Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
"As a mountaineer needs ladders, ropes and crampons as well as physical fitness and discipline to climb the icy peaks of the Himalayas, so does the Yoga aspirant need the knowledge and discipline of the Hatha Yoga of Swatmarama (body) to reach the heights of Raja Yoga dealt with by Patanjali. (mind)"
~ B.K.S. Iyengar ~ Light on Yoga, p. 22-23
Suzanne Newton is trained extensively in the BKS Iyengar method. She studied with her first Iyengar teacher, Judy Brick Freedman, while living in NYC in the early 1980's. She then went on to study with Judith Lasater while living in San Francisco and with Patricia Walden while living in the Greater Boston area. Patricia, creator of the first Yoga Journal video series, has been Suzanne’s primary mentor-teacher since 1990. Suzanne also studied directly with the legendary BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geeta when they have visited here in the States.
The Iyengar Tradition is often associated with the term alignment and the use of props to support the body and learning. Now, many decades after being captivated by his methods, Suzanne considers Iyengar Yoga to be less about perfection and more about attention. He always emphasized the importance of paying attention to what is happening now, as you are attempting and doing each posture. Can you spread your intelligence through out your body "like the rays of the sun"?
Suzanne received her Iyengar teaching certificate in 1993 and retired it in 2005 to pursue an opportunity in North Carolina to train teachers from many styles of practice, something that she could not do within the Iyengar association. Her experiences in NC formed another foundation for her dharma in the Tennessee Valley of northern Alabama.
Suzanne took her first yoga classes at University of Alabama Huntsville and now, many years later, she is teaching yoga in the Department of Kinesiology. A circle of completion and gratitude.
Suzanne is a member of Yoga Alliance.
Please join Suzanne’s classes to experience and cultivate the lifelong benefits of yoga practice.
Here is a link to an article about Suzanne Newton in Event Magazine: