Long Island Center for Yoga

Our Teachers

Lauren (Jaya)

Lauren began her lifetime path & healing journey over 10 years ago, when she discovered the healing benefits of Vinyasa & Hatha Yoga. At first, the practice was more physical for her, but when she began taking Kripalu style yoga classes at the Long Island Center for Yoga, her spirituality to the practice began to unfold. After years of practicing, she felt the need to share yoga with others through teaching. Certified at the Long Island Center for Yoga, she received her 200 Hour Teaching Certificate. She now teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, and All Levels Yoga. In search of more tools to help heal and enlighten others, she became certified in Usui Ryoho Reiki 1. Lauren encourages her students to honor themselves just as they are – perfect, whole, and complete.

Renée (Roshani)

Renée is a 200 Hour certified yoga teacher as well as a practitioner of Reiki.  Renée started her journey on the path of yoga in 2006.  After experiencing the life changing benefits, she knew in her heart that part of her journey was to share the gift of yoga through teaching. She received her 200 Hour yoga teacher certification in 2012 but says she is a lifetime student of yoga and is extremely grateful for all of her teachers.  For Renée, yoga is especially about acceptance.  She believes that acceptance of yourself, others, and of life brings you to the place of peace and joy that exists within you.  Her Gentle classes, which are geared to all levels of physical ability, provide students the opportunity to nurture themselves fully with love and compassion. Renée also teaches classes for those who suffer with anxiety and depression, and hopes that through the practice they will realize yoga’s healing ability.  Renée often says, “There is a reason yoga has been around for thousands of years!”  With a smile, she encourages all to stop by and try out a class.

“Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance.”
~ Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

Valerie Fontana

eRYT 200, RYT 500

Valerie’s Kripalu classes guide you to move at your own pace, honoring your body’s needs in each moment.  In a compassionate and non-judgmental way, you will leave the class feeling uplifted and centered.  This class is perfect for beginners to experienced Yogis.  She also teaches Vinyasa Yoga with spirited energy.

Certified at the Kripalu Institute in Yoga Nidra (meditation and relaxation), Restorative, Yoga Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage and also a Reiki practitioner.

Valerie has studied with such masters as Yoganand, Michael Carroll, Rudy Peirce, Jonathan Foust, Sudha Lundeen, Todd Norian, Amrit Desai, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Tias Little, Bo Forbes, Gary Krafstow, Judith Lasater, Sukha Wong and Jacqueline Morrison.

With the support of her family and friends who continue to inspire her, she brings to her classes a passion and commitment for the healing and well-being of her students.

Rosa Ruvio

Rosa’s first experience with yoga was in 2008 with Jackie (owner at LICY) as a college gym class. Being a beginner, the postures were challenging and awkward for her and the concepts of yoga were new to her ears. This was when the seed was planted. As yoga supported her throughout the years, she found herself completing her 200-Hour RYT in June of 2014. To Rosa, yoga is the connection and integration of mind, body & soul. This connection happens first within the self, then to others and nature (the bigger picture). Yoga has helped her find truth and continues to guide her through each day no matter what it brings.  Rosa strives to make each class unique and beautiful for each individual.

Teresa A. White

Teresa A. White has studied Chinese martial arts on Long Island since 1993 having begun her studies in Wu Shu and later achieving the level of black sash in traditional Shaolin kung fu.  Beginning in 1998, Teresa’s martial arts training incorporated the internal arts of Taijiquan and Baguazhang and numerous forms of qigong.  Teresa is a long time student of world renown masters Frank Allen and Tina Zhang of the Wu Tang Physical Culture Association in New York City, by whom she was certified to teach Classical Northern Wu Style Taijiquan and with whom she continues regular training.  Over the years, Teresa’s background has encompassed studies and practices in qi gong, nei gong, meditation, Pilates, Yoga and belly dancing.  Teresa has served as Instructor of Tai Chi at the Long Island Center for Yoga in Babylon, New York, since its founding in 2003.

Linda Karales

Around 1998 Linda was introduced to Yoga by Celeste Crockett, who explained the multitude of its benefits, while she was just looking for an exercise that didn’t require any athletic talent.

She was surprised by her first class, when she walked out feeling “open”—and wanting more.

Over the years, her reasons to return to the mat have evolved and shifted tremendously.

(If anyone had told me there was a spiritual link, I would’ve never tried that first class.)

Linda received her 200-hour Teacher Training at the Long Island Center for Yoga and has taken several courses at Kripalu, so she shares the philosophy of the studio, which encourages students to honor their bodies and discover what works for them—today.

No judgement, no expectations, and no attachment to the outcome.  Just bring your breath and a sense of humor.

Celeste Crockett

Celeste is a Registered Nurse as well as a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She has been certified in Thai Yoga and Eclectic Hatha yoga for 20 years. Her classes include yogic philosophy, asana, pranayama, & meditation. Celeste also has extensive experience teaching Restorative Yoga.


Rosemary Michael

Rosemary is a registered, certified 200+ hour teacher. Her expertise is in children’s yoga and children’s pediatric yoga. After Rosemary had back surgery she was looking for something to heal her body and calm her mind. This quest manifested into yoga. What was initiated by a need to heal became so much more: it awakened the entire body for a meaningful journey. She is incredibly grateful for the teachers that have been instrumental in their support and guidance, especially Jackie Morrison who granted her a yoga scholarship for teacher training that enabled her to continue along the path.

Her joy is experiencing the wonder of children taking yoga for the first time, and seeing the changes that take place in the lives. Her mantra is that you change the world for the better one child at a time. After 12 years of yoga, her feet dance, her eyes see beauty all around, her heart loves, and her soul reaches the heavens.

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine

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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