teachers & staff
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.
Julian discovered a passion for Yoga after experiencing the transformative power of this ancient practice. He began intuitively sharing his expression of Yoga on and off the mat. Julian is a 200hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher and is influenced by various styles of yoga, body mechanics, eastern approach to human anatomy, the importance of alignment and nourishing healthy relationships with all layers of our being cultivating mindfulness and presence. Julian encourages his students to search within, as opposed to without, to focus on the self, as opposed to others, to invite growth and expansion, to explore their body’s own natural intelligence and intuition.
Bruce Bassock is a former commodity and equity trader turned yogi. After healing his back and reducing his blood pressure through the practice of yoga, he decided to become an instructor and share the healing effects of yoga with others. Bruce has been teaching yoga for over 25 years and owned Elements Yoga & Wellness Center in Darien, CT. There he developed the first Yoga for Men Program, which has gained national attention for its effectiveness and was featured in the New York Times and Yoga Journal. Bruce teaches an alignment focused, heart-felt flow class. He takes a gentle, warm approach to teaching, and sprinkles in a dash of humor. He’s also known for his wildly popular musical vinyasa class and rollicking playlists. Bruce is far too modest to say so, but in truth he was a beloved epicenter of Elements Yoga.
Christine Bloom discovered yoga haphazardly, but just at a time when she needed it most! As she started to practice regularly, she noticed that the benefits of yoga were not just physical, but were also impacting her emotional strength and balance. For her fiftieth birthday she gave herself the gift of Kripalu and became a certified teacher! (YTT200) She invites you to explore the introspective work which happens on the yoga mat - connecting breath, body and mind, and share in that blissful zone that lifts spirits.
"...it‘s because of yoga that..." is an opening to so many of my sentences over the last thirty years. From the forging of friendships; to bringing support in times of pregnancy, illness and bereavement; and to the deep sense of joy that connecting breath, body and spirit bring with each journey on the yoga mat. It’s a full blown kiss-on-the-mouth of a gift to be able to share that joy across the spectrum of age and ability, from restorative yoga, to chair yoga for seniors and wheelchair bound, to prana-filled vinyasa. Asana for all! Trained with Bernadette Birney, Emma Magenta, Martin Kirk amongst others.
Danielle Brown has been splashing in and out of Connecticut since High School. She dove into yoga as a respite from a tense job in finance and as a lather to her inquiry on the benefits of mindful movement, conscious breathing and wondrous connections. She teaches a sweet, rhythmic, core focused class in recognition and respect to an underbelly current that bobs within and around. Danielle teaches on a Paddle Board in the summertime not just to challenge balance, but to entwine the elements of nature and open to an unfolding experience as wide as the sky, as deep as the sea.
Ariel has been building her awareness of and connection to the body through DANCE and athletics since the age of three. These activities and various styles of movement were always an outlet for stress, anxiety, and most importantly: clarity by way of embracing her creativity.
With a degree in- and passion for, Psychology & Kinesiology: Ariel strives to bring her excitement for the Mind, Body, Spirit and Soul connection, to her fun-loving, energetic Hatha Vinyasa flow. The planned and organic poetry that comes with each class experience is a cosmic event Ariel embraces every time.
E-RYT with Yoga Alliance and certified through Faith Hunter Yoga in Washington, D.C. This yogini found her Guru at the perfect time to help tie in her knowledge of all the fields of Ariel‘s vast experiences, in order to share and inspire others to embrace their soul’s movement.
This past summer Ariel joined the ACRO Yoga Montreal family, and plans to exemplify the fluid flow of love, connection, trust and control that Eugene & Jessie do such a beautiful job at maintaining-- to facilitate immense growth, globally.
Also certified as an athletic trainer through The American College of Sports Medicine: Ariel’s desire lies in giving people an empowering, challenging yet soothing, heart and soul awakening, effervescent movement therapy experience each time. Her focus is on sharing the energy of the universe and the divine- together on the mat, in order to build community, relations, and hearts a bit stronger- through the practice of Yoga.
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 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 sense of humor and energy, Corti’s flows are invigorating and fun while focusing on moving from the core, both of the body and self.
Alison is a certified Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra teacher, Five Element Yoga teacher, IET Practitioner and Hypnotherapist. In addition, she has studied Thai Yoga Massage, Polarity, Reiki, Shamanic Reiki, Intuitive Coaching, Chakra Therapy and Restorative Yoga with amazing teachers all around the country. Always a student as well as a teacher, Allie says her joy is to share the tools of these many modalities to help others find peace, restoration and illumination on and off the mat.
