What do you hope students take away from your class?
I hope they take away a sense that yoga is a practice for every body; that there is so much more to the practice than trying to achieve "picture-perfect" poses. Yoga is a practice for living life.
Sondra is a musician and artist whose practice of yoga is informed by a lifelong interest in nutritional/naturopathic healing, having grown up with Chinese traditional medicine as the core of her family's health. Sondra has experieced yoga practice as a powerful instrument for change in her own mind, body and health; she teaches with the intention to share this knowledge--to help people find their own practice.
Working in public health policy research and then the NYC fashion industry, Sondra first found her yoga practice as essential stress relief and then as a meditative practice she credits with helping her live a more conscious, intentional and spiritually-aligned life. Sondra's classes focus on alignment, injury prevention and moving w/ mindfulness of body with breath.
What inspires your practice and teaching?
Everyday life, my creative work as an artist, Buddhist philosophy, and the many incredible students and teachers I've had the privilege to work with.
RYT-200, Greenhouse Holistic;
working on 300hr - Yoga Sukhavati
Teaching since 2013
Practicing since 1998
Sondra Sun instructs the following classes:
This intimate 3 hour workshop is for beginners and anyone who wishes to review the very basics. Every first Sunday of the month!
In a relaxed setting we'll introduce you to the practice of yoga and help build a foundation which will help you feel more confident in a group class or in your own practice.
We will go over the following:
• brief background on what yoga is; its origin, philosophy, benefits
• simple breathing exercises, focusing mind and body, linking breath with movement
• basic postures, step-by-step, focusing on proper alignment and foundations
• modification of postures so that they work for your own unique body. There will be opportunity to ask questions and receive one-on-one assistance with the poses.
YOGA :: Yoga & Meditation (c)
This gentle flow class is focused on the experience of being in your body and with your breath. Accessible to all levels, including beginners, this class is a combination of gentle & dynamic flow coupled with longer holds to help find alignment in our bodies, within ourselves, connect with clarity, humility, and love.
We begin end class with Mindfulness Meditation – a subtle but very special practice that is often overlooked.
GENTLE :: Yin Restore
Work the connective tissues of our ligaments, joints and deep fascial networks in this meditative practice focused on deep stretching, breath and relaxation. Props are used to support the body as postures are held for an extended time allowing for deep stretches that are soft, rather than muscle driven.
Yin Yoga is the perfect complement to a regular practice of active asana.
HATHA :: Intermediate
In this steady-paced yoga class traditional asanas are held in accurate alignment with emphasis on building core strength, stamina, flexibility and balance as well as improving concentration and breath control.
**Focused on refinement of the basics, the practice of Sun Salutations and introduction to revolved standing poses, hand balances, inversions and backbends. Using props when necessary, we move at a faster pace than in an All Levels class.