Work From Om® started with the simple conviction that a yoga practice at the office can change the way we work for the better.
Today, the Work From Om® vision for happier, healthier, higher-functioning workplaces is becoming a reality one forward-thinking company at a time.
The Work From Om® team shares a deeply personal and common interest in spreading the benefits of yoga and mindfulness practices to the working communities of New York City and Chicago
Work From Om® has served 150+ companies, including:
Sarah Vaynerman, Founder & CEO
Sarah built Work From Om® to help organizations support their employees’ well-being and development and manage stress in a world where the lines between work and life are becoming increasingly blurred. She created the Work From Om® model that has touched thousands of professionals nationwide and has personally led successful mindfulness trainings at more than 100 companies in NYC. Sarah believes that the transformative qualities of mindfulness and conscious movement must be widely available and has devoted her career to building programs that are relatable and accessible to individuals from all walks of life and all levels of practice.
Before launching Work From Om®, Sarah spent nearly a decade in marketing communications, leading brand engagement initiatives for growing companies within tech and on Wall Street before starting her own consulting practice. Like many of us, Sarah found yoga out of necessity, seeking just a slice of weekly relief from the stress of living and working in the fast-paced, high-pressure world that is New York City. Coming out of her first class, Sarah was taken aback by her own reluctance to check her cell phone, eager to preserve an unfamiliar but welcome feeling of presence, contentment and freedom from the demands of the outside world.
Through the practices of mindful movement and meditation, she soon noticed profound improvements in virtually every aspect of her life, from sleep and physical fitness to productivity and personal relationships. Inspired and rejuvenated, Sarah completed her yoga teacher training and launched Work From Om® in 2014 with a mission to deliver the same benefits to busy professionals one company at a time.
Eric Prado, Director of Chicago Operations
Working long hours in a demanding corporate environment, Eric had little time for self care. This led to a health issue caused by countless hours hunched over a laptop. Eric was in constant physical pain. Luckily, after physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture, Eric’s physical pain began to recede. Eric started practicing yoga to keep the physical pain at bay, along his journey he not only discovered the physical benefits, but began to notice many mental and emotional benefits as well.
Eric was hooked on yoga. It made him feel better physically and emotionally. He enrolled in 200 Hour RYT Yoga Teacher Training to deepen his practice. Eric had no intention of leading yoga classes, but once he completed his training, he knew that he had to share his knowledge with others.
Today, Eric practices daily and teaches multiple times a week. Even after leaving his big corporate job to start his own consulting practice, Eric sees yoga as a priority. Especially now as he needs the energy, mindfulness and mental clarity to unleash his inner light. Eric does not see himself as a yoga instructor, he is now and forever will be a yoga student that looks forward to helping others in their yoga journey.
Tracy Noh, Head of Teacher Operations and Development
Tracy, a former gymnast and frantic gym-rat, was introduced to yoga and meditation in graduate school. Tracy’s professor would lead a few minutes of mindfulness and simple yoga poses to re-energize tired, stressed students during long evening lectures, a practice that Tracy found surprisingly impactful. With a new appreciation for slowing down to enjoy the present moment, Tracy began to weave yoga into her gym routines and experienced profound improvements in both her mental and physical well-being, and found a mind-body connection that she never knew existed.
After years of practice, Tracy earned her teaching certification in New York City in 2013 and her love of yoga and meditation, as well as her credentials and experience, continue to grow rapidly. She studies, practices and teaches many styles of hatha and vinyasa yoga that include Ashtanga, Dharma Yoga, Jared McCann Yoga and hot yoga, and has been leading corporate classes with Work From Om® since 2014.
Tracy believes that the practice of yoga and meditation, with careful attention to alignment and breath, increases strength and flexibility not just physically, but also to balance and connect the physical body to its mind and soul. Her teaching style is thoughtful and accessible to all levels, rooted in the belief that a balanced practice can only be built through openness, consistency and patience.
Maggie Hayes, Director of Communications
Maggie's yoga journey began as a safe haven away from a busy corporate work life, providing peace and relaxation outside of the 9 to 5 work schedule. But as time went on, her interest in the practice evolved, noticing how lessons on the mat seamlessly transferred to every day life. With that, she began pursuing yoga full time and landed with Work From Om.
In January 2016, Maggie earned her teaching certification and began teaching and sharing her growing knowledge of yoga and meditation. The practice has profoundly shifted Maggie's life and she is honored and humbled to share with with others.
Erin Vaughan, MSA, Lead Educator
Rose Erin Vaughan, MSAc, is an experienced Acupuncturist, Trigger Point Therapist, and Yoga Tantra Teacher. For over 15 years, she has worked in a variety of settings including integrative medicine, sports medicine aesthetics, classical Yoga and devotional chanting. Her primary interest in on how the emotions affect pain patterns, aging and overall well-being. She came to NYC over a decade ago to study with Bhagavan Das and has also studied thousands of hours with Master Yogi Dharma Mittra and other renowned healers. She is dedicated to understanding and addressing the physical and emotional ailments of our modern culture. Originally earning a BS in Cell Biology from Wake Forest U, she combines her knowledge of science with her devotion to yoga, embodied anatomy and herbal medicine.