The Hills at Hand survival guide

From Yoga to Pilates and Zumba, moving workouts


Litchfield Hills Aikikai

Laura Pavlik is the owner of this traditional Aikido Dojo. She teaches Aikido, a traditional Japanese martial art based on the principle of non-resistance. Aikido practice involves physical conditioning such as strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, and resilience. As well, it provides mental conditioning such as self-confidence, concentration, alertness, intuitiveness and concern for others. As a non-violent art, Aikido is great for children. No experience necessary. Nurture your mind, body and spirit. There are also Pilates classes for any level.

725 Bantam Road (Route 202)
in the Sportsman’s building
860.576.2527 or


Nancy Opgaard Yoga

Known as one of the best yoga teachers in the area, Nancy Opgaard practices Ivengar and Ashtanga Yoga.  Also a licensed massage therapist, Nancy has added Ayurvedic massage to her services.

38 Great Hill Road


W. Rhythm Fitness

Popular Zumba instructor Wanessa Anderson took launched W. Rhythm Fitness Studio in December of 2015, currently the only studio in Litchfield county specializing in Barre workouts. They offer a variety of Barre classes (from beginner to advanced), including YogaBarre, PiYo (fusion of Pilates and Yoga), Piloxing (fusion of standing Pilates, Boxing and aerobics dance), Zumba and Belly Dance Party. As well, the studio holds various workshops such as Restorative Yoga, Latin Dance, Journey Dance and Boxing classes. Coming soon: Tai Chi and Intuitive Movement. The studio is also open for fitness professionals and dancers to rent the space and run their programs. For more information, or to become a member, learn about classes, workshops, schedules, and rates, visit the website below.

Rhythm Fitness
25 North Main Street

Lakeville (Salisbury)

Yoga at Space

The studio is situated in a beautifully renovated carriage barn. And Sara Getz  is amazing as lead teacher. A variety of traditional Yoga classes for all levels of students.

228 Sharon Road
(Route 41)


Charym Yoga + Fitness

This yoga studio is located in a beautifully restored historic building in downtown Litchfield. They offer a variety of yoga and yoga-fitness classes, as well as workshops and events. They also have a wonderful free class on the first Sunday of the month called Karma Yoga, which is open to beginners through advanced practitioners. Guests are simply asked to bring a non-perishable food item, or other appropriate donation for their basket which is given to the charity of the month.

174 West Street

New Milford

Mind-Body Connection

Into Pilates?  Then this place is a must for you. Pilates machines, barre and mat classes are all offered in this clean studio. Personal training is available as well.

143 West Street Unit W

The New Milford Sports Club

“The Club,” as it is known to the locals, is filled with natural light and great energy. The spacious facility, conveniently located in the downtown area, is loaded with fitness machines, weights, gadgets and treadmills. With 52 classes per week—which range from aquatics to zumba—there is something here for everyone. Work out with a personal trainer; swim laps in the salt-water (yes, we did say salt water!), Olympic-size pool; or schedule a Pilates session on the reformer in the beautiful private studio. There are two racket ball courts as well. When your muscles ache, (or even if they don’t!) there is a certified massage therapist on staff who will work out all those knots. The Café has delicious energy-restoring shakes to recharge your engine, and a nice assortment of salads and wraps, for a quick convenient meal. The Club also offers a very nice child care service. Exercise with confidence (for a small fee) while your little ones are looked after in a safe, clean, happy environment.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 5:30am – 10:00pm,
Sat-Sun, 7:00am – 6:00pm

130 Grove Street

New Preston (Washington)

Anne Hungerford Yoga

This well-established yoga studio offers a wide variety of classes. Anne Hungerford’s sculpting class and Nancy Opgaard’s Hatha Yoga are awesome.

168 New Milford Turnpike
Route 202


41 Gay Street: Private Training Studio

Helen Killmer has been offering one-on-one and group fitness classes in her Sharon studio for years.  Within the walls of this beautifully serene barn studio, she offers endurance spin, S.W.A.T., yoga workshops and kettle bell training, just to name a few of the classes available.

41 Gay Street


Becoming Balanced

Besides Pilates classes, this studio offers yoga, Zumba, pregnancy yoga, ballet, and more. They also have private classes. Amy Merli teaches yoga and also hosts green events, such as workshops on Eating for Energy.

224 East Main Street


Sanctuary Power Yoga

This yoga experience is as chill as it is hot.  The vinyasa power yoga class offers an amazing workout that will strengthen and transform mind, body and spirit. In a heated room. A monthly-unlimited pass for $49 is an incredible value.

23 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor