Yoga Instructors


Elisa Leone

Elisa Leone is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. She trained in Espanola, New Mexico at the ashram of Yogi Bhajan, the teacher who brought Kundalini Yoga to the States in 1969. She has been teaching in the Finger Lakes area since 2012. She is currently working on her Level 2 teacher training certification. She is absolutely dedicated to teaching Kundalini: “ I love passing on this technology to my students. It is amazing how the kriyas just work. All you have to do is do your best and you will get amazing results. You’ll feel better, look better and do better in all aspects of your life.”


Phone: (607)-664-6640



Dana Penman

Dana Penman received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2016 at Baptiste Yoga Nashville. She continued to teach at studios and privately in the Nashville area until she moved to Watkins Glen in late 2016. She currently works at Farm Sanctuary as an animal caregiver and offers yoga classes to staff.

She will be receiving her Kids Yoga Teacher training certificate in July 2019 and is excited to bring kids yoga to the community! She will be teaching classes weekly at Keuka Peaceful Roots. She enjoys teaching vinyasa flow, restorative/yin, and power yoga while using props, modifications, and assisting to ensure that beginners and advanced practitioners can benefit the same. She is dedicated to creating a space of kindness, support, and empowerment which she brings to her teaching style.


Phone: (615)-870-9867


Lauren Shaw

Lauren earned her Kripalu certification in 1998 and also completed Ana Forrest Advanced Teacher Training in 2017 at Kripalu. She began teaching Yoga in NYC and has taught for over 20 years. She currently teaches at Elmira College and previously taught at colleges and various learning centers in New York City and the Hudson Valley.She teaches the Monday morning gentle yoga class at KPR (beginning June 10) as well as the Ana Forrest series on Sunday mornings in June.


Bonnie Gustin

Bonnie started her yoga journey in 2012 in Ojai California with Saul David Raye, completing both a 200-hour Foundational Training Program and a 300 hour Advanced Studies Program in Atma Yoga. Atma Yoga is a holistic and heart-centered approach to Yoga and the path of spiritual awakening, and draws on the ancient teachings of Hatha Yoga, Bhakti, Tantra, Ayurveda, Shamanism, and all forms of Universal light, love and wisdom.

Then, in 2014/15, Bonnie spent 7 months in New Orleans, LA, enrolled in a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training called “Soul School” with Sean Johnson and Mitchel Bleier at the Wild Lotus Yoga Studio. Soul School deepened her connection to Yoga through continued study while exploring asana, art, mythology, poetry, music, and philosophy with strong emphases on Bhakti, Tantra and Vinyasa Yoga (as well as exploring the Soul of New Orleans!).

In 2016, Bonnie traveled to India and received her 500 RYT certification with Leeza Villagomez through the Yoga Den in Corona CA, completing a 100 hour "Lakshmi module” while there. This was a deep dive into the traditions of Hatha, Bhakti, and Ayurveda as well as the opportunity to widely travel in India as the official photographer of the training.

Bonnie’s yoga classes take an exploratory approach, weaving together heart wisdom, holistic asana, breath work, meditation, music and intuitive movement. Her classes are appropriate for all levels of students, including people who are new to yoga.

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Deb Nehlig

Deb earned her comprehensive Pilates training in 2007 and teaches Mat classes and on the full range of Pilates equipment. She completed her Kripalu Yoga 200hr training in 2014 and her Kripalu 500hr in 2018. After teaching a variety of exercise programs since 1988, Deb sought out Pilates and then Yoga to help balance out her own overuse injuries. Deb will be teaching the Gentle Yoga class on Wednesday at 9am and the Pilates Mat class Tuesday at 9am.


Julie Walenta

Julie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and RYT-500 with over 20 years of experience helping clients improve their health and wellness. She has taught yoga and meditation for the past 7 years, and is trained in 2 styles of yoga: Kundalini and Sattva Yoga. Her training takes her to India frequently, where teachings are passed down in the traditional yogic style of teacher to student. In her classes, she strives to combine the familiarity of Western yoga with the deeper, more esoteric teachings of the East.