About Us

A family run yoga studio located on Church Street in downtown Burlington, Vermont.  Sukha Yoga is excited to offer Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Core Flow, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.  We combine the ancient Tantric techniques of traditional Hatha Yoga with modern science, music, aromatherapy and creative sequencing.  At Sukha we strive to create balance between the mind and body.  Although vinyasa classes will challenge you physically, we want people to take away much more than just the physical benefits of the practice into their lives.  Instead of viewing yoga only as exercise, we embrace the philosophy and lifestyle incorporating it into our modern way of living.  We are all in this together, and if we strive to achieve the best version of ourselves through our practice, we are able to spread that kindness and light to others. This will lead to authentic happiness.  Noah and Cilla Weisman opened the studio one year ago to have the space and time to share their passion with others and improve the quality of living with their yoga family.  Sukha is a Sanskrit word meaning“good space”, happiness, bliss and ease.  Our mission at Sukha Yoga is to have this space for self discovery and positive transformation.  This will lead us to a more balanced, healthy, and happy lifestyle.

 

Cilla (E-RYT 500hour) is co-founder and instructor at Sukha Yoga, a long-time resident of Burlington and a lifelong student of the mind and body.  She has been practicing yoga since 2001 and strongly believes that as a teacher, one should always continue to practice and learn. She started her continuing education at the University of Vermont where she earned a bachelors Degree in Psychology.  When she began her college career she was unsure of the future but knew one thing: she wanted to help others.  Through schooling and self study she realized the important link between the mind and the body and decided to attend Touchstone Healing Arts. This school provided an in depth training in anatomy, alignment and holistic health to become a massage therapist. Over the years she furthered her education in massage with certificates in Thai massage, Balinese massage, Lymphatic massage,  Hot Stone massage as well as Ayurvedic massage and body treatments.  It was during these years in her youth that she discovered yoga.  She turned to her yoga practice initially for relief due to the constant pain of scoliosis and physically demanding work. Once she began, she couldn’t stop. She realized that yoga not only relieved her aches and pains by making her stronger and more open, but it also broadened her mindfulness and awareness.  She was able to work through deep physical and emotional scarring and become a much healthier and happier person. She realized the impact her practice had on her own well being and wanted to share this powerful, transformative practice with others to help them overcome obstacles and suffering. She completed her 200 hour teacher training locally (Burlington, VT) and spent several years assisting 200 hour teacher trainings.  She then moved on to complete her 500 hour Advanced training of Hatha Yoga, under the Tantric Tradition in Indonesia.  Here she was able to dive deeper into the practice, and take it far beyond asana and pranayama.

    Always a student, Cilla has received continuing education and holds certifications in Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Aerial Yoga and Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga.  She consistently travels to workshops and trainings in order to deepen her personal practice and refine her teaching skills. She shares her love and knowledge of the practice through a comprehensive 200 hour Teacher Training.

   

Noah Weisman, co-founder and instructor, grew up in Burlington, VT.  He began his study of the body and movement in 2003 when he started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  He trained under Carlson Gracie Sr, protege, Julio Fernandez, one of the original Carlson Gracie Sr black belts.  Jiu Jitsu translates as the “gentle art” and focuses on using your opponent’s force against themselves rather than opposing their energy.  Noah took his BJJ to the next level by receiving his brown belt and competing as a professional mixed martial arts fighter for several years.  He fought both locally and on the national level. He loved that he was able to condition and push his body to new places, while also remaining calm and focused. He also enjoyed sharing his love of the sport and of physical fitness by teaching various mixed martial arts and conditioning classes. When Noah met Cilla a decade ago, he was training several hours a day around the same time she began teaching yoga.  It took several years of her teaching, with some gentle coaxing, before Noah finally decided to give yoga a try.  Initially, he would go to her core yoga class hoping to work a sweat and build more strength for his MMA/BJJ practice, but what he found with consistent practice was much more than just physical strength and endurance.  He liked the physical challenge of the asanas themselves but found amazing mental benefits from the more subtle aspects of the practice. He continues to practice daily and is always looking to deepen his yoga practice through books on philosophy, workshops and self study. Noah was born to teach and connect with others and his passion for life is inspiring. He feels that we can all make small improvements every day and over time this will lead to an improved quality of life, not only for ourselves but for those around us.  

