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Sunrise Yoga (all levels)


This class is taught by:

Laura Volsansky

In 2011, Laura started on her path of yoga at the prompting of a physical therapist while working through a sports injury. She was intrigued that many exercises prescribed to heal sport injuries are actual yoga poses. She began her study at Downtown Yoga in Pleasanton under the guidance of director, Kate Coughlin and Jim Coughlin. In 2015, Laura completed the 200 hour Advanced Yoga Studies Program in accordance with the Yoga Alliance.

Laura had the unique opportunity to study yoga in Bangalore, India in 2012 and 2014 with H.S. Arun of Prashant Yogashraya. On her first trip to India, she was thrilled to see B.K.S. Iyengar in person and his teachings remain her source of inspiration. Laura places a focus on relieving daily stresses, finding ways to calm the mind and renew the spirit. Her Iyengar-based yoga instruction includes props to make the practice of yoga all-inclusive and enjoyed by any person, body type or fitness level.

When Laura is not in the office or in the yoga studio, she enjoys the zen of riding her motorcycle and volunteering with her dog in a children’s reading program.

Natascha Thomson

Natascha is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher and graduate of Downtown Yoga's 200-hour Advanced Yoga Studies Program, with a focus on Iyengar-style yoga. Iyengar yoga is a form of hatha yoga that emphasizes alignment by using props like blocks and bolsters to perform poses (asanas). It builds flexibility, and core strength, while calming the mind and helping practitioners to develop a peaceful inner sense.

Yoga and meditation have had a profound impact on Natascha's life and provide the perfect balance to her high-tech career. She'd like to share this passion with you to help you discover a happier and healthier self.

Jim Coughlin

Jim was introduced to yoga in 1967 at the age of 10. He began practicing yoga in earnest in 1993. Jim has traveled to India extensively to expand his knowledge of yoga with his teacher H.S. Arun. Jim teaches yoga with a sense of humor and grounded in the fundamentals of the Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, and the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.

Jim was born in Buffalo, New York in 1957, and has lived in California since 1964. Jim's "other" career has been as an executive recruiter. He has managed and owned several staffing companies since 1989. He also has worked as a career counselor and outplacement consultant.

In 2005 Jim had the privilege of traveling to India several times over the next three years. It was during this time that he met his beloved teacher and friend Yoga Praveena H.S. Arun from Bangalore, India.

You will find Jim practicing at the studio at 6:00 a.m. every day except Sundays when he sleeps in and teaches the 8:30 a.m. class.

In addition to the above, Jim manages the business of the yoga studio, including building our online presence and community. If you have comments or suggestions as to how we could make this site better, please let Jim know.

Check out Jim's Yoga Blahgasana.

Practice along with one of our senior teachers. This class is for the student who wants to challenge himself or herself by experiencing the quiet-stillness that comes as a result of holding more challenging poses for longer periods of time. Inversions are an integral part of this practice. Get up and get the day going. This 6:00 a.m. class is a perfect way to stretch and wake up.

Upcoming classes:

  • Sat Jun 24 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Laura Volsansky
  • Mon Jun 26 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Natascha Thomson
  • Tue Jun 27 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Jun 28 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Thu Jun 29 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Sat Jul 01 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Mon Jul 03 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Tue Jul 04 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Jul 05 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Thu Jul 06 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Sat Jul 08 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Mon Jul 10 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Tue Jul 11 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Jul 12 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Laura Volsansky
  • Thu Jul 13 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Sat Jul 15 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Mon Jul 17 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Tue Jul 18 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Jul 19 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Thu Jul 20 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin