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Connie Adamcio began practicing yoga in 2001. Her formal training began at Kripalu in 2003 with a 200-hr certification. She received another 200-hr certification in 2007 from Saraswati's Yoga Joint under the teaching of Mitchell Bleier. Over the years she has and continues to study and practice various styles of yoga including; Anusara, Jivamukti, Asthanga, Kripalu, and Vinyasa.
Connie's classes are uplifting and challenging because she believes it is through and in challenge we find peace, empowerment and wisdom. Students often leave her class knowing the beauty and love they possess.
Virginia began practicing Bikram yoga about 10 years ago - a practice that she continued until 2007 when she finally admitted to herself that something was missing. It was that acknowledgement that led her to Kripalu for a one week workshop where she discovered a deeper meaning to her yoga practice. Virginia completed her 200-hr yoga teacher training certification at Kripalu in February, 2011. She believes strongly in the potential healing power of yoga and desires to share those possibilities with other yogis.
Corti Cooper is a seasoned yogi based out of Stamford, Connecticut whose passion for yoga has led her to the art of sharing yoga with others. A YogaWorks (http://yogaworks.com) Certified Teacher, Corti’s classes are breath centered combined with intelligent sequencing and creative flow. Each class integrates multiple inversions focusing on learning the inverted poses safely in order to gain many benefits. Her style is influenced by the classic poses Ashtanga, the alignment of Iyengar and the expression of dance. Known for her energy and sense of humor, Corti’s flows are invigorating and fun while focusing on moving from the core, both of the body and self. Corti is certified to teach Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga as taught by Sadie Nardini (http://sadienardini.com) and regularly assists Sadie in her transformative yoga immersions. Corti is also studying yoga anatomy under Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project (http://breathingproject.org) in NYC. Corti’s has a background in art and design and is currently the Principal of Dot Think Designs (http://dotthinkdesign.com), a branding and design company which focuses on the wellness and lifstyle industries. Her style, like her yoga, uses clean and clear composition while incorporating elements of space and freedom.
Alison DeNicola has been actively practicing Yoga for the past 15 years. She has completed workshops in Yoga level 1 with Yogafit and AFAA, Thai Yoga Massage, Polarity Therapy and Reiki. In 2009, Allie became a certified Hypnotherapist with the National Guild and was certified to teach Yoga Nidra through Kripalu. In the past year, she began studying with Anodea Judith and Sacred Centers in San Rafael, CA. She has completed training in Intuitive Coaching and The Belief Closet Process. Allie says her joy is to share the manifestation of this mind/body/energy work to help others find their center and ultimately, their illumination.
Jeff Gallin received his 500-hr Professional Teaching certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. His personal experience with Parkinson's Disease led him to delve deeper and deeper into the many layers and benefits of yoga. Yoga is the best part of his day, every day. He believes each of us can use the healing powers of yoga to improve the quality of his/her life. He teaches in alignment with the idea that the individual does not have to adjust to yoga but that yoga has to adjust to the individual, meaning that each person should practice the postures that bring balance to his/her system. He prefers a vinyasa class that includes meditation and breath work, all to focus on the mind. He has taught various class sizes as well as one on one private practices.
Irene Genovese has been teaching yoga in Fairfield County for over 17 years. Certified in the Kripalu tradition, she has also studied a wide range of yoga styles with world-renowned teachers including Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea and Gary Kraftsow and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the advanced E-RYT 500 level. In 2001, she founded Symmetry Yoga Center in Westport, CT and served as its director until 2010. A creative, compassionate and inspirational teacher, her teaching style has been strongly influenced by an extensive dance background and blends an intuitive knowledge of the body with a unique sense of flow and connection between poses.
