Amy Pearce-Hayden, ERYT 500
Amy’s formal study of yoga began in 1995 with Iyengar Master, Gabriel Halpern. While working toward her BFA at DePaul University’s Conservatory Professional Theatre School (Chicago), yoga was included in their curriculum and her deeper studies continued. After relocating to NYC in 1997, she received her first yoga certification and went on to open her own school in 2003 where she continues to direct both 200 & 500 hour Yoga Alliance recognized teacher training programs, in her RajaHatha lineage. Amy began studying the Yoga Sutras personally in 1992. She then studied with Rolf Sovik and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute throughout the last decade, first working on the Sanskrit to English translations and then on concept and deeper meaning.
As a recognized International Yoga teacher, she is sought out for her expertise in linking classical yoga with modern living. She has been a regular contributor to Yoga International Magazine, as both a cover model and creator of on-line yoga classes and guided meditations for them. During the summers of 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019 she co-hosted the Times Square Summer Solstice “Mind over Matter” event with 10,000 yogis practicing in the heart of New York.
Amy specializes in addiction, trauma therapy, and whole-family living. Her teaching and lifestyle is compassionate, practical, and personally authentic. After returning to the Midwest she opened TANTRA, her 4th Wellness Studio in Madison.
She is currently keeping busy working on her 3rd season of her podcast "Living It" with co-Author Kelly DiNardo and continues to travel to teach and lead healing retreats across the globe.
Classes with Amy:
Earth: Mondays 5:30pm- 6:45pm
Earth classes focus on the fundamentals and basics of yoga postures, breath work and yoga philosophy. The classes work to connect us on a primary level to our physical condition and having a healthy relationship with our body. The classes help to create steadiness and are grounding in nature and cultivate a deeper sense of stability. Earth classes are appropriate for all levels, including beginners.
Space: Tuesdays 10:00am-11:15am
Space classes are gentle and deeply therapeutic. They are designed to help us restore, refine, and rest. Yin and therapeutic postures are the physical focal point, with dharma and darshan (classical philosophy and subtle storytelling) as the support for healing. By use of props, sound, and mantra we are able to stay longer in the therapeutic postures to begin the process of releasing tensions that are physical and emotional. Space classes are designed for everyone and support all other classes.
Fire: Wednesdays 10:00am-11:00am
Fire classes are intensely purifying, challenging and transformative. Focus is placed on challenging our perspectives, habits and old ways in both the body and the mind. Advanced postures and concepts are introduced, but the opportunities in these classes are to let go and align your mental focus with your intention through your practice. Fire classes are about the cultivation of power and the release of the ego. Previous experience at TANTRA or with a Mysore practice suggested.