Laura Fornaro – teacher
Laura is a Long Island, New York based Dharma Registered Yoga Teacher with an ERYT 200 Yoga Alliance designation, having taught over 2000 hours of yoga instruction. She is a Hofstra University graduate who holds a B.S. in Music Education and M.A. in Wind Conducting.
Laura has a a Master’s degree in social work at Stony Brook University and hopes to join her careers to help bring yoga to those who would benefit from it the most. After becoming completely intrigued by Bikram and Ashtanga yoga in January 2009, she received her first teacher certification in hot yoga in October, 2009.
Laura went on to train at Dharma Yoga Center, studying under Sri Dharma Mittra in New York City as part of the Life of a Yogi 200 hour teacher training in June, 2011.
Most recently, Laura expanded her practice and teaching techniques of the Ashtanga Primary Series by training with David Swenson and Shelley Washington in July, 2014. She loves teaching hot yoga, as well as powerful vinyasa classes and workshops in back bending, inversions, arm balances, and partner yoga.
Laura enjoys guiding her students towards body awareness, flexibility, strength, and mental clarity. She runs an individualized and peaceful, yet powerful class while inspiring students toward their full potential.
Erin McCandless experienced her first yoga class in the late 1990s. From the beginning she yearned to learn more and she knew she would one day like to teach others this wonderful and moving practice. At that time, there were few yoga studios and no teacher trainings in her hometown in the Midwest, so Erin ventured away from home to delve deeper into her practice. She attended as many workshops and yoga conferences as she could get to, studying with and learning from many inspiring souls.
Erin started teaching yoga in 2002 and completed her 200-hour teacher training at Om Sweet Om in Port Washington in 2008. She revels in sharing the power and beauty of a yoga practice with others and she loves the balance that teaching yoga provides as a complement to her “other life” as a corporate lawyer. She strives to provide her students with a similar opportunity to let go of their lives off the mat and enjoy the love and light of yoga.
Yahaya is a former D1 college soccer player who competed at Stony Brook University from 2004-2007, serving as captain his senior year. Post college, he played three seasons professionally in Puerto Rico followed by two seasons with the USI Hammerheads in North Carolina. As he continues to play now at an amateur level here on Long Island, Yahaya has moved into the coaching arena. He has been coaching/training for over ten years with various teams and individual players. Currently, he is coaching with Gold Coast FC in North Shore, Mineola and the Portledge School. Yahaya works on developing increased technical skill as well as improving an overall level of fitness for young athletes competing throughout Long Island. Yahaya has been practicing yoga for 2 years and has a committed daily practice. He is currently enrolled in a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with J. Brown at Abyasa Yoga in Brooklyn.
Adriene Passannante- teacher
Adriene has been a dedicated student of her practice for over 20 years. After exploring many styles of yoga, she happened upon a class given by Alan Finger at Yoga Zone, and that experience changed her idea of what yoga was all about. “I loved that ISHTA Yoga was about finding your own personal path, and that the asana and meditation techniques were easily accessible to all. It seemed like a very natural practice for me”. Shortly thereafter, Adriene became the studio manager at Yoga Zone in Old Brookville, and was inspired to teach. She completed her teaching certification in 2000, under the guidance of Alan Finger. She continues her studies by frequently attending workshops, classes and intensives taught by well respected teachers in various styles of yoga, bringing an eclectic mix to her classes.
“I truly believe that yoga is for everybody and that the benefits are profound. I seek to explore the asanas in a way which each student’s practice becomes an expression of the self.” She combines the emphasis of the breath, with a flowing, vinyasa sequence that guides her students to find their edge while honoring themselves and the transformation that yoga can bring.
Firm believer that asana (postures) doesn’t constitute yoga, Sasha is also knowledgeable about other aspects of yoga practice such as pranayam ( breathing techniques), yogic diet, chanting, proper relaxation, positive thinking and meditation, yoga scriptures and teachings. Strong and caring, Sasha encourages students to smile and focus on their breath as they move through a class.
After completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training, she began teaching yoga to students of various ages, physical fitness levels and backgrounds. Sasha is also certified to teach kids yoga, and prenatal yoga classes. She is forever grateful to her teachers Sri Dharma Mitra, Yoshio Hama and Prem Sadasivananda, Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda for their guidance, support and wisdom.
Sasha believes, that through various techniques of Yoga, we can strengthen and heal our bodies, grow emotionally, learn to control our minds and finally unveil the soul. It is through the constant practice that we can begin to experience many gift of yoga, the most cherished – compassion and humility, and understanding that deep inside we are all the same! All one!
Nancy Rich – teacher
Nancy, RYT-500, stepped onto the path of yoga seven years ago. Her love of the practice and the freedom she has discovered, both on and off the mat, informs her teaching. Nancy has received both her 200 and 500 hr. Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification from Abhaya Yoga. The Abhaya Method focuses on deepening awareness while releasing holding and gripping patterns in the body. By integrating eastern philosophy, healing practices, western therapeutic and functional movement techniques a holistic approach is used to align, heal and guide the practitioner toward a deeper freedom. She serves her community by offering yoga to her students in a safe, nurturing environment.
Allison Roberti – teacher
I am a 500 hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. In addition, I am a Group Fitness Instructor certified through ACE. I am a long time yoga practitioner with a dance background as well as being a lifelong athlete.
My training includes the constant and continuous study of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga System. All aspects are studied in this ancient practice, including; benefits, anatomy, modifications, alignment, adjustments and philosophy. Committed to a six day a week practice, I am able to understand the benefits and the dedication that is required of an Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. Gaining the knowledge of this healing practice, I am able to share this philosophy with my students. My training also includes, Yin Yoga, Yoga Warriors, and Restorative yoga.
Yoga is a life-time learning experience, I will forever be a student. Growing, learning and laughing with my students is one of my greatest joys. My classes are designed to keep you safe while being challenged.
Kimberly Sherbach – teacher
Kimberly completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training under the loving guidance of Patricia Morris at Little Yoga House. She has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2013 and continues to re-discover the practice every day, with every breath. Her goal as a teacher is to encourage students to find a balance between strength and comfort in their movement, and to practice with a sense of joy, lightness and a little laughter!
Bill Stasco – teacher
Bill began his yoga journey In 1995, to relieve his persistent back pain. He studied Bikram yoga for 10 years before expanding his knowledge to include other styles of yoga, such as Ashtanga Yoga and studying with Sri Dharma Mittra in NYC. In 2014 he completed a 300 hour Hatha Raja Yoga Teacher Training, directed by Yogi Andrei Ram, the direct successor of Sri Dharma Mittra. Recently, Bill completed a 40 hour intensive teacher training in the Ashtanga yoga primary series with David Swenson & Shelly Washington.Bill now blends his knowledge of yoga and Crossfit to structure classes that are especially suited with the athlete in mind. He guides his students not only through breath and movement, but also with humor and playfulness to keep you at ease!
Dila Yolga – teacher
To me, yoga is learning to live than just exist. It is beyond the physical aspect, it is a way of life. Yoga is about being present and content in the moment, learning to have control of your mind, and accepting and loving yourself, as well as other beings. Yoga helps to find your true self and helps to shed the layers of yourself that has been created by social norms and expectations.
It gives me pure joy to serve others in hopes of helping them find their own true self, power, happiness, peace and to reach their full potential through the path of Yoga. I’m truly grateful to have the opportunity to learn, teach, inspire and share my passion.