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Our Instructors

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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.

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

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.
Anne took her first yoga class just over 5 years ago and has not stopped practicing since! She received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification through Absolute Yoga's Refined Flow program.  Anne's classes are designed to give each student a personal connection to the practice and a safe space for whatever needs to come their way.  Her classes embody a combination of Anusara and Prana Flow, allowing students to open theirs heart as they flow through a moving meditation focused on breath awareness.  Anne also received her Kids Yoga certification through YogiBeans.  Anne is a full time 3rd grade ESL teacher for the New York City schools who applies the principles of yoga so that her students can share a part of what she love.

As a child Adam suffered from severe asthma, as a teenager he suffered from clinical depression, insomnia, drug and alcohol addiction. He was sent to psychiatrists, psychologists, rehab facilities, alchohlics anonymous, narcotics anonymous and even emotions anonymous. He was put on anti-depressants, was told to follow the 12 steps and attend group therapy sessions. These approaches did not set him free. Even though he was still in this extremely unhealthy state he had been witnessing his behaviors and was searching for another more effective way out. He began a seated meditation practice at about 16 years old at a time when the practice was pretty much non-existent on Long Island and by the time he was 19 he put an end to his substance abuse through sheer will power alone. 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 close to 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 my experience.

Many years later he unfortunately slipped on ice, falling on a cement stairwell which resulted in significant damage to his body. In terrible chronic pain he eventually went to see multiple orthopedists seeking help. He resisted their strong suggestions to have multiple surgeries and decided instead to receive extensive bodywork in Thailand along with constructing an even more therapeutic yoga asana practice as an attempt to heal 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 the opportunity to assist you on your path to optimal health and happiness and to share with you what is transformative, healing and possible!

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
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.
Celia is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified instructor and has been practicing yoga since 2001. In addition to being a yoga instructor, Celia has been a criminal defense attorney at a prominent law firm in Manhattan for 16 years, has appeared as a legal commentator on Fox News and Court TV, and has been a guest lecturer at various law schools. Over the years, as an extremely busy working mother of three children, Celia found her “need” for yoga consistently increasing. She squeezed yoga into any free time she could scrape together, often taking late evening classes in Manhattan before commuting back to her home on Long Island. She also found herself eagerly sharing the profoundly beneficial effects of yoga with anyone who would listen. Believing that the best teachers are those who never stop learning as students, Celia regularly attends classes, workshops and retreats in various styles of yoga taught by well respected teachers from around the country. She hopes that her deep love of yoga (and the harmonium!) spreads to all those who attend her classes.
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.
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.
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.
A dedicated yogini for over 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. 
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”.

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 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.  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.

 

 
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.
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