I teach mindful movement inspired by over two and a half decades of practicing yoga and meditation. For me, yoga is the attempt to find deep presence in moment-to-moment breath, movement and thought. In my teaching, I encourage students to connect to their understanding of their body and to explore a broad range of yoga postures in a creative way.
My yoga journey began 35 years ago in 1985 when I first travelled to the Himalayas. At the time I was living in Banff and working seasonally as a back country cook for Parks Canada and various hiking and ski lodges. For years, I had a schedule that allowed me to travel extensively in Tibet, Nepal and India. I was able to trek, practice and study there to my hearts content. The vastness of the land, the depth of the teachings and the connections I made affected me on a profound level and are the backdrop to my life.
During this time in the 80’s I started practicing yoga and meditation. In 1987, I studied in Dharamsala with HH the Dalai Lama and continued to attend many teachings elsewhere with other teachers. In the mid 90’s I settled in Toronto and began practicing Iyengar Yoga, and soon embarked on the three year teacher training program with Marlene Mahwhinney. I then furthered my studies at the Intermediate Level with Mahyar Raz. I have been blessed to attend two intensives with Geeta Iyengar and to study with the Iyengar family in Pune, India for a month in January 2015.
Over more than two decades, I have accrued thousands of hours of teacher training, and have taught at many Toronto studios, festivals and in teacher training programs. I strive to integrate the most modern understandings of therapeutic alignment, breath and movement to help my students feel more at home in their bodies.
Alongside my yoga studies I have studied the Zoologic System of Kinesthetic Anatomy in Clay with Laura Allard, and done hoards of anatomy study with the work of Tom Myers and Doug Keller. In the 80’s I studied Tibetan at University of Calgary, and later delved into Sanskrit for years with Manorama. I am certified member of Yoga Alliance at the highest level, E-RYT 500 and have taught experiential anatomy in six different year long teacher training programs.
Excellent idea and website.
All the best,
It was great meeting you at the yoga festival last weekend. You are such a true person, I love meeting people like that. I look forward to attending your workshops in the future. Wendy Martin
I love this Susan. Thank you for the beauty of your thoughts and delvings,and painterly photographs. I envy and mainly admire and deeply respect your depths of courage and your abilities to express yourself so intelligently, gently and openly in print and in music and through your body to the soul in yoga.
Hi Susan, I loved reading your blog about your travels in Tibet, it brought back so many memories for me and I loved your beautiful photos of things we didn’t take photos of, because like you on your first trip, we only had limited film. My husband and I travelled through Tibet from China in October, 1986 the same year as you and took an overland bus to Kathmandu from Lhasa and I wondered did I ever meet you. I finally wrote a book about those travels a few years ago, called “Backpacks, Buddhas and Yak Butter Tea” which is available on Amazon. Thanks again for your wonderful portrayal of your journey. Kind regards Francesca Bland
Thanks so much for reading my post and sharing in the passion I have for Tibet! We had such good fortune to experience Tibet so soon after it was opened to individual tourists, and I will be grateful forever for that opportunity.
I have ordered your book and can’t wait to read it. If you haven’t checked out these videos on youTube, you may want to. I found them years ago – a Dutch traveller who was also in Tibet in 1986 and posted videos of his travels. There are 3 really wonderful ones of Lhasa and lots of others as well of Chengdu, ect.
Here is a link to IngmarHelander’s videos:
Can’t wait to get your book and read it this weekend and I isolate from COVID!
Glad we travelled when we did…
all the best,