Stacey Avidane

Blending a passion for yoga’s philosophical roots and healing qualities with a genuinely open and nurturing nature, Stacey Lynn creates a safe, meditative and therapeutic environment for her students. Stacey is a certified yoga teacher who brings 16 years of yoga and meditation experience to her work with adults and children. Having studied and trained with leading yoga masters, Stacey centers her practice on Prana Yoga – a system focusing on breath work, sound vibration and energy centers. She infuses her teachings with the art and science of Pranic Healing, an ancient form of cleansing, energizing and stabilizing the chakras originated and developed by GrandMaster Choa Kok Sui. A dedicated learner, she continues to grow her knowledge and practice through course work and individual study. To complement her teaching schedule, Stacey offers yoga as community service in local schools and organizations. During the summer months, she volunteers at Sunrise Day Camp, where she shares yoga’s benefits with children coping with cancer. Stacey believes that yoga is not an escape, but a path to being fully and joyfully engaged with everyday life. She has ample opportunity to explore this path as a devoted mother to Sophie and Elliot, who keep her connected to her inner child and playful spirit.

Getting to Know Stacey...

1) Why did you start practicing yoga?
Growing up, I developed allergies and asthma. We had a German Shepard which I soon found out I was allergic to. This triggered the asthma which led to many school absences! I was that kid that needed a homework buddy to bring a folder of missed work to my home!

After graduating the university of Arizona in 1991 and getting my estheticians license, I was hired at a Wholistic Day Spa in NYC. The smell of incense & lavender the sounds of Hindu music & running water, the touch of seaweed & seawater, was enough to energize my senses, and relax every part of my being. Serving clients with facials, salt scrubs, and seaweed wraps exhausted me. The owner, hired a Reiki Master to attune her whole staff with "Universal Divine Healing Energy." I was like "HuH?!! what is THIS??!!"

That same week, I was invited to my first yoga class on the Upper West side with a group of friends from High School. While they fell asleep, I was completely mesmerized by the energy boost I had never experienced before. We were asked to chant, to hum, to breath deep, my body vibrated. I was able to serve clients on a completely different level with a renewed energy, and made the practice of Yoga as part of my life.

2) How would you describe your style of teaching?
As a resident of Port Washington for 16 years, and a yoga teacher for 13 of those years, many students ask me about my style of teaching. One word would be, SOULFUL!

Before every class I pray for my students and ask to be a guide for their healing. So, when I teach a class, I am channeling the energy of my teachers of Hinduism, Buddhism, & Kabbalah. What appears to be a "level 1 or level 2 " class is an exchange of energy between teachers & students, all of us guiding and supporting each other to a state of UNION= YOGA.

3) Who or what inspires you?
My two beautiful children inspire me every day. They are like my little mirrors. They teach me about patience, tolerance, laughter, respect, and loving-kindness. Most of all they teach me about lightening up, "take it easy Mom" lol!

4) Tell us something we would never guess about you?

I am a single mom now for 7 years. If I did not have Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, and Pranic Healing; I think I'd be clinically depressed. I make a choice every day to be joyful, and to love myself. It starts with our own heart!

5) What is your least favorite asana?

Chaturanga and my right shoulder don't play well together! They got into a fight years ago and never made up! I modify by using blocks under my hands, and knees down first before making it to the ground.

6) Name one thing on your bucket list.
When I became a mommy, my dream was to bring my children to Israel, and get our Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in Jerusalem. My daughter is almost 16, and my son turned 13 in June...the time is NOW!