Om Society is a holistic lifestyle company that expands the reach of yoga into schools, workplaces and cultural institutions. The goal of OM Society is to promote yoga practice as part of a healthy, balanced, energetic and creative lifestyle.
About Founder Monique Schubert
Monique Schubert is a Kripalu Certified Yoga teacher with over 14 years experience studying and teaching yoga and meditation in diverse communities throughout the New York area. Monique Schubert began her studies of yoga while she was an art student at Skidmore College. Following graduation she traveled to India and Tibet to research 13th century murals in Buddhist temples. After college Monique studied both yoga and voice with her mentor, Maya Breuer, for many years before completing teacher training at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts in 2001. For Monique yoga, music and art are inseparable, essential elements of Life! She was included as one of 11 influential practitioners in the Root article Power to the Peaceful: 11 Black Yogis, and was featured in the Yoga Journal article 21 Under 40: Talented Young Teachers That Are Shaping The Future of Yoga.
OM SOCIETY @ SCHOOL
OM Society @ School is an initiative to bring awareness of yoga, meditation and self-care to students in New York City public schools by partnering with the school’s social work department to enhance support programs already in place.
The techniques of yoga are simple; with practice everyone can learn them and use them to their benefit. Through study and experience teens will apply yoga and mindfulness meditation as tools to manage everyday stress, and establish a habit of physical exercise that promotes overall health and builds self-confidence.
While participating in the program teens will learn strategies to work towards their goals with peer support. By the end of this one-year workshop students will become skilled enough to share their knowledge of yoga and mindfulness meditation with their community.
Reach out to discuss bringing OM Society to your school!
GOTHAM ARTS & GALLOP NYC
One highlight of the first year of OM Society @ School at Gotham Arts Academy was our visit to Gallop NYC. This amazing organization rehabilitates abused and/or abandoned horses and trains them to give therapeutic rides to differently abled children and adults, and to Veterans with PTSD. Their organization relies heavily on volunteers to operate and one beautiful Spring day in Brooklyn, New York we visited Gallop NYC and the girls learned how to groom horses and how to lead them as part if their initial volunteer training. We hope to have more visits to Gallop NYC this year as well!
Visit their site to learn more about the important work that they do.
Reach out to discuss partnering with OM Society.
ABOUT THE DVD
This DVD was created as the result of repeated student requests for me to create something that would help them keep practicing when classes were in session. I began this project in 2013 and launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to raise the funds to finish it. This was a labor of love and I hope that you enjoy it and use it frequently!
BEST PRACTICES FOR USING THE DVD
3 things you can do to establish a home practice:
1. Create an area in your home that is set up just for practice at all times.
This could mean just enough room to roll out a yoga mat, a corner of a room or a larger space. It will help your practice immensely to be able to step into a space that is already set up.
2. Make a strong effort to practice at the same time of day when you practice yoga.
The optimal time to practice is just before dawn during the Ambrosial Hours between 4-7AM. Second to that practicing between 4-7PM in the evening is recommended. If your schedule doesn't allow you to practice at these times, that's fine, just try to be consistent with the time of day you that do choose.
3. Place something meaningful to you in your practice space.
This can be a picture of a great teacher, a photograph of nature, or a mandala. It could be a candle, a statue, or a shell you found at the beach. It can be anything that helps you focus; encourages you and reminds you why you are making the time and effort to practice yoga.