Lakshmi Living Arts

Lakshmi65Amy Abelson, Director, Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher

Amy operates from the understanding that as human beings, we can align with the power of consciousness to reveal and manifest the heart’s deepest longings. In her own life, she practices yoga, meditation, contemplation, and self-inquiry, as a way to engage this creative power in the quest to be more fully alive, playful, creative, and compassionate. As a yoga teacher, administrator, and mentor, Amy helps individuals realize the deepest longings that comprise their vision for life, love and work.

Local & Visiting Teachers

who offer classes & workshops at Lakshmi

Denise Hatch, Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher


Denise is a Certified Anusara® Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, with an education in
mind sciences. She specializes in yoga, bio mechanical alignment, rehab and yoga therapeutics, as well as mental focus for sports performance, and performance in general. Bringing mind science and movement together, Denise harnesses the power of the mind and heart and weaves it into the body.Denise has studied and taught in the fields of exercise physiology, kinesiology, nutrition and mind sciences since 1980.
Denise teaches at Athletes Performance Institute where she works with MLB players, US soccer team, NFL,motorsports, and pro golfers. Yoga Sports Performance offers teacher trainings specific to performance.

Sara Worden, Anusara Yoga Elements Teacher

Sara’s mother introduced her to yoga when she was in high school and it has been an important part of her life ever since. As a guiding practice it has helped her tap into her heart’s desire and stay limber while doing physical work in agriculture. Sara enjoys working with students of all abilities who want to go deeper into the natural world through experiencing their own body, mind, and breath in relationship to the environment around them.

Sara Worden, RYT is a certified Restorative and Anusara Elements Yoga Teacher. She teaches monthly Restorative classes at Rasa Spa and a Wednesday morning class at Lakshmi Living Arts in Trumansburg. She offers also offers seasonal workshops and Restorative Therapeutic private sessions.

 Tanya Kingsley, Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher


Tanya has been a student of Yoga and Meditation for almost three decades. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®-200) with Yoga Alliance, and a licensed Anusara-Inspired™ yoga teacher. Tanya began her study of Hatha yoga in 1999. She has studied Anusara and Iyengar extensively. Her classes are light-hearted. She brings mindful attention to the alignment of the body and the breath, supporting her students to find ease and calmness. Her love and enthusiasm for the transformative power of Hatha yoga and meditation is shared with her students with care.

Mary Corsaro, Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher

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Mary has been a dance and musical theatre instructor at the collegiate and professional level for over thirty years. She originally came to yoga in an unusual way. One summer break she began most days with a yoga class she found on television. She loved the fact that after yoga in the morning she felt calm, energized and ready for the day. This led to a period of exploration where she took classes and workshops in many different styles of yoga (with live teachers!). She found herself gravitating to Anusara yoga classes which included studying locally with Rachel Bush who has been an incredibly supportive mentor. Some of her other influential yoga teachers have included Denise Hatch, Amy Abelson, Martin Kirk, Doug Keller, Vishali Varga, Ellen Saltonstall and Desirée Rumbaugh.

The Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment and heart-centered philosophy speak to Mary on many levels. She is very interested in therapeutic applications of yoga and the mind-body connection so beautifully integrated in Anusara yoga. Mary teaches yoga at Lakshmi Living Arts and Anderson Young Ballet Theatre Academy. She also teaches chair yoga at Kendal of Ithaca. Mary is proud to be able to say that she is officially an Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher.

 Jaclyn Eisman

Jaclyn has been practicing and studying energyIMG_0364 healing modalities for 14 years with an emphasis on the clearing and healing of imbalances in the physical body and chakras.  Initially trained as a massage therapist at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ, she continued her energy studies at the Pennsylvania School of Spiritual Healing.  She has studied shamanism and plant spirit medicine in Ecuador and is a Certified Herbalists studying under 7song and Rosemary Gladstar. She now has a private practice in Lodi, NY doing energy healing for clients and teaching energy and chakra workshops for beginners and more advanced students who wish to incorporate energy healing into their work. Her commitment is to help people align more fully, body and soul, and manifest their true path on this planet.

Diane Hecht

Diane Hecht, MA, is self-employed, the owner of The Joy Within and resides in Ithaca, New York. She offers many ways to improve the quality of lives through wellness workshops, meditation courses, stress management seminars, experiences of the mind and body connection, and Reiki.

Diane Hecht, MA, is self-employed, the owner of The Joy Within and resides in Ithaca, New York. She offers many ways to improve the quality of lives throughwellness workshops, meditation courses, stress management seminars, experiences of the mind and body connection, and Reiki.Diane has been a certified meditation and stress management instructor since 1990, and has a private Reiki practice in Ithaca. Learn more about Diane and The Joy Within here.