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 heard from the Universe 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 is the creation of a space for yoga and meditation to happen, a vegan cafe, a 200-hour yoga school and an initiative called Sacred Activism. This thriving, healing and liberating sanctuary and community is called Perennial. Perennial is offering people the time, the space and the practices that create mind, body and spiritual reconciliation. It's making it possible for them to unleash their best energy at home, at work, locally and globally. Spending time in community reminds them how vulnerable and resilient they are and shows them how to be fiercely and peacefully powerful by putting their hearts on the line. 
 
Like many others I discovered yoga seeking a self-help practice. It has reshaped my body, mind, lifestyle and understanding of who I am and why I'm here. It helps me let go of what doesn't matter and elevate the things that do. When I'm faithful to my spiritual practices I can rise to the occasion, the occasion of my life. As a result my life is expanding in all possible directions and it's bringing me into connection with others who also understand we have so much loving to do during this wild and wonderful ride through our precious life.
 
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 am co-leader, along side Keith Borden, of the Perennial Wisdom Yoga School and blessed to learn as much as I teach during these sessions. In 2016 I added Sacred Activism to Perennial's offerings which is, I believe, the way Spirit is using me best to fulfill it's intentions for me.  Please join me. Together we'll seek inspiration, possibility, Truth and Grace. We'll share some tears and a whole lot of laughter along the way. 
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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Contributing Teachers:

Sarah Barasch - Ayurveda

Carla Coleman - Teaching Beginners

Katie Hill - Class Themes

Scott Lamps - Anatomy 

Lauren Montelbano - The Yoga Diet

Seth Powell - History & Philosophy of Yoga

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 sarahmbarasch@gmail.com, schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation, or visit www.sarahbarasch.com 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.

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
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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