This is a free class presented to you by the staff of Rising Sun Yoga as a thank you to all the students who come to our studio. We are extremely grateful for our community and show it each year with this expression of thanks.
This is a mixed level class. Please, you must pre-register.
Michael Sutton has over 40 years experience teaching the principles and mechanics of mind/body connection through martial arts, yoga, and meditation. He is a yoga teacher, martial artist, and spiritual activist. He is also the founder and director of Rising Sun Yoga. His passion is helping others to discover their inherent individual greatness. 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. Those same thoughts and feelings create your beliefs.
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, vertebral problems as a result of engaging in team sports, as well as kidney challenges. 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 themselves, 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.
He also believes that thoughts and feelings, when directed properly, can heal the physical body. He has embarked on a program of physical healing in alignment with the teachings of Dr. Joe Dispenza.
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 alone and either with his sister, Mary Ann Amschler, former RN and now holistic counselor or Ruth Shewan, a put-into-practice-what-you-believe type of person.
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. 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.
After 13 years of gymnastics in her native country, The Netherlands, Mylene started her yoga journey in 1981 with a very traditional Hatha class in Amsterdam. While working for Royal Dutch Airlines, she continued her yoga education by attending yoga classes in a variety of countries. After moving to the United States, she practiced Ashtanga Yoga but was eventually drawn to the creative freedom of a Vinyasa practice.
In addition to teaching yoga, Mylene has been teaching Pilates and Functional Movement for the past 16 years. During this time, she has worked with a variety of people that have experienced a wide range of physical challenges. As a result, she has gained insight into the importance of maintaining core strength and proper alignment, and has made it her objective to extend this knowledge to her students.
When not working, Mylene enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. She also devotes some of her free time to her love of painting and gardening.