Who We Are
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
Pam completed her 200-hour teacher training in May of 2013, and Prenatal Yoga teacher training in 2014, both with Brianne Barrett of Bhogah Yoga. She has also completed certifications in Senior/Chair Yoga and Yin Yoga. Pam continually attends trainings and classes with notable teachers to further her knowledge and satisfy her hunger of all things yoga. She loves sharing what she has leaed with her students. Pam has over 17 years experience teaching gymnastics, dance and children's movement classes, as well as coaching teams. She is a certified coach and also holds many certifications in preschool and recreational gymnastics and movement. After having to give up teaching gymnastics due to injuries, yoga felt like a natural progression. It felt like home. Pam first "discovered" yoga when searching for a way to de-stress. It was love at first breath! "I loved how peaceful it made me feel. I left class feeling strong and connected physically, emotionally and spiritually. Yoga gave me back something that had been missing in my life for many years, the joy of movement and sharing that joy with others." When not on the mat, Pam enjoys gardening and spending time with her family camping, kayaking, and hiking.
Kristi has been teaching yoga for over 15years. She first fell in love with yoga over 20 years ago. When she first stepped onto the mat, it was purely for the intent of physical benefits...she soon realized and continues to be reminded of the immense spiritual, emotional, and empowering benefits that the practice holds.
She has since led yoga retreats, facilitated and taught a 200hour ytt, manages a yoga studio and continues to be amazed and blessed by the numerous yoga students that have practiced with her.
She teaches a creative, Mixed Level Flow class that will leave you reminded of your own strength.
Elora began her yoga path at the young age of six. Her mother introduced her to the practice of movement and breath with a VHS entitled “E-I-E-I Yoga” set on a farm. Elora has practiced since then and in August of 2016, Elora made the decision to become a Yoga Teacher. She researched several trainings throughout Thailand, where she was volunteering with the US Peace Corps at the time, and finally made a selection. In March 2017, Elora attended the RT-200hr All Yoga Ashtanga Vinyasa Training on Koh Phangan. Her mom, who had a huge impact on her yoga journey, always hinted at her natural ability and insisted she should become certified. Deciding to become a yoga teacher was one of the best decisions of her life. 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. Yoga is a lifestyle that Elora fully embraces. The mat is her home, and she carries the universe in her pocket.
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 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.
Lisa Lent, LMT, GFI
Lisa is certified by The Aerobics & Fitness Association of America and licensed by The States of Connecticut and New York for Massage Therapy. She has a Bachelor
of Science in Environmental Policy & Administration from Binghamton University. Her degree in Massage Therapy is from New York College of Health Professions.
Trained in Modern, Ballet, and Jazz from childhood until College, Lisa uses dance and
stretching as her outlet for exercise, stress-relief, and vitality.
Her goals are to inspire commitment to self-care with gentle awareness and ease, helping to improve posture and minimizing pain by practicing new healthy habits.
Lisa's specialties include posture & body mechanics education, body awareness
empowerment demonstrated through the joy of movement.
Other licenses and certifications include Reiki & Integrative Energy Therapies and
Prenatal Massage. Her motto's:
“Move to feel better, YES it’s THAT easy.” “The Body Speaks, Love It and Listen.”
Kaytee Mitten is a 200 hour certified and registered yoga teacher. She received her training through Lotus Gardens Yoga School under the instruction of Lara Ward and Rebecca Smith in 2017. She has been a student of yogic sciences for over a decade.
Her classes are Hatha informed with focus on posture, alignment and conscious breathing techniques. Her hope for all participants of her classes is to experience a profound new awareness of their being; increasing strength and flexibility in both the body and the mind, for it is this which solidified her own love of the practice. Kaytee nurtures a supportive environment for personal growth and welcomes all levels of practitioners to her classes!
When Kaytee is not on the mat, she works with her partner to build and promote their independent record label, “Gratitude Music”, whose intention is to connect the mainstream with mysticism through amazing music filled with high vibrations.
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).
Lara Ward E-RYT 500, LMT
Lara has had the great pleasure of teaching yoga for over 25 years in hospitals, corporations, studios and schools. As the founder and director of Lotus Gardens Yoga School, she has helped over 400 dedicated yogis become certified yoga teachers. A massage therapist, Lara understands the body allowing her create classes focused on fluid and united breath to movement, postural strength blended with safe alignment and quiet reflection. She is Health Promotions & Exercise Science department adjunct professor and an advisory member of the Institute of Holistic Health Studies at West. CT State Univ., and most recently earned a certificate in Mindful Resilience for Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes. She enjoys offering classes and teaching about yoga's wonderful benefits to those new to yoga and more advanced practitioners.
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