Certified Instructors

Gus Lightheart – President

Gus has been teaching & practicing American Yoga & meditation. since 1963. He previously studied with two Tibetan lamas, Geshe Wangyal in New Jersey, and Tarthang Tulku in California.

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Bruce Lano – Vice President

Bruce has been an AYF student, practicing and teaching American Yoga (AY) and mindfulness meditation at The Foundation and around the country since 1969.  He helped build the stone buildings of the AYF. He has served on the AYF Board of Directors and has been AYF Vice-President since 1996.

Over the years Bruce has led and assisted in conducting seminars, classes, and demonstrations of American Yoga and mindfulness meditation across the country.

In 1979 and 80, Bruce and Lori taught American Yoga at Coral Ridge Psychiatric Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. They also taught AY Bodywork/Alignment classes and workshops at Harmony Hill-Meredith, NY 2006 &7; Glimmerglass Creative Learning Center-Cooperstown, NY 2006; Blue Deer in Margaretville, NY-2006; Peacehaven in Binghamton, NY; Foundation of Light in Ithaca, NY; and Lifeworks in Boca Raton, FL and Delray Beach, FL; and introduced AY at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach, FL 2012.

Bruce also taught “AY Instructor’s Course”, “Massage into Alignment” workshops and “Alignment/Bodywork for Health Professionals” workshops and private sessions in Boca Raton, FL  and at The Foundation in Bovina Center, NY.

Bruce and Lori also organized and participated in a neighborhood meditation group in Boca Raton during the winter months and in AY and mindfulness classes in Bovina in the summer. Weekly classes are open to the public and still held in Bovina on Sunday at 11 a.m., weather permitting.  He also co-authored a CD-slideshow of “American Yoga/Foundation Alignment” with Lori Lano in 2006.

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Lori Lano – Treasurer

Lori has been an AYF student, practicing and teaching American Yoga (AY) and mindfulness meditation at The Foundation and around the country since 1975. She has served on the AYF Board of Directors and has been AYF Treasurer since 1996.

In addition to her routine Treasurer duties, Lori has been developing and managing fundraising campaigns for the AYF since 2006. In 2018 she played a lead role in establishing an Endowment Fund to help sustain the work of the AYF into the future.

As photographer and by demonstrating exercises, Lori helped create the seminal “Yoga for Athletics” book with AYF Founders Monica Lind Hathaway and Harmon Hathaway in 1977.  She also co-authored a CD-slideshow of “American Yoga/Foundation Alignment” with Bruce Lano in 2006.

Over the years Lori has led and assisted in conducting seminars, classes, and demonstrations of American Yoga and mindfulness meditation across the country. In addition to teaching many “Alignment in Daily Activities” summer workshops in Bovina Center, she also assisted Monica and Harmon at AYF workshops given in Montreal and the Mid-West Foundation of American Yoga in Chicago.

In 1979 and 80, Lori and Bruce taught American Yoga at Coral Ridge Psychiatric Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. They also taught AY Bodywork/Alignment classes and workshops at Laughing Sky in Meredith, NY 1999; Harmony Hill-Meredith, NY 2006 &7; Glimmerglass Creative Learning Center-Cooperstown, NY 2006; Blue Deer in Margaretville, NY-2006; Peacehaven in Binghamton, NY; Foundation of Light in Ithaca, NY; and Lifeworks in Boca Raton, FL and Delray Beach, FL; and introduced AY at the Standard Spa, Miami Beach, FL 2012.

Lori and Bruce also taught “AY Instructor’s Course”, “Massage into Alignment” workshops and “Alignment/Bodywork for Health Professionals” workshops and private sessions in Boca Raton, FL  and at The Foundation in Bovina Center, NY.

Lori also sponsored an AYF Open House in Bovina Center, NY, in 2011, and organized and coordinated yearly Summer Internships for students from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD in 2012 and  Union College, Schenectady, NY and  in 2012, 2013, and 2014, which included AY, mindfulness, and Karma Yoga practices.

Lori and Bruce also organized and participated in a neighborhood meditation group in Boca Raton during the winter months and in AY and mindfulness classes in Bovina in the summer. Weekly classes are open to the public and still held in Bovina on Sunday at 11 a.m., weather permitting.

She also taught swimming and competed in aquatic art, integrating basic AY techniques while teaching her students synchronized swimming, aerobics, aqua aerobics, choreographing synchronized swimming performances and conducting basic swimming classes for many years.

Lori graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1976, earning a BS in Dietetics and was a member of the National Institute of Creative Aquatics. You can contact her through the AYF or the email below

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William V. Stenz – Board member

Bill has been practicing American Yoga since 1978 and has been teaching since the mid-eighties. Bill currently teaches at the American Yoga Foundation and in Delhi, N.Y.

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Susan Rochmis (Jivita)- Board member

Jivita has been teaching American Yoga in Upstate New York since the late 1990’s. She became a student of Monica Hathaway’s in 1978 and moved from NYC to study more closely.  She holds a Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute and teaches theater at SUNY Delhi. She is a professional artist, specializing in portraiture. She sometimes uses sound, movement and art in addition to the basic American Yoga class instruction. She gives workshops and classes at AYF as well as her Delhi home and Franklin studio. She may be contacted through AYF or at the email below.

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Michael Karlovich – Board member

Michael has been studying American Yoga since 2006 and has been teaching since 2011.

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Jason Lindow – Board member

Jason has been studying and practicing American Yoga since 2012 and teaches at the American Yoga Foundation.

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Dan Grossman – Board member

Dan has been practicing and teaching American Yoga since his 6-week internship at the Foundation in 2012. He currently works as a research assistant at the VA Boston Healthcare System and intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

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Alex Clain

Alex has been practicing and teaching American Yoga since 2014. He is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Northwestern University.

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Jacob Balin

Jacob has been practicing and teaching American Yoga since 2016. He currently works as a case worker at Cambridge Health Alliance.

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