Through painful trials faced in his youth – which included severe asthma, insomnia, clinical depression, drug and alcohol addiction – and trying various approaches that did not set him free of these challenges, Adam began a seated meditation practice at 16 years of age, at a time when the practice was pretty much non-existent on Long Island, and he put an end to his substance abuse through sheer will power alone by the time he was 19. He began the physical practices of yoga which ultimately lifted the depression and cured his insomnia. In 1997, he went to live at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for almost 6 months where he did asana, pranayama and meditation at least twice a day along with studying philosophy, chanting and performing seva (selfless service). He began teaching yoga at the age of 20. Shortly after, he received his license in Massage Therapy and has continued his studies of massage/bodywork extensively throughout his travels in Thailand, India and China. He is the creator of Asian Fusion Bodywork® — a natural evolution of his experience.
After slipping on ice, which resulted in significant damage to his body, rather than rely on the suggestions by multiple orthopedists to have many surgeries, he instead decided to receive extensive bodywork in Thailand. Along with constructing a more therapeutic yoga asana practice, he attempted to heal his body naturally.
As a devoted Ashtanga Practitioner he has always found the system to be so elegant on so many levels, however it was not enough. He continued to practice Ashtanga but he started tacking on numerous other postures along the way which seemed both logical and instinctive. Ultimately this resulted in more stability around his damaged joints and he has been able to avoid invasive surgery. This sequence of asanas became his Signature Ashtanga/Vinyasa Blend. With over 20 years of experience in Yogic Practices and Therapeutic Bodywork, he hopes to have the opportunity to assist you on your path to optimal health and happiness and to share with you what is transformative, healing and POSSIBLE!
Lana D'Amico, a former ballet dancer and magazine editor, is a RYT 500 teacher and lululemon athletica yoga ambassador. Lana completed her teacher training with the Long Island Yoga School, where she is now a teacher trainer. She has been teaching yoga since June 2008. Lana has truly found her passion in this amazing practice and loves to share it with others on the journey. She enjoys taking students "to their edge" and is always seeking new ways to keep her students challenged, safe and excited about yoga. Most recently, she was featured as a model in the book and dvd series, Anatomy of Fitness: Yoga, available on Amazon. In her free time, she enjoys being with her incredible family and friends.
Nicey Berkenfeld, E-RYT 500, received her training from the Long Island Yoga School in Great Neck, New York and has been teaching a vinyasa flow style of yoga since 2008. With the safety of the students paramount, she guides them through classes that are fun, creative and challenging. Always seeking to build her own physical practice and to incorporate the teachings of yoga into her daily life, Nicey motivates her students to do the same.
Nicey expands on her yoga education by frequently attending workshops and participating in classes in vinyasa flow, anusara and ashtanga styles. She is CPR certified with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Yoga Alliance.
Dawn Peer, MS, ERYT and Reiki Master Practitioner has had a personal yoga practice for more than 17 years. She is teacher trained and certified at the 200 hour level with Suzanne Cardinal, ERYT-500 at Into This World Yoga Teacher Training, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She has completed additional advanced training in Prenatal Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Reiki.
Prior to Dawn becoming a yoga teacher- Dawn received a BA in Sociology at Rosemont College, Pa. and a MS degree in Elementary Education, at CW Post University, NY and has a Permanent Teaching Certificate in New York State. She was an Elementary teacher at East Woods School in Oyster Bay, NY and Twin Pines Elementary School in Brentwood, NY. Dawn was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits after the birth of her first child. The connection to mind, body and spirit became stronger the more she practiced yoga both on and off the mat. Dawn soon noticed the transforming affects yoga had in her personal life. Dawn decided she wanted to share this transformational effect of yoga with others and became a registered yoga teacher.
Dawn guides each of her students to explore their own unique style. Her classes create a safe and comfortable atmosphere for each of her students to develop their own practice. Her dedication to inspire others is apparent in all of her classes.
Kristen is a 200 RYT with Yoga Alliance through Absolute Yoga’s Refined Flow teacher training, as well as a Reiki Master Teacher of the Dr. Usui lineage through the Sanctuary of Peace. She has also undergone Lore Kent’s Chair Yoga teacher training, is a Certified Ageless Grace® Educator and an IET® Healing Practitioner. Kristen is co-founder of Radiant Healing @ Absolute Yoga where she also teaches chair yoga.
With an emphasis on self-care and mindfulness, Kristen encourages her students and clients to connect with their own inner wisdom, accessing and strengthening their own unique gifts to share with their communities. Kristen has seen the transformative power of a regular yoga and Reiki practice in her own life and is passionate about sharing this vibrancy with others. She is deeply grateful to her many teachers and supporters over the years who encourage her to always “reach for the stars”.
Lisa Bachrach, a single mom of three, was diagnosed with MS September of 2002. This was the beginning of her quest to not only find inner peace and joy within herself but to help others find it as well. She has been an active member of the National MS Societyfor the past 10 years. She has been the leader of the MS Walk Team ‘Newly Diagnosed Fight’ since 2002, rode in the Avonex MS 20 mile bike tour in 2005 and has raised over $80,000 for the NMSS through these and various other fundraising events. In 2010 Lisa completed her 200 hour Yoga Certification through Long Island Yoga School