Susan spent 10 years of intensive study with her primary teacher, Jain Master Sri Chitrabhanu. For seven years, she taught hatha yoga at the Jain Meditation International Center in New York City. She began her study of classical hatha yoga with Dr. Vijayendra Pratap of the Swami Kuvayalananda Foundation (SKY) in Philadelphia, who founded the Yoga Organization for Research and Education (YORE). Susan is past president of YORE and was an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University. She is certified by Yoga Alliance to train and certify teachers and the Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair is a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training School.
A perpetual student, Susan feels that authentic teaching arises from her own experience of practice and ongoing study. Her love of meditation and its healing and liberating power has led her to study "Inner Tuning," mantra yoga, chanting and the charkas with Swar Yogis Sri Shyam Bhatnagar and Dahliana Hohe for six years. She has attended all of the Dalai Lama's trainings in New York and is a Sponsoring Member of Tibet House New York, where she has studied with Robert Thurman, Ph.D. -- co-founder of Tibet House with the Dalai Lama.
Since 2006 Susan has been studying intensively with Peter Fenner, Ph.D., author of Radiant Mind and creator of the nine-month Radiant Mind course. The course, a training in nondual wisdom, is uniquely structured to facilitate the student's ability to rest in unconditioned awareness in the midst of daily life. Radiant Mind has transformed Susan's personal practice and her approach to the teaching of meditation.
She has studied hatha yoga with many senior Iyengar teachers including Ramanand Patel, Aadil Palkhlvala, Patricia Walden, Elise Miller, Karen Stefan, Mary Dunn, and James Murphy and is certified through Yoga Alliance to train and certify teachers. She has studied anatomy and physiology with Paul Copeland, Ph.D, M.D. and Deane Juhan, Ph.D. of the Trager Institue and Esalen. Her hatha yoga teaching style has developed and evolved over the years as a result of training in Movement Re-Education with Milton Trager, M.D. and her work as a Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner and Therapist. She has integrated elements of Yamuna Body Rolling into her yoga classes and also offers entire courses in YAMUNA BODY ROLLING.
Susan's expertise as a YOGA THERAPIST and YAMUNA BODY ROLLING THERAPIST have enabled many people with specific and/or special needs to have those needs addressed in one-to-one private sessions. After a car accident in 1990 that left her with a spinal injury, Susan worked her way back to teaching yoga through a combination of therapies that included yoga, meditation, and lumbar stabilization and strengthening. She now shares her experience and knowledge of pain management through yoga and Yamuna Body Rolling therapeutically with people who have chronic pain or those who are unable to attend a regular hatha yoga class.
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