a performer and board member of the House of Yes and the co-director of programming for Sky Box aerial arts studio. She regularly performs all over New York City – from corporate events to underground parties to nightlife staples such as the Slipper Room and The Box NYC. Her original aerial work has been seen in off-Broadway productions by the Rachel Klein ensemble, Eric Schmallenberger, Anya Sapozhnikova, The Constellation Moving company and, of course, the House of Yes, to name a few. As an aerial instructor she draws on her many years of performance experience, her background in theater and her certification in Pilates to help students achieve proper technique and a refined individual style in a safe and fun setting. For more advanced students she focuses on interesting transitions and harnessing momentum in order to develop students’ creativity and sense of play. Her beginner students will find a truly supportive environment; Elena believes that even those with little to no prior movement experience can learn to move their bodies in the air safely and beautifully. She believes that anyone can be a circus star in the making!
Most of Anya’s adult life has been a love affair with movement and how the human form embodies motion and stillness in a variety of mediums. While studying contemporary dance and plant biology (with a focus on traditional uses of plants as medicine) in college, Anya found she was drawn repeatedly to the rhythm and dance of hip hop and house music. After graduating she moved to Philly where she studied with many originators of street dance and focused her energy solely on this art form and culture, dancing with various companies and choreographing her own works. But she quickly learned that overextending the limits of the body and not having the proper tools for self-care led to injury that forced her to stop dancing. In 2004, Anya began studying and practicing yoga asana as it applied structurally, energetically, and therapeutically to the body and within months she was able to manage and eventually eliminate her back pain through various yoga practices. Her yoga career began in 2005 and has moved from the dance floor to the mat and back again. Breakti® was born out of her desire to share this connection with others and to inspire fearlessness and play in practice. Anya teaches Breakti® nationally and internationally, and sh
‘Sensei’ Derek Cook is a Yoga Aliance ERYT, Certified Budokon Yoga and MMA instructor and the Director of the Budokon NYC program. Having returned to the states after traveling through Japan and India, continuing his training and teaching in both the yogic and martial arts, Derek moved to NYC to share what he learned and experienced in his varied studies. Derek finds his passion in integrating the teachings and approaches of different, yet ultimately similar styles and schools; from the subtle work of traditional Hatha Yoga and esoteric Tantric philosophy to the modern athletics of Vinyassa flows and Martial arts. His interest and love of the anatomical form and the process of healing through alignment influences - and comes from - his work with Thai Bodywork and Pilates. In the end, the way we do anything is, indeed, the way we do everything… and in illuminating those connections, we are able to shed a little light on whatever path we travel.
As a teen Miss Wollschlager ran away and joined the Circus World Museum of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey, where she stared in the aerial ballet, rode elephants and was cut in half in the magic show! She later attended The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where she received her BFA in Dance and a minor in Women’s Studies. It was in Wisconsin that she had the pleasure of meeting, Janet Lilly, her first Iyengar Yoga teacherwhom set her on her yogic journey. She has danced professionally for over 15 years in the U.S. and abroad for names like Noemi La France, Cirque Du Soleil’s 25th Anniversary, Grounded Aerial, Lisa’s Bright Ideas, and The Moving Company. Her own choreography has spanned from the formal theater, music videos, and site-specific events with her company Surface To Air Dance. As a teacher, she has taught a range of dance modalities. She has independently taught aerial silks at S.T.R.E.B., Embody Collective, The Muse, Skybox, and La Sala in Williamsburg Brooklyn. After studying a wide range of yoga forms over 12 years from Hatha, Vinyasa, meditation or in working with Native American shamans, she received her certification from Om Factory’s 200 hr program. She would like to thank all her teachers past and prese
Corey grew up in Columbia, MD with lots of space and lots of love. His first experience with mindfulness practice was playing “the attention game” in Hap Ki Do class. The instructor and students were allowed to do anything but touch you to make you laugh or break stillness. He always outlasted everyone. Corey attained his first degree black belt in 1996. After some time away to focus on teenage things, he returned to teach Hap Ki Do classes for a year in high school. While attending Elon University, he discovered the Tibetan Bon tradition of Yoga, taught by Ann Roberts, the first teacher given permission to pass on the Trul Khor practice in the US. After moving to New York City and studying with numerous teachers, Corey took class with Isaac Pena and was moved. Corey completed his 200-hr RYT training with Isaac at Sankalpah Yoga in 2010. He learned the practice of Reciprocity, Pilates, and A.pplied N.eo Y.ogic A.wareness with Courtney Bauer and Johnson Chong at Studio Anya in 2012. Corey has studied therapeutic flying and thai massage with Adam Rinder and Jennifer Yarro, and acrobatic flying and handstands with Jason Nemer, Chris Loebsack, Greg Franklin, Mary Aranas, and Matt Giordano. He currently teaches public and private yoga
Linda Mittel’s certifications include AcroYoga®, Yoga, QiGong and Thai Massage. She has always been fascinated with movement, feeling it to be an integral part of the way she communicates. Linda has an extensive dance background in a variety of forms from classical to ethnic. She will warn you that AcroYoga is addictive. There is just so much fun to be had. This journey has led her to many very amazing teachers. She is most grateful for her studies with founders Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer as well as for the merry band of awesome colleagues, acrobats, yogis, healing arts practitioners and playmates that light up her world.
