About Santosha Yoga

Santosha, a yoga retreat and teacher training company, is a gift for you from the heart of Sunny Richards. Santosha is dedicated to creating positive change in the world one person at a time. Santosha is founded on the yogic principle of non-greed, for the cultivation of contentment. Our teachers embrace sharing their wealth of knowledge from their hearts and strive to create nurturing and supportive learning environments for all.

Sunny Richards

SunnyRichards_SantoshaSunny believes in maintaining a beginner’s mind so she may continue to learn from all who come into her life. Sunny works closely with Yoga Master Peter Clifford and has recently embarked on a Yoga Therapy Diploma. Her true belief is that as a teacher you must always be a student.The following are some of her qualifications:

  • E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance
  • 12 month Sadhana Practitioner Certificate in Yoga – IYAA
  • Sadhana Yoga Chi 500 hour Teacher – Doug Swenson
  • Aura Hatha 240 hour Teacher Certificate – Aura Yoga
  • Ashtanga 40 hour Teacher Certificate in Primary Series – David Swenson
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Certificate – Aura Yoga
  • Yoga Teacher Certificate 40 hour – Doug Swenson

Sunny, Surf, and Santosha

sunny-surf-yogaSunny graduated from the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) in 1986 in high school physical education. In 1989, she was drawn to surfing by her love of the water and the sport.

She became the first Development Officer for Surfing Australia, where she was instrumental in developing numerous grassroots programs for the advancement of women’s surfing in Australia.
She spent time overseas to continue her education and began to compete professionally in ASP surfing events in the U.S. and worldwide.

She was the U.S. ASP East Champion in 1995 and finished as number 18 in the world on the WQS in 1999. She was the 2007 Australian National Champion Surfer for the over-35 age group.

Sunny’s Study and Practice of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation

Her long time love of yoga, combined with her sincere desire to help others understand its obvious (and not so obvious benefits) prompted Sunny to establish Santosha. She travelled to India and immersed herself in the study and practice of the eight limbs of yoga and the study and practice of pranayama and meditation.

She returned to Australia and now focuses full-time on her practice of yoga on and off the mat, her family, surfing and enjoying all that life has to offer! Establishing Santosha was a natural path for Sunny. It is her hope to inspire others to find peace and clarity in the chaos of life. Santosha is a gift from her heart to you.

Sunny’s Approach to Yoga Teaching

Sunny teaches yoga from a yoga therapy perspective, developed for the individual rather than the generic ‘one-size-fits-all’ type of yoga.

She believes that teaching yoga comes from the heart and is an extension of a caring and genuine love.

This is the way yoga was originally intended, and this approach forms the foundation of all Santosha teacher trainings. Living in Japan during 1999 and 2006 allowed her to teach a wide variety of students in both private and group settings.

Sunny teaches with awareness, passion and compassion so as to create a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing environment in which her students may find their own inward paths. Her joy in teaching comes from sharing knowledge, which in turn allows unique changes to occur on deep levels within each individual student.

Santosha Yoga Teachers and Team Leaders

Santosha-Yoga-Surfing-Retreats2The profiles of our individual teachers reveal our team of yoga professionals are highly qualified and extremely experienced. Indeed, they are arguably some of the best teachers in the world. Although they come from diverse backgrounds, they all share one common passion – helping others achieve balance in their lives by finding inner peace and contentment so that they may see true beauty in the everyday, appreciate all life has to offer, and live life to the fullest.

When I reflect upon my own yoga journey, I understand how the effects of the marriage of breath and movement in yoga are now embedded in all that I do in my life – how I see the world, how I react to changes, how I deal with ins and outs of daily life, how I love my family and friends. My yoga practise has allowed my mind to become quieter, giving me the patience to grow daily.”
– Sunny Richards

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