Heather Principe, E-RYT200 & E-RYT500 Program Director, Polarity Program Director, BS, ed., PWE, RPP
Heather has been teaching yoga for over 25 years. Heather is owner and founder of The Yoga and Polarity Center, a center for teaching Yoga, Subtle Energy Healing Arts including Polarity and Pranic Healing, and Energetic Listening Skills for Bodyworkers. She is on the staff of the New Seminary, The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and runs retreats worldwide in all forms of Energetic Healing.
Linda Babolcsay, LCSW-R, CASAC, B.C.D., RYT500,
Linda’s life journey led her to yoga over 7 years ago where she immediately felt its life changing power; spiritually, emotionally and physically. As life unfolded, it led her to Yoga Polarity Center where she earned her RYT200, RCYT200 and RYT500. Her passion to incorporate her background as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, fostered the development of workshops and programs to incorporate the wisdom of yoga within the therapeutic process. As a student of Polarity, she has an experiential understanding of the physical, energetic and mental bodies. Her training and life experience has provided a deepened understanding of the human experience which is integrated into her Hatha Yoga classes. Linda’s classes inspire fun, laughter and self -awareness. Drawn to the beauty of how yoga brings us deep within ourselves to find who we truly are, she approaches each student with compassion, intuitive understanding and acceptance. Her strong belief that one can overcome obstacles and transcend to a life full of gratitude, joy, and courage permeates throughout her classes and workshops.
Style: Hatha, Teen Yoga
Luciana Biondi, RYT500, RPP
Luciana Biondi has been teaching yoga for nearly a decade. She began to practice yoga because of a lower back problem. Luciana came to see that aside from fixing her back problem, yoga made her stronger, leaner and more flexible than she had ever been before. Luciana loves to share what she knows about yoga and life with her students. Luciana’s classes help to bring her students into the present moment with breath awareness and centering. Luciana’s class is designed to help open joints, stretch muscles and strengthen your body slowly.
Marianne Bochilo, RYT500, Thai Yoga Massage Therapist
Marianne Bochilo is a Bhaki yogini. Along with holding her RYT 500 Certification with Yoga Alliance, she holds Certifications in Yoga for Breast Cancer survivors from OM Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga through the Integral Yoga Institute. She is a trained Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. A mother of three who earned her BBA from Hofstra University in 1990. Marianne is also a former ACE certified Fitness instructor. As a member of the St. Agnes Cathedral Adult Choir Chorale; Marianne holds an affinity for chanting Sutra and her classes center on opening the heart to bring peace and balance. Visit Marianne’s website: www.peacefulyoga.net
Style: Hatha, Vinyasa
Susan Brotter, RYT200
Susan has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She was drawn to yoga after taking her first yoga class while on a mother’s retreat weekend. Never having been involved in athletics before, she was amazed by what her body could do, and even more surprised by how it calmed her mind. At the urging of her teachers and friends, and her desire to learn more, she began her journey to becoming a yoga instructor. Susan completed the 200-hour teacher training program at the Yoga and Polarity Center in Malverne in 2015. Her desire is to share her love of yoga and its transformative nature with her students.
Style: Gentle, Hatha, Vinyasa
Anu Butani, E-RYT200 & E-RYT500 Program Instructor
Anu Butani is a 500 hours ERYT Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. She teaches ALIGNMENT Style sequencing method of yoga and her classes are based on individual student levels. With the help of props she holds space for each student to connect to their own energetic alignment of the body, mind and soul.
Alignment helps to achieve balance between the front and the back of the body, the inner and outer body, right and left side, contraction and expansion, mind and heart. She helps to create length and space in the body, but to achieve that in a safe and supported way. She teaches Level 1 and Level 2 classes. She has been studying Iyengar Yoga since 2003 and continues to do so. Anu is a compassionate and inspirational teacher. She intuitively knows those students who are unsure, skilled or need support. She makes everyone feel that it is just the right place for them; to be in the present moment. The warmth of her voice is quieting and reassuring, as she shares with them a unique life-giving experience. Besides teaching the alignment of the physical body in postures, she teaches the union of the body and the mind in Pranayama. The flow of energy creates an open space in the body to become Present in the Mind.
Her Daily Quote…..PRACTICE SILENCE, FOR THE VOICE OF GOD CAN BE HEARD IN THE REGION OF THE HEART WHEN THE SPEECH IS SILENT….Sathya Sai Baba
Mary Clare Chiofalo, RYT500
MaryClare Chiofalo has been practicing yoga for over a decade, taking her first yoga class at the Yoga Polarity Center. Yoga classes led to Polarity sessions which lead to Training and Practitioner courses. MaryClare is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher as well as a Registered Polarity Practitioner. While MaryClare’s classes are both fun and relaxed, they are also meditative and focused on fluid movement and its connection breathe. “Yoga and Polarity have changed my life, making me a more centered, more aware person. My passion is sharing these gifts with others for their highest good and healing.” Visit MaryClare’s website: www.FiveElementsWellness.com
Style: Vinyasa, Hatha
Dianne Condon, RYT200
A fitness enthusiast for nearly two decades, Dianne deepened her Yoga practice after a serious bike accident caused her to slow down and look inward. Dianne completed her 200 hour teacher training at the Yoga and Polarity Center and started teaching classes based on the concept of “stretching and strenghening” with a few laughs thrown in for good measure! As the mother of four sons, Dianne helps to blend the strength of body and mind that yoga brings with a calmness and clarity to navigate the chaos of life. Her classes will help you do the same.
Brittany Consigli, RYT200
Brittany completed her 200 hour teacher training at the Yoga and Polarity Center in Malverne, NY. She is also a licensed speech-language pathologist who has experience working patients and students from all stages of life. She found her way to yoga after many years of being disconnected from her body because of the “physical limitations” of Marfan Syndrome. Yoga not only opened the door to physical strength and flexibility but it created a deep and healing relationship between her mind, body, and spirit. She has learned that “limitations” are the stuff of the mind and that if you quiet those thoughts and honor your body in all moments of your practice, both on and off the mat, you will be so amazed by your own personal journey! Because of her personal experience modifying postures in her own physical practice, under the guidance of her teacher Fran White, Brittany’s classes have a foundation of Hatha Yoga with a focus on Iyengar Style use of props and attention to proper alignment. Her classes are great for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic practitioner of yoga and hopes to bring all she learns to her students.
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure that which cannot be cured.” – BKS Iyengar
Style: Hatha/Alignment Based
Lynn Crimando, MA, E-RYT500, Certified American Viniyoga Therapist, Duke Integrative Health Coach
Lynn’s teaching experience is rich and diverse, from health clubs, to a women’s’ resource center in the South Bronx, to the Memory Support unit of an assisted living facility, to the corporate office of Tiffany & Co. Lynn travels throughout New York City, teaching and lecturing on behalf of the Arthritis Foundation. Lynn works privately with clients living with arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, herniated disks, trauma-recovery, RSD, MS, Parkinson’s, dementia, anxiety, obesity, sleep disturbances, and stress. [email protected]
Style: Yoga Therapy
Peter Ferko, E-RYT500 Program Instructor, RYT500, Bridge Training Program Director
Peter Ferko began practicing yoga thirty years ago at Alan Finger’s Yoga Works in Los Angeles, with Rod Stryker. He studied Kriya meditation at Yogananda’s Self Realization Fellowship and sampled Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga styles before finding Alan Finger’s ISHTA Yoga upon moving to NY in 1999. Peter has been initiated Yogiraj, or Master, of ISHTA Yoga and is a lead trainer in the ISHTA Teacher Training program. In addition to his yoga pursuits, Peter is a multi-media artist and brings creativity, imagery, and a sense of humor to his teaching. Learn more at peterferko.com
Elizabeth Ferrara, E-RYT500, RPE, BCPP
Lizzie’s personal journey has led her through both the yoga (at the 200 hour level and the 500 hour level) and polarity programs (Registered Polarity Practitioner). Lizzie’s intention to provide a safe environment for a wide range of student to experience Restorative/Gentle Yoga, Deep Relaxation and highly intentioned Polarity Education comes to fruition at the Yoga & Polarity Center. This class is designed to allow ones’ body to (perhaps once again) feel safe in movement and in rest. Gentle, restorative yoga serves many masters: the novice who is concerned about flexibility and stamina will be able to coax new movement and gain new connection; the sometime yogi will value the slow, gentle stretching and connection to breath that will entice them to be more present in their practice; and the serious yogi will enjoy the reminder that yoga is about union and honoring the Self.
