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, Yoga Nidra, Mantra, Kirtan and Teacher Trainings. We combine the ancient Tantric techniques of traditional Hatha Yoga and the philosophy and lifestyle of Bhakti Yoga. At Sukha we believe strongly in delivering the authentic teachings of Yoga and not just the physical postures (asanas). Although our vinyasa classes will challenge you physically, we want people to take away the message of unconditional love, unity and connection. We embrace the philosophy and lifestyle, incorporating it into our modern way of living, and strive to do the same for those in our community. Through consistent practice of the yogic techniques, study of the ancient literature, satsang, good association 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. Since the soul is eternal, there is nothing material that can bring us true happiness, and the sooner we can realize this, the faster we can accelerate on our spiritual path. The conscious effort to use our discernment and give selflessly will lead us to authentic happiness, freedom and unity.
Cilla, E-RYT 800, co-founder and instructor at Sukha Yoga, is a long time resident of Burlington and lifelong student of the mind, body, and spirit. She began her personal practice in 2001, and has been teaching yoga for over 10 years. She believes strongly that as teachers and leaders in the community, we should continue our own sadhana and continually learn from our teachers and other uplifting people in order to better serve others. She began her higher education with a Psychology degree from the University of Vermont. At this time she was uncertain of her path, but knew that she wanted to help others. In 2008 she attended Touchstone Healing arts for an education in Massage and Body Work. This school provided an in depth training in anatomy, alignment, body mechanics, spirituality, self care, and community connection. Over the years as a practicing Massage Therapist, she received certifications in Thai and Balinese Massage, Lymphatic drainage massage, Hot stone, Cupping, and Ayurvedic treatments such as Shirodara and Abyanga. She found great happiness and fulfillment in assisting the healing process for others, but also discovered that offering so much to many people could drain her energy and exasperate the chronic pain she suffered from scoliosis. She regularly used her asana practice to relieve this pain and find more balance. She completed her 200 hour teacher training locally (Burlington, VT) and spent several years teaching classes and assisting other 200 hour teacher trainings. With a desire to learn much more than the physical practice this studio had to offer, she went on to complete her 500 hour Advanced training of Hatha Yoga under the Tantric Tradition in Bali, Indonesia. Here, she was able to refine her sequences, class structure and techniques, but more importantly dive deeper into her own subtle practice through the practice of mantra, pranayama, kriya and meditation. They say when the student is ready, the teacher appears, and at a time of great need, Raghunath Cappo appeared in Cilla’s life and changed it’s course forever by giving her the gift of Bhakti Yoga. This tradition helped connect many of the missing links she had been searching for and also introduced her to a community of higher thinking, simple living, devotion and love. Raghu has a way of explaining yogic Philosophy from the ancient texts in a way that makes them very applicable to today’s modern society and lifestyle. Through mantra, satsang, study of sacred literature, kirtan, association, Seva (selfless service)and devotion, we can completely change the way that we think, act and love. Cilla continues to study with Raghunath as he leads trainings and retreats all over the world, and at his ashram, Supersoul, in upstate New York. She completed his 500 hour Advanced YTT Cultural Immersion of Bhakti in India, where she was able to learn and explore the culture, sacred texts, music, philosophy and find a stronger connection to the divine. She is honored to have had the opportunity to learn from Raghu’s teacher, Radhanath Swami. Cilla is grateful for all her teachers and forever indebted to them for changing her life. She tries to repay this debt by giving all that she has to her students, and by offering Seva in the community to help those in need. She tries to keep her classes and teachings authentic by delivering the messages of Bhakti with the hopes of inspiring others on their path and serving as a vessel to deliver positive transformation.
Always a student, Cilla has received continuing education and Certifications in Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Yoga Tune Up (self massage and therapy ball work) and Stand up Paddle Board Yoga. She has over 60 hours in advanced training in anatomy, alignment, skillful assists and handstand preparation and practice. She is currently enrolled in a 200 hour Ayurvedic training through the Ayurvedic Center of Vermont. She shares her experience and love of the practice though 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings and continuing education courses.
Teaching schedule: Monday: 9am Yin Yasa, Tuesday: 6:15-7:30pm Flow, Wednesday: 10:30 Yin, 12pm Flow, Thursday: 12pm Flow, 6pm Hatha, Friday: 9am Yin, 6pm Yin-Yasa, Saturday/Sunday workshops, trainings and events.
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: Thursday 9-10am Flow and Mantra, assists with teacher trainings and leads monthly Kirtan
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 9am Core , Sunday 4pm Flow
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
Lauren Goldstein is a Vermont native who has a strong passion for yoga. She discovered yoga in high school and has practiced ever since. She began teaching Vinyasa in 2013 and enjoys offering the more subtle yet powerful practices of Restorative, Yin, Yoga Nidra, and guided Meditation. Lauren is also a certified Reiki Practitioner. As a teacher she combines alignment focused sequences with breath work to create a balanced a joyful practice. With tapas (determination) and sanatosha (contentment) any person can experience focus within the body to overcome the obstacle of the mind. Lauren's goal is to create this positive transformation, whether it be through strong flows and deep backbends, or sweet restorative meditations.
Schedule: monthly workshops and series
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.
Schedule: Fridays 7:30am Therapeutic Yoga and Massage
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 (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
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.