Perennial Wisdom Yoga School - Teachers


Lead Teachers

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.
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.
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Visiting Teacher


Seth Powell

The Story of Yoga | A 2,500-year Visual and Textual History 

The Yoga of Action & Devotion: The Bhagavadgītā

Seth Powell is a longtime practitioner of yoga and a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions. He is currently a PhD Candidate in South Asian Religions at Harvard University. His research focuses on the history, theory, and practice of medieval and early modern Sanskrit yoga texts and traditions, as well as their intersections with the culture and practice of modern transnational yoga. Seth also holds degrees in the study of religion from the University of Washington (MA) and Humboldt State University (BA). In addition to his academic pursuits, Seth has spent much of the past decade “on the mat” in the American yoga studio culture, engaging in a variety of forms of modern postural yoga including Ānanda, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, and vinyāsa more broadly. Beginning in 2010, Seth has spent extended periods abroad studying with teachers and yogīs in India, as well as conducting doctoral field work and research. He completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Ānanda Yoga in Grass Valley, CA, as well as a 200-hour clinical Yoga and Āyurveda training at Santosh Puri Ashram in Haridwar, India. As a scholar-practitioner, Seth is gifted in his ability to present the ancient teachings of yoga clearly in an accessible, light-hearted, and inspiring manner—while maintaining a rigor and sensitivity to traditional Indian knowledge systems. Seth conducts workshops and lectures regularly on the history and philosophy of yoga at studios, teacher trainings, and universities around the country. Visit Seth's website, Yogic Studies to learn more.



Contributing Teachers:


Sarah Barasch - Ayurveda

Lynn Catlin - Jung's Archetypes And The Chakras

Carla Coleman - Teaching Beginners

Souvik Dutta - Tantra Yoga

Katie Hill - Class Themes

Scott Lamps - Anatomy 

Lauren Montelbano - The Yoga Diet

Sean Ward - Meditation


Sarah Barasch offers the full range of Ayurvedic services: Ayurvedic health consultations, Ayurvedic bodywork treatments, and PanchaKarma options at Perennial Yoga in Fitchburg. Ayurveda, the sister medicine of Yoga, uses food as medicine, lifestyle routines, herbs, 5 sense therapies, bodywork treatments, and gentle cleansing to nourish the tissues, remove fatigue, and increase health and vitality. Sarah provides Ayurvedic wellness plans and bodywork treatments as a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and a PanchaKarma Technician (Ayurvedic Bodyworker). To find out more about wellness services Sarah offers, email, schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation, or visit Sarah completed two years of Ayurvedic studies at the Kanyakumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center in Milwaukee. Sarah holds a membership with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA), and has taught a full time Ayurveda Health Counselor program. Sarah gently keeps herself and her clients on the path of self-care and vibrant health. She is a Reiki Master and has studied: Neurovascular Therapy, GeoTran, EFT, Holographic Tools, Marma training, Medicinal Aromatherapy, and flower essences. Bonus secrets: she's fluent in Mandarin and crazy for British period dramas.

Lynn is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Madison, not far from Perennial. Throughout her life, Lynn has been drawn to the connection between the spiritual realm and human psychology. Along her journey, Lynn happened into the healing chambers of a Jungian analyst, and there found a path that made sense of the world and the human condition. Along the healing path, Lynn returned to school, completing a doctorate in psychology at Marquette University. Seeing the value of yoga as a form of movement meditation, Lynn attended a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2012. In private practice at The Mat, Cushion and Couch, Lynn focuses on providing depth psychology, combining talk therapy grounded in Jungian principles, mindfulness meditation, and yoga movement.

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.
Souvik Dutta was born in Kolkata (aka Calcutta) in Bengal, India. Souvik was introduced to Yoga at the age 4 at Yogananda’s college of Yoga as a means to control his acute asthma and this practice gave him new life. His earliest learnings of philosophy were from the monks of Ramakrishna mission and Tagore’s influence shaped Souvik’s cultural growth. At the age of eight, Souvik was officially initiated into spiritual life by his Kula Guru (family priest). He began his journey into jyotish, tantra, spirituality and dharma then which ended up being a life time of learning. He met his second Guru during his engineering days in the western part of India, near Pune. He was initiated into Naadi jyotish by his second Guru. Souvik met his third Guru during his first job who initiated him into the Arsha School of jyotish. Souvik was fortunate to have had training in three lineages or paramparas of jyotish.

Souvik established his jyotish school, AIAC, in 2009. Since then he has lectured at numerous places in the US. He also holds numerous lectures in Chicago and its suburbs on Hindu philosophy, Mantra Shastra, Jyotish and Hindu mythology. Souvik also does private client consultations. Souvik has more than 100 articles published online and in various astrology magazines.Souvik lives in Aurora, IL with his wife Amrita and son Hridaan.

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
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.
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. 
As the head chef at Surya café, Lauren is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all whom she serves. Lauren comes to us with compassion in her heart and a diverse background to draw from. Completing YTT’s in both India and Thailand, she has a strong belief in the transformative effects of yoga on the mind and body. The food she prepares is an extension of these beliefs. Adapting Ahimsa fully into her personal and professional life, she has vowed to practice non-violence and non-harm, preparing plant-based foods that impress even the most avid meat-eaters.
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