200 Hr RYT Training This January 2018!

September 6, 2017

Transform Your Life and the Lives of Others!
The RajaHatha School of Yoga first began offering 200-Hour Teacher Training in 2004 and has graduated teachers annually since, under the direction of Amy Pearce-Hayden, ERYT-500 The Level I Yoga Teacher Training is an intense 6-month program appropriate for students ready to explore how teaching Yoga can change their life and the lives of others, or for students who wish to go deeper into their personal Self-Realization through the traditional practice of Yoga. Many students embark on this path for personal Self-transformation and healing, rather than having teaching as their primary goal. This RajaHatha Foundation Course and its instructors meet the standards of Yoga Alliance and awards National Certification upon successful completion.
Build a foundation for lifelong healing and growth.
About RajaHatha Yoga Teacher Training:
Throughout the intensive 6-Month Training, students will explore the ancient science of Yoga with in-depth focus on asana, pranayama, meditation, personal study and Self- exploration, ancient yogic text study (with a focus on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras), and other yogic philosophy, study of the physical, mental, energetic, emotional and spiritual bodies, as well as anatomy/physiology, teaching methods, yogic ethics, and the healing, restorative and therapeutic aspects of Yoga . The Training is appropriate for students who wish to deepen their Yoga practice and knowledge of the science, want to become certified teachers, or already teach and desire to continue their studies. Students who emerge with certification will have a very solid foundation on which to teach Yoga, in addition to have gained tremendous experiences that are often life-transforming.

About the Faculty
All Yoga instructors are recognized in their training by Yoga Alliance and are certified. Our instructors strive to live their yoga and share their knowledge as part of their life service (Karma). The Program is Directed by Amy Pearce-Hayden, ERYT 500 whose formal Yoga study began in 1995 as part of her training as a professional actor, and has now become her daily education and practice. Amy is the founder of The RHSOY, and carries this simple philosophy: “Absolutely everything is connected. Our practice is in becoming present in the moment to allow for that reality and magic to joyfully unfold.” Her classes, workshops and private instruction can be found available throughout the NYC metropolitan area, Madison, WI and streaming online. Amy has studied Yoga in India and also under the guidance of many western yogis. She received her Certification in Yoga that placed focus on the branches of Raja, Hatha, Jnana, Bhakti, and Tantra Yoga as well as Ayurveda. Amy has been leading the RajaHatha School of Yoga’s Teacher Training program since 2004. 2016 will mark the 12th annual program. Most recently Amy’s “YouYoga” online streaming classes can be found inspiring thousands at www.youyoga.me. Amy has also been featured regularly in “Yoga International” Magazine both as a contributor and cover model. Additionally Amy has been named “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” of Putnam County, NY. Faculty guest teachers include local and international instructors as well as the support of Senior Teachers as One-to-One Mentors. Our Senior Teachers play an integral role in our Mentorship Program. Participants of the program, are paired with a senior teacher to aid in their study and assist by offering their heartfelt guidance on the path.


Friday nights = 3 hours, Saturdays = 9-10 hours, Sundays = 8 hours

For more information and to Apply:

call: 845-629-0459 (Amy)

Email: amy@flywithkula.com

Web: www.pearcehaydenprojects.com


How Did You End Up Here

March 2, 2016

“Your work in the world is meant to be about expressing the power and spirit that’s within you.” – Baron Baptiste

I get asked all the time, “how did you end up here?”

Some apologize after asking, like it’s a secret and they are being nosy to ask – like I’m going to have to give away some big complicated map to the universe. I always share and how much detail I get to share is only dependent on how much time we both have. No secrets here; this is just my story of my path to yoga studio ownership. “End” is not what I call where I am. To end is to finish or stop and that’s not what I’m up to. I am moving toward things that inspire me and away from those that don’t. It’s often a very twisty path with detours, obstacles, wrong turns and wipe outs. Those of you who know me pretty well know that travel is about as high on my list of desirables as a root canal, so I will leave this travel metaphor before I get queasy!

I came to where I am right now because I was lost (there I go with the travel again). I had left my career as a high school band director, something that I had worked toward since middle school and succeeded at for several years, to be home with our newborn son. My identity had disappeared and when I stared at this “stay-at-home-mom” in the mirror, it was like looking at a stranger. I questioned everything – my value, my worth, my successes and failures. Fast forward to 10 months later, with the help of my OB/GYN I finally was able to see that I was suffering from postpartum depression. I started to emerge from the fog with the help of therapy and medication. Then, along came baby number two – a daughter who seemed from day one to look straight into my soul. This time, I was “prepared” for all of it; I had been through it before, my body would be “better” at pregnancy and I would see it all coming because I was “experienced”. Ha. Well, I bet most of you can imagine how that all worked out! I had a more intense pregnancy, more complications, more emotions, more, more, more. With an easier delivery minus a premature start (thank goodness) and a second, though anticipated, round of postpartum depression, off I went into the world as a stay-at-home-mom of two.

But here’s the thing: I was still lost. I didn’t know who I was anymore. I felt guilty for not bringing home money to support our family, I felt judged for leaving my hard earned career, and I felt like a failure as a mom and wife. I was stuck.

So how did yoga show up? Friends, other moms I’d met, doctors and therapists all said “do something for you -try a yoga class.” I was desperate, so I finally listened. Yoga wasn’t a complete stranger to me; I had taken a phy ed course in yoga to fulfill a degree requirement in college. I signed up for a boot camp that included yoga and bought a cheap-o yoga mat. Stretchy pants? Check! I quickly realized that the only thing that got me to boot camp was the yoga at the end, so next I ventured into the yoga studio world. I jumped from place to place and teacher to teacher until I finally landed in a Baptiste power flow class (taught by Ruthie – oh the universe is so sneaky!). After that class, I knew there was something more to this yoga stuff, but I wasn’t sure yet why this was different. Thank goodness for Google; it led me to Baron Baptiste and his opportunities for training. I took all the Ruthie classes I could; it was something like 9 per week for a while (can you say yoga-teacher stalker?!). I joined a “40 Days to Personal Revolution” group, a Baptiste program of daily yoga, meditation, and inquiry work led by Ruthie and eventually declared in her living room that I would open a yoga studio. That declaration was in May 2012. I got on a plane, left my babies, TRAVELED, and trained three different times that summer. Kula Yoga & Wellness opened its doors in Cottage Grove on November 12, 2012. Just shy of 2 years later, Kula’s second location on Monroe Street in Madison opened on October 18th, 2014. While I won’t bore you with all the details and ups and downs of owning and operating a small business (maybe another post, or ask me if you really want to know!), I will say that without the amazing and supportive people that have been a part of this wild ride so far, there’s no way I would have been able to succeed. It really does take a village!

“Were you scared?” You bet I was. But making the decision to actually do it was the worst part. I bit off a chunk of the to-do list every day and kept moving forward. Very quickly, my perspective changed and the idea of NOT opening Kula was far scarier than anything else I could imagine ahead of me. Is everyday filled with rainbows, glitter and unicorns? Far from it, but most days, I see them. I see the sparkle in a new yogi’s eyes, the colorful and patterned yoga pants as I teach, and possibly best of all – the real, authentic emotions that connect us humans to one another. Surround yourself with people that lift you up, not knock you down. Slow your pace, find your balance, be flexible and breathe as we experience what the universe has in store for each of us. Do something for you – try a yoga class!

– Becky Petersen-owner of Kula Yoga & Wellness