Denise Petersen

Sea Cliff, NY
United States
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

13 Reviews

Denise was first introduced to yoga in 1999, when she entered her first Ashtanga class. She received her 200-hour certification in 2004 through New York Yoga under the direction of David Hollander, Michael Gilbert and Govinda Kai. Denise completed a prenatal certification at OM Yoga in 2005.

Denise's classes are playful and challenging, incorporating elements of Ashtanga, Jivamukti and other flow styles. She seeks to create a soulful class inspired by her love of music, poetry, and yogic philosophy as students are guided into moving meditation. She encourages her students through a practice that embraces breath as the link between body, mind and spirit. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share the inspiring gift of yoga with others.

Denise teaches at Yoga Life in Port Washington, Hot Yoga 4 You in Locust Valley, and The Living Room in Port Washington. Her studio schedule can be found on her website:


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

13 Reviews

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Favorite Yoga teacher ever!

Denise is spiritual, warm and loving. I always felt when I left her class I had been kissed and hugged. Her classes are fun, well thought out, always a beautiful theme. Her music is perfect, different and fun. There is always a lessoned learned and it is always positive.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
All the main talents and Gifts of a Yoga Leader, Teacher

I've known Denise for 8 years, practiced with her many Tuesdays at Laughing Buddha as well as some morning classes. Denise is incredibly intuitive, great pacing to class. Along with modifications for different levels of students. Has a strong and gifted Vinyasa practice, with knowledge of Ashtanga. As well as restorative and gentler types of classes. Her cueing is fantastic, music wonderful and inspiring, and her energy - Beautiful, yogic and compassionate. Love HER!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Body, mind, spirit - for real!

I have been nurtured by Denise´s teachings for a couple of years now, and find in her classes everything I need for my practice. Her classes build both physical, emotional and spiritual strength and agility. She has a faithful group of regulars coming to her classes and her loyal group of followers says a lot about the quality of her teachings. She is warm, authentic and engages with her students, making suggestions and adjustments when needed, which is why she can meet the needs of a wide range. Her classes are theme-based, healing and meditative. The music she matches with the sequence is phenomenal, often sublime. You leave her classes feeling expansive and stronger than before. I give her my best recommendation.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
A special teacher and person!

Denise's classes are always balanced. She's warm and welcoming to students of all levels and abilities. She makes class fun and challenging, but also peaceful and calming to the mind, body and soul. I leave every class I take with Denise feeling strong and positive and centered. She is a special teacher and her classes simply rock!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Gifted Teacher, Dedicated Student, and a Welcome Practice.

I found Denise based on a recommendation from another Yoga teacher who I know and love dearly. Denise's practice was described as challenging and inviting, a gentle welcome into a new level of yoga. She has exceeded these lofty expectations.

Practicing with Denise has been a discovery in itself. Her background and experience are invaluable on the mat. She is a dedicated student who shares her deep enthusiasm, and a caring and supportive teacher who encourages through thoughtful words and meaningful connection. Her practice is a gift that she shares openly and willingly, and is valuable part of my yoga journey.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
An excellent teacher

I have been taking Denise's open flow classes for a few years now, and I have also taken some teacher-training workshops led by her. Denise's classes are fun and creative. They are challenging, but still accessible to students of different levels. She always has great music, touches upon spiritual themes, and creates a safe environment for her students. She is friendly, warm, and genuinely cares for those that she teaches. Highly recommended!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
The Real Deal!

I have been taking Denise's classes for the past 2 1/2 years. She is absolutely my "Go To" yoga instructor. Denise puts a lot of thought and effort into every class she teaches and it always shows! Caring, fun, inspirational and spiritual all wrapped up in one fabulous yoga instructor.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Creative and Spiritual Teacher Offering Reiki Healing

My first experience with yoga was at a retreat, and I longed to replicate the classes when I left. I tried studio after studio and teacher after teacher, and it wasn't until I found Denise that I knew I had returned home. Her classes are creative, based on themes from her own spiritual practice. Open level classes are suitable for beginners but also offer challenger for more experienced students.

I've had a number of Reiki sessions with Denise and always leave feeling more balanced, relaxed, and at peace.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Down to earth

Denise's has nice steady flow that persists throughout her classes. From beginning to end, it feels like a complete journey. Her vibe is very down-to-earth. You'll get some really nice spiritual insights from her without feeling like you're being preached to. And you'll build some core heat too. She teaches from her own experience and that makes her and her classes feel very accessible. Check them out!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Grace and elegance

Denise has a presence that emanates calmness. When I think of yoga teachers in the west, Denise is my ideal to be a representative of my Indian culture (teaching yoga) by a non indian teacher. I've only taken one class with her and absolutely love her style.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
When I hear the word TEACHER, I immediately think of Denise.

Denise is an incredible yoga teacher. She has such a kind, calm, centered way about her that inspires and challenges. She always motivates me to try new poses through her demonstration, instruction and encouragement. When my two teen daughters became curious about yoga, Denise was the first person I called to give them a private lesson.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Denise is an excellent instructor. She has a beautiful pace when teaching! Her sequence is always different which is a plus because a variety always helps you learn. Music she uses is always soothing.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

One of my absolute favorite teachers, kind, compassionate and understanding. Each class is carefully prepared with great music, every pose is demonstrated and modified if needed. Beautiful spiritual guidance too.