Suryaside was born from an unrelenting desire to teach people to self-heal and self-soothe. We firmly believe that each and every person is born with everything they need to achieve bliss, and self-actualization.
The wellspring from which Suryaside was born was our unrelenting desire to teach people to self-heal and self-soothe. We firmly believe that each and every person is born with everything they need to achieve bliss, and self-actualization. Through Asana, the physical practice of yoga, we can learn to relax and feel good. Our bodies will learn to be still and our minds will quiet. We will feel nourished, and cared for. We also have a profound appreciation for community and seek out yoga (union) wherever we go. We have deep gratitude to the Woodside and Sunnyside community for embracing us.
Roque Rodriguez is the proud Co-Founder of Suryaside Yoga. He is Co-Director and Co-Lead Trainer of both the Suryaside Yoga and Hosh Yoga 200 hour Teacher Trainings. He received his first Yoga teacher Certification from Yoga To The People in 2009 and continued his studies with the Ishta Yoga 500 Hour level course and at Jason Brown’s Anatomy For Yoga Teachers program.Roque believes that a yoga practice is the most effective way to bring yourself, and in turn the world, in to balance. Whether it’s to become a better athlete, more successful at business, recover from an injury, or improve your relationships with others, a yoga practice can provide you the tools necessary to meet your goals and better honor your intentions. He is honored to share this practice with the world; especially people and communities who have not traditionally had access to the teachings.
FOUNDER & SURYASIDE TEACHER
Yuuki is the proud owner of Dou Yoga as well as the co-founder of Suryaside Yoga and Hosh Yoga. He is the Co-Director and Co-Lead teacher of the 200 hour teacher training program at Dou Yoga and Suryaside Yoga.In addition to a decade of practice, Yuuki has been teaching since 2008. He completed his 500 hour training with ISHTA Yoga but his thirst for knowledge and passion for the subtle body and energetics has brought him the Tri-State College of Acupuncture where he graduated as a licensed acupuncturist.Yuuki believes in the importance of functional movement and using the breath as a foundation and progression of one’s yoga practice. With his understanding of anatomy, body mechanics, meditation, the breath and the energy that weaves all it together, Yuuki wishes to educate and create an environment of inquiry, healing and growth for his students
FOUNDER & SURYASIDE TEACHER
Sivan juggles running the studio with her law school studies and we often wonder whether she ever sleeps. She's in charge of keeping the studio looking good and keeping our customers happy. It's very likely you've seen her around the studio working the front desk or chatting with students. Sivan isn't afraid to get her hands dirty and we love her for it! When not in her yoga pants or head in her school books, you can find Sivan enjoying good food at neighborhood restaurants, traveling to faraway places or simply relaxing at home with Roque and their rescue dog Baisley.
FOUNDER & STUDIO MANAGER
Kana Hirano's life mission is to bring better education to all children. She believes that education can change the world and has over 10 years of experience working with children. From volunteering to teaching kindergarten/pre-school in Japan and her present day teaching position at a private alternative education preschool in Manhattan, she has cultivated a very well rounded approach to child rearing. Kana graduated with a masters in early childhood education, but before becoming a teacher she traveled around the world observing and studying in kindergartens and orphanages. One of the places she volunteered was Mother Teresa's orphanage house in Kolkata, India. It is her quest for knowledge, along with her sense of compassion, community service, and social responsibilty that keeps driving Kana forward in her mission of providing better education for all children.
FOUNDER, FINANCE & KIDS YOGA DIRECTOR
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"The studio is a great addition to the neighborhood. I like that many instructors focus on breath and meditation. There are a variety of classes that run all day. They also have super interesting workshops every weekend, including mommy and me, home practice, yoga balls, meditation, etc."
— Jennifer Dujat