Our Instructors

Laura Avitabile Laura Rose Avitabile, 500 hour RYT received her first yoga certification from the Healing Movement at Bikram Yoga of Bayport.  Her initial 7-year love affair with yoga had taken her into many styles before she took her first teacher training. You can see this reflected in the richness and depth of her classes. 

A passionate teacher, she still continues to seek to deepen her yoga knowledge and recently completed an advanced training under the direction of Lorijean Gentzlinger, E-RYT.  This, not suprisingly, is in addition to her skills as a Certified Reiki practitioner, Energy Healer, and Thai Bodyworker. 

After years of working and living in New York City, Laura understands the toll that a high stress job and long commute can take on ones personal wellbeing. It is Laura’s goal to bring mindfulness, peace, and relaxation to those who are under pressure. Laura’s restorative classes are adaptable for every body. You are easily led in classes by her warmth and nurturing spirit, and will leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. 

Gigi Cioffi – Gigi started her fitness and wellness journey as a teenager learning about the importance of nutrition, exercise and the subject of reflexology. Later, she furthered her exploration practicing Pilates and incorporating essential oils into her daily life. When going through a difficult personal situation Gigi found meditation, and with the help of a dear friend her introduction to Yoga.

Starting first as a student, Gigi’s love of Yoga blossomed and she decided to obtain her teaching certification so she could share the benefits with others. In May 2017 she received her 200YTT certification and then proceeded to obtain additional certifications in Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga, Children’s Yoga and Wheel Yoga. Gigi continues to expand her yoga education and is currently enrolled in a 300 YTT certification. She believes in Yoga’s many benefits and she continues to receive its many blessings, which she loves passing onto others.

Tina Marie Conte – Tina Marie Conte, M.S.Ed, CAGS, CYT, customizes yoga for educators in a way that is strongly influenced by the challenges she faced early in her teaching career. The stress and anxiety is what led her to yoga. Tina Marie works for Advancement Courses, facilitating graduate level courses to emphasize healthy boundaries for alleviating burnout: Self-Care, Mindfulness, Work-Life Balance, Emotions & Learning, and Wellness for Teachers. Her own personal-professional development encompasses meditations and retreats, and transformative learning with master teachers: Omega Institute, Hay House, The Learning Annex, Sivananda Yoga Ashram, Peace Village, and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. 

Tina Marie is a graduate of Massachusetts College’s Leadership Academy, and has a masters in education and a bachelors in psychology.  Shortly after her tenure as a classroom teacher, she had the good fortune of consulting in schools for Board of Cooperative and Educational Services, as well as Australian United States Services in Education. She has also been a coach-supervisor for Beyond Book Smart, refining executive function, organizational skills, emotional-regulation, and time-management. Combined, Tina Marie’s experiences have revealed an educator’s 7 Essentials for fueling the internal climate to better navigate the external.

Catherine D’Anna – Catherine began teaching yoga in 2013, receiving her first 200 hr certification from Kripalu School for Yoga and Ayurveda. Since then, she has continued on to earn a second 200 hr certificate at LifeTime Yoga, and completed her 500 hr at The Funky Om Yoga and Wellness. Her yoga style weaves together the psychological aspects of our minds with the understanding of how we can release stored tension in the body. Holding a Master’s Degree in Social Work, her classes apply traditional yogic philosophies to our contemporary lives and experiences- encouraging playful exploration within.

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Kim Kumar – After working in Corporate America for over 12 years and no longer being able to deny a need to expand into a more fulfilling life path, I began to connect to a deeper sense of purpose and develop greater trust in my natural ability to channel healing light.

I practice both Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy (IET). Using the violet angelic energy ray, IET is brought to us through the nine Healing Angels of the Energy Field. As a certified Advanced IET Practitioner, I am able to work with the energy through your body to remove blocks and re-balance your energy system back to its natural state of ease, trust, happiness, and freedom.
 
