Erica Whalen, Creative Director
When Erica discovered mang’Oh, she was running around New York City teaching at various studios, gyms, and living rooms. At the time, mang’Oh had a tiny community and was in need of some love and inspiration. In 2007, she, along with her business savvy sister and dearest friend Cynthia, purchased and reinvented the studio. Today, mang’Oh has become the place they always dreamed it could be: a sweet yoga sanctuary full of heart and soul.
Erica is in love with the practice of yoga. She profoundly believes in its healing effects for the individual body and spirit, as well as the collective whole. She delights in teaching beautiful and expressive asana classes in the hatha vinyasa style. Every day, she is inspired by and grateful for all of the students and teachers that call mang’Oh their yoga home.
Erica has a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University, and she received her yoga certification through Laughing Lotus Yoga School. She lives in Astoria with her husband, Evan.
Cynthia Rayner, Business Director
While Cynthia was in business school in 2007, her sister, Erica, had the inspiring idea to buy a fledgling yoga studio in Midtown. She believed that this neighborhood studio had heart, and just needed a little love from two sisters. Little did they know that this small business would turn into such a big adventure. Cynthia is ever thankful that Erica’s passion for yoga has brought them closer as sisters and business partners.
Cynthia believes that good businesses can make the world a better place. When she’s not running the business of mang’Oh, Cynthia works with nonprofits, social entrepreneurs and philanthropists in South Africa. Her love for South Africa began many years ago: as a recovering management consultant, she spent several months living in South Africa, and later co-founded the US branch of an organization providing support to orphaned and vulnerable children. Cynthia is inspired daily by the people and organizations with whom she works.
Cynthia has an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from Georgetown University. She lives in Cape Town with her husband, Chris, and son, Harry.
Nikita Van Rensburg, Marketing and PR assistant
Nikita was born and raised in Cape Town. Her love for the kitchen led to her co-owning a small cupcake company at the age of 18 and through this venture she discovered her interest in the business and marketing side of things. She is a lover of all things fruity and sweet, but is trying to limit her sugar intake for a healthier lifestyle – you will be able to follow all of her dietary and cooking adventures here at mang’Oh life.
Nikita has now joined the mang’Oh family and is working as Marketing and PR assistant from the Cape Town office. She is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Varsity College, specializing in Marketing. Inspired by mang’Oh, Nikita is beginning her yoga journey here in Cape Town by taking classes at Yoga Spirit in the beautiful suburb of Constantia.
Chintamani Kansas, Teacher’s Corner
Chintamani teaches classic and specialty yoga in New York City, and is a longtime Teacher Trainer in the mang’Oh 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. She continues to study yoga, yoga therapy and other healing modalities, including Anatomy, Pilates and Mindfulness Meditation. Chintamani is certified in Embodied Anatomy and Yoga and Kane School Pilates.
Chintamani’s classes blend mindfulness, alignment and joyful movement; encouraging safety and skillfulness, as well as freedom and expression. Chintamani’s mission is to get us all to move, breathe, find our joy, and feel connected and smart.