Cilla (E-RYT 500hour) is one of the founders and instructors of Sukha Yoga on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont. She is a long-time resident of Burlington and a lifelong student of the mind and body. She’s 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 body work with continuing education and certifications 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 practice with others to help them overcome suffering and lead a more happy and balanced life. 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. With a strong desire to help others, Sukha Yoga offers several donation based classes a year to help raise money for different local charities. Cilla continues to learn and grow by inviting guest teachers to the studio for workshops and offering comprehensive 200 Hour Teacher Trainings. Visit Cilla's website for more information.