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 20 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 20 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.
Michelle Doublet, E-RYT, MSW, LCSW teaches a delicious mix of gentle vinyasa and restorative practices at Amba.
She has worked with individuals, families and groups to promote conscious thinking, and self-agency. In addition to her work in the mental health and yoga worlds, she has an extensive background with over 17 years in teaching the performing arts, dance and competitive fitness. She has traveled to Spain, South and North Dakota Lakota Reservations to work with those in need of her skills to process and move beyond anxiety, depression and trauma.
Michelle is currently bringing her developed Yoga Track program to Mental Health Agencies, School Districts and various Hospital Weigh Management programs on Long Island.
Her vibrant enthusiasm for yoga fuels her mission to bring yoga to all modalities of healing. See more about Michelle at www.thrivinglightwellness.com
Laura Rose Avitabile, RYT received her first yoga certification from the Healing Movement Center at Bikram Yoga of Bayport. Her initial 7-year love affair with yoga had taken her into many styles before she took her first teacher training. You can see this reflected in the richness and depth of her classes. You are easily led in classes by her warmth and nurturing spirit. You will leave renewed and refreshed.
A passionate teacher, she still continues to seek to deepen her yoga knowledge and is currently involved in an advanced teacher training under the direction of Lorijean Gentzlinger, E-RYT. This, not suprisingly, is in addition to her skills as a Certified Reiki practitioner, Energy Healer and Tai Bodyworker.
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.
Elaine Fruchtman, E-RYT, E-RPYT, YACEP has taught yoga since 2001 and loves working with students to help them find balance and inner peace. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance and is a Certified Yoga Therapy Practitioner and Group Facilitator trained through Phoenix Rising.
Elaine has practiced yoga for much of her adult life, primarily in the Iyengar tradition and therefore she brings a love for the healing nature of that practice while offering a concerned and caring focus on alignment and precision. She encourages her students to do their best and listen to their bodies and its wisdom.
In addition to being a Registered Prenatal Yoga instructor and teaching for the MS Foundation, Elaine offers instruction to people of all flexibilities and mobilities, including people in chairs and wheelchairs. Her enthusiastic guidance helps her students find their inner strength and wisdom to bring to all of life's challenges.
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.