Lisa finds yoga magical. It encompasses the physical playfulness and curiosity of a childlike spirit, all the while learning from and honoring the wisdom and peace of our elders. Between ages 5 and 14, Lisa studied classical ballet. Approximately 13 years ago, she tried a yoga classes at her gym. When she became pregnant with her son, she practiced pre-natal yoga faithfully. After his birth, Lisa practiced Iyengar yoga with Jessica Kane (a pupil of Lois Steinberg) for 2 years. Schedules changed and she began practicing Hatha yoga at Moksha Yoga studio in Chicago with Kim Wilcox. After a year or so, she took a Bikram class and loved the heat. However, after a while, Lisa found the practice too predictable and drifted to a Power Vinyasa class. She loved the movement, athleticism and “push” of power yoga. She wanted to explore “power” asana practice more and completed Level 1 teacher training with Baron Baptiste. Alternating between Hatha and Power Yoga was the yin and yang for her. As her yoga evolved, she found herself at a Vinyasa class taught by Alie McManus (an apprentice of Erich Schiffmann and pupil of Barbara Benagh and Angela Farmer). It is through Erich Schiffmann’s teaching, where she found “yield.” Lisa’s yoga soared! In the summers she spends time in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin and practices yoga outdoors or at a peaceful little studio called Junction Center and studies with Kathy Navis and Laura Moeller. Lisa has taught yoga at Core Power in Chicago. She also taught community classes and subbed for Alie McManus at Yogaview and Moksha Yoga in Chicago. Lisa loves skiing and sailing and finds the yoga in these activities. The mountains are so majestic and grounded. The flow of water against a boat is so soothing, yet undeniably powerful. Lisa’s yoga classes will share the magic of moving meditation with you.
￼Lyn Girdler is a respected 500YA trained yoga teacher in Fairfield County, CT and avid blogger and writer. Originally from Melbourne, Australia she started practicing yoga full time in 2005 and then completed her yoga teacher training at Saraswati’s Yoga Joint in Norwalk, CT in 2007. Following a desire to pick up her pen and start writing again she trained with Julia Cameron, author of the cult book The Artists way. She has a firm belief that her writing has helped build the confidence to find her voice as a yoga teacher and in her life. She can be found teaching at various studios throughout Fairfield county and at her website: www.loveyourselfnaturally.com.
K.C. Hall began studying Iyengar Yoga when she was pregnant in 2006. During this time, she realized
the importance of proper alignment and the use of props to support her when she was unable to do the
full poses. After her success in the prenatal Iyengar program, K.C. continued to study Iyengar Yoga at
Yoga Source in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is currently in the Iyengar Yoga teacher training program with Patricia Walden and attends her workshops and monthly courses around the United States. K.C. also studies weekly with Silvana Stein in Stamford, Connecticut.
Regina had a curiosity for yoga most of her life and took her first class in New York in 1994. She has practiced and studied yoga ever since. In 2000 she completed her first teacher training in the Sivananda style at the former Yoga Source led by the late Roberta Fortune Dale. In 2011 she completed the 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training program at Saraswati's Yoga Joint, led by Mitchel Bleier, Tracy Bleier, and Donna Jackson. She is designated as an "RYT" (Registered Yoga Teacher,) with Yoga Alliance. Most recently Regina became certified in Restorative Yoga after completing training with Jillian Pransky in 2012. She's done trainings with YogaFit, including pre-natal and has participated in numerous training workshops with well known instructors in the area. During her more than 15 years of practice she has experienced several traditions of yoga including Kripalu, Anusara, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Kundalini as well as Sivananda. She’s taught children, pre-natal students, families and privately. Currently she teaches privately, and at the Tully Health Center, and also at the Darien Y where she teaches their junior swim team. She has three children who teach her every day what’s most important in life. Her classes are grounding and well-rounded using a moderately paced Vinyasa style.
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, Ali Hurwitz, is certified in Vinyasa Yoga. She trained under Mitchel Bleier, a nationally known yogi who made his reputation by graduating expert yoga instructors throughout the country. Additionally, Ali completed an in-depth apprenticeship under Mitchel for advanced training.
Ali has always been a source of creativity for those around her. As she moved through her prior careers and motherhood, the desire to more closely align her everyday life with soulfulness, mindfulness and health drew her to become a yoga instructor. The self-discovery that yoga teaches us cannot help but shine outwards and help others on their own journey.
