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I discovered yoga in 2004 and began a very regular, almost fanatical practice. It reshaped my body and eventually my entire life because it illuminated a worldview I already knew and understood at a deeper level. I started teaching yoga after just 4 years of practice and became the space holder of Perennial six months after that. I’m honored to extend the beauty and power of yoga to others, knowing firsthand how transformational and healing this practice is. I lead a flowing and reverential style of vinyasa yoga that is sprinkled with spiritual teachings. I believe anyone can practice in my class if they are willing to co-create their experience on their mat by listening to what their body, mind and heart is calling for and then answering that call. My hope is that you’ll leave my class grounded in your body, flowing to your natural rhythm, and inspired to live wholeheartedly. Along the way I promise you you'll find inspiration, Truth, possibility, some tears and a whole lot of laughter.
 
I was still an infant in my understanding of the deeper meaning of yoga when I began teaching but I wasn’t new to the art of teaching. I had taught Social Work at the university level for many years. So I brought the best version of my inspiration, skills and instruction that I could at the time, not realizing how far I had to go. Now, as a lead teacher of a teacher training program, I am often reminded of how far I’ve come and how far I still have to go. But that’s the beauty of Yoga - it’s a lifelong course on learning how to live life well. Fortunately I love learning, dancing and even wrestling with people, ideas, and experiences. It makes for the highest state of aliveness I know. I’m a more serious student of life and a more Light-hearted person because of yoga. I now find real life far more exciting then anything I could ever dream up or drama up.
 
Yoga is my truest companion and has made me a much better one. It is my lens that brings into focus what matters and has changed the way I see myself and others. My framework for my life and what I hope to invite others to is the “middle path.” A path I’ve jump on and off in almost equal parts. But because of greater discernment, which is one of yoga’s most important contributions to one’s life, I see it sooner, avoid taking a major detour, and jump back on with more grace, self-forgiveness and with the ability to laugh at myself. Living with yoga in my life means being surrounded by the most loving and kind-hearted people on the planet. I sleep, relate, create and eat better (she says while slurping on a hot fudge malt and onion rings).
 
I owe a great debt to the practice of yoga because it gave me the tools to comprehend and follow through with my Dharma (purpose), which is reflected in a large way in Perennial. Keeping my focus on my purpose is something I am unapologetic and unrelenting about because yoga has shown me that the world needs me to be the best version possible of mySelf. Perennial, and the practice path it lays out, is my offering to you so you don’t shy away from your dharma…..because the world needs you to live it! And when you do, you’ll live with more joy, love and peace in your heart!
 
I hope to see you at Perennial. You can also connect with me on my Wholehearted Yoga Facebook
Keith Borden is consistently turned on by the stillness within movement, the silence hidden in sound, and the esoteric in the everyday. I love to practice yoga, and sharing this practice that I love for the last decade has been a terrific gift. I'm very lucky. I have great teachers in my life – Jasmine Tarkeshi, Dana Flynn, David Robson, David Gellineau, Manorama, and Rabbi Joseph Gellberman – and being a student is one of the best parts of the yoga practice. The classes I offer are energetic and balanced, and are infused with playfulness and creativity. I strive to live, breathe, and offer the devotion-rich yoga that comes out of my daily home practice. I'm a singer, kirtan wallah, a bhakti yogi, and an interfaith minister. I always chant with my classes, and occasionally I play and sing during savasana. I love to experiment in my practice, and years of Muay Thai, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong have taught me that all movement is healing and complementary to my sadhana. My goal is to hold a space that fosters inner quiet, true strength, and a healthy, joyous spirit where students can re-unite with and REJOICE in their true Self.
I found my way into yoga many years ago as a way to accentuate my meditation practice. As a result, I created greater strength and control in my body, more calm and clarity in my mind, and a stronger sense of connection spiritually. I am always excited by the possibility of helping someone else realize the many benefits of yoga and meditation that I have. Simply put, my offerings are geared towards a mindful, heart-centered practice that promotes presence and supports heightened self awareness.

