Zeny Bagatsing Ogrisseg E-RYT 500, Director and Owner Hawaii School of Yoga, has been teaching Yoga since 2003. With mixed heritage including Indian (Punjabi), Spanish, Filipino and German, she was exposed to many different cultures growing up in the Philippines. Her first yoga experience was listening to her mom chanting “Om” as a child.
Zeny’s yoga classes are noted for intuitive alignment, creative sequencing, depth in yoga philosophy and spiritual richness. Her approach to teaching is to create a sacred space for her students that allows them to explore those aspects of Yoga that resonates most deeply with the individual. “For some the asanas are a gateway into the deeper teachings of Yoga, for others they really love mediation. My job is to present Yoga as it is and encourage my students to explore all the wonderful aspects of yoga.” She believes in preserving Yoga’s traditional values while making Yoga as inclusive as possible. “Yoga does not need to be re-invented or branded, it just needs to be explored. While the narrative of Yoga’s origins belongs to the Indian people, it’s applications and benefits are for all of mankind to enjoy.
Sacred Music is a big part of her personal practice, and she infuses her classes with the healing power of Mantra and Tibetan Singing Bowls. A self-taught musician she plays the piano, harp, harmonium, Tibetan Singing Bowls and ukelele. She considers her voice as her main instrument started singing in choirs and church at the age of 7. Her passion for music led her to study Music Theory, Voice and Piano in college. She has formally studied Vedic and Tantric Mantra with Russill Paul, recording artist, and bestselling author of the book ‘The Yoga of Sound’. She leads regular kirtan and chanting circles in Oahu.
Zeny’s has traveled extensively all over India, visiting her Indian roots and to studying Yoga, Tantra, Mantras and Ayurveda. She completed her 500 hour Advanced Yoga and Tantra studies at the Shri Kali Ashram, in Goa, and a 625 hour Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Course with Kerala Ayurveda. She is currently studying Shri Vidya under the tutelage of Guru Karunamaya, former head priest at Devipuram, and Kashmir Shaivism under Swami Khecharanatha, founder of Rudramandir in Berkeley, CA, in the lineage of Bhagavan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri