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Sukha is a Good Space for Body, Mind and Spirit


By Jacqui D. Sinarle

True to its name, Sukha Studio is a good space for hundreds of local residents.

Sukha—which translates to mean “good space” in Sanskrit, the language of yoga—provides certified instruction in yoga, barre, and Pilates, in addition to a lifestyle boutique; spa-like amenities; and anatomy, wellness, and fitness education.

“At Sukha we aim to help our clientele find good space in their bodies, minds, and spirits,” explained Michaela Purnell, owner and certified instructor for Pilates and yoga.

Sukha’s instructors teach the various benefits of pairing breath with movement, fostering clients’ abilities to clear their minds, align their bodies, and restore their balance.

“Our philosophy at Sukha is that we will meet you where you are,” Purnell continued. “We have carefully crafted a class schedule that includes each body type and level of potential. With nearly 50 classes each week, our clients are able to find the type of practice that best suits their needs.”

Sukha opened in July 2016 and has steadily grown to a membership of more than 600 clients. The spacious facility includes three well-equipped studios and is located in Modesto’s McHenry Village at 1700 McHenry Ave., in the building that previously housed Kellers.


“All of the classes at Sukha compliment each other,” Purnell said. “In addition to many styles of yoga and Pilates, we also offer classes in barre, an energizing workout performed on a ballet barre that incorporates Pilates, dance, and functional movement.”Two of Sukha’s popular introductory offers are two weeks of unlimited yoga and barre for $50, or one postural Pilates assessment and two group reformer classes for $100.

Sukha’s Lifestyle Boutique features athletic wear; causal lines for men, women, and children; and accessories (follow the boutique on [email protected]).

Sukha also provides an anatomy and wellness academy with monthly workshops led by physicians, nurses, and other experts.

“Sukha is about community,” Purnell said. “Our goal is to promote the principles of yoga and Pilates—breath, mindfulness, movement, and stability—to people throughout Modesto and Stanislaus County. We participate in many public events to share this message, and we are happy and proud to be part of this great journey.”



For more information about Sukha, visit www.SukhaStudios.com and Facebook at SukhaStudios.