Sean completed the 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certification at Inner Fire Yoga, Madison, WI in 2012. As a Reiki Master, Sean infuses powerful healing energy into every class, and seeks to create a space for a more meditative, spiritual practice. Check him out at Spiritwonk or Facebook
It has been said that we may have been sent to yoga by challenges and obstacles in life, and that yoga is about moving toward the light. Carla's own transformational journey began at Perennial Yoga and Meditation in January 2012 and she received her RYT 200 through Perennial Wisdom Teacher Training two years later. Like an archeological dig, her yoga practice has helped her to peel away the layers that had dusted over the authentic self. Her wish is to share this amazing, heartfelt practice with others through vinyasa flow classes that create a moving meditation, a space for your inner wisdom to percolate to the surface, a place to find the stillness inside, and an opportunity to access the spiritual through the physical. Movement, music, meditation, breath work and joy are the foundations of her classes. You bring yourself, your life, your truth. Her hope is for you to unearth your own gifts and grace on your mat, take those treasures into your life, and to live from that center. In addition to taking and teaching yoga classes, Carla is passionate about the dogs in her life; her own four Zen masters, the shelter dogs she works with, and the dogs in her training classes. Hiking the woods and fields with her canine companions, dabbling in interior and landscape design, being a part of the Perennial Yoga community, and sharing life with friends and family members from age 91 to 1 year, keep her grounded, uplifted, and full of gratitude for each day.
Katie Hill is a happy yoga teacher and life-long yoga and meditation student. Having been introduced to the practice at the ripe age of 13 as a way to cope with a rather fiery adolescence, Katie has been dedicated to yoga and meditation for 27 years. In 2006 she received her 200-hour teachers certificate from Living Yoga Program in Austin, TX. She has studied with many amazing master teachers, and blends the best of her favorite styles into a grounded slow flow practice that is calming and life-affirming. Katie believes that every person can do yoga and can benefit from the life-changing practice, regardless of the state of their physical body or their current beliefs about their abilities. Her style incorporates grace, humor, acceptance, and mindfulness. A writer, proud mom, health + life coach, and true Gemini, you can read more of Katie's work at Katie-hill.com
Ken discovered yoga in 2003 as an alternative to knee surgery recommended to fix years of wear and tear. After 60 consecutive days of yoga, healthy knees, a revived spirit and mental clarity he was convinced that yoga would be a key part of his life. In April 2008 Ken took the leap and resigned from his corporate job as a systems analyst to devote his attention to practicing and teaching yoga. As a Certified Forrest Yoga instructor he is thrilled to be teaching his students about the joy, well being and fulfillment of a regular yoga practice. In training for Respiratory Therapy he is deepening his knowledge of breath and is bringing the benefits of yoga to students with lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema and cystic fibrosis. Ken’s group and private classes focus on the healing power of breath while engaging in a rigorous series of asana’s that will challenge you to go deeper, building your strength, integrity and spirit.
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.
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.
Nora Groeschel found yoga in 2012 at a time she was craving balance on multiple levels: physical, mental, and spiritual. The practice welcomed her to find a new understanding of self-love and self-acceptance. It introduced the beauty of the human body and the joy that living in the moment can bring. Her classes will invite you to embrace the present moment, to let go of expectations and perfectionism, and to challenge yourself to breathe through a dynamic vinyasa flow. Nora became a registered yoga teacher (RYT200) at Perennial Yoga & Meditation, Fitchburg, WI in May 2014. She is also a facilitator for a community outreach group - Eat, Breathe, Thrive – which uses yoga to reconnect the body, mind, and spirit in people struggling with disordered eating and body image concerns.
Aubree Saia, 500 E-RYT, is a gifted healer, teacher, and transformational guide. She offers her guidance from a deep well of authentic experience in the yogic healing arts and beyond. She began her practice more than 20 years ago, and has been sharing her love of yoga with others for the past 15 years. She has been blessed to assist with her inspiring teachers Shiva Rea, Dr. Judith Kravitz, and has spent many moments studying in the presence of numerous master teachers. Aubree is a certified Prana Vinyasa® Teacher/Trainer, Transformational Breath® Facilitator, Raw Food Nutrition Coach, AcroYoga® Teacher, Access Consciousness Bars Facilitator®, Thai Massage Practitioner, and the creative director of Jewel in the Lotus Yoga, LLC in Madison, WI. Aubree infuses her intuitive awareness, creative sequences, mantra, music, intention & ritual to create a sacred space for your self-exploration and inner healing journey.