Ali’s Vinyasa yoga classes combine physical strength and flexibility with emotional health and well-being. This mind-body connection will leave you re-invigorated and centered all at once.
Come take your Vinyasa yoga with Ali-
Open up your heart and your body will follow!
Jen received her teaching certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. She embraces the Kripalu tradition of flowing gently with the rhythms of life while facing challenges or challenging personal limits from a strong core - physically, mentally and emotionally. She has been practicing Yoga for over ten years which came as a natural transition in adulthood from the competitive gymnastics of her youth. She found Yoga supported her need for movement, flexibility and inner peace and helped her grow through a series of traumatic events. Feeling grateful to her practice and her teachers the next natural transition was to share her practice with others and she set off on the path to teacher training. Today she is influenced by the many lineages she has practiced over the years from Ashtanga to Anusara and Kripalu to Jivamukti. She brings her students a blend of breath, movement and meditation supporting others as they gently flow through their own waves of life. She feels a strong core as well as a strong Yoga community to practice with allows people the comfort and security to open and blossom in their own lives touching those around them. Expect her class to be gently challenging, joyous, loving and a relaxing piece of inner peace in your day.
Rebekah Jacobs serves as Creative Director and Manager of The Yoga Loft at Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, NY. She is an Anusara Inspired instructor with RYT 200 Hour status. Rebekah is a brand ambassador for Lululemon and was honored to attend the Ambassador Summit in Vancouver, BC. One of 100 Ambassadors invited from Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and The United States to participate, she was chosen for her dedication and commitment to elevating our community. Additional trainings include "Yoga for Two" Prenatal Course with Mary Barnes, "Om Shree Om: Anusara Yoga for Kids" with Christine McArdle-Oquendo and Pilates Mat with Physical Mind, NYC. Rebekah continues to study with Elena Brower, Ross Rayburn, Zhenja LaRosa, Bernadette Birney, Sianna Sherman, Todd Norian, John Friend, Seane Corn and Mitchel Bleier. Rebekah is grateful for all of her teachers and for you. You can find Rebekah at The Yoga Loft at Bedford Post Inn, Pryority Fitness, Dew Yoga and Blackbird Yoga
Brigit Moynihan has been studying yoga for over 18 years and sees the practice as a life long journey. Having students from six weeks to sixty plus, Brigit has witnessed the ability of this ancient science to adapt to, and benefit everyone who is willing to explore it. Brigit's teaching approach is interdisciplinary, drawing form many styles, and centers around vinyasa flow. She inter-weaves the use of breath, alignment principles, flow and balance to bring the student to experience themselves as their true essence. Brigit teaches from her personal experience of yoga's many benefits, sharing her knowledge with joy, clarity and compassion. Brigit has completed both the Interdisciplinary and Advanced Yoga Teacher Training through the Nosara Yoga Institute and the Omega Institute. She has been teaching private, group and corporate classes for the past 12 years in Manhattan, N.Y. and Greenwich, CT. You can contact Brigit at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert's approach to the art and science of yoga begins with the phrase "We are our own best teachers." One does not just do yoga, one becomes yoga; it is a lifelong journey that anyone can make. Offering classes and programs that work with the whole person, from gentle conditioning and beginner classes to more traditional vinyasa and high-energy yoga for strength and endurance. He balances the need for strength and flexibility, stress reduction (aka surviving modern life) and meditation, along with breath work and inner quiet. Drawing from an interdisciplinary yoga background, and blends different styles and techniques that allow the body to open and expand throughout its entire range of motion. Offering a strong foundation in yogic essentials, as well as an encouraging and up-beat learning environment that allows each student to practice safely and at their own pace. Robert is a certified Yoga Therapist, trained by Nischala Joy Devi, the former director of Yoga for the Dr. Dean Ornish Heart Program for Reversing Heart Disease and co-founder of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Additionally, Robert is an IYT-Integrative Yoga Therapist, Thai Yoga practitioner and a Pilate's instructor.
Lissa Palermo has been practicing yoga for over 16 years. She is a 500-hr certified yoga teacher in Hatha Yoga including vinyasa, yin, restorative, kids and pre-natal. She is also a Birth Doula CD(DONA) and sees great similarities in the surrender in yoga and birth.
Her discovery and love for yoga began as a way to find her inner awareness and true self; as well as to heal her body and soul. Of great importance to her is the transformational effect or “gift” of yoga to the mind, body and spirit and her goal is to service others to find their own awakening.
Lissa’s personal philosophy focuses on balancing mind, body and spirit through yoga, breath, spirituality, service and kindness to all beings. Her classes focus on alignment, breath and empowering individuals to create peace, strength & harmony from within; to become free and happy and to let their light shine.
Nourish your Body. Free your Mind. Satisfy your Soul. Dew Yoga.
Born with an inflexible body and an undisciplined nature, Jenny never thought yoga would be for her. Happily, despite her disinclination, yoga had the grace to keep showing up in her life until she couldn't help but notice how good it made her feel. She attended her first class at age 13 and dabbled in different yoga styles throughout high school and college. She developed a regular practice in 2002 and completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance-certified teacher training at AirYoga in Zurich, Switzerland in 2007. It's been her experience that, beyond the physical benefits of yoga, time on the mat can develop a practice of compassion and discernment whose benefits extend far beyond the yoga studio. Influenced by various styles including Anusara, Bikram, Kundalini and Yin yoga, it's her joy to share the journey of yoga with others.
Dale Rowley graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelors degree in Studio Art and Art History. Born in New York and raised in California, Dale has studied and practiced yoga for the last fourteen years. She was trained and certified as a Yoga Teacher through YogaFit in CA, and has taught yoga extensively both in California and in Connecticut where she has recently joined the teaching staff at Dew Yoga. Also certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America as a group exercise instructor, Dale brings a passion for teaching, staying in shape, and believes that yoga is part of life which everyone can enjoy and benefit from.
Ann “discovered” yoga as a teen in the ‘70’s. TV gurus Richard Hittleman and Lilias Folan planted the seeds of a life-long exploration. Hatha yoga was included in the curriculum at AADA West and after graduation in 1980, Ann was led to Hari Singh Khalsa in Pasadena to continue her study of yoga in the Kundalini style of Yogi Bhajan. The late ‘90’s brought an exploration of the Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles of practice in San Francisco at “It’s Yoga” with Larry Schultz and Hatha Flow with Darren Main at “Castro Yoga”. Moving to Norwalk, CT in 2000, “Yoga Source” owner Roberta Fortune Dale urged Ann to begin teacher training and invited her to teach at “Yoga Source” in Darien, under Roberta’s knowledgeable guidance in the Sivananda style. Longing to deepen her personal experience and garner more tools as a teacher, Ann was led to the “Kripalu Center for Yoga” in the Berkshires to continue her on-going education. With deep gratitude to the many senior Kripalu teachers who have guided her — Yoganand Michael Carroll, Sudhir Jonathan Foust, PremShakti Mary Stout, Sudha Carolyn Lundeen, Stephen Cope, Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, to name a few — Ann has earned her 500-hour certification. Ann offers on-going group classes, series, workshops and private instruction in Fairfield County, CT
Charlotte, also commonly referred to as Charlie, Studied Interdisciplinary Yoga and Pranassage (a creative synthesis of yoga and bodywork that produces a deep relaxation in the receiver) at the Nosara Yoga Institute, in Costa Rica . Adding two new exciting modalities to enhance her teachings & tools to help promote balance within the body, mind, and spirit. She incorporates all styles of movement, flow, breathing, & fun techniques creating an environment where each individual can tap into their multidimensional self and awareness. Firmly supporting non judgement and respecting our own yogic journey. Charlotte has been studying anatomy and kinesiology through her massage therapy practice since 07. Believing that yoga can change the world one person at a time; young, seasoned elders, inexperienced to experienced. We all learn everyday, falling in and out of poses of life, picking ourselves back up laughing, being, living, loving, connecting, experiencing. Sharing the gift of yoga, the beauty of our bodies, and peace.
