Om Shanti Healing Arts
Massage & Yoga Studio
(Located on the 1st floor, to the left of the stairs in the foyer)
We offer a variety of healing arts to relax, renew and rejuvenate, the body, mind and the spirit. Weekly Yoga classes & Wellness Classes with Essential Oils, Many modalities of Massage Therapy, Reiki, and body treatments such as Moroccan red clay wraps, body scrubs and the Om Shanti Signature Sacred Mandala Foot Bath.
Our classes are small and integrative for more personalized instruction, so space is limited. We ask that you sign in before hand for all workshops, yoga classes and massage sessions.
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NYS Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Certified Yoga Trance Dance Instructor, Certified Level 2 Positional Therapist, Certified Thai-Yoga Massage Therapist, Certified Level 1 Reiki Practitioner & Certified Hot Stone Therapist.
Owner of Om Shanti Healing arts
I have always been a healer by nature. I am very passionate at what I do, and I love my work. I have been studying healing modalities since my yoga teacher training and Thai-yoga level I at the Kripalu Center in 2007. From there I decided to travel toThailand and deepen my training and learn from the masters. Upon my return I decided I wanted to know more ways to heal through touch, so I started studying Swedish and Therapeutic Massage techniques, trying to build my “Healing Tool Box”. I have training in Massage Therapy, Positional Therapy, Kripalu Yoga, Scrubs and Body Wraps, Hot Stone Therapy, Energy work, Meditation, Yoga Trance Dance, Reiki, Thai Massage, Shamanism, Myology and more.
Understanding that each person is different, I tailor each session to meet the needs and wants of the people I’m working with creating the ultimate healing experience.
Before my journey down this healing path, my inner world was chaos. Life took a toll on me and I pushed it all down in avoidance. I always felt overwhelmed and anxious. My neck hurt or my shoulder etc. something was always in pain. Uncomfortable in each moment, I soon became self-destructive and apathetic – I began to hate life. Everything about it made my emotions run wild, fogging my brain so I couldn’t think clearly. I saw therapists and doctors and specialists and they gave me this, said I had this problem and so on… until one day I wanted no more of life. But then in the depths of my darkest depression…
I found yoga.
Yoga in the sense of ‘unity’. Connecting, uniting body, mind, and soul. Whether I was taking a yoga class, walking, standing, putting on my shoes, eating, dancing, communicating, drinking, petting my animals, taking a shower, getting a massage, folding laundry, cleaning… doing it all with awareness, intention, patience and grace. Doing it with all my heart….not worrying about what happened yesterday or 20 minutes ago or thinking about what I’m going to do for tomorrow or the next day- I was in it for the moment. Each moment. The here and now. Just by doing this, always coming back to the moment, again and again releasing my fears, putting my past behind me, accepting what is, and not believing what isn’t. Finding stillness …. lessened my anxiety level by 90%.
When you are stressed your mind is stressed, your body is stressed-Causing unhealthy decisions more desirable, chronic pain and eventualy dissease. Stress is dis-ease… it kills vital life energy and it spreads through the mind, the body and spirit.
I offer you these services and treatments because I believe EVERY BODY should Live Free…. Free from affliction, tension, pain and STRESS.
These are the things that helped heal me, let me help YOU heal yourself!
NYS Licensed Massage Therapist/ Certified Level II Reiki Practitioner
Hi. My name’s Raven.
Healing arts have been a big part of my life since I was a teen. From learning to fight illness through herbal medicine, to helping others relax with a foot or back rub. I feel very passionately about the need for space to heal, to hold space for deep, intense emotions, and to support those who seek to grow their inner light, to nurture themselves, and to open up after being wounded. I am a recent graduate from CNWSMT, a Reiki II attuned healer, a student of Iyengar style Yoga, as well as European shamanic practices and Alchemy.
-My Journey –
The first week of 2012, I spent in the psychiatric wing of a hospital.I know. Not exactly an uplifting first sentence. But that hospital was probably the best thing that could have happened to me. Hitting rock bottom taught me one thing. From that point on, you just need to look up. Did I struggle? Yes. In the climb since then, I’ve stumbled, fallen back down onto a ledge, sprained an emotional muscle or two. I’ve lost sight of the light through long nights and cold moments of despair. But in the darkest moments, what got me through were friends. People who saw me in my darkest and showed me the next grip. Who lent their own light while I struggled to relight my own. I didn’t make it out of the hole on my own. But I couldn’t have made it out at all if I wasn’t the main driver of my car…ma. Sorry. Karma joke. In the years that followed hospitalization, I met shamans and healers who helped cultivate my inner lightand find my spiritual home. Eventually, as I began to understand why I was so called to the paths of those who walk between worlds, I accepted what I had tried desperately to hide for years. I am transgender. I struggled to find a way to tell those who love me, but in time, I have found that those who matter won’t judge me, and those who judge me… don’t matter. So now, I set forth with the intention of helping others who would help themselves. I offer relaxation, inner healing and caring touch, with the gifts of my training, experience and studies over the years.
Yoga & Pilates Instructor and Reiki Master
Yoga & Pilates:
Cheryl received her Pilates Mat Certification at Core Pilates NYC in 2015 and her Power Vinyasa yoga certification in 2016. Cheryl recently relocated to the Albany area after having been a Fashion Industry professional living and working in New York City for 12 years and most recently working in the wellness community in her hometown of Elmira, NY. She has always been active in competitive athletic activities from gymnastics, softball and swimming as a child and throughout high-school to traditional training at gyms throughout her college years and twenties. She was introduced to Pilates & Yoga 6 years ago and was immediately captivated by the way they strengthened the muscles in her entire body, which other forms of exercises hadn’t. She continues to be inspired by the way both modalities realign, motivate, and improve all body types and that they work for beginners to experts! Cheryl loves teaching Yoga & Pilates, the mind- body connections they create and building relationships with her students.
Cheryl has become increasingly interested in alternative approaches to healing and wellness due to her own health issues. After searching out natural ways to overcome autoimmune disease when Western medicine didn’t help, she discovered Yoga, Pilates, Accupuncture/Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and Reiki. The combination of whole body wellness and nutrition have steered her onto a path of making this a way of life both privately and professionally. Cheryl is a Reiki Master who truly enjoys being a part of her clients’ healing journey and how this ancient practice can heal the mind, body and spirit.
She is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge with her students and clients!
Certified Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher
Lauren completed her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Vidya, a Yoga Alliance registered school in the capital region. Lauren is also a clinical social worker, providing therapy to children and families. Her work as a psychotherapist brings a unique perspective to her yoga instruction to build yoga practice as a tool for self care and mental health.
Hi my name is Sarah Glover. I am Local Artist in the Capital Region. I have a passion about art and love to share it with you. I have shared paintings of landscapes, still life and whimsical portraits. I paint on canvas, stemware and home decoration. Practicing Art is something I’ve done since childhood and a couple years ago I was offered to teach . It has been something I became to love and have fun with. Anyone can paint! I encourage everyone to join the fun. Happy Painting! I can’t wait to meet Everyone!