About Us

A family run yoga studio located on Church Street in downtown Burlington, Vermont.  Sukha Yoga offers Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Meditation, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra.  We combine the ancient Tantric techniques of traditional Hatha Yoga and Bhakti Yoga with modern science, music,  and creative sequencing.  At Sukha we strive to create balance between the mind, body and spirit.  Although vinyasa classes will challenge you physically, we want people to take away much more than just the physiological 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.  Through consistent practice of the yogic techniques, study of the ancient literature, and devotion to help others, we can begin to find our true self. 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.  Noah and Cilla Weisman opened the studio to share their passion with others, continue to grow and connect, and have the opportunity to give back. They teach in honor of their teachers with tremendous gratitude to serve others.  Sukha is a Sanskrit word meaning “good space”, happiness, bliss and ease.  Our mission at Sukha Yoga is to create this space for self discovery and positive transformation so that we can become more connected. When our awareness is heightened through self-discovery,  we are able to see past our own needs/thoughts/desires/self and offer ways in which we can uplift humanity as a whole. The conscious effort to use our discernment and give selflessly will lead us to authentic happiness, freedom and unity.

 

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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 to better serve others. 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 college 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 Bali. Here she was able to dive deeper into the practice, and take it far beyond asana and pranayama. 

Teaching schedule: Monday 9am Yin, 10:30am Hatha, Tuesday 6:15pm Flow, Wednesday 10:30am Yin, 12pm Flow, Thursday 12pm Flow, 6pm Hatha, Friday 9am Yin, 6pm Yin Yasa. Specialty trainings, workshops and events on the weekends.

    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 completed an advanced training in the UK on anatomy, alignment and skillful assists. She consistently travels to workshops and trainings in order to deepen her personal practice and refine her teaching skills. She is currently enrolled in another 300 hour advanced training with Raghunath Cappo, studying Yoga, Ayurveda and Sacred Literature in India under the Bhakti tradition. She shares her love and knowledge of the practice through a comprehensive 200 hour Teacher Training.

   

Noah Weisman, co-founder and RYT200, 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.  

Schedule: Tuesday and Friday 10:30am Flow and Mantra

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Maggie Jones (RYT-200) came to Burlington in 2008 to pursue her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont where she studied sociology and biology. At this time in her life she began to practice yoga to cope with the added stress of school. After completing her undergraduate degree she moved home to Massachusetts to teach high school biology. She continued to deepen her practice and discovered that the mental and emotional benefits of the practice had a profound influence on her ability to be patient, kind and motivated so that she could be the best version of herself for her students, family and friends.  After years of serving as a teacher and careful self study, Maggie moved back to Burlington to pursue her dream of becoming a Nurse Practioner. Maggie discovered Sukha Yoga and found solace in the steady and grounding nature of Hatha yoga. Maggie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Raghunath of Supersoul Yoga. Steeped in philosophy, this training opened her eyes to the power of Bhakti yoga and the joy of devotional service. She is eternally grateful for her teachers Raghunath, Cilla and Noah and is completing her 2nd YTT at Sukha. When she's not on her mat you can find her studying for nursing school or enjoying the outdoors through hiking and skiing.

Schedule: Tuesday 7:30am Core and Restore, Sunday 4pm Flow

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Kara Bouchett is a Burlington native and lifelong athlete and student of health. She began her studies of nutrition and fitness in high school and was eager to choose her path as a coach and student of wellness. Though she was initially focused on the impact of performance nutrition, her journey gradually shifted to holistic health, natural practices and Eastern philosophies and systems. She began her yoga practice over 15 years ago, but her interest and awareness expanded significantly as she supplemented her intense fitness and coaching schedule with a weekly practice at Sukha. What started off as a few days a week, quickly became a daily practice, and as her practiced evolved she became more focused on the psychological and philosophical elements of yoga and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sukha Yoga. Kara is the mother of two young boys, a Lululemon Ambassador, a Certified Athletic Trainer, Nutritionist, Yoga Teacher and the co-founder of Jukebox in downtown Burlington. Kara strives to live her practice and  believes strongly in helping others achieve their health and wellness goals. 

Schedule: Monday 12pm Flow, Wednesday 9am Flow

 

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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.

Schedule: Thursday 9am Flow

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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. 

Schedule: Wednesdays and Fridays 7:30am Therapeutic Yoga and Massage 

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Lakshmi Tinker Plasha

Lakshmi (Ambassador for Manduka, leading yoga mat brand) was led to Hatha yoga in 2003. After extensive practice in Seattle and Los Angeles County, in the summer of 2010 she moved to the Sivananda Ashram in Grass Valley, CA where she was originally trained.  Residing in the ashram for 10 months she taught traditional Hatha yoga and meditation for all levels. Upon leaving the ashram she settled back in her roots of the Pacific Northwest where she taught and studied Restorative and Vinyasa yoga with Kathleen Hunt. Lakshmi moved to Vermont in the spring of 2012; it was then she began to recognize her calling in the therapeutic yoga realm.  Lakshmi now specializes in meditation and yoga for both teen and adult Eating Disorders, Addiction, and Anxiety. In each of Lakshmi’s classes, she emphasizes breath-based movement from within the subtle body, the energetic core or center space; through instruction in rooting, core integration and energetic expansion each student is able to explore their own union with gravity's pull and the strength of their own bodies. Meditative and investigative stillness, along with slow, rhythmic, micro movements awaken us to breath, body, the inherent web of love, and our own essential emptiness.  Lakshmi is a Child and Family Wellness Coach at the University of Vermont Center for Children and Families where she works with a team of individuals who incorporate mindfulness and yoga into the realm of Western Medicine.

Monthly Restorative and Reiki Workshops on Sunday evenings and Co-teaching the Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

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.

Rebecca is subbing classes and offering workshops

 

Teresa Wynne (E-RYT 200) believes that no matter where you start from, yoga has something to offer you. Whether you’re trying to touch your toes, explore different coping and stress-management skills, dive deeper into spiritual inquiry, or want to be a part of a vibrant, compassionate community; there is an aspect of the practice that can accommodate. She has found that a committed yoga practice is life changing, and is excited every day to teach. Her vinyasa classes are down-to-earth, breath driven, and strong.  Her slower/restorative classes are quiet and introspective. 

Teresa is also the founder and director of Story Yoga Inc. Story Yoga is a nonprofit yoga school that offers a fully sponsored 200-hour yoga teacher training for people in addiction recovery.  Her goal is to share the life changing experience of a dedicated yoga practice, while creating a space for people to develop unique professional skills.  

More info at: storyyogainc.org

Teresa subs classes and offers workshops

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.

 

 

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