It is essential for the follower of the yoga journey to understand the need for integration and balance… BKS Iyengar
Parameswari Frenkel (Mindy),
E-RYT200 & E-RYT500 Program Instructor
Mindy Frenkel graduated from the Yoga Zone Teacher Training with Alan Finger in 2002 and completed her 500 hours in 2005. She has been a devoted practitioner and teacher since 2000. She is a Reiki Master and has been trained in Polarity Therapy and Thai Massage. For Mindy, Yoga has been a transformational and healing practice and this is what motivated her to share this path with others. She continues to deepen her experience through the study of various styles of yoga including Ashtanga and Jivamukti and Nada Yoga as well as studying inspirational and spirtual texts. She is currently studying Sanskrit, chanting and meditation with her Guru, Manorama. Her teaching of yoga is steeped with an intensive background of yogic studies. Mindy brings a down-to-earth approach to her inspirational yoga classes. There is a high level of integrity and maturity to her graceful teaching style. You will find her classes challenging, informative, worshipful and fun! Visit Mindy’s website: www.mindyfrenkelyoga.com. The path of Yoga is a journey and not a destination. It is my goal to help other’s access the teacher within.
Jackie Hassett, RYT200
After years of daily intensive cardio workouts, Jackie found her way onto a yoga mat and the love affair began. It didn’t take long for the serenity created on the mat to weave its way into her life. The desire to deepen both her physical practice and yogic understanding led her to the 200 hour teacher training program at the Yoga & Polarity Center in Malverne. Now she hopes to share that love and inspire new yogis.
Lisa-Marie began her yoga journey in 2008 earning her 200-hour certification from the Yoga & Polarity Center in 2011 and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Her training includes a certification in Chair Yoga studying with Lakshmi Volker and a certification in Recovery Yoga studying with Kyczy Hawk. Practices include various styles such as Iyengar, Om and Jivamukti, meditation studies at Keshava Radha Yoga and Qi Gong. Currently she is pursuing her 500-hour certification at the Yoga & Polarity Center and Restorative with Yoga Nidra Certification at Ishta Yoga in NYC.
Lisa-Marie believes a consistent yoga practice provides a gradual path for self-growth, purifying, serenity and awareness. She has a deep focus in the importance of alignment and breath and is passionate about helping others to connect body and mind allowing their true self to emerge. She genuinely believes no-one should be denied the amazing opportunity to study yogadespite life’s hurdles physically or emotionally.
Through understanding that the biggest obstacles in our lives are the barriers our mind creates she encourages students of all levels.
Style: Hatha, Gentle
Tina Lear, E-RYT200, RYT500
Tina’s classes will invite you to be fully present, and to pay close attention to all aspects of your breath, your body, your heart, your spirit. You may come into a more intimate, conscious and respectful relationship with your own body and how it moves through life. She also teaches meditation, and started the Long Island Dharmata Sangha in 2014. In fact, many of the teachers that influence her yoga practice come from the Buddhist world and speak about the importance of mindfulness. People like Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, and Thich Nhat Hanh continue to feed the flame that fuels her teaching. But Tina credits everyone as being her teacher: “My kids, my co-workers, people in traffic that drive me nuts, and even Facebook updates. I use everything to encourage my own awakening.” And she brings these eclectic examples into each class, weaving everyday stories into the asanas for you to discover the Now unfolding, right now, in your body.
