OHMGrown Yoga is committed to cultivating an environment that promotes a sense of 'coming home' to yourself for all human identities and experiences. We are a community that supports those seeking more peace, more joy, 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 enjoys teaching mindful, grounded flows that allow you to connect with yourself and the present moment. She encourages you to listen to your body first and always take what feels good to you while guiding you through an intentional sequence.
When not in the studio Allie is often found babysitting, dogsitting/walking, or bartending. Allie spends her free time taking dance classes, relaxing with a good book, and spending time with her friends and family especially her nieces and nephew!
Allie is passionate about creating a safe and positive space for you to be exactly who you are.
Amanda Porco (she/her)
As a classically trained musician, Amanda quickly realized the undeniable link between a musician's experience and yoga's elements of mind, body and breath. Since starting her yoga journey, she has become empowered by the freedom of movement in her asana practice.
Band teacher by day, Amanda enjoys sharing mindfulness with her elementary students and helping high school musicians build their mind/body connection through the Marching Arts. Amanda's intention for each class is to create an environment where students can move their bodies and still their minds. Taking exactly what they need, students are encouraged to explore creative movement, quiet stillness, and everything in between.
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.
Beth Filla (she/her)
When it comes to yoga, Beth want the whole kit and kaboodle. The devotion, the strong postures, big connection with philosophical themes. She want to hear music! Sanskrit! She wants to feel every idea and word in her body. And she thinks you should, too.
Beth has been teaching Vinyasa and Yin yoga since 2005; she completed the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training with Sharon Gannon and David Life in 2012. Beth owned Yogawood in Collingswood for ten years during which time she taught weekly classes, led teacher trainings, organized and facilitated workshops and retreats, led kirtans and mentored some amazing teachers (whose classes you may be lucky enough to take!).
These days, Beth leads just one yoga class a week. The rest of the time, she works as a psychotherapist and guides Trauma-Informed Yoga Groups and Reiki sessions. She's on the faculty of The Thread Yoga Collective, an online community for yoga teachers of all backgrounds and lineages, and she teaches at the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia. Beth is passionate about teaching and healing bodies and brains. All of her work is fueled by her deep respect for people’s strength and inner intelligence. She intimately knows the spark of spirit and she works to fan its flame.
Brian Pinder (he/him)
Brian has been practicing yoga for almost 15 years but only recently began teaching after completing the 200 hour certification training at OHMGrown. His practice grew out of a desire to relieve back and shoulder pain, which developed after years of playing all the sports while generally ignoring proper form and movement. His teaching grew out of a desire to share with others the benefits he discovered through practice. With each flow, he looks to create a fun, challenging, and ultimately rewarding exploration of shapes and space.
When not teaching yoga, he enjoys playing both indoor and beach volleyball, which he has also been coaching since 2017 for a youth program in Mt Laurel. Other passions include music and travel, and his goals include napping on as many of the world’s beaches as possible, writing an album, and hiking Mt Kilimanjaro.
Carrie Sarlo-Randazzo (she/her)
Carrie is a long time yoga practitioner and local resident. She has been teaching yoga in the area since 2009 and is trained in: Vinyasa, Prenatal, Pelvic Floor Yoga, and Women’s Health Therapeutics. In addition to yoga, Carrie is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She is deeply passionate about anatomy and the interwoven connection between mind and body. Her teaching style is informative and explorative. Through meditation, breath-work, and movement, Carrie’s intention is to hold space for others in a healing and supportive environment.
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.
Erik Marrero (he/him)
Yoga found Erik in the Spring of 2007. As a cancer patient, he enrolled in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, through the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. After graduating from the 8-week MBSR program, Erik continued his daily meditation practice and sought out yoga in a non-hospital environment. Erik is a graduate of the Yogawood 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher-Training, Linda Maguire’s 30-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training, and the Trishula Yoga 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs. Erik started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2009. He has taken several teacher training workshops with Manju Jois and is authorized by him to teach the Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
In 2008, as part of the Yogawood 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, he took a Sanskrit Immersion weekend with a teacher from the American Sanskrit Institute (ASI). In 2012
and 2013, Erik participated in the ASI Sanskrit Level 1 Teacher Training program and was Authorized to teach Introduction to Sanskrit weekend workshops. He has taught
these workshops in the United States and Canada.
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.
Kristine Go (she/her)
Kristine first discovered yoga during her last year of college. At the time, she was stressed out with the pressures of trying to figure out what to do after graduation. Yoga became a way for Kristine to practice pranayama both on and off the mat.
In 2010, Kristine did her first 200HR yoga training at Power Yoga Works in Philadelphia with Bill Raup and went on to continue studying yoga with Baron Baptiste for 10 years. She has a certification in trauma-informed through Street Yoga in Seattle, WA and is certified to teach yoga for traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors and their care-takers through Love Your Brain Yoga. During the pandemic, Kristine studied mind based mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR)
meditation. Kristine was board President for Roots2Rise in Philadelphia, creating accessible yoga programs in underserved communities.
Kristine’s approach to her yoga classes is to cultivate a rhythm of breath that will move you powerfully and naturally from pose to pose.
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.
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 making pottery at the Perkins Center, tending to her garden, being the hostess with the mostess, traveling, and giving endless cuddles to her Frenchie.