About OM Yoga Studio & School of Thai Massage

yoga classLearn Kripalu yoga and Thai yoga massage from  Anthony R. Conard M. A. (Dharmadas)  Director of the OM Yoga Studio & School of Thai Massage in Dayton OH.   He can be reached at (937) 299-7756 or info@theyogastudio.us   Anthony is a long time practitioner of Kripalu yoga and an experienced Thai massage instructor and practitioner who was initiated into the yogic path by Yogi Amrit Desai Kripalu’s founder in 1986, making him an experienced teacher and  resource for all levels of learning. Anthony is a member of the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association and is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher.  He is a certified Lotus Palm Thai Yoga massage practitioner and was among and handful of teachers authorized in 2007 to teach Thai Yoga Massage by Kam Thye Chow  founder of Lotus Palm. He is also an aproved provider of NCBTMB (National Certification Board of Theraputic Massage and Bodywork) continuing education credits for LMTs.

Kripalu Yoga is for men and women, young and old, fit and infirm, beginners and experienced alike.

Anthony’s yoga classes are generally small and intimate (up to 5 students in the studio, however you may host a class at any location).  All students receive personal attention for ANY body-type or level of experience.   We offer Thai Yoga Massage and a variety of massage modalities including tradtional Thai massage and Table Thai massage. Because this world is in need of loving touch I invite you to learn how to perform a Thai Yoga Massage or Table Thai Massage in a Level 1-3 format.  Thai Yoga Massage Certification is offered after Level 3.

Yoga is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, physical condition, and religious background because it is a science of body, mind and spirit.  Christians, Jews, Muslims and atheists can practice yoga!  Everyone earth is looking for the same safety, prosperity, health and well being that is the result of mind-body-spirit integration.  Health and happiness is an attainable when you learn from a skilled teacher.   Our practice is grounded in yama and niyama (ethics), asana (postures), pranayama (breath) and restorative relaxation (yoga nidra), mantra and dhyana (meditataion i.e.prayer)…..not just “gym yoga” or the physical asana practice.  These practices can undoubtedly help, or anyone, obtain greater peace of mind and wellness when accessed from the right teacher at the right time and place.

Anthony R. Conard M.A. (Dharmadas)

Studio director Anthony began practicing yoga at Kripalu Center in 1986 at just 26 years of age. He began teaching yoga classes after ten years of personal practice, leading him to eventually found OM Yoga Studio & School of Thai Massage in 1996.  He is a member of the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association (www.kripalu.org).  The studio is currently located in a small but quite residence in Dayton Ohio.  The practice room is small but pleasant in order to assure that every students gets personal attention.  I do ask that you reserve your space at least 10 minutes before any class.

Anthony likes to say: “Yoga is best studied in a small setting where everyone receives personal instruction because everyone has unique and special needs”.  Classes generally begin with settling in with a short meditation (centering), warm-ups, traditional asana (postures), free flow or “mediation-in-motion” unique to Kripalu yoga and end with shavasana (relaxation) or yoga nidra (restorative yogic rest). The class concludes with a short meditation and may begin and end with pranayama (guided breathing) and dhyana (mediation).  The essence of Kripalu yoga can be stated in five words:  Breath!  Relax! Feel! Watch! and Allow!

Anthony earned his masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati in 1985 and his background in the study of linguistics, human biology and culture informs his teaching.   Yogis teach that every sentient being is looking for the self-same loving kindness (metta), self-realization, enlightenment and happiness.  He is experienced in making yoga accessible to all levels of experience in mixed-level classes.  In yoga the beginning practices are the advanced practices!

After a short stint as a PhD student at Columbia University in anthropology, in 1986 Anthony renounced a full-tuition scholarship (disappointing his academic mentors!) in order to study yoga and live as a disciple in Yogi Desai’s ashram the Kripalu Center of Yoga and Health in Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.   There he trained extensively as an ashram resident as a sincere student of Yogi Amrit Desai (founder of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health which was at that time an ashram at Shadowbrook in West Stockbridge Massachusetts).    There he received the Sanskrit name “Dharmadas” when he was accepted by Gurudev as a sincere student in 1986.

Anthony is  a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor and teacher of Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage.   He learned to teach Thai yoga Massage from Kam Thai Chow  founder of Lotus Palm and he is a certified Lotus Palm Thai Yoga Massage practitioner.   Anthony’s deep interest in the practices that relieve suffering truly sets him apart from gym-yoga teachers and his experiences have shaped him into  an authentic traditional yoga instructor. Yogi’s core intention is stated in essence by these traditional prayers:

May all Beings be happy…

May all Beings be free from suffering…

May all Being be free from the cause of suffering…

Traditional Buddhist Prayer


Asatoma Satgamaya  (Lead me from what is false to what is real.)

Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya (Lead me from ignorance to knowledge.)

Mrityorma Amritamgayma (Lead me from limited to timeless being.)

Brihadaranyika Upanishad

Meet Our Affiliates

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health –  Anthony R. Conard M.A. (Dharmadas) is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and member of the Karipalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association. Kripalu Center is the nation’s largest and most established yoga and retreat center for yoga and holistic living.

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) – We are National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork approved provider.

Ayurveda Natural Health Center – Offers Ayurveda consultations and services in Beavercreek.

Amrit Yoga Institute – Study with Amrit yoga’s founder, Yogi Amrit Desai.

Mission Statement

Kripalu’s mission is to “Empower people in communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.”

Call Anthony for more information at (937) 299-7756.