OHMGrown Yoga is committed to cultivating an environment that promotes a sense of 'coming home' to yourself for all human identities and experiences. We strive to be a community that supports those seeking peace and more intentional ease in their lives.
Alyssa Pflug, Owner (she/her)
Alyssa is a queer yoga teacher, friend, lover, sister, daughter, leader, deep-diver and alchemist at heart. She is also the owner of OHMGrown Yoga. Alyssa is passionate about creating space — physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually through the practices and teachings of yoga and supports others on their journey to do the same. Her classes are both challenging and empowering, with a focus on alignment-based teaching as well as artfully crafted and intelligent sequencing. Alyssa encourages her students to practice from a place of grounded exploration and to humbly trust their own inner knowing.
Alyssa is a lover of being outside, laughing, connecting, all things plants, food, her people, and her sweet pup Henry.
Ali Radetich (she/her)
Ali took her first yoga class back in 1999 as a P.E. credit for college. There were no fancy yoga mats, they were in a loud and cold gymnasium and she did the class in sweatpants (this was before they were called joggers!). But from that first breath, she was hooked. Despite having never been very athletic, she finally felt graceful and easeful in her body. Then she began to dive deeper into the philosophical parts of yoga and really fell in love. During the past 25 years of practice — some years more consistent than others — she had the opportunity to train with a variety of teachers, experience different class styles and find her way again and again to her breath.
Ali's classes focus on the breath first and foremost. Other than that, the physical practice is usually a vinyasa based flow, however she also loves teaching yin and restorative yoga.
Allie Sheilds (she/her)
Allie is 23 years old and grew up in Haddon Heights. Her teaching style is grounded, gentle, light and fun. When she’s not at the studio, you can find her working at the local juice bar Wild&Co in Collingswood. Outside of yoga, she enjoys being out in nature, cozying up with a good book, and spending time with her friends and family — especially being the fun Aunt Allie to her three nieces. Allie is grateful for this community and for the opportunity to share her passion of yoga with all of you!
Andrea Ippolito (she/her)
Andrea is a RYT200, Yin 30, Baptiste- Level 1, Unstoppable, Unbreakable, Yoga Nidra and Karma Kids Yoga NYC certified yoga instructor. Her intention is to lovingly guide you back home to your heart by creating a safe space to explore what arises in the stillness. Yin quiets the mind in the midst of chaos.
Deb Cioffi (she/her)
Deb is a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance, specializing in Vinyasa Flow, Trauma-Informed Yoga, and Yin Yoga. She also enjoys sharing the energy from such practices as Tao Yin and Qi Gong.
Deb is interested in bringing a thoughtful, light-hearted yet precise, and accessible approach that allows her students to feel cared for and encouraged to bring their best to every practice. Her passion and excitement for learning and incorporating many different styles of mindfulness practices creates an enthusiasm that exudes through her teachings. Deb's instruction aims to nourish the mind, body, and heart through breath awareness, meditation, strong alignment, and philosophy. Her greatest fulfillment in life is the heartfelt human connection.
Jackie Walther (she/her)
Jackie began her yoga journey in 2009 and received her 200-hour certification through Anjali Power Yoga. In 2012 she discovered Ashtanga Yoga with Zoe Mai at Trishula Yoga in Collingwood. After apprenticing with Zoe for several years, studying Sanskrit, meditation, and The Yoga Sutras, Jackie received an additional 300-hour certificate through Trishula. Recently, Jackie has visited Manju Pattabhi Jois in Encinitas, to study Ashtanga and is looking forward to continuing her relationship with Manju as her teacher. She also studies with local authorized Ashtanga teacher, Erik Marrero. Jackie’s classes are a mix of the traditional Ashtanga standing sequence, therapeutic seated postures and back bends.
Jaime Diken (she/her)
The underlying theme of all of Jaime's vinyasa classes is to move your body. Seems simple, but she strives to make movement fun and free, without the worry of perfection. Jaime loves to focus on different ways to transition your body from pose to pose, and change your perspective as you are moving on your mat. Although it is a Vinyasa based flow, she mixes in a bunch of modified poses that allow you to build your strength and challenge yourself as well. If you like to move, breathe and laugh (a little), Jaime is looking forward to sharing space with you soon.
