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Hi there, I’m Oneika Mays, Meditation teacher, E-RYT and LMT. I’ve been teaching for over a decade. I discovered yoga over 20 years ago while working as a leader in retail. I was inspired to change careers because I found that the mindfulness and movement practices transformed my life. Since then I’ve used what I’ve learned to support social justice non-profits and marginalized communities. I’m passionate about getting in touch with the ‘smallness’ of life. Currently I’m the Mindfulness Coach at Rikers Island Correctional Facility.  Change that’s small is also powerful. In addition to my work within the prison system, I teach classes, facilitate workshops, trainings and lead retreats. I believe that when we can connect with ourselves we can become more connected to the world around us. 

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Movement & Mindfulness

Take class with me! My classes are available on Yoga International. 


Wellness Speaker

Looking for a keynote speaker for your event? I've available to talk about wellness, mindfulness, community engagement, service work, social justice and of course, JOY!

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Retreats & Workshops

Stay in touch to attend retreats! Come to South Africa with me in 2024! I'm also available to facilitate workshops on yoga, mindfulness and wellness.


Teacher Training

Book me to lead a portion of your meditation or yoga teacher training. I'm faculty at The Interdependence Project and have led modules for various trainings across the country.


“ Helping is not serving. Teaching meditation and trauma informed yoga in jail has taught me this. Serving students means that I set a tone of support and safety. This means really seeing the people who take class. Class is no longer mine. It belongs to the student.”

Oneika Mays


Jersey City, NJ 07302

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