About Our Instructors

Jessica Vargas

Therapeutic Instructor

Jessica’s fascination with the human body led her to pursue her degrees in Exercise Science and Clinical Nutrition at University at Buffalo.  While working on her Masters degree, Jessica was drawn to yoga for its stress relief and physical benefits.  She quickly fell in love with the asana practice and knew it would be an integral part of her life forever.  Over the last year, Jessica has dedicated herself to the practice of yoga as a lifestyle and has been blessed physically, emotionally, and mentally by its gifts.  Yoga has made her more flexible, patient, loving, and fearless both on and off the mat.  Her conscious decision to exist in Divine Love has brought her much joy, fulfillment and appreciation of the present moment.

Jessica completed her 200-hour training at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico in 2015. Her teaching style reflects her personal practice.  She provides a playful environment where she promotes growth in ones practice by offering different variations, while providing a compassionate setting for all levels of practice.  Jessica believes that a supportive community is a fundamental aspect of yoga and is extremely excited to join us at OWM Yoga Downtown!

Erin Gugliuzza

Erin has been practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist for the past 18 years. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Community and Human Services and Health Science from SUNY Empire State College.

Her inspiration to become a Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist and Holistic Practitioner stemmed from realizing the impact movement and distance running (volleyball and cross country running in high school) had on her mental and physical health. She learned hands-on healing over the years from her own wounds. Her experiences have lead her to conclude that living a life free from stress, addictive behaviors, pharmaceuticals, unclean air, food and water pollutants, and a sedentary lifestyle will enhance the health of anyone suffering from anything. All of her life experiences drew her to the study of yoga where she learned to live more consciously, meditate more profoundly and, let go of her past wounds. Erin received her yoga teacher certification from the Himalayan Institute.

by Thomas A. Edison:

“The Doctor of the Future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease”

Liz Czapski

Liz Czapski is a passionate mover who continues to grow in awe of the human body through her personal exploration with yoga, free form dance and acrobatics. Her yoga experience began with a challenging vinyasa class that left her intrigued to draw more connections within her own body. What started as a physical practice quickly evolved into a lifestyle that has given Liz the freedom to manage daily stresses while also providing the tools to listen, observe and feel with more awareness. Liz has come to appreciate how important variation is when exploring the many ways in which our bodies are designed to move.  In 2016 Liz completed her 250-hour teacher training at Downward Dog Yoga Studio in Toronto, Canada. She is also an active member of the AcroYoga Buffalo community where she practices, teaches and performs this fun blend of yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage.

Her caring and playful teaching style reflects her positive outlook on life and incorporates strength building while encouraging the use of props to help students find the work throughout class.  Liz loves working with people and wants to help each student feel healthy in their body.  Off the mat, Liz loves to be in nature, enjoys hiking, biking and camping and chances are you will find her singing and dancing as she does all this.

Carolyn Kugler

Carolyn began her yoga journey at a local gym. She first walked into a yoga class because a personal trainer who suggested that she take a group class. Over the next few years her interest in yoga began to grow and her attention began to shift to proper alignment in poses. Her personal yoga practice had grown and made her feel better both inside and out. After about a year of teaching at the gym she enrolled in the Himalayan Institute’s 200 hour teacher certification course here in Buffalo. She is enjoying her ongoing journey through life and yoga. Carolyn’s hope for any individual who decides to give yoga a try, is that they begin to enjoy their own journey too.

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