Lakshmi Living Arts
Amy Abelson: Lakshmi 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 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’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, RYT has taken over 460 hours of teacher trainings and is a certified Restorative and Anusara Elements Yoga Teacher. She teaches Wednesday mornings at Lakshmi Living Arts. Sara also offers seasonally themed workshops and Restorative Therapeutic private sessions. sarawordenyoga.com
Mary Corsaro, Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher
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.
I fell in love with the path of yoga when I was introduced to Anusara Yoga – being a heart centered path, it hooked me and showed me the depth to which yoga will take you and be there for you through life’s winding journey. I was lucky to do the Anusara Immersions and teacher training at The Yoga Loft and Lakshmi Living Arts with Rachel Bush, Amy Abelson and Denise Hatch as my teachers, they continue to be my teachers today. I am currently an Anusara Elements teacher. I also am a Moondancer and a practitioner of Tensegrity which keep me connected to our energetic selves, the elements and the 4 directions and how we can play with, interweave and learn from this intelligence on and off our mats.I love yoga because it will keep me learning and moving for the rest of my days.
Hilary was brought to yoga by her mother and grandmother when she was ten. These women and her teachers Amy Abelson, Rachel Bush and Denise Hatch inspire her to offer yoga as a liberation practice. Hilary began her formal training in the Sivananda tradition and has since become a licensed Anusara Elements Teacher. She completed her Anusara Teacher Training and Immersion at Lakshmi Living Arts. Her classes invite awe at the complexity and beauty of the human body and softness in the seat of the heart. Poetry and science inform her understanding of spirit. Hilary has worked for the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga organizing their annual Yoga Conference/Festival, Samavesha, an international gathering of the ASHY community, for the last two years.
Anne Sierigk has been a shamanic practitioner for over 16 years. Being very connected to the natural world Anne found that shamanic work came easily to her. She has studied various other forms of energy healing as well and incorporates her shamanic gifts with these modalities, like Reiki, into her work. Anne has also studied reading the Akashic Records and received certification to read the records for others in 2017 from Akashic Records International in New York. Anne has a private healing practice outside of Trumansburg, NY doing shamanic journey work or Akashic Record Readings for clients. She also hosts a shamanic journey circle every month that is open to the public.
Shamanic healing takes places at the soul level – beyond ordinary understanding and consciousness. The results are deep changes which manifest over time. Learn more about Anne
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.
Rebecca is a registered yoga teacher, artist, author, storyteller and consultant. Her short stories and essays have appeared in national publications including The New York Times Book Review, O Magazine, Glamour, Saveur, The Washington Post Magazine, Tin House, Ploughshares One Story, The American Travel Essays, and The Best New American Voices. Her first book, Later, at the Bar, (Simon & Schuster) was a New York Times Notable Book, Editor’s Choice, and short-listed for the Story Prize. Her memoir Recipes for a Beautiful Life (also S&S) was a “best book of the month” pick in Redbook, The New York Times Motherlode, and Bookriot.
Tanya Kingsley, Certified Anusara 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.
Daniel began practicing yoga regularly with his sister Elaine in January 2010. Initially drawn to yoga for its physical benefits, he quickly realized a much deeper experience was to be found in this practice. Daniel now practices yoga to explore and enhance the connection between mind, body, and spirit. He completed his 200 hour teacher training in August 2015 at Lakshmi Living Arts with his teachers Rachel Bush, Amy Abelson, and Denise Hatch. Daniel finds Anusara Yoga to be an incredibly rich style of yoga to practice and teach, and feels he is just brushing the surface of its potential as he is in the process of acquiring the Anusara Elements Certification. In his own practice Daniel loves to be challenged and find his edges. As a teacher, he intends to offer his students the experience of finding their edges and being supported in growing beyond them!
I have studied Energy Healing through many various different angles for 16 years. Modalities studied includeReiki, Polarity Therapy, Cranial Sacral, Chakra Healing, Somatic Release, Breathwork, Crystal Healing, and Shamanic Healing. My teachers are so many but Katye and Alan Clark at the Pennsyvania School of Spiritual Healing, The Southwest Insitute of Healing Arts in Tempe, AZ, and Rocio Alacon of Iamoe Center in Ecuador are the most influential in my current practice I am also a certified Herbalist and have studied under Sevensong, Tammi Sweet, and Rosemary Gladstar. I have dedicated my life work to healing the spirit and energy fields of those who seek help to realign and reconnect soul and body.
I am deeply inspired by advaita Vedanta Platonism and dzogchen Buddhism I am grateful to Anthony Damiani my root guru at wisdoms goldenrod for guiding us in the study and practice of comparative philosophy and religion paul Brunton has also deeply guided me in my journey as well as Ramana Maharishi I am also grateful to his holiness the Dalai Lama for spending time with us through the years and showing us what a spiritual life looks like
Barrie Risman, E-RYT 500, YACEP, is widely regarded as one of Canada’s most highly skilled yoga educators and teacher–trainers. Her events weave together the technical precision of refined alignment-based practice with an ever-present awareness of the great wisdom of yoga philosophy distilled from decades of intensive study and practice. Barrie is the proud creator of The Skillful Yogi, a thriving online community of teachers and students dedicated to deepening their practice and living their yoga, and the author of the forthcoming book, “Evolving Your Yoga: 10 Principles for Enlightened Practice.” www.barrierisman.com
Angel Rudert, Phd
Dr. Angela Rudert teaches courses related to religion and gender in South Asia in the Department Religion at Colgate University. Her first book (Fall 2017), Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Woman-led Spiritual Movement, examines devotion, gender activism and new media in the community surrounding Anandmurti Gurumaa, a prominent, globetrotting Indian guru. Angela has studied Indian religious traditions in her personal and professional life since her first of many journeys to India in 1987. She lives in Ithaca, New York with husband Zachary Shulman, children Kayla and Kieran, and dog, Sophie.