“Sukha has changed my life. Michaela, owner and instructor, takes the time to know each of her students and what their needs and goals are. Learning and practicing the mind and body connection truly brings an inner peace to my life and helps me manage the daily stressors. Appreciation for what your body can do for you, yet challenging your mind and body, brings about self-discipline and self-confidence. A combination of yoga, pilates, and now meditation keeps me coming back to Sukha and the place I go to for peace and tranquility. Namaste”
– Angelina S.
“I remember thinking I was going to die when I first started my practice. Um, no hyperbole there. I literally thought I was going to die. I wasn’t prepared for the heat physically or mentally, and my body went into total fight or flight mode. I only went back for a second class because the it was a buy-the-first-one-get-the-
Now, 14 years in, I rarely notice the heat (though I do notice the humidity because your system KICKS ASS). And being able to overcome the heat obstacle has taught me a lot about overcoming obstacles in general. I wish new practitioners could just magically understand this. That the journey is worth it, and that the suffering is an integral part of the journey. Starting with belief that “I can’t do this” and then—eventually –just doing it. And, then, finally understanding that with applied patience and dignity the sky is the fucking limit. And not just there in The Ledge, either, but out there in the big wild world where there are things way worse than a hot, humid room full of folks on the same imperfectly beautiful journey as you. I think we regular practitioners can do our part to encourage new people in this area. Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember how scared I was at the beginning of each class for, like, years. YEARS spent steeling myself and making myself do it because it was the only time of the week my chattering mind would quiet and I needed that quiet. I need to take the time to tell new people what bad asses they are for just walking in to the room, for making it through, and assure them they are on the right road. Because, really, now I enter the studio with nothing but joy and gratitude, and even on days when I suffer — and of course I still have those days — I leave the studio with nothing by joy and gratitude. Thank you for bringing this yoga to our community.”
“I’ve been doing yoga at Sukha now for 9 months. The owner, staff and instructors are all the very best! I deal with chronic pain from numerous spine surgeries. Doctors at UCSF asked me to try yoga… I got hooked! Yoga has helped me control the pain, and has helped with mobility. I’ve had help from a number of Sukha’s instructors on modifications to alleviate pain on some movements. They are all very well trained and professional. Overall, a very pleasant atmosphere.”
– Chuck Laurens
Through the recommendation of my 78 year father who practices yoga every day, I began taking yoga classes at Sukha a little over a year ago with the hopes of relieving some chronic shoulder and knee pain that has plagued me for some time. Doctors had recommended I use a muscle relaxant which in my view only masked the issue. I was also exhausted of the health club environment and the monotonous routine I found forcing myself to do. What I discovered and gained at Sukha was more than I could have expected. A year later, I have NO shoulder pain and my knees have improved dramatically. I never thought I could regain the range of mobility in my arm and shoulder as I do now. Even my body shape has become more defined over time. Aside from the physical benefits, I have found yoga to be an effective way to alleviate my stress, increase my balance and flexibility, and elevate my mental acuity. There are numerous classes that are offered during the week that one can explore, all which have different benefits to the body and mind. I have my favorites but all the classes are wonderful. In addition, the studio has a beautiful natural aesthetic that enhances the yoga experience. All the teachers are all highly trained, certified and eager to help in anyway individually. I highly recommend Sukha Studios for everyone of all levels. You will not turn back.
— Catherine Rhee
“This place is a gem in the heart of Modesto. I have taken such a wide variety of classes here and love them all. Not only is the facility top notch, the instructors are phenomenal and the little store is the cutest! I will admit, after living in San Francisco for 6 years I was worried about the amazing exercise classes I was going to miss out on, but this by far exceeds my expectations of what is available in Modesto. Yay Sukha!”
– Annie B.
“I started attending Sukha the beginning of my senior year of high school in 2016. Sukha has been very beneficial towards my dance training since I dance ballet six days a weeks. Sukha has allowed me to cross train by building up small muscles, flexibility, and stamina. I started off taking only the Reformer class but now I also attended the Barre and Pilates class which helps me utilize different muscles. I could see improvement right away in my dance classes and I now feel like a stronger and more graceful dancer. I 100% recommend Sukha to anyone any age! There are a variety of classes offered and every single one is different and worth it. The staff and instructors at Sukha are very welcoming and make you feel relaxed and comfortable. I will be attending UC Santa Barbara this fall and I cant wait to come back to Sukha to visit and take classes when I come home!”
– Abby LoSole
“After being diagnosed with arthritis in my hips and shoulders in July 2016, I began attending a restorative Pilates/Yoga class twice weekly. During the past year, I’ve noticed significant changes in my 64 year old body! I’ve gained strength, and I sleep better because I no longer suffer from arthritic pain. My choice to make this personal investment in my health continues to be very worthwhile!”