Style: Beginners Yoga, Meditation
Jane McQueen, E-RYT200 & E-RYT500 Program Instructor,
Yoga Therapy Program Director
Seeking relief from lower back and knee pain, Jane’s life was transformed through yoga over 11 years ago. “My personal experience with the potential healing power of yoga placed me on a path that has dramatically improved my overall health and happiness. As a breast cancer survivor my daily practice has brought peaceful relief in the midst of daily changes”. Jane is currently working as a yoga therapist and yoga teacher. Jane also teaches students in the Teacher Training Program at both the 200 and 500 hour level. Her work empowers people to manage their current condition, reduce suffering and to attain optimal wellness. Jane’s accreditations include: certified Yoga Therapist by The American Viniyoga Institute, Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (500 Hour Level), B.S. in Physical Education, and a M.A. in Health Education.
Style: Viniyoga, Yoga Therapy
Diane Modico, RYT200
Diane has been practicing yoga for the past 18 years. She completed her 200 hr yoga certification under the highly qualified and mindful tutelage of Greg Fine at Fuel the Soul. Using the Ashtanga primary series as a guide, Diane teaches a well rounded, vinyasa class using verbal ques, proper body awareness techniques and recognition of proper alignment and adjustments. After her class you will feel rejuvenated.
Diane has been living and raising her five children in RVC since 1996. Diane is a Parent Member for the RVC School District Committee on Special Education. Fluent in Sign Language, she is also a member of the PSA at Cleary School for the Deaf. Diane teaches young adults and children with various disabilities yoga at TAPAS in Longbeach NY. Diane spends her summers teaching yoga to a wide array of people on the beautiful shores of Fire Island.
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” Helen Keller.
Geetha Narasimhan, PT, RYT500, CYT800
Geetha Narasimhan is a physical therapist with 38 years of experience working with adults and children of all ages. She is a Yoga Alliance registered 500-Hour Yoga Instructor and a 800-Hour certified Yoga Therapist with International Yoga Therapist Association. Geetha provides hands on private 1:1 yoga therapy/myofascial release therapy for a variety of health problems associated with pain and dysfunction. Myofascial release or MFR is a therapeutic technique that can help to treat pain and dysfunction by helping to release contracted muscle and fascia due to trauma, or tension to decrease pain and improve mobility. Her yoga therapy sessions combines MFR techniques, yoga poses, meditation, breath work and a personalized home program. She is also on the faculty of the Long Island Institute of Yoga Therapy. Please click on Yoga Therapy on the main menu or visit her website www.janyayoga.com for more information.
Private 1:1 sessions available by appointments only during the following hours.
Wednesday 5-6:30 PM in prem Studio
Friday 5-6:30 PM OM Studio
Style: Yoga Therapy
Wendy Newton, E-RYT500 Program Instructor, Bridge Training Program Director, Polarity Program Instructor, RYT500, RPP
Wendy Newton, E-RYT 500, RPP, is a senior teacher at ISHTA Yoga and a lead trainer in the ISHTA teacher training program in Manhattan. She has studied with Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger since 2002, and was initiated by Alan into the ISHTA Yoga lineage as Yogiraj, or yoga master. Wendy is co-authoring a tantric interpretation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Alan Finger, and she conducts workshops and trainings on this and other yoga and polarity-related topics. Wendy has trained with Heather Principe in Polarity since 2000, teaches in the YAPC Polarity program, and has a private Polarity Therapy practice in Freeport, LI and New York City. Wendy’s classes combine breath-based subtle body awareness, kriya techniques, and the philosophy of the Sutras to help inspire students to move with grace, no matter what their “condition,” and to gain perspective in their lives. www.wendynewtonyoga.com
Sharon Persky, RYT500, YA E-RYT500, RCYT, Polarity Practitioner, Children’s Yoga Teacher Training Program Director
Sharon found her passion teaching children’s yoga when she introduced yoga & mindfulness as a new specialty for summer camp in 2009. She received a BA in Early Childhood with minors in Dance and Psychology from SUNY @ Buffalo. She has balanced teaching yoga, working independently, all while raising her 2 sons who are now in High School.
