Who We Are


 Dawn Delpha

Dawn has been practicing for over 18 years and has been teaching stress less yoga and mindfulness to children for the past 2 years. She received her yoga training from Carrboro Yoga Co. in NC. She also studied with nationally known yogini and author Sage Rountree. Her intention for teaching yoga is to help people feel renewed and centered. She hopes her practical breathing and posture suggestions can be incorporated into real life when stressful situations arise. In addition to teaching yoga, Dawn is  a 3rd grade school teacher. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity Collge, VT and a Masters Degree from Fairfield University, Ct. When not practicing yoga or teaching 3rd graders, she loves to spend time with her family hiking, kayaking, xc skiing or just being together . Other interests include travel, photography, and reading.


Rebecca Doring

In addition to having practiced yoga for 12 years, Rebecca is a licensed massage therapist and a Reiki Master. In her work, she sees the effects of daily stress on her clients, and the imbalance it can create in the body, mind and spirit. She devotes her time and energy to restoring the body’s natural balance.

Through her own yoga practice, she feels the positive power yoga can have on negative stress, and uses it as a tool to keep herself grounded, centered, and healthy. While she attended massage therapy school, she planned on becoming a yoga teacher in hopes to help others the way yoga has always helped her. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification under Lara Ward’s Lotus Gardens Yoga School.

Rebecca’s yoga teaching style aims to counteract everyday stresses, teach ways to cope with negative stress, and create space for the body and mind to take a break from the bustle of modern life. She wants her students to come away from her classes feeling challenged, but rejuvenated and at peace.

When Rebecca is not practicing yoga or providing massage therapy or reiki services, she is enjoying the simple things in life with her husband, including homesteading, hiking, going out to eat, or relaxing by the fire.



Elora Herberick

Elora began on her yogic path at the young age of six. With the help of her #1 teacher, her mom and a VHS entitled “E-I-E-I Yoga”. Now a 200 Hr Registered Yoga Teacher certified by Corey Wu and All Yoga:Thailand, Elora enjoys sharing the practice of yoga and the benefits of adding yoga into your daily routine. Elora is versed in several yoga styles including; Kids Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative yoga. She was also recently certified in Yoga Trapeze!

Deciding to become a yoga teacher was one of the best decisions of her life to date. She learned that yoga is not only about the physical daily practice of beautiful and challenging poses; but also about mastering the mind, the breath, and the spirit.With every class Elora teaches, she brings with her the tools to help others, to offer them a safe haven where they can be themselves, quiet their minds and heal their bodies. Whether she’s speeding things up in Ashtanga and Core Vinyasa or slowing things down in Hatha Flow and Restorative, whether it’s a full class or one-on-one…her intention is always the same; to provide a positive, light-hearted experience and guide people into a better understanding of their whole being. Elora wishes to give every student the tools that have been passed down to her and many others; to help each of us live longer, fuller, and healthier lives. Her greatest hope is for you to find joy, to release old negative energy and to breathe- to breathe fully and deeply. She hopes you find her classes both rewarding and beneficial, and we hope you don’t mind singing – because sometimes a girls just gotta belt it out.



Anne Hungerford

Founder and Director of ah Yoga & Wellness Center, Anne is dedicated to maintaining a peaceful and beautiful yoga shala  (a Sanskrit word meaning, home or abode) a gathering place for students and teachers to practice, share, experience and grow.  Anne has been teaching yoga in the greater Litchfield County area for more than 15 years. She began her teaching career under the tutelage of her teacher and mentor Marie Fourcaut.  In addition to Anne’s original apprenticeship teacher training, she has studied under many other notable teachers and has participated in numerous continuing education programs and intensives.  Anne considers her own style of teaching to be multidisciplinary drawing from different yoga traditions. She incorporates into her classes an understanding of the depth and breadth of yoga history and philosophies, most specifically Patanjali’s Eight Fold Path of Yoga.  She fosters a noncompetitive and supportive environment that welcomes all levels of yoga students.  Anne wants her students to come away from her yoga classes feeling physically challenged but also soothed emotionally and spiritually and connected to life in a more integrated way. In addition to overseeing the two  studios, one in New Preston and one in New Milford CT,  she also teaches classes throughout the week at both locations. She lives in New Preston with her family. When she’s not managing the studios or teaching yoga, she’s hiking with her dogs, enjoying the great outdoors, relaxing and reading, and finding time to stay connected with her two grown sons.  

