Ohm is a sacred Sanskrit mantra symbolizing the vibration of the Universe and what ancients called the "primordial sound". It is the realization of our best possible selves and our connection to all beings. Our concept is explicit in our name——we are here to create a culture of Ohm. We take the high vibration of Ohm and bring it to life in day to day application. We are a community that supports a culture of wellness, joy, good vibes, inspiration and connection, and we're a proud home to some of the best teachers Chicago has to offer, in a setting designed to calm the senses and focus the mind.
Owner / Instructor
A thirst for greater self-awareness and pure curiosity drew Megan to a tiny yoga studio for a 4am practice when she was 17 years old. The all-around resilience yoga cultivates kept her engaged (to varying degrees) for over a decade. A sucker for interminable change, she shifted from her political consulting career, and turned in her high stress and high heels, for a teaching certification through Yogaview in Chicago. After a few years of teaching Megan quickly got to work building her idea of a conscious community by creating OhmCulture. Her teaching style is casual and personalized to her students, with an eye for alignment and muscle-melting adjustments. She is adamant that it is impossible for anyone to be "bad" at yoga (ask her why, and she'll be happy to tell you!). When she's not nurturing and supporting her Tribe at OhmCulture, she's traveling, boxing, meditating and being an unabashed cat-lady.
Stephanie is a dedicated student of yoga. Her journey started with her first Indo-Tibetan college course under renowned Buddhologist, Professor Robert Thurman. With an eagerness to learn more about the subtle body, she fell in love with yoga through Sivananda. Later, she explored Ashtanga, and her teaching career brought her to Chicago School of Yoga training, under the tutelage of Lucia Cordeiro-Drever and David Duerkop. She continually furthers her training with Manju Jois and Kino MacGregor. Stephanie teaches vinayasa yoga, weaving in powerful Ashtanga transitions with an emphasis on alignment, bandhas and pranayama. She invites everyone to come to her class to reap the physical benefits of yoga. Above all, she hopes you discover the divine connection in all living beings.
"Joy's soul is in the doing." This Shakespeare quote serves as the foundation for Steph's yoga practice and teaching. She discovered the joys of yoga as a means to heal personal trauma and depression. The practice brought her to life and before long, she completed her 200 hour training with Debbie Williamson of Wild Abundant Life. Since then, she's pursued training in restorative yoga and Kundalini. She is also a holistic health coach and Reiki practitioner. Steph creates a playful, organic and expressive practice for students to connect to self and personal power. When she's not goofing off on her mat, Steph is in rehearsals for her next theater production, doing mad science in the kitchen or juking on her ukulele.
Ashley first turned to yoga as a way to ease back pain and stress while attending Harvard Law School and subsequently working as a corporate attorney in NYC. She found that the time she spent on her mat each week left her feeling calmer, stronger, and more at ease than any other time in her day. After several years of daily practice and study with teachers such as Irini Res, Jill Jerome, Ariel Kiley, and Melinda Abbott, Ashley earned her 200-hour teaching certification through Yoga Loft in Chicago. Ashley's classes are grounded in Ashtanga and Vinyasa, and her flows challenge her students to further advance their asana practice while providing consistent opportunities for personalized modifications and variations. Off her mat, Ashley still practices law (and enjoys it!), dances with a number of dance companies and choreographers, and enthusiastically explores Chicago's food scene.
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." Service has been the epicenter of Rajni since she was a little girl. Growing up with ancient, eastern modalities rooted in her indian heritage, yoga and meditation became her tools to be of service to those who seek it. A multidisciplinary yoga teacher, trained in prenatal yoga - conscious and sacred birthing, certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, and having over 1,000 hour of teach experience, Rajni's purpose is to use yoga to enable her students to combat burnout, boost energy and reduce stress. She helps her students cultivate an authentic, fearless and impactful life that leaves behind division, societal constrictions, harmful mindsets, body discomfort, mind-chatter and negative emotional reactions. Classes will have your burning away anything that does not serve you. Breathe deeply and find release.
Emily Haines had her first encounter with the physical aspect of Yoga during her dance training in high school. While pursuing a BFA in dance, she was encouraged by friend and teacher Blanca Aviles to attend her class at Moksha. She thought she was fit and flexible as a dancer, but Blanca’s class proved her wrong. Around 2003, Emily began her Yoga practice with more intention and became to realize the extent of what ‘doing yoga’ means. In 2008, Emily graduated from Moksha’s 200 hour teacher training. Since then she has studied with international teachers Shiva Rea, Tias Little, Jason Nemer, and Kino MacGregor. With such a varied movement background and keen eye for the human body, Emily is able to lead students in a vigorous class with options for all bodies. She truly believes that we are all capable of more than we think we are. “Do your practice and all is coming”