Cilla has lived in Vermont for the past 17 years. She attended the University of Vermont to study Psychology and Literature, and decided to stay after graduation. With a deep interest in the mind, body and spirit, after college she completed an in depth study of Massage and Bodywork. In her early 20’s, Cilla began a serious yoga practice to help alleviate back pain from scoliosis. Intrigued by the challenging postures and breathing techniques, she began to practice daily. With a disciplined asana and pranayama practice she was able to alleviate physical and emotional pain. The practice was changing her life and when asked to teach by her first teacher, she couldn’t turn down the opportunity. She completed her first 200 hours in Burlington, VT and went to receive 500 hours training in Hatha Yoga under the Tantric Tradition in Indonesia. Years later, she was introduced to Bhakti Yoga by her teacher, Raghunath. This tradition helped connect many of the missing links she had been searching for and also introduced her to a community of devotion and love. She completed Raghunath’s 500 hour Advanced YTT Cultural Immersion of Bhakti in India, where she was able to learn and explore the culture, ancient scriptures, music, and philosophy as well as discover a stronger connection to the divine. She believes that 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 is grateful for all of 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, teachers and community. Cilla teaches anything from strong vinyasa to yin and restorative yoga. She keeps her classes and teachings authentic by offering 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 of continuing education in anatomy, alignment, skillful assists and handstand preparation and practice. She’s completed an 200 hour Ayurvedic Integration Certification course at The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont and is certified in Marma Therapy and Sound Healing. She offers 200 and 300 hour teacher trainings and continuing education courses at Sukha Yoga, and assists her teacher, Raghunath, in his 300 hour trainings in India and SuperSoul Farm. (visit supersoulyoga.com to find out more).
Noah Weisman, co-founder and RYT500, 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.
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.
Nancy Borg, E-RTY 200, has been practicing Yoga steadily for over 25 years. She received her 200 RYT certificate in 2012 and has been teaching yoga consistently since that time. She's received certifications in Yin Yoga level I & II, Restorative Yoga level I & II and Yoga Nidra. She's taken continuing education at Omega Institute and studied with Sri Dharma Mittra. She completed a 200 hour Ayurveda Integration program, is a Reiki II practitioner, and ISHTA level I Certified Tibetan Healing Bowl practitioner. Nancy is currently enrolled in her 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at Sukha Yoga, completing that in Dec. 2019. Nancy's study of Ayurveda has taught her that 'like increases like, and opposites heal', and she began incorporating the more relaxing practices of Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing to balance her strong Hatha practice. Nancy truly loves sharing her experience and knowledge with others and is forever grateful for the powerful transformative benefits this practice has on the body and the consciousness. She doesn't just practice and share yoga, she embodies the empowered lifestyle and ethics of a true yogi.
Amanda Smith RYT200 began a regular yoga practice and immediately there was no doubt in her mind that she wanted to begin a lifelong dedication to yoga. It was not only the physical benefits of yoga that she was drawn to, but more-so the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. Initially, her husband, who completed YYT at Sukha years ago, taught her yoga. Soon after, she felt inspired and began studying under Cilla and Noah Weisman at Sukha. Once she began, there was no looking back. She completed her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training and is half way through her 500 Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course at Sukha. She's a certified Sound Healer and Yoga Nidra practitioner. She is truly passionate about yoga, and eager to share the knowledge that has been passed down to her. Her classes are both energizing and relaxing. She encourages students to work hard, but also holds space for deep relaxation. She's experienced first hand the profound benefits of the practice and is enthusiastic to guide others in the practice.