Upon walking into Om Sweet Om Yoga, in the charming village of Port Washington, one gets a sense of warmth and welcome. The space is different from other yoga studios in that it is laid out more as a
healing center where visitors can retreat not only for an hour session, but a whole day. Special services include Reiki, natural esthetics, massage therapy, wellness chiropractic, holistic pediatrics, and even a service called BrainCore neuro-feedback therapy, which naturally helps individuals of all ages suffering from headaches, insomnia, ADD, PTSD and other neurological conditions.
In terms of yoga, the studio’s offerings are varied and extensive, providing ample opportunity for Iyengar, ashtanga, restorative, prenatal, gentle, foundations and more; making it fitting for beginner, intermediate and advanced practitioners. A yoga boutique is also on premises with mats, mat bags, props, candles, jewelry, essential oils and every- thing else a yogi might want.
There are three rooms for practice, and I was lucky enough to join the spacious prana studio—meaning “life force”—for a Chakra Rhythm Healing workshop. This two-hour workshop, led by Elyce Neuhauser, of Elyce Yoga Trance, featured live drumming by George Schultze, of Spirit Sky. Through yoga, free-form movement and intention, attendees explored the second chakra, svadhisthana, associated with the water element and its connection to the feminine and spontaneous flow of the body. Also was the experience of the third chakra, manipura, and its ability to ignite vital fire, confidence and sacred power.
Through liberating sequences and a percussive sound healing bath, I felt spine-tingling relaxation. I was powerfully guided by Neuhauser into a place of strength and manifestation, which helped me attain a lasting, positive perspective on personal challenges.
This is but one example of what one can experience when one steps foot into Om Sweet Om Yoga. Even if from outside the area, an experience at this gem is worth the trip. One can even make a day of it—like I did— by paying a visit to the historic Sands Point Preserve just five minutes down the road.
Location: 12 Irma Ave., Port Washington. For more information, call 516-944-YOGA (9642).
Gina Marie Cronin is a staff writer for Natural Awakenings Long Island, as well as a meditation practitioner and guide.