Starting in the fall of 2019, yoga loving Islanders will be able to practice downward dog on Main Street. Longtime Manhattan Park resident Jax Schott is opening a yoga and fitness studio, Island OM, at 521 Main Street, next to the RIVAA Gallery. The long time yogini signed a 10-year lease for the 1,925 space. She has taught all over the Island, including at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, Four Freedoms Park, and Manhattan Park, not to mention other studios in the City.
Schott, outside her new digs
On the program at Island OM will be yoga classes for all experience levels, including mother and baby classes and children’s yoga; Schott has two daughters who she practices with. And she has a lot of experience. She says, “I have taught Mom & Baby, Kids, Tweens/Teens, adults, and seniors throughout the last ten years.” Where the demographics of Roosevelt Island are concerned, Schott says, “They have inspired me to create my own version of yoga sculpt and barre classes that have grown in the past year.”
Barre fitness will also be a focus of the studio. Barre is considered a hybrid workout class; it combines ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and strength training. Island OM will also offer meditation. Regular wellness workshops and holistic healing modalities will also be part of the program. Island OM will have two studios, one will be dedicated to yoga, meditation, and special wellness-related workshops and the other will be for barre and strength based classes.
“Hudson Related Retail LLC is pleased to have entered into a lease agreement with Island OM for 521 Main Street,” said Alex Kaplan, Project Manager at The Hudson Companies. “Jax Schott, Island OM’s owner, is an Island resident and yoga and fitness instructor with an existing following and we are excited to see Jax take her business to the next level. Through the yoga and barre classes offered, the studio will have something for everybody on the Island.”
Schott teaching yoga outside the Manhattan Park Pool Club
“I have been a teacher for 13 years, expanding my knowledge and expertise in healing and wellness for all,” said Jax Schott, owner of Island OM. Of the Island, she says, “It’s a beautiful and diverse community that has inspired me to be a better teacher, create innovative classes, and share a part of me to connect with any student that comes to my class. Island OM will be a home for wellness and an oasis from your everyday life.”