I am blessed to be able to live a passion-filled life of which the game of tennis and College Park rank amongst the top. During a mini-sabbatical from both, a new passion in my life – the practice of yoga – was unearthed. Compelled to meld all three of these particular passions, the idea of practicing yoga at College Park came to light.
Yoga is just that – a practice; to be repeated again and again. There is no benchmark or set destination to be reached. It is a practice of improving your strength, flexibility and balance; of deepening and lengthening the flow of your breath; of sharpening your awareness of your body, your thoughts and your intentions. It is a practice of letting go, of allowing acceptance, of seeking quiet, of honing concentration, and of finding joy. Each practice is different. Each practice something is learned. And each practice brings change….to your body, to your mind and to your soul. Over time, with practice, where there is hardness, there will be softness; where there is instability, stability; closure, opening; tightening, release; darkness, light.
In Sanskrit, Surya means “sun." Namaskar means “to bow.” One of the most familiar and dynamic asana (pose) sequences in yoga is Surya Namaskar. The sun is the primary light source in our lives, providing warmth, nourishment, comfort, healing, growth and joy. Practicing Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) is a means of honoring the sun and expressing our gratitude for its many life sustaining gifts. Bringing this awareness and appreciation to the forefront struck me as a beautiful thought...one that I wanted to integrate into my daily life and my daily yoga practice, as well as into the lives of others. We are all in need of a little more Surya in our lives, whatever shape that may take. May you feel our warmth, our light, our love and our joy for this practice, for life, and for you as you continue to expand and evolve in your practice and in your life.
Welcome to SURYA YOGA.
Find your light…..let it shine
SALLY MILLER | OWNER, R.Y.T
I have been an athlete since the age of 6 when I held my first tennis racquet in my hand. From Little League baseball, to college tennis, to daily mile swims, to triathlons, to teaching tennis at College Park, my life has always involved challenging and pushing myself physically. Over the past 10 years, I dabbled in and out of various yoga practices, when 5 years ago, I discovered Hot Power Vinyasa. Immediately attracted to the physical challenge that it presented, I realized that I needed to learn and to practice more. In 2013, I earned my 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification from Forever Om Yoga; and in 2016, furthered my knowledge and understanding by earning a second 200 Hour RYT Certification from Yogaview, Chicago.
Very quickly yoga began to seep into my entire being, transforming my physical self, yes, but permeating my mental and spiritual selves as well. When I practice yoga, I feel grounded…fearless, at peace, open to all possibilities. And full of so much love. Yoga is a journey, like life. What I face into on my mat, I can more readily face into in my life. I believe that yoga has a place in everyone’s life. My desire as I deepen my connection to my practice and grow more and more into my own light, is to share and provide that same opportunity for growth and exposure to what I have experienced to others. I have an infectious desire to connect with, to reach, to love and to teach all of you. Practice yoga with me and let your light shine! Namaste.
ANNE O'DONOVAN | R.Y.T
I have lived in Lake Forest for 20 years and have four children, Liam (18), Maeve (16), Molly (14) and Finn (9). When I tried my first yoga class I was physically challenged in a way I had never experienced before and mentally I really wasn’t sure what had just happened. Quiet poses found with courage and intention, powerful transitions with intentional breath and flow were foreign to me. I was accustomed to distracting myself with exercise, not experiencing myself physically and emotionally. I began to fall in love with the practice and to incorporate it into my life as my “Happy Hour.” As I grew in my practice I realized I wanted to continue my growth and share the love of the practice through teaching. I have been practicing yoga for six years and completed my 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher training from Forever Om Yoga in August 2013. I love that yoga can be a great physical workout and mentally cleansing. I feel very blessed to teach and to practice the lifestyle I love. Hope to see you on the mat….
MARGAUX MILLER | R.Y.T
I found yoga when I was 17 years old. Initially, yoga was just a physical outlet for myself, but my practice quickly developed into a spiritual one as I spent more and more time on my mat. Yoga has become an incredibly important staple in my life; my practice enables me to feel stronger, calmer and more capable. I connect deeply with my true self through my yoga practice, as well as with those who I practice with. In the summer of 2015, I was certified as a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher from Forever Om Yoga. This certification not only prepared me to lead others in growing in their practice, but also deepened my own understanding of and relationship with yoga. Each time I practice, I am reminded that I am a person who is growing: there is much in store for me in the future, but where I am at in the present moment is perfectly OK too. Through teaching, I hope to help my students grow in physical, mental and emotional understanding, strength and acceptance. When I am not practicing or teaching at Surya, you can find me practicing or teaching at Hot Yoga Burlington in Vermont.
ROSEBUD DOETSCH | R.Y.T
I have been practicing yoga since 2010. I love practicing Power Vinyasa, as well as Iyengar and Restorative yoga, hoping to reap all of the benefits yoga has to offer me....physically, mentally and emotionally. I received my 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification in 2015 and have been teaching since. In the Spring of 2016, while teaching art and academics in a juvenile detention facility, I became certified through the Prison Yoga Project to teach yoga inside juvenile and adult prison facilities, emphasizing yoga's therapeutic benefits for at-risk individuals and communities. My classes will often focus on physical intensity balanced with calming poses and long, deep connective tissue stretches.
I fell in love with yoga as a Junior in high school. I was a competitive dancer from age 5 until I left for college. I love yoga because it reminds me of dancing, connecting with my breath, body and music through both. When I am on my mat practicing, I feel like I am dancing and I want to share this feeling with others. I completed my 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher training in the summer of 2013. In the spring of 2016, I completed a second 200 Hour teacher training in Yoga Sculpt. I teach both Power Vinyasa and Sculpt classes. When I am not on my mat, I spend my time with my friends and family, basking in the sun, and walk/run on the beach.
I attended my first yoga class 8 years ago when looking for a lunch hour workout during my busy full time job/full time mom day. In 2013, after several life changes, I discovered Hot Power Vinyasa. I immediately fell in love with the physical and mental ‘cleansing’ that I experienced when I practiced. The powerful emotions that I felt during and after my practice motivated me to earn my 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification in June, 2016. I believe that yoga is for every body, at any time….it is never to late to start your practice or to try something new; you never know what will change your life! When I am not on my mat, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, volunteering for local non-profits, reading, and hiking.
I have been an athlete most of my life and initially I practiced yoga as a complement to my physical pursuits. During high school, I was exposed to the deeper more philosophical aspects of yoga. In college, my practice took a 'back seat' to my rigorous studies in health sciences. It was in my final year at Furman University that my knowledge of and passion for exercise physiology and anatomy truly fused with my knowledge of and passion for the practice of yoga. As I began to spend more time on my mat, I found that my practice had changed with my training and kinesiology background. I began moving into poses with a completely different awareness and I felt much better effects because of it. I realized that there was so much more to yoga, dynamically, therapeutically, energetically, and spiritually. I wanted to learn more and be able to share what I learned with others. In the summer of 2017, I was certified as a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher from Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL and have recently begun to teach in the area. I enjoy teaching many styles of yoga, from power to flow to restorative. Yoga continues to improve my life, in my mind and in my body!
As a competitive basketball and volleyball player, I came to the practice over 10 years ago, hoping that yoga would help me to stretch out after my games. My journey began as a vinyasa flow student at my local health club and, over the years, has led me to practice enthusiastically at many renowned yoga studios and with many experienced teachers in Chicago and around the world. In 2017, I completed my 200 Hour Registered Teacher Training with Prairie Yoga in Lisle, IL and hope to share my passion for yoga with a therapeutic approach. With my athletic background, I have worked through my share of injuries and rehab. I believe that the practice of yoga, through proper alignment and safety, is the perfect avenue to sustain a healthy lifestyle. In my classes, expect well thought out sequences, mainly centered around alignment, accented with fun music and in an environment to feel comfortable no matter what your level of practice.