1 Guilles Lane
Woodbury, NY 11797

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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.

Leslie Luft instructs the following:
  • Advanced Sequencing & Theming Weekend Immersion
  • This weekend workshop intensive for teachers will arm you with the knowledge, inspiration, and technique you need to generate fresh, creative and safe sequences in your own authentic voice that represent your personal style as a teacher. We will also delve into both the creative and logical aspects of theming, making your classes more informative as well as uniquely personal. Together, we will explore themed sequences, as well as peak pose and specific body part based sequencing. The further study of theming will take us into energetic qualities, as well as philosophical teachings, to use as themes.

    All discussions and practice of sequencing and theming will incorporate the 8 limbs of yoga so that the classes you construct will bring these ideas to life both on and off the mat.
    Friday: Review of Sequencing & Theming
    Saturday: Sequencing
    Sunday: Theming / Connecting Sequence & Theme

    Eligible for 15 hours of Continuing Education Units.

    ENTIRE Weekend - $250 tuition
    Fri ONLY - $50
    Sat or Sun ONLY - $100 each
    Friday: 6pm - 9pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 12pm - 6pm


  • Anusara Inspired Level 1
  • 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.

  • Pre-Natal
  • This class focuses on postures that are appropriate for pregnant women with an emphasis on breathing, relaxation, and muscle toning/opening, especially in the area of the hips and pelvis, to make labor and delivery easier on both mom and child. Have the best possible pregnancy and delivery by learning to stretch and strengthen the body, focus and relax the mind, control breathing and develop awareness. Best of all meet a lovely community of pregnant women in your neighborhood! Yoga is a wonderful way to bond with your baby while he/she is in the womb. It also helps you to deal with all the changes happening to your body; this class will help you build the strength necessary during pre- and post- natal months as well as during labor. Practicing yoga will also keep your body agile and help you recover more quickly after the birth.  These sessions are rolling so starting your session of classes at any time is allowed.
    No prior yoga experience required.

  • Absolute Beginner Series
  • Yoga has so many benefits: relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, creating a sense of balance and well-being in the body and one's life, building strength, increasing flexibility, and more. Why not try it? This is an 8 week series of classes designed for the absolute beginner. Yoga postures and breathing techniques systematically taught creating a foundation for good alignment and form. Yoga philosophy and meditation will be introduced.

  • YogiBaby
  • For new moms and your babies (up to active crawling), this class helps you stay centered, strong and aware during your first months together. We do as much mommy yoga postures and stretches as we can to regain strength and tone the body after childbirth. We alternate with baby stretches, songs and games, mommy and baby partner poses, infant massage, discussion, and sharing. These classes have their own special rhythm, following the needs of the babies. Laughter and smiles are shared in this class! Bring a blanket for your baby and dress baby in comfortable clothes with the ability to bare their little feet.  No prior yoga experience necessary for mom or baby!

  • Yoga for MS
  • A class created to help manage some multiple sclerosis symptoms and allow the student to stay active. Unhurried movement and slow stretching to reduce stress and muscle tension.

  • Anusara Inspired All Levels
  • 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.  Our classes combine flowing sequences of poses with poses that are held for longer periods to encourage you to refine alignment awareness. Our All Levels classes are open to every one regardless of ability or fitness level. The instructor will modify postures for beginners and increase the challenge for more advanced students.

  • Community Yoga
  • Our intention is to make yoga available to all who seek it! This class is by donation only. Pay what you like, ALL proceeds will be donated to local charities. Instructors donate their time and will vary weekly.  This is an All Levels class, open to every one regardless of ability or fitness level.  The instructor will modify poses for those with less experience.

  • Project OM Community Class
  • Project:OM is mindful movement to drive positive change on an epic level.  We join together with Manduka mats and Susan G. Komen® and one million others to battle breast cancer.  When it comes to the battle against breast cancer, Susan G. Komen® has funded more breast cancer research than any other non-profit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those fighting the disease. Inspired by this legacy, project:OM is thrilled to host the world's largest yoga class of one million bodies strong to benefit Susan G. Komen®.
    This is the yoga class of One Million to Battle breast cancer. 
    One Million bodies aligned
    One Million intentions realized
    One Million reasons why

  • Book Club
  • Enjoy two of the activities that you love together! Combine your love of yoga and reading. Each month we have a 45-50 minute yoga class, followed by a book discussion about the current fiction or non-fiction book selected for that month, and lunch. The yoga class is a Level 1 class and the discussion is always fun and interesting. We are always looking for new faces to join us and welcome newcomers at any time. The more the merrier!! If interested, please let Leslie know you will be attending.

  • Advanced Asana Intensive
  • This weekend workshop intensive for teachers (and students who wish to deepen their practice) will include a study of alignment and actions for more advanced asana, such as inversions, backbends and arm balances. We will pay particular attention to the preparation and prerequisites needed in the body, mind and spirit before going into these advanced asanas and the stages (kramas) necessary to cultivate and advanced pose.

    Through practice and exploration, you will learn practical strategies and gain a better understanding
    of how asana works and new ways to attempt advanced poses. Building your own strength, flexibility and focus, you will learn how to teach intermediate and advanced asana safely and with more clarity. Additionally, modifications, enhancements, assists, variations and transitions will be discussed and experienced.

    Led by Leslie Luft, E-RYT 500, Elyce Neuhauser, E-RYT 500, and special guest instructors Adam Dobbs and Lana D'Amico.

    Sat & Sun 12pm - 6pm
    $250 for entire weekend (12 CEUs)
    $125 per day