YIN/MEDITATE YOGA


This class is taught by:

Marta Behrens

Marta’s love for yoga started to take root when she felt something gently “tugging” at her heart and mind following her very first class and continues to unfold years later. “it felt like a seed had planted that would grow into something profoundly life changing”… “I continue to be amazed by the power of yoga to keep me grounded, resilient and happy”. "My intention is to hold space that feels safe and accepting so that healing can happen when and where it is needed" Her instruction emphasizes sound alignment, body awareness, mindful breathing, and self-acceptance. She teaches from a profound sense of service to help her students realize the transformative powers of yoga that helped change her life. Marta has been teaching since 2006 and holds a 260 hour teaching certification from Pure Yoga, Hong Kong.

Maria Novak

As a little girl, I gained a strong reverence for yoga, practicing/playing on the floor with my mom, watching “Lilias, Yoga & You” on PBS in the early 1970’s. Later, as a lifelong headache sufferer and intense over-achiever stuck in an unsatisfying corporate career, I reached a crisis point at 30: I was out of touch with my body, my soul…my entire being. With help, I propelled myself out of the IT field to become a massage therapist; I discovered the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program, where I learned meditation and simple yoga moves that put my out-of-control emotions back into my own hands; and I randomly found bhakti music and began singing and chanting mantras. Stress-free moments became attainable on a daily basis – a miracle! Finally, in my 40’s, my search for tolerable exercise brought me to Bikram Yoga, Yin Yoga, and eventually Vinyasa (flow) Yoga. My amazing discovery was this: not only was yoga practice helping my body, but I could almost completely let go of my over-active mind while I was on the mat. In 2016, I completed my RYT-200 training at Perennial Yoga & Meditation. The classes I love to share are on the gentle side, appropriate for beginners and intermediate yogis, and full of grounding and nurturing. I have a deliberate and intentional teaching style, but still maintain plenty of fun-loving, grateful, musical, compassionate, not-too-serious attitude in my classes.

Sophia Maria Janus

Sophie feels blessed to have found yoga so early in life as she has seen an outstanding transformation from a stressed, self-conscious, and grieving teenager into a light-hearted, open, and grounded human being through its endless benefits. As her dedicated mat practice turned into a longing for a deeper understanding of yoga, she sought out the teacher training program at The Studio in Madison, WI, and received her RYT200 in June 2017. She continues to be fascinated by our bodies’ abilities to move in such beautiful ways in coordination with breath while building inner strength. Sophie’s classes encourage students to tune in to their breath and creative movement through rhythmic flows while maintaining the intention to build physical, mental, and emotional strength from the inside out. Offerings are always invitations to play, laugh, and be mindful of self love.

Crystal Hanson

Crystal enrolled in her first 200 Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) in 2009 through the Himalayan Institute. After feeling the many emotional, spiritual and physical benefits that Yoga and Meditation brought to her daily life, she had a strong desire to continue to learn and share with others. Crystal has now completed a second 230YTT, 540YTT, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist Certification and Chair Yoga Certification. She is grateful to have had in-depth study-training opportunities with Indu Arora, Sarah Powers, Lauren Walker, Rod Stryker and many others from the Himalayan Institute and Kripalu for Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Mudra, Energy Medicine Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Philosophy and Meditation. Crystal shares from her heart as she invites her students to pause, connect, look inside and feel what is happening in the present moment (on and off the mat). Her classes are rooted in traditional Hatha and Tantra Yoga as she stays true to her lineage of Swami Rami (founder of the Himalayan Institute) and teachings of Indu Arora (International Ayurveda and Yoga). Crystal’s classes often include chanting, mudras, pranayama, and stories/teachings from the ancient Yoga texts. Crystal holds sacred that which Indu Arora has taught, “Yoga is a work IN, not a workout”. Crystal is also Certified as a Fitness Nutrition Coach and has had the privilege of studying with Dr. Andrew Weil (Integrative Medicine). She is honored to teach and share from all of her trainings, modalities and life experiences respecting an integrative approach. Crystal believes that we are ALL teachers and we are ALL students.

Marina Koyen

I took my first yoga class in 2001 out of curiosity. I remember the feeling I had after this class. My mind was at peace, body felt subtle and light, and I had overall sense of ease and balance. I wanted to cultivate these qualities more in my life, so I decided to make the practice of yoga a part of my everyday routine. Over the years I resonated with the following styles of yoga: Ashtanga Vinyasa, Prana Flow, Viniyoga and Yin Yoga. I was blessed with the opportunity to study with great teachers of these traditions: Shiva Rea, David Svenson, Richard Freeman, Paul Grilley, Paulie Zink. In 2012 I took a training in Universal Yoga with Andrey Lappa in Ukraine. I found home in this tradition. Universal Yoga is a multidimensional system that uses variety of techniques: asana, pranayama, pratyhara, dharana, and mantra to help the practitioner to find balance on all levels of beeing. This system is based on the concept of the mayakoshas - layers of being. According to traditional yoga scripture, we all function with not just one, but several bodies or Maya koshas: physical, energetic, emotional, mental, intellectual, bliss, fluctuating mind (chitta) and karmic layers. Through the practices of Universal Yoga we reach the balance between these layers, within each layer, and between the one and the world. I teach my classes in the tradition of Universal Yoga. They are often designed in a Mandala sequence, which will challenge your body, will invite your mind to stay present and bring you sense of calm and peace. I use mindfulness approach in my teaching; every asana and vinyasa become practice of dharana - concentration. By being here and now we are better able to see the patterns in the mind and body and we see more clearly what doesn't serve us anymore, what is just a habit that can be let go of. My goal as a yoga teacher is through various practices of yoga to help people to be at their optimal level of physical, mental and emotional health.
This style of yoga focuses primarily on the connective tissue and its unique role in the human body. Connective tissue pervades the entire human body from skin to the smallest cell. A series of deep, long held postures stimulates growth and function of the tissues leaving your body feeling refreshed and energized! The divine inner practice of Yin balances your energetic system, increases flexibility and provides time for deep contemplation and reflection.

For students who are beginners thru advanced who want to attend to flexibility and mindful contemplation.


Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Aug 22 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Marta Behrens
  • Sat Aug 25 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Maria Novak
  • Sun Aug 26 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Sophia Maria Janus
  • Wed Aug 29 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Marta Behrens
  • Sat Sep 01 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Maria Novak
  • Sun Sep 02 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Crystal Hanson
  • Wed Sep 05 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Marta Behrens
  • Sat Sep 08 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Marina Koyen
  • Sun Sep 09 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Marina Koyen
  • Wed Sep 12 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Marta Behrens
  • Sat Sep 15 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Marina Koyen
  • Sun Sep 16 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Marina Koyen
  • Wed Sep 19 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Marta Behrens
  • Sat Sep 22 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Marina Koyen
  • Sun Sep 23 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Marina Koyen
  • Wed Sep 26 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Marta Behrens
  • Sat Sep 29 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Marina Koyen
  • Sun Sep 30 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm with Marina Koyen
  • Wed Oct 03 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm with Marta Behrens
  • Sat Oct 06 7:30 am - 8:45 am with Marina Koyen