Michele Leigh Head SHot

Michele Leigh

Michele discovered the benefits of yoga while treating a degenerative disk in her lower back and has been practicing yoga for more than a decade. She earned her 200-hour certification and is a Registered Yoga Teacher, (RYT). Her teaching style lends itself toward slow, purposeful movement and restorative poses that focus on reducing chronic pain. Michele is an astrologer and enjoys blending astrology into her yoga style. She writes the Cosmic Rhythms column for Natural Awakenings magazine and hosts a monthly podcast on the full moon.

To learn more about Michele or to schedule a detailed birth chart reading  go to her website: www.darkmoonastrology.com.

Pita with bowls

Pita Lemstra

Pita started her energy healing practice in the mid 80's when the word chakra was not yet widely known. She studied Cranio-Sacral therapy with the Upledger Institute and also studied Polarity therapy and Therapeutic Touch. Now she primarily works intuitively, listening to the inherent messages she receives when tuning into her client's energy.
She also studied and practiced kundalini yoga for many years. For the last couple of years, Pita has introduced crystal singing bowls into her practice and the combination of touch and vibration works very well together. Since we are energetic/vibrational beings, the sound and vibration of the crystal singing bowls penetrates deeply into every cell of our bodies and we can experience ourselves as vibrational beings, which is our true nature.



Sarah Maasik 

Sarah received her  certification in November 2018 after starting her yoga journey in January 2018 with a restorative class at Holy Yoga CT. Sarah deeply enjoys the meditative qualities gained from a strong yoga practice and delights in sharing this with her community. In balancing a busy life, she found the crucial piece is yoga for clarity and energy.
Sarah is also a  FAA certified Helicopter pilot and instructor in addition to a FAA Licensed dispatcher. Being a proud mom of two wonderful boys, she loves getting them involved in aviation.  They often help her practice yoga at home while providing inspiration for yoga classes through their eyes.
Sarah's class style is upbeat, trying to find the joy in every class, with a music focus. She is also very active in bring DoTerra oils into her life and others for better well being, as well as bringing oils into her yoga classes to enhance the experience.



Lawrence Schmitt

200-Hour Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor – Lotus Gardens Yoga School (Nov. 2010)
200-Hour Certified Thai Yoga Practitioner – BodyMind Thai (Feb. 2019)
Larry has been teaching in area studios since 2011, and has been an ah Yoga fixture since April 2012. He first discovered yoga while searching for relief from chronic low-back discomfort, primarily resulting from Scoliosis. With relief from pain, his practice continues to be inspired by the mind-body-spirit connection. The teaching of his own style “Mindful Yoga” includes an eclectic variety of yoga disciplines that is suitable for all levels of practice. Experiences will typically include: meditation on breath awareness, traditional Hatha Asanas mixed with moderately paced vinyasa sequences, Thai yoga-style hands-on adjustments to promote optimum alignment as well as releasing muscle tension, Yin-style postures to create balance and space, and peaceful, musical relaxation. Thai Yoga – sometimes referred to as “Lazy Person’s Yoga” - is practiced on a mat on the floor. The recipient is dressed in comfortable clothes that would typically worn for any Yoga class, and is moved through sequences of postures where their body’s tissues are compressed and stretched for them by the practitioner. In some postures the receiver’s body may even rotated or inverted to integrate a deeper therapeutic effect. Breath awareness throughout the session engages the parasympathetic nervous system, triggering the release of endorphins. The ultimate experience after a Thai Yoga session is to feel relaxed and energized: completely refreshed and renewed!Aside from practicing yoga, Larry has a deep passion for music, plays guitar and occasionally experiments with sound healing theory and vibration therapy during class. Larry teaches at the New Preston and New Milford locations and is available for private sessions.

Sandy Trimarchi

Sandy completed her 200 hour Raja Hatha teacher training program in 2011 with Amy Peace-Hayden and has been teaching ever since. Yoga inspires her to live each day mindfully and with gratitude! She likes her classes to have mindful intentions and teachings from the yoga philosophy. The training she received  was rooted in alignment and refinement. Sandy enjoys teaching her students to get the most out of their practice while learning to connect the body, mind, and breath. Join her on your mat for a fulfilling practice that will leave you with a overall sense of wellbeing. She looks forward to helping you reach your goals on your journey to bliss.

When not on the mat: Sandy is spending time with her family and dog Harper.  Hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking help her connect to nature…the best place to be.  She is also a Birth and Postpartum Doula, Childbirth educator, Lactation counselor, and has her BA in Communication Disorders from SUNY New Paltz.

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