Deb Wertz: E-RYT200, became fascinated with yoga as a child watching Lilias Folan on PBS! As an adult, she began her asana practice behind closed doors with VCR tapes of Baron Baptiste and Rodney Yee before braving yoga classes at the gym. With the nagging feeling that something was missing, she made the switch to Inner Light and discovered the benefits beyond the workout. After finishing her math degrees, Deb began to study with Dharma Mittra and graduated from his 200 hour teacher training and recently received a certificate to teach Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans. Her hatha-raja teaching style incorporates the meditative aspects of yoga into the physical practice.
Linda Bohman: After 30 years of competitive running, she found yoga to be her saving grace and a path to physical and mental healing. Under the care and guidance of Angela Caruso, Linda continued to develop and teach at Inner Light. In 2009, Linda earned her 200 hour Yoga teacher certification at Yoga Yama in Patchogue. Linda also teaches undergraduates in Fitness and Yoga at Hofstra University. She is pleased and excited to be teaching at Om Shanti Om and looks forward to continuing her yoga journey with students of all ages and abilities.
Bridget Fitzgerald: Bridget’s yoga practice began in 1995 when she discovered a form of exercise that met her goals for fitness and complimented her innately energetic demeanor. Her yoga journey began at the gym. While pursuing a doctorate in Washington DC, Bridget studied Vinyasa/Ashtanga and then Hatha classes. Upon moving back to NY, she learned the Anusara philosophy. In 2004, she acquired the tools to create inspiring vinyasa yoga classes founded on flow, yet grounded in the safety of exercise science. In 2009, Bridget earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification at Yoga-Yama. Its emphasis on Asthanga style, Pantanjuli’s Sutras, and yoga anatomy paved the foundations for Bridget’s teaching technique. She continually strives to expand in both mind and body.
Diane Aronsen: E-RYT500, after being introduced to yoga at a gym, Diane continued her practice and realized she needed to expand her knowledge and deepen her understanding of yoga; its tradition, philosophy, etc. She graduated from Yoga Teachers Training Institute in 2003 (200HR), continued on to graduate in 2005 (500HR) and further continued to become an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT) registered through Yoga Alliance. She is always a student and has studied with many well known and established yoga instructors. Diane continues to cultivate her practice with deeper studies in the Sutras as well as her current ongoing commitment to Vedic Chanting which began in 2009. Diane teaches an eclectic style of Hatha Yoga and welcomes students of all levels of ability.
Danielle Sannito: Artist, Lover of Nature, Vegan, Healer, and Yoga Teacher,
Danielle Sannito began her yoga journey after taking a college course in Yoga,
at Suffolk Community College few years ago.
It was at that moment that she felt a sense of home and her love and
passion for yoga grew immensely. Yoga has offered Danielle a new and positive outlook on
her life, while helping her overcome challenges with Grace. Her desire to help others to find a sense of
inner peace led her to enroll in a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at LI
Kula Yoga. Danielle also has a
passion for vegan cooking art & design and in her spare time she enjoys
designing yoga inspired art & preparing healthy, organic vegan dishes. Danielle is also trained as a Cycling
Instructor through AFAA & studied Graphic Arts & Design at The Academy
of Art University in San Francisco. Danielle teaches with an artful, authentic
and supportive heart offering her students a safe environment to grow and
explore their potential courageously.
She specializes in teaching Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga & Power Yoga
for all levels.
Jill Sirianni: 500hr certified Healing Movement
trained teacher with her roots in Sivananda style yoga. In the summer of 2002
she “found herself” at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch nestled in the NY
discovered yoga and a reconnection with nature; a reminder there is nothing to
prove, only to be and that everything is connected and beautiful. With a strong
desire for more knowledge of the mysteries of yoga she sought instruction on
the philosophy of yoga from Swami Sadasivananda at the the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in NY City.
practice and passion for yoga grew she realized there was an undercurrent of
calm and balance in her life. Talking a long deep inhale she found the clarity
and the courage to begin a life true to herself and signed up for yoga teacher
hrs of training includes an in depth study of anatomy and kinesiology, yoga as
therapy, ayurvedic yoga, thai bodywork and yoga nidra.
Jill teaches an eclectic, playful, down to earth
Charlotte Crowley: RYT-200, I am 40+ years old, mother of two children, and wife
to my best friend. I hold a bachelor's degree in commercial art. I had worked
in the print industry, until several layoffs forced me to finally listen and
look for a change. I have been taking care of my physical body since I was 16 years old with an
approximate 3 day a week practice of something between yoga and dance stretch,
on an old VHS exercise tape. That was until my VHS machine broke about 4 years
ago! The funniest thing was, I had no idea I was practicing yoga. Fast forward to today, I am three years practiced in Hatha yoga with a 5 day a
week practice. I received my 200 hour Certification through A Jewel In the Lotus Yoga and recently finished the 500 hour Life of a Yogi program
with Sri Dharma Mittra. My mantra is "Inch by
inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, it's hard." My body physically cannot get
into every yoga pose and I am okay with it. I honor my body in the present
moment and hope to inspire others to do the same.
Tara Briscoe: RYT-200, Twelve years ago Tarabeth Briscoe took her first yoga class
at Suffolk Community College, and discovered its beneficial influence on her
physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. At that time Tara was a young single
Mother, working as a nurse and continuing her education in visual art and
graphic design. She found yoga to be the perfect activity to help lighten life’s
daily demands and manage her emotional stresses. It wasn’t until many years
that Tara decided to become a yoga teacher. Tara is certified through A Jewel
in the Lotus Yoga School. Her style is eclectic with influences from Ashtanga,
Hatha and Dharma Mittra and her goal is to guide students through a mindful,
meditative, breath centered practice that encourages the student to find balance,
between effort and grace in each pose, purifying the body and bringing clarity
to the mind. In-depth study of yoga
philosophy, the Sutras as well as chanting and mantras help her to explore a
deeper comprehension of the wisdom that is Yoga.
Linda Hacker: E-RYT500, has been practicing yoga for over a decade and is a Reiki Master. She received her 200 hour teacher title in 2006 and her 500 hour level in 2009. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance and is a member of the Long Island Yoga Association.
Linda is also a “Relax and Renew Trainer” certified by Judith Hanson Lasater.
In 2010 Linda completed the “Om Yoga Breast Cancer Survivors Teacher Training”, and continues to study, furthering her understanding of this ancient science. She currently organizes the yoga program at “The Friends for Life Foundation”, a non-profit breast cancer support group which provides many services to cancer patients and their families.
Amy Gribbin: Amy is a Certified Bradley® Natural Childbirth Educator, Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Birth/Postpartum Doula, Certified Infant Massage Educator, and Holistic Parenting Consultant. She is passionate about helping women to trust their inner wisdom and surrender to the natural, empowering process of birth and mothering.