Noelle DeStefano

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‘It’s the Perfect Location’: Ashtanga Yoga Opens on Elm Street

Noelle DeStefano first found yoga as a business professional suffering from stress. DeStefano had been running an area website and graphic design business for 15 years, and began searching for an answer. “Sitting at a desk all day takes a toll on your body,” she recalled on a recent afternoon, seated on an embroidered pillow at the center of a sunwashed Elm Street studio, “I knew as soon as I stepped on the mat that yoga was what I needed.”

She added: “I think yoga can help just about anyone.”

DeStefano recently launched Ashtanga Yoga New Canaan in a second-floor space in the heart of the downtown. A relatively self-led style, Ashtanga yoga was founded in Mysore, India by Shri K Pattabhi Jois and it has just three authorized teachers in Connecticut, including DeStefano. “In a regular yoga class, everyone starts at the same time with the teacher in the front of the room, and everyone’s sort of moving together,” she said. Continue Reading →

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