Andrea Devitofranceschi, 200HR RYT, discovered yoga in 2012, and instantly fell in love. A few months after practicing regularly, Andrea was diagnosed with breast cancer, and yoga became the center of the healing process. This experience manifested her belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the powerful practice of yoga and its therapeutic values. In 2016, Andrea participated in a 200-hr teacher training through the Baptiste Institute to deepen her understanding of the practice. Her classes are based on the "Journey into Power," a lively vinyasa flow created by Baron Baptiste. Drawing from her background as a physical therapist, Andrea‘s practice infuses the importance of physical alignment with Baptiste/s intuitive philosophy of listening to the body’s (and mind’s!) acute needs.
Intuition led Amy to become a yoga student 18 years ago, and shortly thereafter, a teacher of the practice. "Yoga in all its essence makes up the roots of who I am". Certified in Hatha, Bikram, and Power Vinyasa yoga, as well as meditation, Amy finds joy in introducing the magic of yoga to children and new students, as well as leading more advanced practitioners on a journey of approaching and riding their edge. She encourages students to allow each breathe to bring forward a new moment, an opportunity for discovery, expansion and positive change. Amy loves to create fun transitions, go upside down, and keep it lighthearted while she teaches a challenging, powerful, balanced flow. She was born and raised in Stamford, and after living in AZ and CO for 10 years, returned home and continues to live a bright & healthy lifestyle with her hubby John, son Holden and little girl Dalila Lotus.
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.
Sharon’s passion for yoga began with her first class. She immediately felt the power of this practice and knew she wanted to share it with others. Sharon’s extensive trainings include 200hr (Birchwood Center, Nyack, NY), 300hr (Kaia Yoga), 200hr LifePower Yoga (Lifetime Athletic), Restorative, Yin, Pre-Natal, 40hr. Gentle Immersion.
In Sharon’s classes, she gracefully guides her students from pose to pose in a creative and fun way while incorporating the yoga philosophies that this ancient practice uses for personal transformation. Sharon has been praised for her clear and concise language while creating a light-hearted and calming atmosphere which allows her students to end their practice with an overall feeling of peace and satisfaction.
Fernanda (Fern) Guerra
Fernanda Guerra LMT (also called Fern) is a compassionate soul with a deep sensitivity and strong faith that guide her every day. Finding Dew Yoga in 2009 through her best friend, whose mom founded the Yoga center, she started her very first job checking in yoga and meditation classes and helping out around the studio. Becoming a "Dew drop" in this vibrant, caring yoga community and being surrounded by teachings of mindfulness and healing practices set her life on a course that, at the time, Fern could not imagine. Now she is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a deep appreciation for our body‘s innate wisdom and healing abilities - and she can’t see herself doing any other kind of work. She is also assistant in Restorative Yoga & Reiki Healing workshops with yoga instructor Rita Trieger. Training background: In 2013, Fern earned certification in Reiki levels 1 and 2 under Beth Prins Leas in Norwalk. The same year, she enrolled in the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport. There she studied Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sport and other massage techniques, as well as coursework in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, Pathology, Acupressure, Energetic Foundations, Assessments, and more. In 2015, she graduated from CCMT’s 720 clock hour program and passed Connecticut‘s Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), earning her license. Fern has since completed intro. training to Reflexology and more.
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!
Sage Irwin has worked at Dew Yoga since 2010 and has felt a strong passion for yoga since she started practicing. Inspired by many years of playing competitive soccer, the grounding and non competitive aspects of Yoga inspired her to practice. After personally discovering the transformative power of Yoga to balance one’s health and wellness, she sought to be able to share the practice with others. Growing up, she had always hoped to work with children, so she first started her professional training at Karma Kids Yoga and completed a 30-hour Kids Yoga Teacher certification. Soon after, she completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health under teachers Randall Williams and Coby Kozlowski. She believes each of us can use the practice of yoga to better our lives by offering a class that is grounding, peaceful and attentive to the needs of each student. She hopes to spread the joy, calmness, and love her yoga practice has given her to her students.
Jen Irwin is founder of Dew Yoga, Instructor and Forever Student of Yoga. She discovered Yoga as a complement to healing during a period of physical, mental and emotional challenge. It was a natural transition in adulthood from the competitive gymnastics of her youth. She found Yoga supported her need for movement, flexibility, inner peace and growth in all aspects of self.
Jen is grateful for the life enhancing tools Yoga provides and is eager to share the teachings with others. She received her RYT-200hr certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and is in progress toward 500hr. She embraces the Kripalu tradition of flowing gently with the rhythms of life from a compassionate perspective that allows us to be unique each and every day. She has studied with Kofi Busia, Todd Norian, Nikki Myers and holds the certification for leading Y12SR (Yoga and 12 Step Recovery), Ila and Dinabandu Sarley and many more. She has guided Yoga with adults, teenagers, children, adults in recovery, corporate groups, and private clients with specific therapeutic concerns.
