Finding Yoga Bliss

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Marc Altheim stands in front of the newly opened Know Yoga Know Bliss. (Photos by Elizabeth Johnson)

Nirvana is near, now that Marc Altheim has opened a new yoga studio, Know Yoga Know Bliss, at 580 Plandome Rd. in Manhasset. The storefront has been totally renovated with wood flooring, clean lines and soothing walls to give guests a sense of calm and serenity that envelopes them as they prepare for class.

Altheim, who has lived in Great Neck for 20 years, was certified at Om Sweet Om in Port Washington.

“I have been practicing for almost 10 years, five days a week,” said Altheim. “I have been exposed to many teachers, so I have learned many ways to teach yoga.”

Know Yoga Know Bliss is different from other studios, because it focuses solely on yoga and meditation.

“Yoga has brought me great personal satisfaction on many levels, physically, emotionally and spiritually,” said Altheim. “As a very athletic person, [participating in] basketball, cycling, tennis and skiing, my body started to wear down, so I turned to yoga. I was very, very inflexible, but needed to address my pliability and start to do something I was uncomfortable with. Today, I am able to compete much better in all the sports I love and my recovery time is much faster.”

Altheim opened the studio, because he thinks there is a need for it.

Marc Altheim is sole owner and an instructor at the yoga studio.

“I believe there is a hunger for people in the community to be more centered, more flexible, stronger and slow life down. Yoga and meditation are two ways to effectively meet that goal. Know Yoga Know Bliss will hopefully become a treasured resource in the community.”

Several familiar faces can be seen at the studio. Sharon Epstein of Great Neck, who established the Jewish Yoga School alongside Rabbi Tara Feldman of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck; Carolyn Carpentiere, who teaches Mindfulness Meditation at the Great Neck Library, and Priti Ja Joo are instructors with Altheim.

Epstein became a Yoga Alliance certified teacher in 2007 and received her 200-hour certification at Long Island Yoga and Polarity Center, 300-hour certification at Laughing Lotus, NYC, and has advanced training and certifications in yin yoga, chair yoga, restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, corporate yoga and yoga for children.

Carpentiere is certified in yoga, meditation and Pilates and has been involved in the fitness industry since 1990. She received her 200-hour Vinyasa Flow Yoga certification in 2009 and continues to study many other yoga and fitness styles including Viniyoga, Reiki and Iyengar. Jo Joo trained at ISHTA NY in Pranayama, meditation and ayurveda.

“I have been loving and practicing yoga throughout my entire adult life,” said Epstein. “Yoga continues to be an evolving source of inspiration on how to live. In addition to practicing the physical poses and meditative techniques, yoga is my medicine, my sanctuary and refuge to make peace with the challenges of daily living. I love sharing the teachings of yoga. Yoga is an inside job. How you feel will affect not only how you look, but ultimately how you live.”

Students get ready to wind down at the 5:30 p.m. yoga class.

Know Yoga Know Bliss, which can accommodate 18 students per class, welcomes yogis of all ages, including men, women, seniors and anyone older than 15.

“The studio is well-appointed and cleanliness is the number one priority,’ said Altheim. “All classes are $20 and mats are provided for free.”

Know Yoga Know Bliss is open seven days a week. To view the latest schedule and sign up for classes, download the MindBody app or visit www.knowyogaknowbliss.com.

—Additional reporting by Sheri ArbitalJacoby

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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