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.
Allison came to yoga as a continuation of her exploration into eastern arts and philosophy. Training in the martial arts for over sixteen years and earning two black belts from The Dojo, Stamford, her desire to delve deeper in pranayama and begin an asana practice brought her to the mat. She feels most fortunate to have found the gift of yoga and wants to share the joy and mindfulness yoga has brought to her with others. Allison is a (RYT) 500-hour certified yoga instructor, having completed her teacher trainings through Be Shri Yoga/Dew Yoga.
Allison’s teaching style combines her love of yoga with her martial arts and t’ai chi training, making each class fun and unique. She believes it is never too late to try something new and invites you to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself by just being present.
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.
Carol’s teacher training is from Kripalu (200 hours) and Be Shri yoga (additional 300 hours.) She has concentrated on restorative, chair, and yin yoga, as well as pranayama and meditation. Carol offers classes of all sizes as well as private lessons to teachers in training. She believes that yoga is an amazing way to tone your body, calm your nerves and gain vision on how to deal with difficult moments and decisions in your life. It is this philosophy that is so influential in her teaching style.
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.
Danielle began practicing yoga in 2008. She started practicing for the spiritual journey seeking to "release the heaviness" in her life. She quickly realized "yoga had called her home" and brought her to see the brighter side of living. Since completing the 200-hour Teacher Training Program at Stil Studio, in Dedham, MA, Danielle aspires to share the brighter side of life with her students. She teaches a 5 Element Vinyasa Flow and is also trained in various meditation styles, including Yoga Nidra. Danielle has also studied and is trained in Reiki. She believes that by accessing and reorganizing our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energy, we can live a life of expansive joy, more compassion, more purpose, peace and freedom. Through her yoga teaching, she hopes to inspire her students to spread the love they receive from her, both on and off their mats. Her passion for yoga includes the physical asanas (inchworm pose is one her favorites!), focus on the chakra’s, the mental liberation and the spiritual nourishment. When Danielle isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, she supports others with their health and wellness goals as a Holistic Health and Life Transformation Coach. She believes self love will change our world.
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.
Catherine de Zagon
Trained at the Roman University L.U.I.Ben as a Naturopathic Counselor with a focus on Homotoxicology Detox and Prevention, Stress Management, Holistic Massage Therapy and Dr. Bach Flower Remedies. In constant evolution and training to find new (and ancient) ways to achieve homeostasis. Chef & Mindful Nutrition specialist with a focus on Seasonal & Natural cooking, cellular nutrition and anti-inflammatory foods. Prevention & health management must include nutrition. Food is your medicine & your poison. Born in New York, I was raised in Florence and now live near Rome surrounded by nature. I have had the good fortune to travel often and have called home many places in Europe and United States. Locations tend to lend themselves to particular philosophies, ideas, energy and idiosyncratic knowledge. My holistic approach is informed and shaped by the many places I have lived in. Individual treatments, group classes & workshops.
"I’ve been on my journey teaching and studying yoga for almost two decades, and it’s the foundation that supports my life. It fills me up. It inspires me to grow, stretch and to seek more. It makes my body, mind and spirit feel free. It guides my decisions (most times) and gives me the courage to forge ahead, even when I feel like I can’t. It keeps me curious and it’s always gently pushing me to listen harder and to love more. It inspires me to live as fully and authentically as I can. It makes me happy. You’ll find my classes physically challenging (well, life is challenging), and spiritually uplifting. And most definitely you will learn to explore your body, mind and spirit. My extensive study of anatomy over the years promises my students safe and intelligent instruction that allows them to find a practice that fits their needs physically. No one is left behind and there is a fulfilling practice for each person that enters my class."
