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 a dedicated yoga and meditation practitioner, trained in Iyengar and Tibetan meditation methods. 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 later 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 travelled to the United States to give instruction and lectures at conferences.
Suzanne earned 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. While co-directing a 500 hours teacher training program at the Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro for seven years she met many sincere and talented yoga practitioners.
In 2011 Suzanne returned to Huntsville where she had lived as a teenager and young adult. While recovering from a major life transition, she met local students and teachers who encouraged her to stay and give training programs. These programs are named Yoga Dharma, registered with Yoga Alliance and continue to thrive today.
In addition to teacher trainings and studio classes, Suzanne has specialized in giving yoga courses at several colleges and universities: Smith College, Wellesley College, Brown University, RISD, Guilford College and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
The Iyengar Tradition is often associated with the term alignment and the use of props. Now, many decades after being inspired by Mr. Iyengar's 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 doing each posture. Can you spread your intelligence and attention through out your body "like the rays of the sun"? That is what he encouraged us to do.
Suzanne has been a member of Yoga Alliance since 2005 as an E - RYT500 (teacher trainer) and YACEP continuing education provider.