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Sunny McGill – ERYT 200 & RYT 500

Sunny McGill

Sunny grew up near Bangkok and emigrated to Canada in her twenties, where she worked in palliative care in a hospice. Working with patients in their final stage of life had a profound effect on her, teaching her about acceptance and living in the moment and made her question the deeper meaning of life. 11 years in Canada had not only broadened her horizon culturally and linguistically but also set the stage for her Yogic path. After many years of exploring her passions and fears, investigating life’s purpose, and picking herself up after each fall, a period of depression provoked questions such as ‘why am I here?’. Sunny did not seem to fit into the ‘conventional’ life so she ventured out, challenged her world view, went through ups and downs of discovering her true nature, who she really is, where she wants to be, and what her purpose may be.’– As a result, she decided to move back to Asia in 2010 to pursue her Yoga training in India and subsequently move to Koh Phangan to fulfill her dream of opening her own school. All of life’s hurdles she had faced and overcome with grace, sweat, and tears, have shaped her into an amazingly strong-minded and inspiring woman and teacher.

Having lived and worked in both the Eastern and Western world provides Sunny with a well-rounded understanding of people and their aspirations.  She intrinsically merges traditional and modern aspects of philosophy and practice from her rich life experience, which makes her one of the most renowned and charismatic teachers on the island. She loves to challenge her students, physically and mentally to encourage them to become the best version of themselves. Her passion for teaching, upbeat personality and humor make her classes and trainings a true joy.

Teaching yoga is my passion. It makes me happy. I love seeing my students with a happy face, sweating, and yet peaceful after the yoga session. Teaching yoga is also helping me to have a better awareness of what is going on around me and what is going on in my own mind. This enhanced awareness improves every aspect of my daily life and I use yoga to help myself going through the obstacles of life. I just love to share what I’ve learned, and contribute to improving the lives of others.

 

Sunny is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT 200 and RYT 500 received in 2011 and 2018 respectively). Since 2011, her experience in teaching in-studio class and teacher trainings amounts to over 5,000 hours. Trained in Sivananda, Hatha, and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and incorporating other styles of yoga in her teaching, Sunny’s classes and trainings have a firm foundation in Hatha & Vinyasa yoga. She is very passionate about sharing her knowledge with those pursuing a sincere path of physical and mental self-improvement, which can be felt in all of her classes. She is one to challenge her students in just the right amount, mastering a good balance of work & play. 

Sunny is a mother of two beautiful children, who live with her on Koh Phangan and keep her ‘real’. In her free time, Sunny loves riding and hiking around the island, sipping a good coffee while pondering about life, and dancing her heart out as often as her busy schedule allows. Sunny is a very active community member on the island, engaged with the local schools, nature parks, and community events. 

Dancing is my meditation

 


Nancy Huettig – RYT 200

Nancy’s life changing journey started as she walked away from her corporate job to find her heart’s desire. She followed her desire, and travelling guided her through healing from her burn-out and she found new inspiration for her life. Yoga, Reiki and Meditation in combination with Nature and the Holistic Ayurvedic system of self-healing helped Nancy to create balance, mindfulness and peace in her body, mind and soul in order to reach her purpose in life with love, compassion and consciousness. Nancy’s life transformed into more happiness, better health and observation regarding her body and deeper understanding and connection to herself she felt had been lacking for a long time.


Cheryl Friedman

Cheryl Friedman - Yoga philosophy teacher

Cheryl’s approach to teaching Yoga Philosophy is to create an open discussion forum, by presenting various schools of thought and belief systems, accounting for the historical and cultural context in which they developed. A student of yoga, for many years, Cheryl’s natural curiosity and analytic mind led her to exploring the deeper questions of the philosophy of yoga. To supplement her self-study, she has learned from a diverse range of teachers, including Swami Ramananda of Integral Yoga San Francisco, Sacinandana Swami of Goloka Dham in Germany, Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh India, and Christopher Wallis, Classical Tantric Scholar and Practioner, author of Tantra Illuminated and founder of the Tantrika Institute in Portugal.

She is also a graduate of the Heart of Sound, the first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training devoted entirely to the transformative power of sound, and has studied kirtan with Dave Stringer, Jai Uttal, and the devotees at Radhadesh Temple in Belgium. In 2018, Cheryl was a presenter at the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, India.


Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips - Anatomy yoga teacher

Aomdaw Loysuwan – RYT 200

Aomdaw Loysuwan

Aom was trained with Sunny Yoga 200h Teacher Training in 2017. She is originally from the South of Thailand, but moved to the Bangkok area when she was young for her studies. She has a master degree in journalism and has been working as a journalist for a few years.

Yoga and meditation always have been a part of her life, helping her becoming more grounded, and more aware of her own mind and thoughts.

Her teaching style is slow Hatha with a mix of Yin. She has been teaching at Sunny Yoga since 2017.