YCM Celebrates Our Teacher, Susan!

Susan’s interest in yoga surfaced late in life, at age 40, when she off-handedly enrolled in a yoga class at the YMCA in Washington, D.C. Her teacher, a former Swami with the Sivananda organization, turned her world upside down with the sun salutations, the breath work and the inversions. She was hooked and has remained on the yoga path since that first class.

Susan has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1986 in Washington, DC and since 2007 in Minneapolis. She started with Sivananda Yoga and branched off from there to study with Dharma Mittra, Bikram Choudry, Erich Schiffman, Richard Freeman, Baron Baptiste, Sharon Gannon and David Life (to name a few). Her Ashtanga practice blossomed when she attended the first Yoga Journal Yoga Conference in Estes Park, CO in 1995, with Richard Freeman. In 1999 she began studying with Pattabhi Jois when he was in the United States and continued these annual week-long workshops up until his death in 2009.

She is a self-proclaimed “yoga mutt,” and draws from a variety of yoga traditions, blending Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Bikram, Sivananda and Vinyasa to create her own signature teaching style. Her classes are vigorous, encouraging students to pay attention to their breath while experimenting with the asanas. The variation from day to day in class content keeps the pratice fresh and the students in the present moment.

5 HARDEST THINGS YOGA HAS TAUGHT HER:

  1.  Non Judgement
  2. Learning to Listen
  3. Try to stay in the Big mind, thinking global, as opposed to the Small mind, being petty and resistant.
  4. Do one thing you don’t want to do everyday. 
  5. Do one thing for another person everyday.

ONE THING SHE WISHES EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT YOGA:

Yoga is not easy.  

HER TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:

Same philosophy as Swami Sivananda: “Health is wealth. Yoga shows the way.” 

WHAT KEEPS HER GROUNDED:

My yoga students and meditation during asana practice. 

 

Want to practice with Susan? Click here for her full schedule!

PHOTOS BY: ELIZABETH CAMP, HEALING MEDIA, LLC

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