Daya Instructors

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ania lesniak, owner

Ania believes that passion and compassion is what makes life beautiful and interesting. Born and raised in a small mountain village in Poland, came to NYC in 2000. Yoga has been part of her life since than. She became a yoga instructor in 2008 under JhonT at the Atmananda Yoga school in NY. Teaches Yoga in English and Polish. Certified in Reiki Level 1, currently studying with Yoga Sukhavati, Leigh Evans and Summer Quashie. Ayurveda and elements of Chinese Medicine, with the focus on woman's health. Capoeira became her lifestyle, salsa and swing heals her soul. Lately Ania finds her inspiration in Ashtanga and nature.


As the universe wanted Ania became the owner of a studio she was teaching at. In 2009 the original Daya Yoga Studio was born at the Onderdonk location. In 2014 Meghan and Ania became partners, studio has a new home now where we are all very happy.

Ania's classes are challenging, (open to all the levels), with the emphasis on building strength and stamina. 
Discipline and consistency is the key.
Safety, alignment and working towards healing injuries is the goal. 

Love and Light

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liz post, General manager

Liz truly fell in love with the art and practice of Yoga during her first trip to Kripalu in the spring of 2006. For Liz, a long time runner and biker, Yoga emerged as a way to connect to her body and mind in a new and benevolent way. Using breath and meditation combined with conscious movement, her practice spanned
beyond the mat and into all facets of her life. During her graduate studies in Philosophy, Liz became more aware of a deeper need for Yoga. She made her way to The Kripalu Yoga Center for Health and Wellness where she studied under Senior Teachers, Priti Robyn Ross and Rudy Pierce and received her 200-hour teacher training. 

In each class she strives to hold a safe and sacred space for her students. Each asana provides us with an opportunity and a challenge to discover and embrace our own expression of yoga. For Liz, yoga is not just a series of poses, it is an opportunity to connect to ones inner self. In one of the busiest cities in the world, where breathing feels like a luxury, we are too often unaware of our genuine needs and wellbeing. Yoga provides us with an opportunity to become the witness, to dive deep and sit in the questions.

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kiersten cregger, manager

The purpose of Yoga in the context of my life is always changing. In childhood, it was a way to bond with my mom; in college, it redefined my relationship with my body. Teacher training incited a spiritual revolution and set me on a path of lifelong discovery.

I teach from my personal practice which includes all 8 limbs outlined in the Patanjali Sutras infused with Buddhist mindfulness techniques. I have formally trained in Power Vinyasa and Yin Yoga and have a personal practice of Bikram and Iyengar Hatha and Yoga Nidra.

My intention is to give you something useful. Something that not only changes your yoga practice on the mat, but changes the way you experience your existence. We are all doing our best to make our way in this world.

"Like a procession you walk together towards your god-self. You are the way and the wayfarers. And when one of you falls down he falls for those behind him, a caution against the stumbling stone. And he falls for those ahead of him, who though faster and surer of foot, yet removed not the stumbling stone." - Kahlil Gibran

YA-200 Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra