Who We Are
Our staff offers a unique mix of styles and experience.
Anne has been teaching yoga in the greater Litchfield County area for the past 12 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. She considers her own style of teaching to be multidisciplinary drawing from different yoga techniques and 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 operating two of her own studios, one in New Preston and one in New Milford CT, she also teaches classes throughout the week at both locations. Periodically she also teaches at The Shepaug Valley High School to a small group of faculty and staff. She lives in New Preston with her family. When she’s not teaching yoga, she’s hiking with her dogs, enjoying the great outdoors, gardening, watching her grown sons play baseball or relaxing and reading.
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.
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.
RYT 200, RPYT
Jocelyn Leigh first came to yoga while working in finance living in Boston over 30 years ago. Her first introduction was the Iyengar Method under the tutelage of Barbara Benagh. After moving to NewYork, Jocelyn continued to study on an occasional basis at various studios in New York City. In 1991 she left finance to become a certified personal trainer. Working for the past 22 years in her private practice, Jocelyn developed expertise in working with individuals with medical and health related problems. Their fitness goals were simple; getting back to their healthy, functional lives. Jocelyn has also worked with athletes, seniors and pregnant/postpartum women. Her experience in the fitness industry led to a natural transition to into yoga professionally. In March of 2012 Jocelyn successfully completed Yoga Works’ 200 Hour Teacher Training Program in Irvington, New York. Jocelyn’s interest in teaching yoga is alignment and precision to help the students achieve the best possible practice as well as a quiet mind and a sense of tranquility. She has developed a keen interest in studying the Yoga Sutras as well as developing a deep personal meditative practice.
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
Certified Yoga Instructor – Lotus Gardens Yoga School 200-hour program. Larry has been teaching in area studios since 2011, and has been at ah Yoga since April 2012. He first discovered yoga while searching for relief from chronic low-back discomfort. 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. Experiences will typically include: meditation on breath awareness, traditional Hatha Asana practice mixed with moderately paced Vinyasa sequences, 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. Larry believes the most important things to bring to the mat are an open mind and sincere intention. Aside from practicing yoga, Lawrence has a deep passion for music, has studied the guitar and occasionally experiments with sound healing theory and vibrational therapy. Larry teaches at the New Preston and New Milford locations.
Larry is currently enrolled in a 200-hour program for Thai Yoga Massage certification, and is expected to receive his license less than one year’s time. Thai Yoga Massage is a unique form of therapy that incorporates principles from various disciplines. Among the most distinct features are the movement of energy (lom) along lines (sen) and pressure points – in a similar way as in the acupuncture chi and meridians and the yoga prana and nadis. Thai Yoga Massage differs from most familiar forms of massage in that the recipient is clothed, no oils are used and the massage is given on a mat rather than a table. The massage consists of direct application of pressure along sen to release tension and tone muscles. Portions of the massage include poses familiar to those with a yoga practice, gentle stretching and breath awareness. While working toward his certification, Larry liberally features fragments of the Thai Yoga Massage into his classes, honing his skills, sharing new learnings and spreading Metta (lovingkindness, friendliness, compassion).
Michael Schwarzchild, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has forty years of experience in providing individual, couples, and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. He is a past President of the Connecticut Psychological Association and has a private practice in Danbury, CT. Michael is the author of Helping Your Difficult Child Behave: A Guide to Improving Children’s Self-Control — Without Losing Your Own (Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1995). Although he came to his full yoga path later in life, he has more than made up for lost time through actively pursuing the practice of a variety of yoga styles, including Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Kundalini Yoga, with a number of very gifted teachers. His yoga teaching is informed by his Jungian-based psychotherapy practice, his college background in physical theatre, his previous yoga practice in graduate school, as well as his martial arts training in aikido and tae kwon do. Michael now primarily practices and teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga. He is a graduate of Lara Ward’s Lotus Gardens 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in Sherman, CT, and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) through the Yoga Alliance. In addition to his focus on the physical strength, balance, and flexibility that yoga improves, Michael has a special interest in the spiritual, emotional, and psychological development that can come through yoga practice. His goal as a yoga teacher is to help students find their own yoga path, believing that one size never fits all. He also believes that a sense of humor is helpful in most of life’s pursuits, including the practice of yoga. When Michael isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, he is an avid hiker, having climbed all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, a multi-instrument musician who also sings and composes, a motorcyclist, and a licensed amateur radio operator.