Her passion and commitment to creating a safe and fun practice for children led her to attain her a teacher certification with Karma Kids Inc. NYC. In her desire to deepen that knowledge and her personal yoga practice she began her journey at Yoga & Polarity Center, Malverne in 2011. She started with her RYT-200 training and continued her studies to complete her RYT-500 Yoga Alliance certification. The journey continued, as she began working with Heather Principe, Mary Clare Chiofalo and Linda Babolcsay manifesting the 95-hour children’s teacher training. The inspiration to create a teacher-training came at a time when teacher trainings were unavailable.
While teaching teachers she concurrently continued her own personal learning and enrolled in the 800-hour Polarity Therapy training. The energetic body work and learning how to hold space for others is now infused not only in her teachings but how she walks in the world.
Sharon brings her entire journey with her to continue her passion of being able to share her joy of yoga and enabling others to provide children and adults of all ages a safe and compassionate practice.
Style: Vinyasa, Children’s Yoga
Gary Pfleger, RYT500, RPP
Gary is a registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. He is a Registered Polarity Educator and an advanced Reiki Practitioner giving him an experiential understanding of the physical, energetic and mental bodies. All of his training and experience has opened a flow of energies within him and given him a deepened understanding of the human experience that he integrates into his Hatha Yoga classes. Gary teaches an eclectic blend that includes elements of the sequencing method and breathing practices of Viniyoga, and the attention to alignment of the Iyengar method. With his mindfully paced teaching rhythm, students can fully experience the postures in a relaxed and steady way. Gary’s intention is to assist you in finding your own state of balance, as well as developing a toned and flexible muscular skeletal system. Within that healthy state, your own personal intentions can be nurtured and grow to realization.
Georgette Rich, LCSW, RYT200
Georgette brings the spirit of yoga to every aspect of her life.
Georgette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with older adults in their homes. Her work consists of providing psychotherapy and counseling to individuals and families. She uses her yoga training to help clients apply yogic breathing to reduce anxiety as well as instructing meditation and guided meditation to reduce their stress.
Georgette has been practicing yoga for the past 20 years. She completed her 200-hour Kundalini Yoga teacher training under the brilliance and expertise of Sat Jivan Singh and Sat Jivan Kaur, Directors of Kundalini Yoga East in New York City in 2011.
Georgette also provides Mother Center discussion groups to mothers and their babies through the Rockville Centre Public Library and Mother Center of East Rockaway since 2012—mothers supporting mothers.
She has lived on Long Island since 2001 with her family and three daughters. Georgette has been a PTA member, a volunteer at all her daughter’s schools, Girl Scout Leader for both her daughter’s troops as well as provided yoga to the parents of the elementary school community, to middle schoolers on Health and Wellness Day, to Girl Scout troops at the Brownie and Junior level and on Women’s Retreats.
“It’s not the life that you live, it’s the courage that you bring to it.” Yogi Bhajan.
Style: Kundalini Yoga
Allison Roberti, RYT500
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.
website address: http://allisonrobertiyoga.weebly.com/
Laura Schroll, RYT500, RPP/BCPP
Laura earned her 200 and 500 hour RYT, and Polarity certifications through the Yoga & Polarity Center in Malverne, NY. She was first drawn to the physical aspect of yoga when she began practicing Hatha yoga in 2001. After a back injury, though, she discovered yoga’s healing benefit. Yet it was the sense of calm and balance that carried over from class into daily life that kept her coming back to the mat. Yoga is now a passion for Laura, taking her down an exciting new path in life that she loves to share with her students. Her classes blend traditional Hatha yoga and attention to alignment, with Polarity Yoga and Chi Gong, using breath and movement to get energy flowing. Laura’s classes create a space where students can find Strength, Flexibility, Balance, and Inner Calm. She also offers private Yoga and/or Polarity sessions. For more information, click on her website link, www.chi-ative.com.
