About

Laurie_Bio_Pic4.pngLAURIE AHLEMANN teaches yoga classes in Great Neck, Long Island, Douglaston, Queens & Rocky Point, Suffolk. Click here to see her current schedule.

Laurie Ahlemann has been practicing and teaching Vinyasa Flow yoga on Long Island since 1999. She is currently teaching her alignment-based vinyasa flow yoga classes in Rocky Point, Douglaston & Great Neck. Laurie is also the owner/director of training of Long Island Yoga School  which holds trainings in Rocky Point & Farmingville, Suffolk, Long Island – Douglaston, Queens & Great Neck, Nassau, Long Island. She is the creator of the Prana Shakti Flow™ style which is a direct expression of her beliefs of what makes up a safe, strong, and well-balanced class. She is also the former owner of Bonda Yoga that was part of the Great Neck Community for 7 years.

Laurie is certified at the 500 hour level in the ISHTA yoga style. She attended the Be Yoga 500 hour certification program in New York City under the guidance of Alan Finger, founder of Ishta yoga (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayuveda.) She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 (experienced registered yoga teacher). Laurie also studied Raja Yoga Meditation at the Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Center in Great Neck, Long Island for two years. These principles are applied in her guided meditation classes. She also attended a Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Corina Benner of Wake Up Yoga. In addition, she is a Reiki Master and a Master/Teacher of Magnified Healing. Laurie studied Anatomy and the philosophy of breath under Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project  as well as Jason R. Brown of ASFYT in NYC. In addition, she completed an online anatomy course with David Keil. She also studied Bhakti Sastri through the Bhaktivedanta College.

Laurie teaches a class that is energetically balanced with a breath-oriented flow that places focus on how to properly align the body to create easefulness and strength in the physical postures while creating a safe space for students’ to move deeper inward.  Her style of teaching is unique as she teaches principles rather than just specific alignments in a pose. The principles taught enable a new student to quickly learn proper alignments of ALL poses while more seasoned practitioners are able to move their practice to a more advanced level in record time. Laurie’s classes meet each student where they are on their journey whether it be working toward deeper physical postures or uncovering the beauty and Divine Love that lives within.

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Work Experience
LONG ISLAND YOGA SCHOOL (RYS 500) – Rocky Point, Douglaston, Great Neck
Owner/Director of Training (since 2007)
Conduct certification courses for yoga teachers in training emphasizing teaching methodology consisting of anatomical and energetic focus in sequencing and modifying for injuries and level of ability

BONDA YOGA – Great Neck & Bayside
Former Owner (2009-2015)

GREAT NECK YOGA – Great Neck
Teach Alignment -based Vinyasa Flow, Meditation, Workshops & Teacher Training Program

GENTLE STRENGTH YOGA – Rocky Point
Teach Foundations, Vinyasa Flow, Power Flow & Yin Yoga, Workshops & Teacher Training Program

YOGA JOURNEY – Douglaston
Teach Vinyasa Flow, Yoga 101, Workshops & Teacher Training Program

SYOSETT LIBRARY ADULT ED PROGRAM
Teach alignment-based group class ranging in ages 20’s – 60’s

BOCES – Nassau County
Created and taught yoga teaching modules to PE teachers

NYFD COUSELING SERVICES UNIT – Brentwood/NYC
Taught intermediate classes to counselors of 9-11 survivors
Present meditation/relaxation workshops for Wellness Program for family members affected by 9-11

AHRC RECREATION PROGRAM – Nassau Chapter
Helped create yoga program & taught classes to adults with developmental disorders

Education
500 hr certification in Ishta yoga from Be Yoga NYC
Yoga Fit Level 1 certification
Wake Up Yoga – PA – Yin Yoga Certification
Reiki Master
Magnified Healing master/teacher
The Breathing Project NYC – Studied Anatomy & Philosophy of Breath under Leslie Kaminoff
ASFYT NYC – Studied Anatomy for yoga teachers with Jason R. Brown

Additional Studies
Studied Raja yoga meditation at the Brahma Kumaris spiritual center for two years
Trained in ISHTA Marma Point Therapy from ISHTA Yoga NYC
Sudied Bhakti Sastri through Bhaktivedanta College

Additional Information
Created Prana Shakti Flow PE for Boces Nassau
Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) with YogaAlliance
Developed the yoga program for the recreation department of AHRC
Presenter at the NYSARC 2004 and the NYSACRA 2005 recreation conference on the benefits of providing yoga classes for developmentally challenged adults

Skills:

  • Ability to teach large groups of mixed-level students offering advanced options as well as modifications without disrupting the flow of the class
  • Anatomical-based sequencing to keep students injury free and help heal those working with an injury
  • Clear communication of cues without demonstrating postures

Classes offered:

  • Yoga classes – Prana Shakti Flow, Prana Shakti Power, Vinyasa Flow, Foundations for beginners, Yoga for Relaxation, Yin Yoga
  • Meditation Classes – For all levels

Teaching Style:
Consists of anatomical and breath-oriented focus that lends itself well to teaching a varied age bracket as well as modifying for injuries and level of ability. Each class focuses on how to properly align the body to create easefulness and strength in the physical postures while creating a safe space for students to move deeper into awareness of movement and mindfulness.