Smiley Om (Greg and Diana) believe in creating a strong acroyoga community through laughter, connection, sharing and play. We welcome all beginners! We play and are known by our colourful and matching outfits. We specialize in teaching multi-level classes that focus on technique no matter the size difference. Greg is tall and Diana is small and through much troubleshooting and technique refinement, we've managed to be equally strong in basing and flying beginner poses.
We are passionate about positive and respectful communication, and encourage language awareness. We promote the idea that it's more important to offer something before asking for something. Communication is a huge part of the acroyoga practice and is the key to a long a successful partnership.
Greg is one of the most playful acroyogis you'll ever meet! He's been hooked since his first acroyoga experience in 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Inflexibility didn't stop his zest for play; acroyoga actually led him to yoga. When not wearing his super colourful acro tights, Greg works at Shopify. He likes to experiment with combining his passion for technology and acro by creating sites like AcroyogaOttawa.com. Greg completed his acroyoga teacher training with Eugene Poku, Jessie Goldberg, Jill Campbell and Heidi Blais in Montreal, Quebec and has also completed his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Upward Dog Yoga Centre.
Diana started her acroyoga journey at a workshop taught by Justine Hoang & assisted by Greg in Ottawa in early 2013. She came to acroyoga with no movement back ground but after her initial exposure she immediately began a regular practice. With care, smiles, & practice she has become a graceful flyer, solid base, attentive spotter, and mindful teacher. Diana completed her acroyoga teacher training with Josh Young, Lizzy Tomber, Aaron Lind, Sara and Whaka at Acro Revolution in June 2014. She also has completed her Thai Yoga Massage Level 1 with Lotus Palm, and her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Upward Dog Yoga Centre.
Greg and Diana feel lucky to play within a wonderful community of Acroyogis in Ottawa, Ontario. They have been greatly influenced by different acroyoga styles around the world - AcroRevolution, Acroyoga Montreal, AcroYoga Inc, & Yoga Slackers have all been huge contributors to their development.