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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 Hacker
: E-RYT500, has been practicing yoga for over a decade, receiving her 200 hour teacher title in 2006 and her 500 hour level in 2009. She 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 began a yoga program at “The Friends for Life Foundation”,working with cancer survivors for several years. Teaching a variety of styles and adapting the practice of Yoga to individual needs is her passion, believing the many gifts of yoga are available to all following their Svadharma (One's own way).

Since August of 2012, Linda continues to teach yoga classes for our nations Veterans in the PTSD residential treatment center at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Northport, NY "... There is no heart like that of a soldier.”    

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 and has since completed her 500-hour training there. 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.  

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 have 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 inspire others to do the same.

Stacey Ciaccio-Dimitriou: Stacey began practicing yoga several years ago as a means to complement her distance running training.  What began as an exercise routine soon blossomed into a passion for yoga asana and philosophy.  Stacey’s desire to deepen her knowledge of yoga led her to consider taking a yoga teacher training program.  While balancing a full time career, family, and other obligations she completed a 200 hour teacher training in 2014 through A Jewel in the Lotus.  She looks forward to continuing her yoga studies.   Stacey is excited to share her love of yoga with others and is so grateful for the opportunity to teach at Om Shanti Om. 

Lena Sundberg - a graduate of Jewel In The Lotus teacher training.
I started practicing yoga in 2007, when I was pregnant with my first child.  I had always been an avid exerciser doing various cardio, stretching, weight training and volleyball so naturally my first yoga class was at the gym. It was this class that I met my first teacher who taught me not to “muscle” into poses but to breathe into them.  For me, the linking of breath to movement and mind with body leads me to an inner calmness -- meditation in motion.  Yoga has made physically and mentally stronger.  It has taught me to accept what is, enjoy what is now, breath through what is difficult and most importantly, contentment (samtosha).  These are the life tools that I wish to share with others.


















Jackie Winter
is trained in Hatha Yoga although her strong personal practice is rooted in a variety of styles.  She recently finished her 500-hour training at LI Kula and has an 85-hour prenatal yoga certification.   Her classes offer both challenging and somatic work that invite a deeper exploration of the mind-body connection.

Lauren VanDeinse, Aerial and Forrest Yoga Certified Teacher, BA Music Education 

Lauren VanDeinse had a slow start into yoga, taking a class or doing a video every here and again since 2006.  After suffering a severe knee injury in 2009, she was told by doctors that she wouldn't be able to regain full mobility in her right knee; which led to a dependence on pharmaceuticals.  It wasn't until she happened upon Antigravity Yoga and Forrest Yoga classes in 2012 that Lauren was able to overcome the challenges preventing certain activities and causing daily pain.  Lauren wholeheartedly believes in the healing capacity of these practices and wishes to help others to find liberation through the empowerment of the physical body and spirit.  When you attend her class, be prepared to be led through sequences that will get your blood moving in an environment that promotes self support and daily acceptance of what your body needs to be free of ego and struggle.