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Sunrise Yoga (all levels)


This class is taught by:

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.

Jana Cole

Jana walked into her first yoga class with a friend in 2003 and was quickly drawn into a regular yoga practice. She initially appreciated yoga for its physical benefits, and as time passed she became more intrigued by the connection between mind, body, and spirit that yoga helps create. The increased sense of inner peace and mental clarity that her practice fostered helped Jana respond to the stresses of her career, and later, raising young children. Jana has a background in dance, and although she has studied many forms of yoga, she identifies strongly with the Iyengar-inspired practice, with its emphasis on precision and focus on alignment. She loves teaching and witnessing students create more ease in their own bodies.

Jana earned her 200 hour RYT studying with Kate Coughlin at Downtown Yoga in 2013, and is currently pursuing her 500 hour RYT. She loves to learn and continues her studies through workshops with Carrie Owerko, H.S. Arun, Jason Crandell, and others. When she's not on her mat, Jana enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, gardening, hiking, and chasing her two kids.

Jessica Sinclair

Jessica began practicing yoga 17 years ago after the birth of her first child. Her love of practicing yoga blossomed over the years and led to her becoming a certified yoga teacher through Downtown Yoga’s 200 – hour Advanced Yoga Studies Program under the guidance of Kate Coughlin.

Jessica believes that practicing yoga on a daily basis not only calms the mind and keeps you present but also aids our bodies with strength and flexibility, helping to avoid injury. She teaches with certainty and safe instruction, allowing her students to feel each pose as they move through their practice. Jessica has practiced Vinyassa, Ashtanga and Yin yoga over the years but is extremely inspired by alignment based yoga such as Iyengar.

Jessica has always lived a very active and healthy lifestyle. She has trained and competed in several triathlons, half marathons and countless swim meets and open water long distance swims. Outside of sport she also enjoys quality time with her husband and two teenagers and loves to cook healthy meals.

Have a look at Jessica's yoga blog as she continues to evolve through her practice of yoga. paradiseyoga.me

Shawna Scizak

Early in life Shawna began exploring the benefits of exercise, particularly those associated with improved emotional and mental wellbeing. She worked in the fitness industry for seven years, taught exercise classes, and was certified by several nationally recognized exercise organizations. Although acquainted with the basics of yoga, it wasn’t until 2008 that she discovered a teacher who inspired her into a deeper appreciation of the practice and revealed that what she had always sought at the gym was actually waiting for her in the yoga studio. Yoga has turned out to be the mind, body, spirit connection that she’d been seeking and so, in 2010, she graduated from Brentwood Yoga Center's Advanced Yoga Studies Program and became certified with the Yoga Alliance. She also took her pursuit of yoga half way around the world when she accompanied Jim, Kate, and her teacher Sandy on their spectacular retreat to India. As a student first and a teacher second, she hopes to use her knowledge and enthusiasm to bring the life changing benefits of yoga to others. She currently lives in Discovery Bay with her husband, Mike, and two dogs, Jazmine and Bodhi.

Georganne Benesch

Yoga became an integral part of Georganne’s life from the moment she first stepped on a mat. Like many, Georganne tried out Yoga to help recover from an illness. The first day she walked into the DTY studio, Georganne felt at home. She loves how a consistent Yoga practice has helped her achieve more strength and balance in her life – physically, mentally & spiritually. Motivated to share her practice, Georganne graduated from the Downtown Yoga 200-hour Advanced Studies Program and soon became a DTY teacher. In her classes, she offers supportive instruction that encourages each and every student to find energy, ease and enjoyment in their practice. Georganne built a career in high-tech marketing and runs her own consulting business; Tiger Team Marketing. She delights in balancing her professional work with practicing and teaching Yoga.
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:

  • Thu Oct 19 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Sat Oct 21 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Mon Oct 23 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jana Cole
  • Tue Oct 24 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jessica Sinclair
  • Wed Oct 25 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Thu Oct 26 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Sat Oct 28 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Mon Oct 30 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Tue Oct 31 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Nov 01 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jessica Sinclair
  • Thu Nov 02 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Shawna Scizak
  • Sat Nov 04 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Shawna Scizak
  • Mon Nov 06 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jessica Sinclair
  • Tue Nov 07 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Georganne Benesch
  • Wed Nov 08 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Georganne Benesch
  • Thu Nov 09 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Sat Nov 11 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Mon Nov 13 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Tue Nov 14 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin
  • Wed Nov 15 6:00 am - 7:15 am with Jim Coughlin