The Om Institute Teachers

Michelle Hastie Thompson

Michelle Hastie Thompson is the founder and owner of The OM Institute. She’s been helping women heal their relationship with weight, food, and exercise through her online business Total Body Health Solutions since 2009. She is passionate about creating connection and community with women and helping them design their dream lives without settling. She’s been featured on Fox, The CW, NBC, Shape Magazine and has published 3 books. Her passions include helping women realize their super powers to cultivate impactful businesses and fulfilling lives in bodies they love. Click the button below to learn more about Coaching with Michelle for your Body or your Business.

Becky Clifford

I started practicing yoga ten years ago after a cancer diagnosis. A friend invited me to a class at Easton Yoga in Pennsylvania, USA, and it was love at first breath! I didn’t know what to expect and was willing to try anything that could help me de-stress and heal. I was amazed at what I learned and walked away with in the process.

I started to notice how through my continuous practice on the mat, the changes resonated off the mat. My body became more flexible, my mind clearer, my heart more open, and my health and vitality soared. I had a healthy baby girl in 2013, and am now a mommy. I am Level 2 Reiki certified, a Graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and completed my 200 hour yoga teacher certification at Easton Yoga in 2015. I began teaching community classes and then moved to Zug, Switzerland where I started BYouYoga. I taught both group and private classes during my time in Switzerland and have recently relocated back to Easton to continue my teaching journey. I have taken workshops on yoga/horsemanship, breath, Ayurveda, and read countless books on holistic approaches to healing and functional medicine. I have continued my education and also completed online teacher trainings including Sadie Nardini’s HIIT yoga and Seane Corn’s the Yoga of Awakening. I am excited to share one of my passions with you: Use less, LOVE more…Be whole!

Erin Li

Erin is a yoga teacher and wellness advocate who lives in Lone Tree, Colorado with her daughter, and husband. Erin graduated from a 200 hour YTT at Club Greenwood. She has certifications in personal training, fitness nutrition, and exercise therapy. Erin also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning. Erin’s background in Psychology helps her understand how people think, thus allowing her to connect with her clients on a deeper level. What’s more, her studies in teaching and learning have helped her understand how to teach many different types of people. Erin began her journey towards wellness advocacy by exploring ways to help her family find natural solutions to meet their wellness needs. She is a life long learner and continuously strives to gain knowledge about wellness on a daily basis.

Ella Arieta

Ella’s journey into yoga began in 2008 after taking a couple of classes and fell in love with the physical practice. 

Being an Epilepsy survivor, she didn’t know how yoga was going to affect her.  Through yoga practice and meditation, she learned how to keep her seizures under control with retaining and ascending the breath.

“To me the breath is key to any yoga practice and you can’t do one without the other.  In order to practice the physical part of yoga you must learn how to control the breath, hear it sing and then link it to your physical vehicle-your body.”

She worked with a nonprofit that empowers people with Epilepsy and lead meditation classes.

Aside from teaching students with Epilepsy she loves teaching beginners, yin and vinyasa. “I don’t favor one practice over another.  Do you favor cookies over muffins or ice cream over cake?  That’s how I feel about yoga.  It’s all sweet to me.”

She’s been teaching yoga since 2015 and has completed 200 hours of teacher training and currently working towards her 500-hour teacher training. She is certified in yin yoga and children’s yoga.

Gabby Yates

Gabby Yates began practicing yoga in 1994 at the suggestion of her aunt to support her immune system through college. Yoga quickly became indispensable to her. In 2000, she began teaching yoga encouraged by her own yoga teacher. Gabby’s yoga practice supported her as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, as a consultant in Kosovo and Afghanistan and in the most potent way, as a mother. Gabby teaches challenging and aligned hatha yoga as a tool for students to cultivate personal development through insight and awareness. She believes yoga is a liberation practice for Every Body. To support this belief she founded Stay Engaged Yoga and partners with San Francisco-based Homeless Prenatal Program to make yoga available to homeless and marginalized mothers. Click the button below to learn more.