Born and raised in North Carolina, this Southern Belle moved to New York to pursue a job in fashion but found herself wanting to do yoga all the time instead. Finally Kat chased her dream of becoming a yoga instructor by completing her 200-hour Hatha Vinyasa certification at Om Factory School of Yoga in April 2012. With a strong passion for living life to it’s fullest and to always have fun, Kat likes to carry these aspects into her daily practice of yoga as well. Meshing techniques from previous training and yoga practices Kat creates dynamic power fusion yoga classes for anyone who wishes to pursue a yoga practice. Her music playlists are created to energize the prana to it’s fullest potential, allowing one to go deeper into their flow while staying connected to one’s breath and clearing the channels in order to feel more comfortable in one’s own body. Kat thoroughly enjoys teaching and hopes to see YOU in one of her classes soon!
Angelina discovered yoga at the age of 15, when a public access TV series called Wai Lana Yoga initiated her into its mysteries. Over the years, a profound fascination with spirituality led to explorations of holistic therapies like massage therapy, energy healing, aromatherapy and angel healing.Angelina fell in love with circus arts in 2009 during a spontaneous trip to Trapeze School New York. Watching the spectacular Una Mimnaugh lead students through climbs, wraps and drops on the aerial silks. She spent the next year and a half exploring silks, rope, static trapeze, cloud swing and aerial hammock. After studying under incredible instructors like Una, Seanna Sharpe, Kristin Young and Jordan Baker at TSNY, Trapeze Loft and Skybox, she stopped training to pursue her acting career. Fate eventually led Angelina to Om Factory, where yoga took over her life. A proud grad of Om Factory School of Yoga (200-Hour Hatha Vinyasa Certification), Angelina is thrilled beyond belief to marry two of her loves into one dynamic, intensely fulfilling Aerial Vinyasa practice. With physically challenging, energetically uplifting sequences, Angelina hopes to help students find renewed reverence for their own sacred strength.
Amanda McDonald started practicing yoga as a teenager, but didn’t find real commitment to the practice until she moved to New York. Once here, the practice spoke to her so strongly that she moved to India to further her studies. Upon returning to the states Amanda completed the Om Factory 200-hour Teacher Training and has since continued her studies at Studio Anya and at Yogamaya. Amanda teaches strong creative sequences that allow students to grow in their practices.
Dee Holliday fell in love with yoga after her very first class and the love affair has only grown deeper and more important with time. Initially attracted to yoga for its physical benefits, she quickly realized that the practice has so much more to offer and Dee credits yoga with a spiritual, mental and emotional awakening. In her teaching she hopes to share the love she feels every time she steps on the mat. Dee infuses her classes with a light-hearted, playful energy, creating a mood where students can cultivate and strengthen the relationship they have with themselves in a compassionate and loving way. Her first teacher and mentor Matt Giordano has been a constant inspiration, deeply influencing her practice and her teaching, and providing her with an abundance of support and motivation. Dee completed her 200-hour teacher training certification at OM Factory School of Yoga in New York City in April 2012 under the guidance of Holly Coles and Amanda Wentworth, she gratefully acknowledges them for encouraging her to view yoga as a lifelong journey where the learning never ends. She also completed Om Factory’s Apprenticeship Program for Continuing Yoga Studies, under the mentorship of Matt Giordano.
