Lesa is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance, and a Certified Yoga Therapist. She opened the first Amba Yoga Center in January 2001.
Strongly rooted in the Iyengar tradition, with over 19 years of experience in this style, she brings to her yoga practice a deep appreciation of form and function, together with a special attention to detail from her past career as an architect in California and Manhattan.
Lesa's teaching philosophy is simple: address each student at their own level, so that they can learn each pose in a manner and at a pace which offers them maximum benefit.
Lisa Iacono, E-RYT, AYS, AHC
Lisa began her yoga journey over 17 years ago. In an effort to enhance her martial arts practice (she has a black belt in Tai Kwon Do and Jujitsu), she began studying yoga, initially with Certified Iyengar Instructor Rose Dwyer. Achieving her RYT status through both Yoga Fit and Kripalu she went on to her first teacher training with Shiva Rea.From here she developed her Shakti Yoga teaching style and love of Vinyasa. Some of her favorite teaches are Shiva Rea, Duncan Wong, Baron Baptiste and John Friend. Her teaching style blends science, philosophy and art into one, creating the path of the Peaceful Warrior to transform and energize body, mind and spirit. You can find out more about Lisa at www.flowintoyoga.com.
Amy Biondi, RYT, LMT, AOS is a Yoga and Mat Pilates instructor who has been teaching in the fitness industry for over twenty years. She holds certifications from Aerobic Fitness Association of America, Yoga Fit, and New York College of Wholistic Health. Other specialties include Thai Yoga Massage and Pre-Natal wellness.
Amy's teaching style is strongly rooted in alignment and the appropriate pose for each student. She believes that everyone, regardless of age and fitness level, has the ability to become fit through yoga and pilates. Her Mantra for teaching is "Listen to the Body". Her classes cultivate an ability to listen more deeply to the messages our bodies are telling us so that the connection between mind and body wellness is deepened. Her nurturing and articulate class flows with grace and deepens the student's skill and self awareness from beginging to advanced.
Christina Wenger, RYT teaches Restorative Yoga, for the purposes of rejuvenation, relaxation, and healing. She loves to work with students of all levels, ages, and stages of life. She comes to her yoga practice with over twenty years of training and professional experience in Dance and Theater. Her studies included Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology, and Alexander Technique, all of which give her insight into the mechanics of movement and breath and enable her to envision and exercise the body as an instrument of self expression and well being. After completing her training and certification at New York Yoga in Manhattan, Christina’s experience as a teacher and as the new mom to rambunctious little boys, quickly led her to the realization of how versatile and beneficial a gentle approach can be, not only to expectant and new moms, but to the unique needs of a much broader range of students, for which a less aggressive but still challenging yoga class is possible and appropriate.
“The Sun Shines everywhere…it does not shine only here and there. In the same way yoga is for everyone.” BKS Iyengar
Susan Rodichok, RYT, RCYT is an experienced elementary school teacher who has been a long time practitioner of yoga. She merged her two passions when she became a yoga teacher. Susan practices all types of yoga and is registered to teach not only Childrens Yoga, but also Vinyasa Yoga and Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. She has taught Yoga and Mindfulness for the last several years at her elementary school and is now reaching out to the community. Susan has assisted many elementary and middle school aged children to learn and implement the strategies of breath, movement, and connection to others to overcome their daily stressors.
She embraces the words of Aristotle in her teaching: "Educating the mind without education the heart is no education at all"
Carol Eugenia Burns, PhD
Carol has studied and practiced yoga for over 30 years. Her primary teaching at Amba is Pranayama, or controlled breath work. She is a certified intermediate instructor in the Iyengar Tradition, and has taught since 1980. She has studied with, among others, the senior advanced Iyengar teachers Radames Silvestri in Italy and with the great B.K.S. Iyengar in the US and in India.
Carol also holds a PhD. in Art History, having specialized in Venetian Renaissance Architecture. In addition to the able bodied, she has worked extensively with the ill and the injured.
Donna Dragani, RYTis a certified yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. Donna is dedicated to bringing the gift of yoga to people from all walks of life within the Suffolk community, including teaching at a correctional facility for female juvenile offenders. In her graceful vinyasa class she incorporates pranyama and meditative techniques as well as philosophies from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Donna supports the traditional precepts of yoga by respecting every individual in their uniqueness, and by teaching yoga as a holistic system that empowers students -- enhancing their physical, mental and emotional well being.