Manny Founder | CEO
Alyssa Manny is the Founder and CEO of Ohana Yoga, Inc., a vision that was manifested at the age of 19. Through her world travels with Semester at Sea, visiting Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, China and Japan, Alyssa’s eyes were opened. Her global experience ignited her fire to explore, immerse within new cultures and, most importantly, give back. Yoga, fitness, health and wellness have become the vehicles she mobilizes to find connection, enriched meaning and self-exploration in her own life, and she encourages you to do the same with a unique combination of grace, humor and occasional profanity.
With a B.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado – Boulder (2001) and over 16 years of teaching experience, Alyssa brings tremendous knowledge of anatomy and alignment to all of her classes. She simultaneously delivers a challenging physical practice with the opportunity to explore a deeper, spiritual practice. Alyssa completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Program in 2012 and various other advanced teacher training programs to earn the designation of Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200. Alyssa teaches yoga and fitness from a compassionate, supportive and light-hearted canvas in order to guide students through physical asana with a powerful connection of breath to body in order to experience the stillness of the mind.
Alyssa completed her Masters of Architecture (M-Arch) degree from the University of Colorado – Denver in 2010, which has served as a platform to design for the human experience, both on and off the mat. She has designed the studio with the intention of creating a warm, inviting, modern community space where students may connect, explore and grow. As evidenced by the juxtaposing rustic and industrial elements in combination with simplistic, clean lines, the boutique, Little Lychees Play Group room and studio space itself are abundant with opportunities for connection.
Besides her daughter, Samantha, yoga has been the greatest gift in her life and has served as a foundation for her sport of choice: skydiving. Alyssa is a Jump Master Skydiver through the United States Parachute Association with over 700 skydives to date. She believes that if yoga can teach you to quiet your mind at 13,000 feet while falling towards the earth at 150mph, it can also teach you grace, compassion and empowerment through any stressful situation.
Misuraca Chief Brand Officer
Kelly Misuraca, Chief Brand Officer of Ohana Yoga, Inc. found her way into the yoga community during college when she attended her first yoga class at a community gym. Lead by a transformational instructor, Marianne Monteleone taught mindful movement and meditation. This was not the traditional fast-paced, iron-pumping, aerobic style workout of the time, but Kelly discovered that yoga offered a new perspective, aided in her strength and flexibility and went beyond the class into the outside world to help cope with any challenges she faced.
It was not until this time that Kelly’s deep rooted passion for health and wellness was discovered after watching and learning about her family history of disease throughout her child and adulthood. She sought out how to utilize natural remedies and a health-conscious lifestyle to prevent and even cure many of these conditions. This ignited a strong desire to become educated in wellness and seek out exercise methods, both physical and mental, that would sustain her for the rest of her life and let that desire lead by example for those around her.
Kelly attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and obtained a B.S. in Apparel and Merchandising and minored in Business. With ten years of buying experience for numerous high-end private golf clubs as well as large corporate yoga chains, Kelly was looking for an opportunity to curate her own boutique and have the creative freedom to bring unique and meaningful goods to the community. You can see the personal touch in every item that Ohana offers, which is carefully selected to reflect the quality in experience and sustainability that Ohana was founded upon.
Having a mother who retired from the airlines, the travel bug was in her DNA and Kelly has been fortunate to see and explore many parts of the world. Kelly’s mom is her biggest inspiration as she allowed her to discover different countries all over the world, experience culture, cuisine and the lifestyles of those that are outside these four walls. That perspective guided Kelly to feel strongly about being involved in community and the importance of family. Her wonderful upbringing full of love, self-exploration and gratitude provided empowering cornerstones that lead Kelly to yoga and wellness. Kelly’s love for yoga now has her mom practicing at the age of 67.
Kelly and her husband just welcomed their first baby girl in December 2016. Becoming a mother has been the greatest blessing and has shown how yoga can transform and heal the body and mind in order to be the best version of yourself for your family, friends and the community around you. When things get out of sorts around the Misuraca House, Kelly’s husband will strongly encourage her to go take a yoga or barre class to clear her mind – and it does!