Nicole Alexander

Nicole is a graduate of the 500-hour Yogaworks Teacher Training, an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor, and Astrologer. In addition, Nicole has her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University—Los Angeles. Nicole teaches a mindful, breath-based yoga class, sharing her love for yoga in all its forms (physical, mental, and spiritual) and the many ways this practice heals us. 

Pina Tripodi

Pina Tripodi is a Reiki Master Teacher, yoga instructor, & artist who inspires healing, creativity, community, and empowerment in adults and children of all ages. With a Masters degree in Education, and after spending nearly a decade as a Special Education teacher, Pina has always been passionate about building authentic relationships, meeting people where they are at, and helping them shine. After moving to California 4 years ago, she embarked on a journey of self-healing, and is thrilled to be living her purpose through her business, Peaceful by Pina. She uses her creative and intuitive nature to help others tap into their own power by teaching about energy healing, leading women’s circles & intuitive coaching.

Stacee Finkelstein

Hi! My name is Stacee and I’m the owner of Stamaste. Stamaste is a yogic lifestyle company that creates a warm, safe, serene space for anyone who wishes to start yoga, or deepen their yoga practice

I was inspired to explore yoga by my grandmother. Within a year of starting my personal yoga practice, I began to notice subtle shifts in the way that I carried myself ,my posture, and overall confidence.  Inspired by these internal transformations, I took my first 200-hour yoga teacher training program in 2015. I am currently an E-RYT 500 hour instructor, trained in hatha and vinyasa yoga.

I began studying hatha and vinyasa yoga under seasoned teacher Faith Hunter. I would continue on my yoga path to attend pranayama and meditation retreats, deepening my spiritual connection to the practice of yoga and to myself. I have also attended many sequencing workshops, in which I explored how to create a unique sequence to elevate my future yoga classes.

After achieving my 500 hour certification, I have learned innovative and creative methods of designing an enlightened experience for my students, utilizing meditation, yoga nidra, pranayama, kriyas, mudras, chants, and mantras. I was also trained in kudalini yoga by combining postures, breathing, eye focus, hand positions, and meditation to stregthen the body and uplift the spirit. My advanced teacher training also prepared me for chakra healing and chakra sequencing. I am so excited to be continue on this journey of yoga and deepen her knowledge of advanced yoga sequencing and theory not only for my students, but also for myself.

Ilona Barnhart

Originally from Zakopane Poland, Ilona is an Artist, Yoga Teacher, and Human Design Reader living in Southern California. Currently enjoying a minimal, plastic and waste free(ish) life. Ilona spends most of her days practicing yoga, guiding individuals to connect to their breath and reading HD charts. While in love with her Oceanside beach life, Ilona is manifesting a self-sustainable container home off the beaten path with a retreat house (healing center/oasis) for visitors, surrounded by mountain tops, tall trees, and a body of water. With a micro farm!

I LOVE : The Arts, Old Stories, Movement, The Sound of Raindrops, Sand Between My Toes, The Smell of Pinecones, Rose Bushes, Animals, Plants, Climbing Mountain Ranges, Sitting in My Garden, Mysterious Forests, Day Dreaming, The Obscure and The Mundane, The Sound of Silence, Alone Time, Holding Space, Making/Creating Things, Tea, Mysticism.

My Life My Art : @unravelbliss &

Sage Phoenix

Sage Phoenix is a Lifeforce Yoga Therapist, a holistic healer and an author of holistic self-care resources to heal the Intuitive Body.    She believes holistic healing is an art and a science with Mindfulness and Restorative Yoga as the foundation of a daily wellness practice.  As a Holistic Lifestyle Coach, her focus is on teaching women Lifeforce Yoga inspired practices to re-awaken the power of the Intuitive Body to Heal burn out and stress related illness.     

Her latest book, Zen Centered : Healing Your Intuitive Body is a compilation of simple body mind strategies designed to heal women into a daily practice of Zen Centered Radical Self Care.  

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