1 Guilles Lane
Woodbury, NY 11797

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Anusara Inspired Level 1

This class is taught by:

Janice Ventresca

Janice has been teaching yoga for nearly 30 years. She has completed certifications and trainings in several styles of yoga including Kripalu Yoga, Ishta Yoga and Anusara Yoga. Learning to meditate with the guidance of her Sufi teachers including Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Moiniddin Smith and Azimat Schreiber were pivotal points in her life. She is also very grateful for her extraordinary yoga teachers including Alan Finger and John Friend, both of whom have been a great inspiration to her. Janice believes that “Yoga is a path to wholeness. Each time you come to your mat there is an opportunity to not only work to make your body happier and healthier, but even more importantly to get back to your center. Yoga helps us to become clear, to find a gentler and sweeter view, to be courageous in the face of adversity and, hopefully, to learn how to be graceful under pressure”

Hollie Palumbo

Hollie is a retired High school Spec Ed Teacher who taught for 36 years. She has always been involved in an active life style. With retirement pending she wondered what she could do to continue teaching and sharing her heart and energies with others. Practicing yoga for over 16 years she decided to jump in with both feet taking 200 hour teacher training program through Into This World Yoga training. Hollie has been teaching yoga for 7 years. She is an E-YRT 200 Yoga Alliance registered Instructor. Hollie also has done trainings in Chair Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Being an educator her whole life she is inspired to continue to learn and train to become more adept and learned at her trade. In that way she can pass on her passion and knowledge to all who attend her classes. For her, learning is part of her fabric! Her classes combine focus, breath work, alignment based cueing and sequencing. Her belief is that yoga is for everyone. She thanks her life partner in always supporting and helping to guide her passions to pursue her continuing spiritual work and yoga journey. Hollie asks that you come to your mat with and open heart and mind. 

Margaret Jennings

Margaret's passion for yoga began more than a decade ago. She holds a Master's Degree in School Psychology and pursued her love of yoga when she retired. Margaret received her 200 hour RYT Certification in Refined Flow at Absolute Yoga. Her enthusiasm extends to the benefits of meditation. Margaret is certified in Meditation and Visual Imagery through the Huntington Meditation and V.I. Center. Her training is a combination of Anusara, which is based on bio-mechanical principals, blended with the breath and movement of Prana Flow. She continues to study Anatomy, Therapeutics and the emotional benefits of Yoga and Meditation. As a dedicated practitioner, Margaret views her practice as a way of life and one of the best ways to balance spiritual, emotional and physical healing. Within the framework of joyful exploration, she creates an environment for her students which promotes self discovery, curiosity, strength and peace. She is blessed to be loved and supported by her teachers and her wonderful family, Kevin, Kyle, Katie and Colleen.

Leslie Luft

Leslie is the owner and director of Absolute Yoga and an E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance registered instructor. Prior to opening the studio and becoming a full-time yoga instructor and practitioner, Leslie spent 20 years working as a corporate/securities attorney in New York City and Long Island. When the stress of her career and the commute, together with her full time job as a mom to her two children, became overwhelming, she turned to yoga, which she had dabbled with on and off in college. Enjoying the many benefits that yoga had to offer her, she was inspired to get her teaching certification and bring the gift of yoga to others. Leslie received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification in ISHTA Yoga. Developed by Guru Alan Finger, ISHTA yoga is a modern, dynamic distillation of spiritual traditions which allows you to develop a personal yoga practice that meets your individual needs. Leslie has continued her studies in various styles of yoga, including Anusara™ yoga and is an Anusara™-inspired instructor. She has her 500 hour Yoga Alliance teaching certification from the Long Island Yoga School. She brings to her classes the benefits of each of these various styles, combining emphasis on the breath, with precise alignment, in a dynamic Anusara™ inspired sequence, encouraging her students to open not only their bodies and their mind, but also their hearts. She also has a certification in Pre-Natal yoga. Leslie credits her husband with encouraging her to follow her heart on her yogic journey and share her joy with others in the studio. She is thankful to all of her teachers who have inspired her and given her guidance over the years.
Based on the powerful Hatha yoga system founded by John Friend, that unifies a unique and elegant system of physical alignment with heart-oriented spiritual philosophy. This Level 1 class is designed for those who are new to yoga or who want to review the fundamentals. Level 1 classes are taught at a slower pace to allow you to experience postures fully and to learn to incorporate modifications appropriate for your abilities and limitations.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Oct 24 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Janice Ventresca
  • Fri Oct 26 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Hollie Palumbo
  • Mon Oct 29 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Margaret Jennings
  • Wed Oct 31 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Fri Nov 02 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Mon Nov 05 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Wed Nov 07 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Fri Nov 09 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Mon Nov 12 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Wed Nov 14 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Fri Nov 16 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Mon Nov 19 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Wed Nov 21 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Fri Nov 23 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Mon Nov 26 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Wed Nov 28 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Fri Nov 30 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Mon Dec 03 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Wed Dec 05 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm with Leslie Luft
  • Fri Dec 07 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Leslie Luft