Jamie took her first yoga class in Seattle in 2002 and has been practicing ever since. She has a deep respect for the ability of the human body to heal itself and has seen firsthand what a consistent yoga practice can do to calm the mind and deepen the connection to self and others. Jamie is a lover of all things natural. Often described as “organic,” she creates natural skin care products using essential oils. In 2014 Jamie received her 200 hour RYT certification after completing the Perennial Wisdom Yoga Teacher Training at Perennial Yoga & Meditation. Jamie’s classes will encourage you to trust your inner teacher and connect to your truest nature. Jamie is honored to witness the transformative power of yoga in her students and feels blessed to be a part of the Perennial community.
You could call me a former-mermaid, hug-giver, lover of the moon & all things sparkly. My path has long been one of curiosity & learning about the body, with regards to movement & its innate ability to heal. Dance, Martial Arts, SCUBA Instructor, Massage Therapy, Reiki & a lot of self-study all brought me to Yoga. Practice was intermittent until taking studio classes & realizing the benefits of group energy & help of a teacher. Starting at Perennial in 2011 & taking my first Bhakti class cracked the armor I’d long carried. Practice intensified & I felt the need to pay it forward. In May of 2015, I received my RYT 200 certification from Perennial Yoga & Meditation & I can honestly say that it has changed my life. My teaching ranges from soulful Vinyasa classes that flow with the breath & the seasons, to balancing Yin & Restorative classes. With permission, I love to give hands on assists offering healing Reiki energy & gentle guidance to deepen your experience. My intention is to hold a safe space for students to find their own light, strength and grace – both on and off the mat. I truly believe we can change the world, one breath at a time.
Stressed out by the modern expectations of being a working mother, I found myself wondering if I was missing the deeper meaning of life. Although cross training supplied me the physical challenge I yearned for, my heart called for a more profound connection. Always open to new things, I signed up for a month of yoga and ironically the theme of my first class was “finding that deeper meaning”. I fell head-over-heals in love, and have never looked back. My relationships grew stronger, and my anxiety lifted as my life began to shift. I truly believe that everyone can benefit from embarking on a journey to living life wholeheartedly. In the spring of 2015, I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Perennial Yoga & Meditation. My classes embrace my authentic, non-judgmental style, creating a playful yet powerful balance between breath and movement. My hope is that my heart-centered classes will encourage both spiritual and physical growth. I am an artist, a mother and a wife, an organic gardener, and an environmental enthusiast...as well as a lover of generous hugs, fish tacos, traveling the world and laughing until I snort. 
I am excited to share the teachings of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® with you. After practicing for 24 years, I continue to experience the power of Kundalini Yoga and meditation to reduce stress and build inner strength to navigate the ups and downs of daily life. Since 2004, I have taught middle schoolers, adults and seniors, sharing yoga and meditation to calm the mind and uplift the soul. In January 2014, I completed the Kundalini Research Institute Level One Certification Training and earned membership in the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. My spiritual name is Siri Bahadur Kaur which means Princess or Lioness of Great Bravery and Courage. This name reminds me to call on my inner warrior to accomplish my goals. My day job as a hazardous waste specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources challenges me to continue with my practice, further my study of this technology and share it with the yoga community.
I have yet to find the limits of yoga practice. Many years ago, I was a soccer player who began yoga in order to keep my body healthy and strong while avoiding the injuries that come with competitive sports. Along with a healthy body came mental control, determination and patience. I love yoga for its athleticism – I participate in the USA Yoga Asana Competitions. I also love it for its physical therapy – Ghosh yoga is founded on the principle of creating health in the body, both inside and out. I also love it for its serenity, spirituality and stillness of mind – breath control and meditation are growing parts of my personal practice. I studied with Tony Sanchez, a yogi who has been practicing for 40 years without injury, focusing on sustainability, spinal health and individual modification. My teaching is always focused on using proper body mechanics combined with mental control and stillness. I strive to balance each class with strength, determination, relaxation and stress relief.
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