Sunny McGill - ERYT 500

Sunny McGillSunny 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 (E RYT 500 received in 2011 and 2018 respectively). Since 2011, her experience in teaching in-studio class and teacher trainings (nearly 30 TTCs as a lead trainer) teaching in various subjects.  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.