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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.
Sharon Greenstein
Sharon has been sharing her love of yoga through her teaching since 2001. She began this quest by taking a Yoga Fit Certification which enabled her to teach a fitness based vinyasa flow class while maintaining the safety of proper alignment. She then expanded her studies with a 200 hour certification in ISHTA yoga from Be Yoga under the guidance of Alan Finger. This training incorporated not only the additional attention to alignment that is very prominent in her style of teaching, but also added a meditative and philosophical flair to her classes. In addition, she has completed trainings in Yoga Kids as well as Power Pilates. Now an Anusara™-inspired instructor, she brings further alignment refinement and heart opening qualities to her classes. To add to her versatility, she has attended workshops in Anusara™, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa Flow taught by master instructors John Friend, Baron Baptiste, Shiva Rea, and David Swenson, as well as many others.
Jenny Van Dyke
Jenny is a certified, registered yoga instructor who has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching for 15. She has dedicated herself to the study of Iyengar yoga, which emphasizes safety and healing through proper alignment in the poses, and meeting individual needs through the use of props. Jenny is also a speech therapist and special education teacher and has been working with children with special needs since 1995.
Adam Dobbs

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!

Elyce Neuhauser
A dedicated yogini for 20 years and teaching since 2006, Elyce Neuhauser, an ERYT-500, is passionate about sharing the living practice of yoga. Through Prana Vinyasa, a style developed by her main teacher, global adventurer Shiva Rea. Elyce is known for her poetic and devotional style of yoga that encourages self reflection and acceptance, connection to the heart and to each other, while cultivating deeper physical strength. In addition to teaching classes both in the studio and at festivals, she also leads 200 and 300 hour level teacher trainings, workshops and retreats. Since 2009 Elyce has been teaching yoga and ecstatic dance at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY. Elyce believes that yoga is a lifelong practice both on and off the mat and she continues to study with and assist her teachers, including Tantric meditation teacher, Lorin Roche, author of the Radiance Sutras.
Evelyn Fleck
Evelyn Fleck began practicing yoga in 2001 to help manage the stress of a busy life. As her studies progressed, the richness of the yoga unfolded along with the transformative aspects. She has been studying Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow with Adam Dobbs since 2002 and attributes to him her discovery of the true essence of yoga. She has also enjoyed attending workshops with David Swenson and David Williams. In her quest to delve deeper into her practice, Evelyn began studying Anusara Yoga in 2003 with Amy Ippoliti. She believes the marriage of flow with breath and alignment is a perfect fit. Since that time she has attended numerous workshops with Amy Ippoliti, Desiree Rumbaugh, and John Friend. In 2005 she completed her first Immersion with Amy. In 2007 she completed a 200-hour teacher training with Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny and is certified through Yoga Alliance. Evelyn is also a student and practitioner of Buddhist meditation, philosophy, and Yin Yoga. She has been studying regularly with Sarah Powers since 2003 and has been greatly influenced by her as well as the teachings of Sharon Salzberg and Pema Chodron. It is with much gratitude that she thanks all her teachers for guiding her on the yogic path including her husband, Greg, who has been one of her greatest teachers. Evelyn wishes to share her love and passion for yoga with her students and hopes that everyone can experience its transformative effects
Lana D'Amico

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

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.


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”
Doreen Garrido
Doreen is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa Flow yoga instructor. Her classes are upbeat, fun, and inspirational; they combine the workout of a flow class with techniques that provide relaxation and renewal each time you practice. Doreen believes that the more you relax, the safer, stronger, and more powerful your yoga practice will be. Her study of anatomy & physiology incorporates science into the yoga practice. Her classes create space in the body and the mind, emphasizing breath and alignment, while challenging students to tune in to every corner of their body – and have fun at the same time. She understands that the beauty and strength in each student is revealed on the mat. Everyone has their own individual yoga goals, and Doreen specializes in helping students with fitness goals, while fulfilling themselves with the mental aspects of yoga. Doreen’s classes focus on really connecting with and embracing your own body. She emphasizes taking yoga into your daily life. Students leave class feeling more fit, revitalized in body and mind.
Dawn Peer

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 Orsini

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”.

Maria Renna
Maria, of RenZenYoga Jewelry & Accessories, has a BFA from FIT, a Master of Early Education from St. Johns, and is a recent graduate of Absolute Yoga Studio's 200 Hour Refined Flow Yoga Teacher Training. Before becoming a part of Absolute's team, she worked as a graphic artist for over 10 years. Her yoga journey began at Absolute more than 8 years ago. Though she left the graphic design world behind, her creative talents have become useful as Absolute's media guru - maintaining our social media and creating flyers for our offerings.

It's clear Maria has always been happiest when creating and using her hands to craft. She fell in love with making sacred mala jewelry when we hosted a workshop and hopes you will, too!
Eva Boccio
Eva is a registered yoga & pilates teacher. She is currently working on certifications for yoga therapy and Thai yoga massage. She has a background in dance and music which have introduced her to the love of yoga. Eva is also in graduate school to become a school counselor and would love to bring yoga into the school system. When Eva is not teaching or interning, she can be found playing with her dogs, being with her friends, or hanging out in nature.
Alie Klein
Alie earned her Master’s degree in Education specializing in School Counseling and has been a school counselor for the past 16 years. Alie was introduced to yoga by a good friend, 9 years ago, who suggested it would be a great stress reliever and she was hooked from her first class!
Alie earned her first yoga certification with Yoga Rocks! Kids in 2008. As her personal practice and passion for yoga grew, Alie pursued her 200 Hour Adult certification with Yogaworks in NYC. Alie is currently earning her 300 Hour advanced teacher certification through Simplicity Yoga in Kings Park, NY. Alie teaches family yoga at Absolute on a seasonal basis and enjoys subbing throughout the year.
Alie loves to see student’s growing in their practice. She feels that everyone is on their own path on (and off) the mat and it is a privilege to be a part of the student’s journey.
Lisa Bachrach-Zeankowski

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

Nancy Rich
Nancy Rich, E-RYT 500, a graduate of SUNY Stony Brook with a dual bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and Psychology, is a partner at Abhaya Yoga, BK., where she has received a 500 hr. Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification. Nancy is thrilled to be a representative for the California College of Ayurveda’s Classical Yoga Nidra Certification course, where she’s also enrolled in the Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program. Additionally, she has earned her E-RYT 500 hours; Yoga Alliance approved Restorative Teacher training and 100 hr. Anatomy & Therapeutics Certification; Ayurvedic Massage 
 & Body Therapy Certification course and 126 hr. Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification through The California College of Ayurveda. Nancy is a Reiki Practitioner, at the Master Level, of the Usui System, aromatherapy practitioner and delights in the ability to offer different healing modalities to her students.



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