Jaclyn Lanaia – Jackie is a RYT200 and a certified Usui Reiki master with experience assisting students form a connection between the mind and body to heal the spirit. As an artist Jackie views yoga as creative process always looking for new ways to express herself through exploration and play.  Enjoys learning and sharing about yogic philosophy and Bhakti yoga. Jackie is passionate about assisting others in finding a path to wellness through asana and self awareness. Jackie’s compassion and ability to be open and honest with her students encourages raw expression and self discovery. Jackie is always looking for her next opportunity to deepen her practice and expand her knowledge of yoga.
 

Gabrielle Lemon – Gabrielle Lemon is a NYS certified teacher of general and special education, and has worked with children for the past 10 years. In 2015, she graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Study/Education, and a second degree in Speech Communication studies. Since then, she has been leading her own classroom and recently attained her Master’s degree in Literacy Education from SUNY Oneonta. With a background in dance, she has always had a passion for incorporating music and movement into her classroom, so when she was introduced to classroom-based yoga and mindfulness at a teaching conference, she instantly recognized the magic within it! This sparked a genuine curiosity in the matter, which led to an entire thesis written on the power and necessity of children’s yoga, as well as attendance at trainings to become a certified children’s yoga instructor. Gabrielle believes that children need a positive and productive outlet to relieve their stress and energy levels-

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Deanna Lupinacci – is a Teacher, Healer and Founder of Soul Serenity Healing, helping to heal the mind, body and soul. She became a certified Reiki Practitioner in 2013 from the New York International Reiki Center in NYC. She promotes health and wellness by using a holistic approach to help align mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically, fusing mystical and modern healing techniques. She teaches meditation and energy-work, along side with coaching. Deanna specializes in spiritual guidance and toxic relationship coaching, finding peace within. She holds a sacred space for you to plant your seed, and tend to it as it grows. She holds private sessions, workshops, support groups, soulful activities, self-help book clubs and more to help turn your pain into passion and your wounds into wisdom. She helps give you the tools to build a happier and happier lifestyle.

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Angie Simeti – This is Angie! Starting her yoga journey around the age of 16 during a gym class provided by her school, Angie has found this practice has become a safe haven for her to connect with and nurture the deepest parts of herself that need healing. Fast forward about 11 years and Angie is gratefully, and happily, instructing a variety of public and private yoga session , as well as expanding into yoga therapy sessions. 

Her specialities include, but in no way are limited to: vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, brain-based yoga, neurospsychology, traumtology, trauma-sensitive modalities, accessible yoga practices, pranayama, meditation, Reiki, the Universal energy system, stress-management, pain-management, yoga for special needs, Polyvagal Theory, applications of polyvagal-informed yoga therapy, and so much more!

She has a Bachelors of Arts in Neuropsychology, completed her 200 hour yoga training with Always-at-Aum Yoga School in West Babylon, NY, and is completing her 300 hour yoga teacher training at The Funky Om in Huntington, NY. She looks forward to continuing her trainings in reiki, yoga therapy, embodied contemplative practices, somatic expericing, Ayurveda, and neuroscience all over the globe! 

Her love is currently focused on: her dog Kona, cultivating a lasting self-care practice, empowering folks through mindful education, and the beautiful mechanism that is the brain! She also enjoys hiking in the woods without much a a plan, intuitively learning music, painting with her hands, and knowing a little bit about everything!

Amy Toscano – Yoga was introduced to Amy during her years in college while studying photography. After receiving her BFA in photography, Yoga became a huge healing aide while going through an emotionally challenging chapter in her life. 

Having a desire to spread the benefits of yoga to others, she studied and received her RYT-200 at A Jewel In The Lotus in Islip, NY in June 2016. During her off weekends while training, she received her Reiki Level 1, 2, and 3 Certification. Teaching yoga has really changed and opened her life. She is always eager to learn and considers herself a lifelong yoga practitioner.

