I began studying yoga to counterbalance the effects of overtraining. As I continued, I realized there was much more to yoga than the physical aspect. I began to explore the mental component as well. When I became sick from all of the physical demands I was placing on my body I turned to yoga to heal myself (with the guidance of a couple of very good teachers). Through my practice I was able to get my chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia to go into remission and slowly make my body healthy again. This led me to the study of the therapeutic application of yoga.
I studied for several years with Joy Doherty. She introduced me to Esther Meyers who was the first teacher I found who applied the principles of biomechanics to the asanas. This interested me from my athletic and personal training background. Esther suggested I pursue my interest in the therapeutic application by studying with T. V. K. Desikachar which I have done and continue to do. I have also taken workshops with many many teachers. To name a few: Baron Baptiste, Eric Schiffman, Angela Farmer and Victor, Donna Farhi, Bryan and Johnny Kest, and Richard Miller.
I teach to share with others what yoga has done for me. I love seeing bodies transformed, to see the light in their eyes when they experience their first meditative state, to learn what the breath can do for us and to become kinder and gentler towards themselves and others. I learn from them how to be a better person, to drop my barriers and let them see me as I really am with no pretenses.
"I have been a student of Sunny’s for over ten years. With her experience and guidance through poses, I trust her totally as an instructor. The classes are never the same and are designed to work on areas needed by that class that day. I credit Sunny with helping me to gain and maintain flexibility, balance and strength. I must travel some distance to attend, but it is well worth the trip. I would not want another instructor."