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 15 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, RYT
Lisa began her yoga journey 12 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.
Devon's journey started long before she got onto a yoga mat. She grew up dancing and competing in gymnastics. At 12, serious injuries took her out of gymnastics and dance. The pain never subsided.
Finally, Devon had a diagnosis. Herniated and bulging disks, and Raynaud’s phenomiena. These severe symptoms of joint stiffness, excessively low core temperature, and anxiety caused her to drop out of all physical activity. Until archery. Archery became her saving grace as she learned to control her mind, body and breath during the act of a single shot. Her coach suggested yoga and weightlifting as cross training.
So at 17, yoga became another way to move. The connection of breath to movement gave her back a sense of her body that had been lost due to excessive pain. She completed her yoga training in the nationally known Baron Baptiste Method with Sarah Smith.
Currently, she is studying at Stony Brook University to become a Doctor of Osteopathy. Her research goals are to merge the fields of alternative medicine with western medical practices.
In addition to Yoga, she holds certifications as a Personal Trainer, Sports Conditioning Specialist, and in Reiki Level II. And thanks to archery, she has also developed a keen eye for alignment.
Her joyous nature is infectious. You may laugh - as well as flow -your way through her classes.
Julia’s story begins in competitive soccer. From a young age she learned how much practice plays an important part in cultivating discipline. Years of training and a constant “pressure to perform” created a feeling of confinement in all the places that needed to be open. Then she encountered Yoga.
This practice created a new world for Julia, one that allowed her to finally open up and have the courage to tune into what was required to feed her soul.
At 19 she began practicing yoga which led her to a career as a Vinyasa teacher as well as a lover of travel and self-exploration.
"We can be our own best friends or our own worst enemy" it says in the Bhagavad Gita. A student of religious texts, Julia holds a bachelors degree from NYU in Religious Studies.
Her teaching guides students through this same sense of compassionate transformation that only yoga can.
"99% Practice, 1% Theory"
Shri K. Pattabhi Jois
Christina Wenger, RYT teaches a Gentle Vinyasa class with a strong focus on anatomical alignment, as well as a Restorative element, 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
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.