Danielle Tarantola – Danielle is a practicing Yoga Therapist since 2002, a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), an E-RYT 500 and a Yoga Alliancecontinuing education provider (YACEP). She is the Founder and Director of Yoga Foundation, a Yoga School, Yoga Therapy Center and Teacher Training hub rooted in her extensive experience in the Krishnamacharya teaching tradition. This highly individualized approach tailors practices to each student’s specific physical/mental/emotional condition, age,cultural background, and interests. She is certified by TKV Desikachar as a Teacher, Teacher Trainer and Yoga Therapist via study over 12 trips to India as well as pursuing domestic and international studies with he and his family in the US. Danielle believes that the yoga’s profound wisdom can be a transformative experience that is applicable in these modern times. In addition, Danielle has studied Vedic Chant for 17 years with Radha Sundararajan.
Danielle’s continued desire to broaden Yoga’s accessibility to non-practicing populations led her to journey with YogAnalysis. After meeting Dr. Wallman at an IAYT conference, serendipity took over when they discovered that the Danielle’s Yoga Foundation and YogAnalysis were located in the same county of Long Island. YogAnalysis’ philosophy of thorough assessment to further understand a student’s limitations prior to applying supportive/corrective practice was a common theme in both of their work. Danielle and Dr. Wallman began the collaboration to bring YogAnalysis to the public through a series of training courses. The first two of which have been given the seal of approval from IAYT for continuing education. Her extensive study inteaching tradition of master Krishnamacharya  and her passion to integrate Yoga into various medical models have been merged within the Yoganalysis courses.

Debi Tracy (aka Mama Hypno) has been practicing Yoga for over 20 years and is an Into This World Certified Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Birthing Method Instructor. She has completed training with the National Guild of Hypnotists and The Eastburn Institute of Hypnosis. As a Registered Yoga Teacher, she has merged her passions of hypnosis and yoga into Hypno Yoga. She saw that the mental state during Savasana was ideal for expanding the benefit of the yoga through a brief hypnotic trance.

Her yoga teaching focus and philosophy express the synthesis of over 30 years of movement study as a college trained dancer and an extensive background in childbirth education, which enables her to integrate knowledge of anatomy and power of the mind with the principles of Yoga practice. She has also been a part of the hospitality industry for over 30 years as a Certified Meeting Professional. Debi feels her best events take place on the mat…where mind, body and soul meet!

John Vassallo – John brings a unique style of yoga to the center. He was introduced to yoga in college, and discovered the benefits of the practice with the connection of mind, body, and spirit union. John attended his first teaching training with Living Wisdom yoga School in Bayshore, and gained confidence in leading the public with proper guidance from his mentors. John had brought yoga into the healthcare facility he worked for, with starting a class for the employees to improve personal wellness. John has lead classes in may capacities, and his belief in allowing the practice of Yoga be fun and safe, has achieved great reviews from the students in attendance. John is also a  Licensed Massage Therapist , Reiki Healer, current Acupuncture student, and in completion of his 300 hour advanced teacher training.

Pamela Wallman – Forever learning. Forever growing. Forever grateful for opportunities that present ways to expand. Believer that all people are perfect and contained in a temporary body. Practicing yoga for 12 or so years and decided 2 years ago to dive into yoga teacher training (300 hr) to deepen her own practice. Forever hooked on flowing on and off the mat.  Co-creator of YogAnalysis which has been driven with her husband Dr. John. Her formal education is concentrated as a learning specialist with a MA in English language education and undergrad in Special Education. For the past 20 years she has been educating adults at the collegiate level and children of special needs. She has taken her expertise and used it to create courses for yoga therapists and yoga instructors. Much gratitude for recently approved YogAnalysis 101 and 201 courses for continuing education for yoga instructors and yoga therapists.

Dr. John M. Wallman is a founder of Long Island Integrated Yoga . He attended the Manhattan School of Music for percussion and, inspired by the concept of “yoga is union”, started practicing yoga in 1973. For 8 years he toured with and/or led kirtan groups through the northeast. He is a doctor of chiropractic with specialties in nutrition and exercise since 1981 and has been president of the Diagnosis Foundation since 2011. He helped establish the International Space University and their interdisciplinary Master’s Degree program and has been providing health care services to professional athletes such as the US Open golf championship and AVP beach volleyball since 2015. Unifying all these experiences, he developed YogAnalysis and their certified courses in assessment as a way to holistically evaluate clients and provide them with customized yoga programs so that every body can grow in the ways they need.