In her classes she hopes you will discover that a strong core as well as a strong Yoga community to practice with allows people the comfort and security to open and gently flow through the waves of life.
Laurie‘s classes are a refreshing departure from the idea that yoga must be very serious and almost no fun at all. On the contrary, her classes combine her playful sense of humor and laid back approach with years (and years) of experience as both a yoga teacher and yoga student. Her ability to to relate and connect with students in a way that makes them feel safe, comfortable and completely at ease combined with a strong emphasis on structural alignment, breath work and mindfulness make students eager to return to their mats again and again. Add to the mix an awesome soundtrack, and Laurie’s classes feel like a 75 minute celebration.
Wendy believes yoga is an empowering life journey. Her classes are infused with both playful and thoughtful elements. Inviting students the opportunity to turn inward, her class can be lively and challenging, quiet and soulful, but always delivered with a touch of humor (smiles and laughs always welcome). Paired with a varied playlist including the genres of "yogi" music, classical and singer songwriter, she hopes to create an atmosphere to melt into and love. She thinks she is the luckiest person on earth to share this practice with adults and children. Wendy is registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level. She trained at Prannottan Yoga School, (rooted in the Kripalu lineage) and Little Sprouts Kids Yoga School.
After years of playing competitive sports, running marathons and competing in Triathlons, Michelle’s body was literally breaking down. She had numerous injuries and experienced pain every day when a physical therapist persuaded her to start yoga. For the first time in decades, she found a place where she felt at home in her body and felt a reconnection to her heart and soul.
Michelle completed her 200-hr teacher training through YogaWorks in CA. Her flow classes focus on the use of breath to find space and depth in postures. She emphasizes proper alignment and smart sequencing to ease her students into transformative spaces. By creating a safe and supportive environment, she encourages her students to explore, excavating and re-aligning with their perfect self - the person they truly are at their core.
Michelle is honored for the opportunity to share with her students the blessings and inspiration that yoga has awakened in her life.
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 of the Heart 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 has studied the IYT-Integrative Yoga Therapy system, is a certified Thai Yoga practitioner and a Pilate’s instructor.
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 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 a 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.
Leslie spent the first part of her career as a classical theatre performer. Her yoga practice allowed her to sustain a demanding and competitive career. She firmly believes in the healing and transformative powers of a regular practice. In class, she encourages students to explore and listen to their inner voice through meditation, deep stretching, playful poses, soul-moving rhythms and inspiring poetry. She loves beginning and ending her classes with extended stretching while the core of the class focuses on flow. Expect fun transitions and new ways of practicing basic postures. For more information about Leslie or to learn about her credentials, please visit www.integrityyoga.net.
My journey inward started 4 years ago with YouTube videos and DVDs, but quickly grew into a dedicated practice both at home and my local studio as I was introduced to meditation and a healthy, holistic lifestyle. As I started to dive deeper into the practice I was completely hooked, and absolutely fascinated by the changes that began in my mind and body. Yoga gave me a feeling unlike anything I had ever experienced and changed my life for the better, so I decided to learn more and became a certified instructor, which has proven to be the best decision I have ever made. Of course, after seeing the effect yoga has on adults, I wanted to be able to share that with little ones as well; I am now RYT 200 and a certified Children’s Yoga Instructor, so unbelievably grateful to have the opportunity to share the power of yoga with my community. I hope to show my students the divine magic that lives within them, and inspire them to continue their practice off the mat, and keep it with them throughout their daily lives.
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. She is also a certified Radiant Child Yoga instructor, having completed her training with Shakta Kaur Khalsa. 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 former editor-in-chief of Fit Yoga magazine (2003-2010), and is 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.
For over a decade, 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 has worked closely with both the chief of cardiology and the senior exercise physiologist as the case manager/stress-management facilitator for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for the Reversal of Heart Disease, and Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR). Most recently, Rita provided resources and services for Stamford Hospital’s Psychiatric Department, helping to implement weekly meditation classes. Rita has also 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, where she also serves as a teacher-trainer, and senior teacher.
Rita has presented yoga therapy to medical students at Yale University, St. Vincent’s Nursing College, and Northern Westchester Medical School 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). Her abstract and article, Open Heart Yoga was published in the Spring of 2011, for the medical journal, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation (TGR). She is currently offering Yoga for Chronic Disease Teacher Training and Restorative TT as part of several studio teacher trainings, and as a stand-alone immersion.
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.
Rita is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and offers workshops in therapeutics and restorative yoga to many studios in Connecticut, New York City, and Long Island as well as a flourishing private client practice.