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 is a Licensed Massage Therapist and 200-hr certified yoga teacher. She is a compassionate soul with a deep sensitivity and strong faith that guide her every day. Fern began her exploration of healing arts in her late teens when she was introduced to the ancient Japanese healing method, Reiki. She has been attuned in Reiki levels 1 and 2 under Beth P. Leas in Norwalk, CT. In 2013 she was led to enroll in the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport, CT. In 2015, she graduated from CCMT‘s 720-hour program and passed Connecticut’s Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). In October 2019 she completed 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training under senior instructors Jen Irwin, Ann Russell, Rita Trieger and Robert Ortner at Dew Yoga. Fern holds space for her clients and students in a gentle way that allows them to kindle the light, peacefulness and healing that is within. She is deeply grateful for the people & teachings that make up the Dew Yoga community.
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 and Instructor of Yoga, mindfulness and Yoga Teacher Training programs. She discovered Yoga as a complement to healing during a period of physical, mental and emotional collapse.
She received her RYT-200hr certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and has over 500 additional training hours and ten years of full time teaching experience. 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 Yoga with Kofi Busia, Todd Norian, Nikki Myers and holds the certification for leading Y12SR (Yoga and 12 Step Recovery), Ila and Dinabandu Sarley. Her teachings are influenced by Erich Schiffman, Tias Little, Paul Grilley and BKS Iyengar.
Her meditation teachings are influenced by Jack Kornfield in the Vipassana tradition as well as Zen meditation and Yoga Nidra by Amrit Desai and Integrative Restoration meditation teachings of Richard Miller
She completed her professional 500-hr Yoga Teaching certification with Karen Rider of Be Shri Yoga. She has guided Yoga and Meditation with adults, teenagers, children, adults in recovery, corporate groups, and private clients with specific therapeutic concerns.
Tommi is a 500hr RYT and a Usui Reiki Master. Tommi gained an appreciation of the importance of healing, self care, and calming the nervous system while working several years as a neurosurgical critical care nurse. While she thrived on working in the fast-paced environment and the experience it provided, the cumulative stress began to manifest physically. In 2010, she discovered an outlet in the breath and flow of vinyasa yoga, and has been rolling out her mat ever since.
Tommi earned her 200hr teacher training at Baptiste-affiliated Connecticut Power Yoga in 2017 and completed her 300hr teacher training at Be Shri/Dew Yoga in 2018. She obtained her Reiki Mastership in 2016 with Beth Leas.
Tommi’s classes focus on cultivating awareness of mind, breath, energy, and alignment. Holding space for and guiding her fellow yogis to confidently move, breathe, feel, and explore is her way of sharing the gifts that she has received from her teachers and her yoga practice.
Steve is a longtime Business Magazine and Newspaper Publisher who has lived in Shippan for the last seven years with wife Leslie, and dog Barnaby. They have three sons in their twenties. After dabbling in meditation for years, Steve has become increasingly drawn to the practice and finds it to be the perfect antidote to the hyperkinetic, shallow and short-attention span lifestyle prevailing today. He recently completed a 100 Hour Meditation Teacher Training at Jiiva Yoga in Stratford taught by Berta Prevosti.
Stan Woodman is a Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher for the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI), in Mysore, India. He took his first yoga class in 1991 and began a dedicated Ashtanga practice in 1997. Having first met Sri K Pattabhi Jois in NYC 2001, Stan eventually went to the source in Mysore India in 2003 to study with Guruji. Since then, he has made several trips to the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, studying with its founder until his death in 2009 and eventually with Jois’ heir and grandson, Sharath Jois. Today, Stan continues his yearly pilgrimage to Mysore to study at the KPJAYI with Sharath and in the summer of 2016 completed a special two month teachers course in Mysore with Sharath.
Laura is a certified adult and teen yoga instructor. Originally from southern NJ, Laura discovered yoga shortly after moving to CT in 2011, and it has been her backbone ever since. Coming from an extreme sports background (including rugby, triathlons, CrossFit and competitive aerial arts); yoga was not only a compliment to her extreme sports, but also became a sanctuary for her mind, body, and soul, and helped her through a very difficult time in her life. Laura received her 200-hour teaching certification from Dew Yoga in Stamford, and her 30-hour teen yoga intensive from Karma Kids in NYC. Her “go-to” style of teaching is slow & strong vinyasa, where she builds the poses from the ground up and partners movement with breath.
