Meet the instructors


Is the owner and founder of the Heart of Avondale she is a Kripalu certified yoga instructor & Physical mind certified Pilates mat, circuit and reformer instructor.  Anita leads classes in a dynamic style with a focus on alignment and healing.  Her vinyasa practice will calm the mind, energize the body and rejuvenate the soul.



Has been teaching and practicing Kripalu Yoga for 14 years.  She is gifted at  guiding students to an inner space of calm, clarity and release. She offers classes, workshop and private sessions in Restorative, Vinyasa & Partner Yoga. She is a Thai Yoga Therapist,  Attunement practitioner & Energy Coach...and she loves what shedoes!!!



Chrissy has been practicing Dharma Mittra yoga since 2009.  In the fall of 2012 she was accepted into the 200hr Grace Yoga Teacher Training. She believes in the life changing effects that a daily yoga practice can bring.  Her classes will give you the tools to develop your own beautiful practice and a chance to discover strength, self-love and compassion.



Hokuto Dan Diffin Zenji has been a Zen student for 35 years, and was ordained as a Zen Buddhist monk in 1980.  He has led weekly chanting and meditation at Heart of Avondale since its inception, and also teaches an open-ended weekly meditation class.  In addition to Zen practice, Dan is a physician, and has practiced Radiology at The Westerly Hospital for the last twelve years.  In April, 2012, he will be given formal recognition as a Dharma teacher in the Gempo Roshi/Soen Roshi lineage of Rinzai Zen at a ceremony at Dai Bosatsu Zendo.


LISA KODZIS: Instructor

Started practicing yoga at the Heart of Avondale in 2002.  In the fall of 2006 she was accepted into the 200hr Dharma Mittra Life of a Yogi program.  The following year she continued her studies and was accepted into the 500hr Teacher Training program.  Lisa continues to practice Dharma Mittra Yoga in New York City when ever she can.  She is also the co owner of Paddle Surf RI a surf company that offers surfing, stand up paddle boarding and more.