Sunny Hitt has performed in the big cities of New York and Boston, but her favorite spot in the world is in the woods surrounding her family’s homestead in Morrill.

Hitt grew up in Waldo County and started dancing with Lisa Newcomb at Belfast Dance Studio at just 4 years old. Later, while attending local schools, she continued her dance studies with Ivy Forest, Andrei Bossov, and Robinson Ballet Company until she graduated Belfast Area High School in 2001.

Hitt continued to study dance at SUNY Purchase and Marlboro Colleges and later performed with independent dance companies, most notably she performed with Sara Rudner and Friends at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston in summer 2008 and later, the world premiere of ‘Displaced Persons,’ a dance theater piece by Lorraine Chapman in New York City.

“It was through my work as a dancer – a dancer suffering with chronic low back pain – that I discovered yoga,” explained Hitt. “And in 2009 I completed my first 200-hour yoga teacher training in Boston, as well as prenatal yoga teacher training called Om Births.”

Hitt initially returned to Waldo County to be closer to her family, who still lives in Morrill, and to save money for a recent trip to Southeast Asia, which included receiving further training and certification in Thai Yoga Bodywork.

“Waldo County and Belfast in particular are both very close to my heart and I have been curious about the growing scene here in Belfast, where there is not only a wonderful dance studio,” Hitt said. “There is also a great space at the Belfast Yoga Studio for people to learn, share, laugh, experience, play together.

“I have lived and traveled to many places but there’s something very unique about Belfast, and each time I came back there was always something or someone new contributing to the vibrancy of the community. It’s very special. And I’ve always wondered how I could be part of this vibrant community that continues to nurture my independent spirit and my soul, and now I think there’s enough desire to share this practice to sustain myself as a teacher.”

Hitt is celebrating the opening of her practice, as part of the teaching staff at Belfast Yoga Studio, in the red and white Belfast Center at 9 Field St., with a free class Wednesday, April 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This free class will begin a six-week session of hour and a half classes that are open to all levels. The cost for the full session is $14 per person per class to drop in, or $12 a class, prepaid. Hitt is also available for private sessions, prenatal yoga work and Thai yoga bodywork. Class size is limited.

For information about Hitt’s class and Belfast Yoga Studio, go to belfastyoga.com or call 338-3930. Hitt can be contacted at onehittwonder@gmail.com or (443) 878-8743.