Jen Lusardi (she/her)
Jen began practicing yoga in 2017. Being a health and physical education teacher, she knew she wanted to bring yoga to her students. So just four months into practicing, she began a 100-hour children’s yoga teacher training through Little Flower Yoga. In 2019 she continued her yoga education with a 200-hour yoga teacher training at OHMGrown. Just a few short months after finishing training in 2020, she taught her first class on the eve of the world shutting down due to the pandemic.
Jen views her sequencing of a Vinyasa class similar to choreographing a dance, connecting movement to breath, body and mind. When she's not at the studio, you'll find Jen at the Jersey shore. She is a mother of three and resides in Cherry Hill.
Lauren Giordano (she/her)
Lauren has been teaching yoga since 2011 and is trained in Baptiste, Budokon, and Shiva. Her intent is to help people comprehend their potential while guiding them through a practice that expands physical capabilities and enhances emotional threshold through a grounding in gratitude for this beautiful life.
Yoga has changed Lauren’s life and continuously empowers her to progress into the next version of herself that embodies more grace, patience, and love. Teaching and practicing at OGY has always offered her a platform for growth, individuality, and a psychologically safe space for her to grow.
Matty James (he/him)
Matty is 32 years old and began his yoga journey in 2019 after running long distance most of his life. His life was transformed through this practice and he loves paying it forward. Outside of yoga, he enjoys nature, dogs, traveling, hockey, stand up paddle boarding, comedy, and working with autistic kiddos.
His classes focus on mindfulness, movement, and the freedom to make it your own.
Meghan Peters (she/her)
Meghan has been practicing yoga for the better part of 15 years. She strongly believes yoga should be available to all bodies. In the last few years, she's noticed the need for more body diversity in the yoga world so in 2016 she became a certified Vinyasa yoga teacher.
After finishing her 200-hour teacher training, Meghan started the process of getting her “Yoga for All” certification with guidance from the program creators Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes. “Yoga for All” focuses on modifications that help yoga become accessible to all body-types and levels of yoga experience.
Meghan lives in Collingswood with her husband and two black cats that will all make cameo appearances in stories during her class. In her spare time, she enjoys making vegan treats and spending quality time with family and friends. She also loves to make people laugh. Her goal is to have you leave her class with a happy heart and a smile on your face.
Sakinah Higgs (she/her)
In each of her classes, Sakinah invites you to do you. She encourages students to put away any negative thoughts of what they can’t do and efforts to help you realize ALL bodies ALL cultures ALL humans have a space here. Her classes are influence by music, you can expect a soulful vibe - a mix of R&B, soul, slow jams, old school hip hop, a sprinkle of Afro beats and yogi hip hop.
Sakinah's classes are peaceful, centering, individual, strengthening, and thoughtful. She believes the practice of yoga is about your individual journey (not who is on the mat next to you) and releasing anything that’s putting you down. She asks students to reach into the conscious self and just breathe.
Theresa Casalnova (she/her)
Theresa is a fresh yoga teacher who enjoys guiding yogis through slow and restorative Yin classes, as well as fluid and creative Vinyasa flows. Theresa’s intention for every class is to simply create space for whatever suits her students’ needs, whether it’s mindful breathing, intentional movements, or quiet stillness. She cultivates a lighthearted environment for yogis of all levels, and always sprinkles in some humor as a gentle reminder that yoga is not that serious.
Outside of the studio, Theresa enjoys trips to the mountains, creating playlists, eating yummy food with her friends, snuggling with her pups, and trying to quiet her mind enough to meditate for five whole minutes.
Valeri Collins (she/her)
Valeri guides students through intentional, creative yoga sequences designed to help find space in both the body and mind. Her classes provide an opportunity to turn inward, connect with breath, and receive. Valeri is passionate about demystifying the practice of yoga and offering an inclusive space for all bodies — she teaches from the heart and invites her students to move intuitively.
For Valeri, the most important part of teaching is to remain a steadfast student, so you’ll often find her taking a yoga class or workshop. Off the mat, she enjoys reading, creating (pretty terrible) pottery at the Perkins Center, tending to her garden, traveling, and giving endless cuddles to her Frenchie.