After years of playing competitive sports, running marathons and competing in Triathlons, Michelle’s body was literally breaking down. She turned to yoga and unexpectedly found a space 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 in their body and mind. She has completed extensive trauma informed trainings with the following programs: Empowered Youth; Y12SR; Eat Breathe Thrive and; Off the Mat Seva. Her focus and attention to anatomy has been enhanced through trainings in: Positional Therapy Level 1; Thai Massage Level 1.
Sarah‘s teaching method lives in a strongly rooted idea that we each have access to a personal, intuitive philosophy, or state of flow. Given the right tools and deep listening to our body and breath, she believes each one of us is our own best teacher. Sarah has been studying the practice of yoga since 2009, with 500 ongoing teaching credits, there are many different forms of this ancient practice that make up her daily offerings. With a background in sports, nutrition, and qigong, yoga is where the unity of awareness in movement and stillness come together. We have to be good to our bodies, if we are ever going to be good to each other, that is this woman’s feel-osophy. Check her out @sarahsoulshines for yoga, the cutest pup in the world, food and all the good feels.
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. Placing a strong emphasis on maintenance, promoting health and harmony within the myriad functions of the body for the whole of ones life. Balancing 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 that blends different styles and techniques which 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.
*E-RYT-500 Yoga teacher training with Don and Amba Stapleton
*Certified Yoga of the Heart Therapist, with Nischala Joy Devi
*IYT-Integrative Yoga Therapy training with Joesph LePage
*Certified Thai Yoga practitioner and teacher with Jonas Westring.
*Certified Pilate’s mat instructor with Physical Mind.
*Integrated Positional Therapy training with Lee Albert
Rachel found yoga initially as a tool to complement other forms of exercise in 2013, but quickly realized that it was much more than something to do on rest days. Since then, and with a consistent yoga practice, Rachel continues to see and experience how a strong connection between the mind and body not only helps to improve physical performance (particularly as a runner), but also creates a calmer, more balanced, and mindful life. Rachel received her 200 hour teaching certification from Dew Yoga in Stamford under the teaching of Jen Irwin and Karen Rider. Her yoga focuses on bringing the mind and the body together through strong, conscious movements aimed at bringing strength and relief to the physical body, as well as preventing injuries.
Karen Rider came to the practice of yoga over 20 years ago seeking relief from sports injuries and back pain. She quickly discovered the transformative healing powers of yoga and began her journey of further learning and sharing the gifts of the practice. She has traveled the country and trained with some of the top yoga masters in the world in the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara and Vinyasa traditions as well as meditation and philosophy scholars, accumulating over 2000 hours of trainings. She has been teaching for close to 15 years while deepening her studies in the art of teaching, manual adjusting, anatomy and physiology, therapeutics, philosophy, meditation and Ayurveda. She fully believes that healing comes from within, incorporating all of the limbs of yoga and holistic health.
Karen teaches all levels of classes, private yoga, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings. Her teachings are a fusion of all of her trainings with a focus on creative and empowering sequencing, alignment and breath awareness, to help her students gain more strength and flexibility in the body and bring serenity and freedom to their hearts and minds. She enjoys guiding her students to help them recognize their gifts and achieve their optimal health and potential.
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.
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 well over a decade, Rita has been teaching yoga for various departments of Stamford Hospital, in Stamford, Connecticut. At the hospital’s Bennett Cancer Center, she has built a strong yoga community for cancer patients and survivors; at The Sarner Health and Fitness Institute, her twice 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. More 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 Reiki certified, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
She offers workshops in therapeutics and restorative yoga to many studios in Connecticut, New York City, and Long Island along with a flourishing private clientele.