Laurie Ahlemann is an E-RYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with the Yoga Alliance and has been teaching group and private yoga and meditation classes since 2004. She is the founder of the Long Island Yoga School and is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University teaching credit courses for postural alignment, injury prevention, yoga philosophy and meditation techniques for stress reduction. Laurie is also certified in Trauma-Informed Yoga and utilizes these principles in all classes that she teaches. In addition, she took an on-line course in the Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) which utilizes the practice of yoga to help overcome addiction. She is certified in Yin Yoga and is a Reiki Master. Laurie teaches a class that is energetically balanced and consists of anatomical and breath-oriented focus that lends itself well to teaching to various age brackets as well as modifying for injuries and level of ability. Her focus is always on properly aligning the body to create easefulness and strength in the physical postures while creating a safe space for students, including trauma sensitive individuals, by proper phrasing of instruction and allowing for personal space so each student can move deeper into their own awareness of movement and mindfulness. Laurie adapts her teaching methods based upon the learning style, level of ability and range of motion of each student she works with both in group and private settings. Laurie believes that every experience in life is a lesson and an invitation to go inward. She strives to create an environment that encourages growth and self-acceptance, along with physical strength, leading to inner strength that supports us in yoga and in life.