OUR TEACHERS


 

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Anne Adametz, Acupuncturist and Yoga Therapist & Mentor. Anne has traveled to over 20 countries, exploring and honing approaches to self care. Anne offers classes, treatments and mentoring sessions, sharing knowledge of ancient techniques with humor and real-life, in-the-moment applications you can practice every day, with everyone you meet.
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.
For years I was curious about yoga, but I always had a really good excuse why I couldn’t give it a try…time, money, fear. Did I mention time? For a long while I had been feeling a little lost and a lot drained from trying to keep up with a full time teaching career, my three children under the age of 5 and well...life in general. I was so over being in survival mode. I longed for balance, presence and purpose. I ached for an authentic, wholehearted life and I wondered if yoga just might be the way to get there. Finally the day came when there were no more excuses. The moment I walked into my first yoga class and stepped on my mat, my life was forever changed. I felt like I had come home. I discovered a safe place I could go. I didn’t have to be anything other than myself or do anything other than show up. That was enough. I was enough. After that day I never looked back. I immediately committed to a regular practice and over time my practice taught me countless lessons. It taught me how to be still, to breathe and to be present. My practice taught me how to play, to take risks and to find strength in vulnerability. And maybe most importantly, my practice taught me how to remember who I am and that I can always begin again when I forget. After nearly three years and much consideration, I was ready to commit to deepening my yoga practice further by learning how to share it with others. Now as a yoga teacher, I am humbled and honored to offer a loving, authentic, wholehearted space for my students to practice doing what I first did: Show up just as they are and seek out whatever it is they need. Whether you’ve got everything together, you’re a hot mess or you’re somewhere in between, I invite you to come home to your mat to discover what yoga can teach you.
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.
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.
I am so very grateful to have landed firmly in the center of my dharma at this stage in my life. The "call" I've heard can be summed up by the words of Crosby, Stills & Nash - “Spirit is using me, a larger voice is calling.” My answer to that call led me to create yoga and meditation spaces, a vegan cafe, a healing space where energy medicine is administered, and a yoga school. This thriving, healing, liberating community is called Perennial - Yoga, Wisdom, Community. Perennial is offering people the time, the space and the practices that create mind, body and spiritual health. It is making it possible for them to unleash their best energy at home, at work, locally and globally. As humans we are resilient and we are fiercely and peacefully powerful when we put our minds and bodies in service to our heart. As more and more of us are putting our love into action we are creating a better life for ourself and others. I discovered yoga in 2004 and it reshaped my body and eventually my entire life because it illuminated a worldview I already knew deep down. I started teaching yoga after just 4 years of practice and became the space holder of Perennial six months later. I’m honored to extend the beauty and power of yoga and meditation to others, knowing firsthand how transformational and healing they are for me. I lead a flowing and reverential style of vinyasa yoga that is sprinkled with ancient and modern Wisdom. My hope is that you’ll leave my yoga class grounded in your body, flowing to your natural rhythm, and inspired to live wholeheartedly. I also lead meditation weekly. During this time we explore how to create a mind that serves us rather than sabotages us. I am the co-leader of the Perennial Wisdom Yoga School with Keith Borden. I am blessed to learn as much as I teach during these sessions. My life expands as I share moments with others who understand we have one wild and precious life to live! We seek inspiration, possibility, Truth and Grace and we accept that there will be some tears along the way and a whole lot of laughter.
 
Nora Groeschel found yoga in 2012 at a time when she was craving balance on multiple levels: physical, mental, and spiritual. The practice welcomed her as she began her journey back to self-love after many years of suffering from eating disorders and exercise addiction. It re-introduced her to the beauty of the human body and the peace that living in the present moment can bring. Her dynamic vinyasa classes will invite you to let go of expectations, control, and perfectionism, to see your true self with compassion, to learn about your boundaries and preferences, to have some fun, and to love yourself. Nora became a registered yoga teacher (RYT200) at Perennial Yoga & Meditation, Fitchburg, WI in May 2014. In 2017 she completed a 50 hour Advanced Bhakti Training with Rusty Wells. Nora is forever a student and cannot wait to learn with you!
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.
Meditation has always helped me keep my life in perspective. My practice continually reinforces my belief that all living beings are connected, and the importance of respecting and appreciating this connection. For as long as I can remember, I have been encouraged to be curious about what existed beyond our perceived reality. When I was a child, my parents regularly practiced Transcendental Meditation (TM), and shared with me the principals behind the practice. When I was older I experimented with other methodologies of meditation and mindfulness and have been practicing regularly since 2001. One methodology, which I continue using today, is floating in an isolation tank and meditating. I noticed how quickly I was able to enter the void, that wonderful place of ultimate stillness, when I included meditative music during my floats. The vibration and sound from the music took my practice to the next level effortlessly. And so began my love of including sound with my meditation practice. I have always been drawn to the idea of teaching others about meditation and its benefits, and eventually this idea became a calling. I became certified in vibrational sound therapy and use Himalayan Singing Bowls to facilitate the joy of meditation.
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
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.
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.
Maria Lawrence became a yoga teacher as an expression of deep gratitude. Amazed by the physical and spiritual healing yoga restored to her life Maria sought deeper knowledge of yoga and received her RYT 200 hour certification at Perennial Yoga and Meditation. Continuing her education and receiving her Reiki Master Certification. Maria's Vinyasa classes focus on uniting breath and body movement to calm the mind while building strength and self-confidence. Practice over perfection is encouraged on and off the mat. Maria welcomes humor, compassion, and all levels of students to her classes.
 
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