Susan’s passion for fitness & wellness inspires her students & her big bright smile lights up a room! Her roll as a mom to 3 & background in the corporate world allows her to meet her students needs in every class she leads. Susan started with our HIIT Pilates team & has added Vinyasa to her schedule, we can’t wait to see what all she can accomplish!
When and how did you come to yoga yourself
Since my teenage years, I have always had a passion for fitness, nutrition and wellness. Working in the corporate world, 5:30 a.m. Group Fitness classes and early morning runs jump started and energized my days. In 2017, my body was taking a toll from frequent high impact workouts and my spirit was craving something more. At the encouragement of my close friend Laura Lusson, a fellow yogi teacher at YBD, I began practicing yoga at Yoga By Degrees and immediately became hooked. The mind/body connection was something that I had not experienced before and it quickly became an outlet for releasing stress and gaining perspective on what’s truly important in life.
What made you decide to start teaching (or take TT)?
Soon after starting my practice at YBD, I quickly became hooked taking multiple classes each week. I loved the way that it made me feel both physically and emotionally both during and following class. I wanted to deepen my practice and learn more. I knew that there was so much more than just the asana limb of yoga and wanted to enrich my understanding beyond just taking classes. Truly understanding the depths of the mind/body/breath connection was important to me. I shared my thoughts with Laura who encouraged me to listen to my heart and follow my dream. So, I signed up for the 11 month program. It was a wonderful experience and during the training I came to realize that I wanted to be able to share this wonderful practice with others and provide light and encouragement to help others see the best in themselves.
Favorite yoga pose?
I love Prasarita Padottanasana, standing wide legged forward fold. I typically push myself in classes and when we come to this pose, it always calms my mind and helps me reconnect to my breath. Additionally there are so many variations that can be offered to student or taken when practicing this posture, so it allows for creativity to express yourself and truly listen to what your body and mind need that day at that time.
Tips for Beginners
Many people I speak with are often intimidated to come into a studio because they feel they are not “expert” yogis and are afraid that they will be judged by fellow students. Yoga is an individual practice, not a competition. It is about letting go of ego and judgement and having fun. (A quote from Alex L.). It is about breathing and finding your mind/body connection not about being “perfect” in every posture. Yoga is a journey. Step out of your comfort zone and try multiple classes to find what fills your heart and soul. I promise you the risk is worth the reward.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” – Dr. Seuss
Srjacobs5 <– Suasan’s megawatt smile will brighten your day!
Interesting Fact about Me
I grew up on a farm in rural Ohio where most of my family still reside. My farm roots have played a strong influence in my beliefs and work ethic. I love going back there to the “simple” life, seeing the sunset followed by stars twinkling at night, smelling the clean fresh air, seeing deer run across the open fields as well as trees and green grass for miles and miles.
When I am not doing yoga, I love to
Hang out with my family – my husband Jay, my son Nick, twin daughters Emily and Alison and our furry friends Parker and Scotty. I also love to cook, share a bottle of wine with friends, spin, hike and travel to warm climates.