Style: Hatha, Polarity Yoga
Gary B. Strauss, Polarity Master Instructor, MS, RPP, PWE
Gary continues to inspire the healing arts community with his approach to well being restoration, honoring the wisdom within and instruction through alignment. His crafted method of Holding Space™ for the client, classroom and practitioner, has stemmed from 30 plus years of experience in energy medicine, nutrition, and natural healing. Those related walk away with an empowerment so personal and self sewn; it’s as if Gary has known them all their lives. He is an incredible and articulate intuitive whose presence and openness allows for transformation, regardless of the relationship. Just ask the thousands he has trained and mentored internationally and in the U.S. His Polarity Therapy and Cranial Sacral Unwinding programs are offered through The Institute of Psycho-Strucural Balancing (IPSB, Los Angeles), The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA, Arizona) The Energy Open Center (Kobe, Japan) and The Open Center (NYC).
Jean Treglia, RYT200
I come from a Kundalini background and incorporate different styles in my teaching. I look forward to sharing this passion with you that has truly brought me inner peace. Jean’s accreditations include: Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (200 Hour Level). She is continuing her yoga teacher training at the Yoga Polarity Center working towards the 500 hour level certification.
Style: Laughter Yoga, Kundalini
Sue Velella comes to us from the Oceanside community where she has taught Barre and Pilates for over 20 years. Sue began her career in fitness when she was a young teenager in Queens where she came under the sharp eye of Lucille Roberts, the health club innovator. Lucille recognized Sue’s gifts as a “natural teacher” and soon had Sue not only instructing classes, but managing clubs, and eventually training other instructors and managers in health clubs across L.I. and the 5 boroughs. A master’s in education soon followed as Sue sought to expand her teaching skills. She has simultaneously educated youngsters as the lead first grade teacher in her district while pursuing her early passion for fitness by instructing Barre and Pilates and now Yoga to children and adults.
Sue seeks to make her classes accessible to all levels of fitness. Her classes are well-rounded, balanced, efficient and fun. Her training in Barre, Pilates and Yoga keeps her alert to cuing alignment and form to help each member of her eclectic classes to achieve their personal best.
Currently, Sue is bringing Yoga-Barre to our studios. You will develop stamina and strength both at the Barre and on the mat. Light free weights , Pilates balls and yoga props help each client sculpt muscle and deepen their practice while having fun.
Come join her on Wednesdays in OM, 6:00pm-7:00pm for classes that will help you stand a little taller and feel stronger inside and out.
Style: Yoga Barre
Francine White, E-RYT200 & E-RYT500 Program Instructor, RYT500
Fran has completed her 500hr and 200hr yoga teaching certifications at the Yoga & Polarity Center in Malverne, NY. She is a program instructor in the 200 hr YTT as well as the 500 hr YTT. She is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Prior to yoga she was a competitive runner and triathlete. Not only has yoga helped her injuries, but more importantly has helped her find some peace. Yoga has become her way of life.
As a devoted student and practitioner she would like to share what she has learned with others, with the hopes that others can experience yoga in their lives.
She is greatly influenced by the Iyengar Tradition. Her mentor, Anu Butani introduced her to this tradition and she continues to study and practice it with certified Iyengar teachers.
In her teaching she may use props to help with the alignment process, recognizing that not everyone is anatomically the same. The props also gives the student an opportunity to explore and experience the pose in different ways making it possible for anyone to practice.
She believes that by focusing on alignment and balance in the body helps to bring alignment and balance into our lives.
“Regular practice of yoga can help you face the turmoil of life with steadiness and stability.” B.K.S. Iyengar
Style: Hatha/Alignment Based