Jennifer is a light hearted, compassionate yogi with a nurturing spirit. Her classes motivate students to strengthen their mind and body, and find their own inner peace. She has two daughters who help continue her growth both on and off the mat. She has trained with Mitchel Bleier, Tracy Bleier and Donna Jackson at Saraswati's, and completed Karma Kids Teacher Training. She is currently training under Mitchel Bleier in a mentorship program.
Silvana had the first of her 2 sons in 1980 and continued to work in the corporate world until 2003. She has been a resident of Stamford CT since 1988. Silvana came to yoga as an alternative to back surgery and soon learned to manage back pain with skills applied from yoga. Her passion is to share her knowledge of yoga to help those suffering from a variety of physical and psychological conditions. She received Mind/Body training from both Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School and The Connecticut Mind/Body Institute. She volunteers at the local Multiple Sclerosis Society and The Attention Deficit Disorder Association. She also teaches classes for the general public. Yoga has become a part of her everyday life and offers ways to cope with stress, child rearing and health concerns as well as maintain a general sense of well being. Her advice to new students is “Come with an open mind and heart and the rest will follow.” Silvana's studio is Yoga Space.
Jackie Tepper is a Registered Yoga Teacher certified in Kundalini Yoga and has been teaching Kundalini Yoga, Neshama Yoga TM and meditation since 2006. Jackie studied under the internationally-renowned Kundalini Yoga masters Ravi Singh and Ana Brett. Jackie, a former lawyer, began practicing Kundalini Yoga at a time when her physical, emotional and spiritual health were severely compromised. She quickly experienced many significant healing benefits of Kundalini Yoga and credits it with being a major factor in her transformation to a much healthier and happier being.
Rita Trieger is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fit Yoga magazine (2003-2010), the author of Yoga Heals Your Back (Fairwinds, 2005), and Tranquil Mind, a meditation and yoga CD. She incorporates a variety of traditions into her inspiring teaching style, and has cultivated an enthusiastic following in both vigorous Vinyasa flow, and healing/restorative/therapeutic classes. A spirited and sought-after teacher, Rita has presented yoga therapy to medical students at Yale University as well as several national yoga conferences, including the International Yoga Therapy Conference (IYTC), and the Montreal International Symposium for Therapy and Yoga (MISTY 2011), Canada’s first yoga therapy conference. For the last ten years, Rita has been teaching yoga for various departments of Stamford Hospital, in Stamford, Connecticut. At the hospital’s Bennett Cancer Center (BCC), she has built a strong yoga community for cancer patients and survivors; at The Health and Fitness Institute (HFI), her thrice weekly Vinyasa flow classes continue to thrive, and she works closely with both the chief of cardiology and the senior exercise physiologist as the case manager/stress-management facilitator for Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR). More recently, Rita developed yoga for cancer video sequences on You Tube for the Connecticut Challenge, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyle choices for cancer survivors, and is developing a Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training. Rita’s abstract and article, Open Heart Yoga was published in the Spring of 2011, for the medical journal, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation (TGR), and she has contributed a chapter for the upcoming book The Sacred Thread of Yoga compiled by renowned yogi and teacher, Kofi Buscia. She is currently working on a new digital magazine, Find Bliss/New York, which will focus on authentic, organic and sustainable living. In July 2011 she was initiated into the sacred Kalachakra Tantra by H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama in Washington, DC and continues her in-depth studies of Buddhist philosophy and meditation. In addition to her work at Stamford Hospital, Rita is a member of IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and currently teaches yoga and meditation at The Yoga Loft in Bedford, NY, Breathe Pilates and Yoga, in Chappaqua, NY, Dew Yoga in Stamford, CT., and Elements Yoga in Darien, CT., as well as a flourishing private clientele. Visit her blog at ritatude.blogspot.com
Michele has been practicing Yoga for over 30 years. She graduated in the class of 2011 from the Iyengar Yoga Institute in NYC with over 900 hours of training. Michele brings to teaching her love of yoga, and the belief that sharing her passion will energize her students on their yoga journey.