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.
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.
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's recently 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. 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.
Teresa Wynne (E-RYT) 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
Sarah has been teaching yoga full-time in the Burlington area for the past two years. She completed her 200hr Teacher Training in Burlington in 2015 and her 300hr Jivamukti Teacher Training in 2017. She is also a certified Prenatal, Restorative, AyurYoga, and LoveYourBrain teacher. Sarah is passionate about exploring and teaching Yoga’s traditional practices, believing that it is through their application on and off the mat that we can tap into our truest potential and a more compassionate way of living.
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.
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.
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.
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.