Larissa’s class was strong and powerful. You can feel the energy from everyone in the class. Her voice leads you through all the poses with clarity and confidence. Meditation ends the class with feeling serenity.
Larissa Schiano-Gonzalez is the owner of Be Yoga & Dance, a
premiere Yoga studio in Staten Island, NY.
Larissa is a Tier 3 Certified Yoga Teacher with the Baptiste Institute. Larissa has trained over 35 Yoga
Teachers who are sharing the power of Yoga throughout the Tri-state Area. She is certified Beginner
Simonson Dance Teacher. She is trained in Dance for PD a specialized dance program sponsored by the
American Parkinson Foundation. She teaches classes weekly at the corporate New York office.
Larissa is the creator of “The Moving in Memories” program; a specialized dance program for seniors,
living with Alzheimer’s disease and limited mobility at the Clove Lakes rehabilitation center in Staten
Island, New York. Using the power of music & dance seniors get to exercise and connect with
themselves and fellow partners in a group setting. The Moving Memories program became possible
through a DCA Art Fund Grant, through SI Arts.
Larissa is a recipient of the 2019 Soroptimist Ruby Award by the Soroptimist International of the
Americas for women helping women. She has been leading and facilitating Empowerment, Yoga,
Mindfulness and Dance programs since 2010 and has been leading Yoga and Mindfulness programs in
NYC Public Schools since 2013. Larissa believes in the power of Movement as a way to connect, heal and
bring communities together.