About Get it Ohm! & Karma Yoga
What’s Get it Ohm! all about, and what the heck is karma yoga anyway?
Get it Ohm! is a karma yoga and strength movement created by Jessica Mehta, (E-RYT®), certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®), and NASM-certified personal trainer (CPT), in 2013. Karma yoga is based on the Bhavagad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit scripture of Hinduism. Simply summed up, karma yoga in this regard is “yoga as a selfless service.” (However, the concept of “karma yoga” within the Bhagavad Gita has much more complex, far-reaching ideals).
Sounds all crunchy and touchy-feely, right? Here’s the deal: Get it Ohm! is a totally free, no-strings attached approach to yoga. There’s no catch. It’s not donation based, not sliding scale, just simply free.
I remember what it was like when I began practicing yoga many years ago. It was intimidating. It was expensive. It was uncomfortable (and not just the poses). I couldn’t relate to any of these people, and they all seemed to be pros at twisting into impossible positions.
Every community should have access to health, wellness, and fitness. The ability to pay, the idea that you might not think you “look” like a yogi, and any other so-called barrier is moot with Get it Ohm! A lot of people want to listen to music they actually like when breaking a sweat (or holding tree pose) and I’m open to class preferences from hip hop to classic rock and anything in between. Inner peace, increased flexibility, and balance can happen just as easily with Tupac as with Enya (trust me).
Get it Ohm! is a karma yoga + strength movement established by Jessica Mehta, (E-RYT®), certified Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®), and NASM-certified personal trainer (CPT) in 2013. She founded the Get it Ohm! karma yoga and strength movement, which offers free classes to groups that don’t have access to traditional yoga studios and/or don’t feel comfortable in such environments.
Jessica is a practitioner of the sivananda style of yoga, established by Swami Vishnu-devananda in the 1960s. Sivananda focuses on the five points of yoga: proper exercise (asana), proper breathing (pranayama), proper relaxation, proper diet (healthy, vegetarian food), and positive thinking (vedanta)/meditation (dhyana).
Jessica received her initial registered yoga teacher training through Peak Beings in Costa Rica, and continues to advance her teachership at The Bhaktishop and Lotus Seed in Portland, Oregon.
Jessica (Tyner) Mehta, born and raised in Oregon and a member of the Cherokee Nation, is the author of the novel The Wrong Kind of Indian by Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing. She’s also the author of five collections of poetry including the forthcoming Constellations of My Body by Musehick Publications, Secret-Telling Bones by The Operating System, and Orygun, What Makes an Always (an Eric Hoffer Book Award honorable mention), and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo by Tayen Lane Publishing. Jessica authored the business book 100 Ways to Make 100k with Your English Degree, which has been featured on numerous podcasts including JenningsWire and World Outsourcing Solutions.
She’s received several writer-in-residency posts around the world, including the Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at The Shakespeare Birthplace (Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK), Paris Lit Up (Paris, France), the Women’s International Study Center (WISC) Acequia Madre House (Santa Fe, NM), and a Writer in the Schools (WITS) residency at Literary Arts (Portland, OR).
Jessica is the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), received a Barbara Deming Award in Poetry, and was a Top 10 Pick from Portland Story Theatre for “Indian Burns.” She serves as the President of the Board of Directors for VoiceCatcher journal and non-profit, and has led writing workshops around the globe including at the International Women’s Writing Guild summer conference and The Loft Literary Center.
Jessica founded MehtaFor, a writing services company, in 2012 which serves a variety of clients including Fortune 500 enterprises and major media outlets. MehtaFor received two national bronze awards for Startup of the Year in 2015. Jessica offers complimentary writing services to Native American students and non-profits based in the Pacific Northwest and/or serving Native communities.
She received her master’s degree in writing from Portland State University in 2007, and established The Jessica Tyner Scholarship Fund in 2013. It’s the only scholarship exclusively for Native Americans pursuing an advanced degree in writing or a related field.
Jessa has lived in London, South Korea, and Costa Rica. She currently lives near historic downtown Hillsboro, Oregon, with her husband, Chintan and enjoys practicing yoga, weight training, keeping an eye on a slew of wild animals that peruse the backyard, and driving her ’83 Trans Am.