– Debbie Ogden
“I wandered into the Sukha studios just as the sign went up, curious as to what they could offer me in the way of rehabilitation, I knew I needed more than a regular exercise studio. Micheala was sure she could help me. She created a special Pilates class for those of us that needed a more restorative practice. She occasionally incorporates yoga and the rope inversion wall into the class as well. I signed up for the unlimited plan; it has been the best money I’ve spent all year. I take 3 classes a week or more. Pilates has given me a new lease on life. All the instructors are knowledgeable, patient, and experienced in modifications for every body and skill level.
The atmosphere at Sukha is friendly and welcoming, an oasis from the stress of the outside world. There are also special events and occasional parties ( complementary champagne and wine ) Don’t just think about it any more, sign up, take a class! You only live once, do something nice for yourself. Join our community.”
– Cathy M.
“I started out going to Sukha to better my ballet training through a pilates reformer class in 2016. They are so helpful and welcoming and it is such an amazing environment I have been able to work in. Even when I injured myself, Sukha continued to welcome me to their classes no matter my limitations with a cast or boot on my foot. They provide so much care for their customers and they would even adjust my workouts to what I was capable of. Walking into Sukha you feel so welcomed and valued and there is no other studio quite like it.”– Sara Santa Elena
“I am a senior who recently started Pilates 3 months ago at the fantastic Sukha Yoga & Pilates Studio. The instructors are encouraging & positive, with a diversity of workouts. Pilates has improved my flexibility, and strengthened my posture & core. After a workout I feel energized, happy, and accomplished. Pilates is fun, wish I could do it every day.”
– Gloria B
studio was phenomenal. From the staff to the instructors, thank you for a great practice. I will definitely be back to this studio when I come into town.”
— Marc Linn
“Last spring I decided to try another yoga class ata new studio. I googled nearby studios and saw an appealing class about 5 minutes away from house. So I signed up and went. I walked into a full studio, the only person who looked overweight and uncoordinated in the room. I was expecting to struggle through the class. To my surprise I was welcomed and supported and encouraged in a way I never expected. I love Sukha and cannot recommend it highly enough.”
I had the great pleasure of taking two workshops from Randhir recently at Sukha Studios. The first was on stress elimination. The second on meditation.
I went into the Stress Elimination workshop expecting the usual list of dos and don’ts. But I was pleasantly surprised that he took a different tack. Instead of listing the things I already knew, but can’t seem to consistently do, he focused on our underlying beliefs that can make it so very difficult to do what we know would serve us best.
Looking at my underlying beliefs is not something new to me. But applying it in this context definitely was.
The meditation workshop was a great follow up. I’ve done various kinds of meditation. This workshop just put it all in context of becoming a more authentic person.
I look forward to taking more classes from Randhir.
Sukha Studios is proud to honor National MS Awareness Week and to give a MAJOR high five to lovely ‘Adaptive Yoga’ teacher, Clarissa. Diagnosed with MS several years ago, Clarissa embodies the true spirit of positivity. This program is designed for anyone with a movement disorder (MS, RA, Parkinson’s, etc.)
“For me Sukha is more then a yoga, Pilates and barre studio. I look at every business as a reflection of the owner because it does start at the top. Michaela gives everything that she is to this studio. She gives so much back to her community and so many people do not know everything she does for others. She takes the time with me to remind me how to breathe when I need it and to talks to me about any back issues I may have and how to work through them. It’s always great to see her pop in classes and join in. She is one of the hardest working people I know. One of my favorite classes ever was on her balcony before the studio opened where I really learned how to breathe and what a drishti was. She taught me how to start to clear my busy mind and focus on the moment. But at Sukha now a couple of my favorite classes are Janets Sunday 12 o’clock which I absolutely love. Janet has a calmness and amazing energy about her. And any of the barre classes which always sneak up on me a couple days later and I love that feeling. Sukha is my good happy space where I work on building a stronger body and mind.” -RH
“I’ve been coming to Sukha for 11 weeks. I had never done Yoga or Pilates before, so I was skeptical about how it would work for me. I’m also not the typical body type you see in yoga studios so I was concerned about fitting in. Needless to say I was welcomed with open arms. The instructors are very informed and will help you with your needs, even in group classes. No judgement. In 11 weeks I’ve lost 13.4 pounds and gone down 2 sizes. I’m also off 1 of my 2 blood pressure medications. I am thrilled with the results to say the least. I look forward to going which never happened when I was going to the gym to meet a personal trainer. I can’t thank the Sukha staff enough for all of the encouragement. I highly recommend this studio.”
– Suzanne Dean
“My experience at SUKHA has been fun as well as a physical and mental growing experience. In classes I’m working out as well as relaxing.”
– Sofia Martin