I’m Mariah Sunrae, a yoga enthusiast and owner of Warmth. I love this community deeply and it is my privilege to be able to give back in this way, to hold the space which we all use to come back to our true selves.
Warmth serves the Grass Valley and Nevada City area as a space for people to come experience different types of movement and sweat, as a way to heal themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
I took my first yoga class in 7th grade, yoga was offered as an elective at Pleasant Valley Elementary school. I’m not sure what drew me into that class, but whatever it was it was a strong force. From there I continued to practice at home, pouring over whatever yoga books I could get my hands on, recording yoga classes on my DVR and following along after school, sometimes with my sisters and sometimes alone. The first time I led a group yoga session was for my basketball team when I was about 14. I remember passionately sharing all the benefits of yoga with them while they humored me and followed along. Honestly, even after leading the basketball team in a yoga session, I didn’t feel a strong desire to teach. I just wanted to practice and learn. I was fascinated by how much I could learn from simply being aware of my body and paying attention, listening to the messages my body was sending me. So I continued to practice and learn.
Somewhere along the line, after moving from Penn Valley to San Francisco and back, I found my way to Warmth, or Bikram Yoga GVNC at the time. I was instantly hooked on the Bikram practice. The heat, the discipline, the way the teachers communicated clearly and with humor & compassion, all of it was exactly what I needed. It wasn’t until I graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in 2014 that I felt ready to teach. I’m not sure what shifted in me, but something did, and I was ready. So, I got on a plane with Isaiah (my boyfriend at the time) and we headed to India to go study yoga. I have been teaching ever since and I could not be happier. I have known that yoga would forever be a part of my life since I took my first class in 7th grade, and now I feel like I’m living my dream.
My greatest wish for Warmth is that each person that walks in through our doors, walks out feeling a little bit more like themselves. Over the past 4 1/2 years, Warmth has supported me as a 21 year old woman seeking to find her way, to becoming a dedicated student of Ayurveda – finally accepting that I am a strong Pitta and I will continue to practice in the heat, to getting married & becoming pregnant and practicing daily up until the day before I gave birth to our beautiful daughter Kali. Since the first time I walked through the front door and took the intro class with Kelly, my life has changed dramatically for the better. My hope is to be able to provide that same sense of love and support that I received, to each and every one of you.
When I’m not practicing or teaching Yoga, or practicing Ayurveda, I fill my days spending time in nature, gardening, snowboarding, playing with my husband Isaiah, my daughter Kali and our 2 dogs.
Where is your favorite place to spend time in Nevada County
(other than Warmth of course)?
The Yuba River, or any of the beautiful natural lakes in the grouse ridge area.
What makes you feel warm and fuzzy about our studio?
The people, the love, the community!
Why do you like it hot?
It feels so good & cozy 🙂
What is your favorite fruit?
What’s your most prized possession?
My biomat, a mat filled with Amythest. It’s pretty special to me, and my daughter loves it too 🙂