Jan Manke grew up among enormous political, social and artistic changes in his hometown of East Berlin, Germany. He was first introduced to circus as a kid seeing government funded , well organized socialist state circuses. He was nine years old after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and very few of the big circuses survived, lots of small avant-garde arts developed in clubs, warehouses and on the streets. Jan explored physical theater, playing in bands and traveling through the streets of Europe and had rediscovered the passion for circus again in his early twenties while working with fire acrobats. They trained him in all kinds of street performances and circus skills, which finally resulted in him auditioning for Berlin’s circus and performing arts school “die Etage” . He soon found his personal mentor in his teacher “Manfred”, a 70 year old fascinated by the old school circus ideals of hard work and pushing the boundaries of the human body while profiting from traditional knowledge passed on through generations. After 3 years of dedicating his life to building skills Jan traveled to Paris and Montreal in search of the world’s best coaches, always spending his last pennies searching for more knowledge. Today Jan works and l
Amanda began her yoga practice as a way to de-stress and stay in shape while working long hours as a fashion designer. She also thought it would be a great way to balance her body and cross train for running. Fate would have it that a running injury would provide an opening for Amanda to fully immerse herself in the practice of yoga. What had started as a casual practice soon became a way of life - yoga had awakened Amanda on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Physical injuries and misalignments from years of pushing herself physically led Amanda to focus in on the study of yoga anatomy. She is a certified 200 hour RYT, a Yoga Tune Up ® Level 1 teacher, and has also completed a 108-hour Yoga Anatomy certification with Jason Brown of Zenyasa Yoga. Amanda loves to thread her classes with yoga therapeutics, and aims to inspire her students to play creatively in their bodies. She believes that an intelligent physical practice can be a vehicle for change and transformation both internally and externally.
Katharine moved to New York City to study fashion design but ended up spending more time on the Yoga mat than behind the sewing machine. She strives to pull her creativity for the arts into her classes and believes Fashion and Yoga are closely related. “They both show the beauty of the human body. Fashion enhances the beauty on the outside while Yoga enhances the beauty on the inside.”
Mary grew up in Taipei, bouncing along behind her big brother and his friends, seeking to do what they could; fast forward to teenage and jazz shoes in Ottawa; college and dojos in Toronto; acting and cycling in New York. Not until new motherhood grounded her did yoga become the obvious choice for both spiritual sanctuary and physical focus all in one. So Mary’s yoga practice dates to her becoming a mommy in 1995. Both her baby and her yoga practice are now beautiful happy teenagers! After her own mom passed away in 2001, Mary took yoga teacher training with ISHTA Yogiraj Alan Finger. Since 2002 Mary has taught yoga joyously, gratefully, full-time, in New York and around about, to private clients and in classes, workshops, and retreats. In 2008 Mary earned her first AcroYoga certification from Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein, and in 2009, her first Thai massage certification with Jenn Yarro. Mary leads mentorships, and Restorative teacher trainings, and she just loves to be a student too! Her yoga encompasses relationship, dharma, motherhood, and writing her regular newsletters. Her teaching ranges from meditation to chakra slow flow, to vinyasa to AcroYoga, both dynamic and therapeutic. Prana is chi is ruach is pneuma.
Greg has been a student of various forms of yoga, bodywork, and conscious arts for the past 15 years. As an undergrad, he focused his education on Studio Arts & Religious Studies, and then set out to explore the world up close and firsthand, studying formally for a year in Indonesia, then continuing an informal education through further journeys around the globe. After a two-year world traveling sojourn inspired by a hand reader, HH the 14th Dalai Lama, & a moldy backpack, he made his way to New York City, where he discovered (among other things) AcroYoga, a practice he’s come to wholeheartedly adore. Obsessed with balancing objects since his best friend in the first grade taught him to hover a ruler on the edge of his desk, he sees balancing people with his body - and teaching others to do so - as a natural progression. Greg finds the potential for self discovery, empowerment, transformation and fun in community that the practice of AcroYoga embodies ever-present and inspiring. He strives to make the work accessible to all who are willing and interested to give it a try, and invites you to come out and spread your wings.
There was a hot yoga studio in the basement of a grocery store across the street from my freshman dorm in Boston. Thinking I had found a great new way to stay skinny, I started practicing all the time. Without me even realizing it, however, the practice changed everything: I stopped starving myself, my chronic pain started to heal and my rambling mind learned to calm down. My teachers in Boston sent me to Om Factory when I moved to New York and I’ve been practicing here ever since. I completed my vinyasa teacher training back in Boston with Chanel Luck and Bonnie Argo. I source further inspiration from the dozens of master classes I’ve taken with Ana Forrest, the various systems of breath and movement I studied in acting school, Zach Dacuk’s refreshing explorations of anatomy and an amazing advanced teacher training I completed with Schuyler Grant.
I honestly don’t remember a time when I didn’t know what yoga was. I have always been involved in some form of creative expression and had a connection with my body. From an early age, I enjoyed dance and gymnastics which then lead into dance aerobics and yoga during college. My yoga practice was sporadic at best during my early 20s as I slowly navigated my way through those formative years. When I returned to the United States, after living in Norway, it was difficult to tap back into the inner strength that I developed while living away from everything familiar. As I stepped on my mat in New York City, it took a while, but that strength and self expression came back and I felt my independance surfacing again. But this independence also came with a community; my heart had found home again. I became a teacher in order to share this expression of self-strength with others and help them find their own empowerment from the practice. I am an RYT-500 certified teacher and have multiple trainings in restorative/therapeutic yoga as well as Yin Yoga and meditation. Because learning and expanding knowledge is something I value in yoga and in life, I have also studied Hot Power Yoga and currently am completing trainings to become a Yoga T
I was always drawn to theosophical, metaphysical and spiritual knowledge, and besides my regular academic studies I would often immerse myself in books on universal consciousness, chakra healing, kundalini energy, kabbalah and meditation. Years later, after my flirtations with martial arts and after moving to the US, I started taking Bikram Yoga lessons in Williamsburg. I stumbled upon Om Factory Yoga Center on Google, in search of classes of AcroYoga. That was at the beginning of 2009 and since then Om Factory has been my home. My journey with yoga began somewhere during my tweens when I picked up a book called ”The Sivananda Companion to Yoga” my dad kept in his library. Every time I’d say I was bored, he would say to go do some headstands because boredom was a state of mind, and so I did just that and was never bored again. The world is my classroom, and all its peoples my teachers. My teaching style can be described as intense, healing & empowering. My desire as a teacher is to connect with people on a spiritual level even if they’ve never been exposed to spiritual aspects of existence.
Constanza was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, where she was a fun-loving wild child with a passion for the ocean. Having seen pictures of Canada as a child, and seeing the majesty of Canada’s landscape, she became determined to live there. She attended Art School in Toronto and Montreal where she studied painting. She started practicing yoga while in Canada in 1998. Subsequently, she lived in Costa Rica where she re-ignited her passion for the ocean by learning to surf. She began her Ashtanga practice in 2005 with Sri K. Patthabi Jois and hasn’t looked back since. In the late summer of 2010, she had a third of her lung removed due to an undetected, lifelong emphysema. She is convinced that Ashtanga prepared her for this event and has been a primary source of her healing. Her teaching style is simultaneously strict and compassionate. She encourages her students to accept themselves for where they are and how to become more genuinely themselves through the connection of the vinyasa, asana and breath of the Ashtanga practice.
Arthur was born in New York City and was raised in both New York and Bogota, Colombia. Arthur was a shy kid who loved climbing trees and playing in the woods. Arthur has always been passionate about sound and music and plays as many musical instruments as he can get his hands on. However, he keeps coming back to his true love, the guitar. Arthur has been in many bands and once upon a time toured around North America with an underground punk band. Arthur started practicing yoga in 2000. He became very interested in the esoteric teachings of India. Arthur’s affinity for the esoteric has complimented his love for music and he has a deep appreciation for the potential of musical practice becoming part of the yoga path. Arthur began practicing Ashtanga in 2005 with Sri K. Patthabi Jois. He has been studying Sanskrit since 2007. Given his love for music, Arthur brings a gentle playfulness to the practice which carries over to his teaching style. He understands that the practice is difficult and requires a good sense of humor. By being willing to laugh at himself, he ensures that his students are able to laugh at themselves. Arthur makes sure that the path of Yoga is fun for all of his students. —-content__ko— 어린시절 음악과
Faramarz is Om Factory’s founder, designer, and architect. A Persian native, Faramarz did his schooling at Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland, where he received his post-graduate diploma in architecture and product design, and at the University of Oregon, where he received his Master of Architecture degree. Since 1980, Faramarz has made his home in New York City, and in 1984, formed his architectural firm, Arte New York. Faramarz was introduced to yoga at Gold’s Gym, NYC, which he designed. Smitten, Faramarz went on to receive his yoga teacher training at Laughing Lotus under the guidance of Jasmine Tarkeshi and Dana Flynn. Om Factory is the realization of Faramarz’s longtime dream of creating a holistic wellness center.
Paul Gruen, a New York native, found his passion in yoga. His practice has led him to India numerous times to discover yoga philosophy, spiritual and physical practices to incorporate into his teaching. He brings his numerous talents to Om factory, as well as his passion for vegetarian food and making music. “Paul is a creative and intelligent teacher who fills the space with interesting sequences and is able to challenge and relax you in just an hour… an added plus is the music Paul plays. We listen to everything from traditional Indian music to Sting to Paul McCartney.” - Margie Suvalle for Yoga Sleuth
Amanda Wentworth (E-RYT 500 & CRYT) has created a life of movement experience. Her evolution began with the varied disciplines of gymnastics, modern dance and capoiera, yet her present focus revolves around the healing energy of yoga practices. She received her primary 1,000-hour Hatha Yoga certification in 2004 with Iyengar teachers Betty Larson & John Charping at the Southern Institute of Yoga Instructors. Next she furthered her studies in NYC training in Katonah Yoga, a therapeutic method steeped in traditional Chinese medicine and Taoism. This opened the physical structure of the practice, exposing energetic harmony between one’s body and the surrounding space and time. A two-month journey through India in 2009 allowed her to thrive, enriching her practice at the Sivananda Ashram and deepening her personal and teaching intentions. Amanda actively teaches classes, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings to students in Nashville, New York, and beyond. She is currently the director and co-creator/lead instructor of the 200-hour Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training program at Om Factory Yoga Center in mid-town Manhattan. Her most recent work is with the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health in Nashville, where she is stud
My teaching style is flowing, athletic and highly eclectic, incorporating various influences including, Pilates, Strength Training, Plyometrics, Gyrotonics and the best practices of the many great teachers whom I have had the good fortune to meet. My classes are an improvisational affair. No two classes are the same. I like to impart a sense of play, irreverence, good music and fun to promote a safe atmosphere of positive thinking and body awareness. I use visual demonstrations and hands-on adjustments to assist my students to achieve their goals. My hope is to have my students leave our class feeling renewed, refreshed and invigorated.
Holly Coles, E-RYT 500, hails from Australia, and growing up ‘down under’ is the only explanation she has for her insatiable desire to be upside-down. Holly leads Om Factory’s 200-Hour Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training program with Amanda Wentworth. In her own words: I am Australian. By default I love sport, I love to move and I love to play! I am motivated by the freedom that comes from movement. I have truly had my most liberating moments while sliding down a mountain, spinning around a dance floor and turning upside down on a mat. As long as I have the ability to move, I will continue to learn and share my understanding of what it is to find inspiration through motion. I am a Scorpio. By default I need a way to nurture the loyalty and pacify the sting! I am motivated by the sense of contentment that comes from real awareness. In the ultimate quest for a life that makes sense, I had the good fortune to find yoga. It is one of many traditions in our world that offers a framework to help us understand ourselves, along with the guidance to live a life inspired.
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