You've heard so much about yoga. You know it's supposed to be great for you - make you fit, flexible, focused and obliterate stress. But you don't know where to start (or what it actually is). Or maybe you've done the videos, but you're not sure what you are doing is OK.
At Rising Sun Yoga, we are your beginners' and beyond oasis. We'll guide you, step-by-step, as you discover this wonderful practice. A great way to continue your practice after you have immersed your self in the Intro to Yoga Course is with this simple and friendly class. Each class may cover:
Simple breathing exercises that are common to our practice;
Foundational yoga postures and how to adapt them to your abilities and needs;
Meditation techniques to reduce stress;
How to breathe so that you may link postures together and never feel out-of-breath.
We repeat things a lot so you are sure to learn them. And, we also make time to teach you how to modify the postures to accommodate your body and its unique needs.
We accommodate everyone...those who are new and have no experience, those with little experience, those who have not done yoga in a long time, those who want a refresher, and those who love working the foundational aspects.
This is a Continuous Class (you can join in at any time).
Michael Sutton has over 40 years experience teaching the principles and mechanics of mind/body connection through martial arts, yoga, and meditation. He is the founder and director of Rising Sun Yoga, and helps others to discover their inherent individual greatness. He is a certified and registered Hatha and Iyengar-based yoga teacher and a karate instructor. He lives as holistically as he can - contemplating, meditating, visualizing, feeling, eating smartly, staying fit, practicing yoga, and having a healthy outlook. Michael believes that thoughts and their attendant feelings are more powerful than anything you put into, or let come out of, your Self.
He has had the opportunity to experience many injuries including torn ligaments and tendons, ripped muscles, broken bones, fractured ribs, sprains, strains, aches and pains, and vertebral problems as a result of engaging in team sports. He finds the only benefit to having experienced these injuries is that he understands what others have experienced, can teach people how to move properly, help re-align and balance them, and assist them in regaining a healthy lifestyle. He is a proponent of functional movement and mobility and believes this can be achieved by minding the messages you receive.
Formerly a practicing herbalist, Iridologist, and health consultant, he learned to address issues holistically and has continued his education in key health related areas, conducting research through topic-related books and as a result, has had the privilege of helping many people. He also presents health-related topics to organizations and various groups with his sister, Mary Ann Amschler, RN.
For much of his life, he studied martial arts (for 33 years) before being introduced to yoga in 1999. During some of that time, he worked in the banking and software industries for 20 years.
Michael founded Rising Sun Yoga to help people change the(ir) paradigm, bring people together in community, and create a center for education in mind, body, and spirit. His classes can be slow and even, mindful and steady, or strong and flowing. Usually his classes are a combination of all of them giving you an opportunity to explore and stretch your boundaries. He is a Yoga Alliance (YA) e-RYT 500 hour certified yoga instructor.
He offers both group classes and private sessions. For private classes, he can be reached at Michael@RisingSunYoga.com or at 716.632.5802. A private session is $70, three are $195. He also offers therapeutic yoga for anyone with injuries or chronic conditions.
Michael has a daughter, Sydney, who is a YA 500 hour certified yoga instructor, adventure seeker, world traveller, ski instructor, and outdoor wilderness guide.