 

Rebecca Joy

Rebecca Joy (RYT-200) grew up in beautiful rural Vermont, and has a deep gratitude to reside here now. She began her yoga study in 2008, and found meaningful community and teachings at Sukha Yoga, where she completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Her practice brings physical awareness, strength, and flexibility that manifest in her life and her teachings. She has used her own self study and yoga practice to overcome emotional, mental and physical challenges, leading to a deeper feeling of inner peace and expansive love. Her classes are powerful and grounding as she takes you through a flow that will balance both the physical body subtle body.

 

Mackenzie Doyle

Mackenzie Doyle completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sukha Yoga in March 2017. Mackenzie began her yoga practice in 2007 first with Bikram, then moving on to heated Power Vinyasa, but finally discovering her preferred style, Hatha, when she began practicing with Cilla Rybicki
at Sukha Yoga in 2015. As an avid athlete and outdoor enthusiast, Mackenzie loves strong, challenging flows – and she can be found skiing, mountain biking, hiking and dancing in her spare time. While
she was initially attracted to the physical, strength building aspect of the asana, Mackenzie has grown to love the mental and emotional benefits of yoga and continues to expand upon her spiritual and restorative practices.

 

 

Jintina Sundarabhaya (RYT-200) is a Burlington native and a lifelong student of healing arts. Jintina is a Certified Massage Therapist and has been a professional therapeutic bodyworker since 2005. She has traveled to Asia studying various forms of Eastern bodywork. She has a local practice in Burlington specializing in therapeutic bodywork, Thai Massage and Massage Cupping. Along with this profession she has a deep desire to assist in improving the quality of life for others. Her yoga practice began, like many, with the attraction to the physical benefits -strength, flexibility and balance. Initially she began her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Vermont to compliment her work as a bodyworker and expand her yoga practice. Once in the training she discovered the world and lifestyle of yoga, which has truly changed her life. Always thirsty for knowledge and as a student for life Jintina continues to deepen her study in yoga. Since completing her 200-hour she trained in Yin Yoga, practiced under amazing yogis from around the country and is currently in another 200-hour teacher training with Cilla at Sukha Yoga. She believes there is always something new to learn and is eager to share her knowledge and experience with her students. 

 

Samantha Collins-Sweeney is a Burlington native and completed her 200 hour Teacher Training Certification through Sukha Yoga. Samantha has used her yoga practice to learn more about herself and how to help others, and is eager to share her knowledge. Since childhood, Sam has taught group fitness classes and has always had a strong desire to teach and help others learn and grow. She began practicing in 2009 at a local gym and was able to dive deeply into her own practice and self-study more consistently in 2015 when Sukha Yoga opened their doors. Samantha continues to further her own practice and teachings by taking workshops and trainings with experienced teachers. She believes that there is more to life than simply existing. She witnessed this stagnancy occur so she continues to remain inspired by the teachings of yoga so she can then inspire all of those around her. Samantha has an upbeat, positive and encouraging attitude that is contagious to all of those around her.

     Sukha welcomes local guest teachers as well as teachers from across the US to lead specialized workshops, trainings and events.  We are proud to invite these guest teachers as a fun way to get the community together to grow and learn, all while welcoming new teachers to Vermont.  

    

Sukha is a Certified Yoga Alliance school and is very excited to offer 200 hour teacher trainings.  The studio space is large, beautiful and welcoming. We offer different styles so that people of all abilities are able to enjoy the practice.  Private sessions and private events are available upon request.