Amy Pearce-Hayden, E-RYT 500
Founder & Owner of TANTRA
Creator & Director RajaHatha School of Yoga
Author, Living the Sutras
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.
Amber Smith, RYT 200
Amber began practicing yoga in 2015 as a form of exercise for stress relief, but found a comprehensive approach for coming back into her Self. She immediately felt at home with both the physical practice of yoga and yoga philosophy. Through her practice, she developed a deep curiosity about the connections between body, mind, and spirit which led her to seek out a 200-hour certification from the RajaHatha School of Yoga in 2018. Various emotional and physical injuries inspired her to explore the science of anatomy, pain, embodied self-awareness, and trauma in parallel with studying yoga philosophy. This deep self-study has promoted deep healing and a greater understanding of how physical and emotional pain manifests in the body. These experiences have shaped her personal practice and teaching.Her classes have a strong focus on physical alignment, interoception, and pranayama. She teaches with a sincere heart and seeks to create space and opportunity for you to meet yourself on your mat.
Amber has an amazingly supportive husband, Alan, and a sweet 6 year- old daughter, Ava. She grew up in Montana and then moved to Madison for graduate school. Amber earned her PhD in Plant Breeding Plant Genetics and has worked in the field of educational development for over 10 years. She is currently the Associate Director for the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lori Seaborne, RYT 200
Lori has studied yoga and other movement modalities since the 1980s. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Amy Pearce-Hayden in 2017, and then completed training as a Yoga4Cancer teacher with Tari Prinster, author of Yoga for Cancer. She has long recognized that healthy movement is critical for a healthy body and balanced mood. She currently teaches Y4C classes at Tantra. In 2019 she completed a teacher training certificate program in Pelvic Floor Yoga with Leslie Howard, author of Pelvic Liberation. She is currently completing a 500 hour teacher training program called SomaYoga at Yoga North in Duluth, Minnesota.
She has worked with cancer survivors at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center as a physician assistant for 16 years and had a strong desire to share her yoga experience with survivors, where movement has the potential to help people regain trust in their bodies and control of their lives. She also works with women who have survived cancer and have experienced changes in their sexual function related to treatments. It is this combination of experience that led to her interest in the role of the pelvic floor in healthy movement and function. In the coming year, she hopes to offer pelvic floor yoga trainings as well as an introduction to somatics at Tantra.
Ang Davis, E-RYT 500
I’m a student, just like you.
Whether you can or can’t touch your toes, do or don’t wear yoga clothes, consider yourself flexible or not, this space is for every body’s well-being. I see this time together as an opportunity to create intentional space for self-exploration and observation, compassion and connection. More simply, not necessarily more easily, to just be and breathe with things as they are.
I’m particularly interested in holding space that, like nature, generally has no hurry, encourages natural alignment, flows rather than forces, and is resourceful, adaptive, and therapeutic. I share space with caretakers, educators, office-goers, students, athletes, and littles. My areas of deeper study include: yin, anatomy, somatics, and yoga therapy. Currently, I’m studying in Kripalu’s 800-hour Integrative Yoga Therapy Program. The past few years, I have been primarily collaborating with educators and facilitating teacher trainings across the country. In 2013, I received my 200-hour Certification through Inner Fire Yoga. In 2008, my practice began and continues to ground and nourish me each day on and off the mat.
Sarah Archibald, E-RYT 200
I found my grounding by making my way upside down in a yoga class, and now, that's one of the places I find joy. Won't you join me?
I grew up with developmental trauma to the extent that I dissociated from my body and stopped exhaling completely for the first few decades of life. This has made landing in my body difficult, and I feel certain I couldn't have done it without yoga. It hasn't been an easy path: I've felt a lot of frustration being stiffer than the average person and cried a lot of tears as I released the trauma from my body. I know what it is like to be afraid to be seen and afraid to see, and for the last ten years I've been certified to help guide anyone else who feels called to the healing practice of yoga.
For a long time, I was drawn to challenging, physical yoga, practicing the primary series of Ashtanga yoga for more than six years. Over the last couple of years, my membership at Tantra has given me the gifts of restorative yoga, opening up new healing spaces in my spirit and physical body.
This is why I teach Sun & Moon: I see it as the best of both worlds. We start with a physical practice to heat the body and build strength, find the sweet release of a yin practice in the second half of the class, and of course, we always find our way upside down. From legs up the wall to handstand, I've got an inversion for you!
Laura Novak, RYT 200, LMT
Laura started her wellness journey looking for her own cure for migraines as a teenager, promising to get into any field that would help her find a solution. For Laura, the answer was Neuromuscular Therapy, and thus in 2007 she became a massage therapist; desiring to help others through their struggles with pain. Laura is a lifelong learner and has continued her studies, getting deeper into healing modalities and the science behind them. Through Neuromuscular Therapy she learned to assess the body and discover reasons for pain or dysfunction, as well as ways to relieve the pressure on the body and help people out of pain. A few years into practicing, Laura realized that getting people out of pain was only the first step, keeping them there would prove to be much more challenging.
Laura went on to study exercise science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a BS in Kinesiology in 2014. After completing this training and becoming a certified corrective exercise specialist, she started offering exercise coaching to her clients. That’s when she realized that just as her massage journey unfolded with what worked for her, her exercise therapy journey would as well. Since 2008 Laura has used yoga and functional exercise to help manage her pain. It was then the desire to share this approach with others led her to become a certified yoga instructor. Laura was attracted to Amy's approach to yoga that blends spiritual alignment with physical alignment and took the leap to study with Amy completing the RajaHatha School of Yoga 200 hour training in 2019. For Laura, yoga is a safe space to explore exactly what your body wants and needs to heal itself. She is honored to help others by holding a safe space to facilitate the changes their body is going through. She looks forward to working with the amazing teachers and students at Tantra.
Amy Bourne, RYT 200,
Amy began practicing yoga in 2012, sometimes more regularly than other times. She originally did it for fitness, then to challenge herself, and now it's become part of her life and her way to stay grounded, energized, and feel good. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in June, 2019 at RajaHatha School of Yoga. Because she loves the community that is created in a yoga class, and wanted to be able to share the 'light' with others, she embarked on certification. Her interests are in alignment yoga, body mechanics, and regulating the nervous system through breath and movement. She believes that the benefits and philosophy of yoga translate well to horseback riding, which is her primary sport. Amy grew up in the Madison area and has a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is also a Licensed Massage Therapist.
Kasey Love, RYT 200
Kasey Love is a believer in the healing power of movement. She encourages freedom, self-expression, and laughter in her beginner-medium intensity vinyasa classes. Energetic flows and an emphasis on personal growth of the mind, body and spirit connection permeate her teaching style. Kasey's classes are accessible to all levels and body types.
Kasey found her yoga in 2014 as a mechanism to help her cope with her anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. She was originally drawn to yoga as a form of meditation, but she quickly learned how healing a regular practice could be. As her physical body began to open, so did her emotional body. Kasey felt these practices had been waiting patiently for her, so she threw herself into her home practice with a fierce passion.
Through this daily self exploration, Kasey felt the calling to pursue her yoga path in a deeper way. She loved the freedom of movement and mind that vinyasa yoga had taught her, so she decided to pursue that lineage above others. She completed her 200 Hour RYT certification in 2018 through the Shiva Rea's Samudra Global School of Living Yoga under the mentoring of Aubree Saia, owner of Jewel in the Lotus Yoga LLC.