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.
Outside of Amba you can take classes with her LIVE online or by subscription on Yoga International. More Information here.
Amy Biondi, RYT 500, 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, Trauma Informed Yoga 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.
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.
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.
Gigi Cioffi-Spanola, RYT began her wellness journey early in her life. As a teenager, she learned the importance of nutrition, exercise and reflexology. As an adult, she began practicing Pilates and when met by challenging times found Meditation and Yoga through a dear friend.
Gigi’s love of Yoga blossomed and she decided to pursue her first teaching certification. In May 2017 she received her 200-hour certification with Healing Movement YTT School led by Lori Gentzlinger and soon thereafter certifications in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Children’s Yoga and Wheel Yoga. In August of 2019, she returned to Healing Movement for her 300-hour credentials.
Gigi is an enthusiastic learner and teacher, driven to share the benefits of yoga with her students. She continues to expand her yoga education and infuses her classes with the rich variety of her vast knowledge.
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"
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.