Lily Sussman

Chicago, IL
United States

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Though yoga was on her radar since her teens, it was not until a chance meeting in Guatemala propelled her to Oaxaca, Mexico that yoga became a passion and calling.

When Lily first arrived in the small town of Mazunte, Mexico she was looking forward to toning her body for the beach. When she realized her destined retreat was as focused on spirituality and yogic tradition as sweaty flows, she planned to only stay a couple days. Yet the days came and went and Lily's initial resistance began to soften; her curiosity began to grow. Something intriguing and open in people combined with the beauty of the landscape, made it impossible for her to leave so soon. One month later, Lily still remained in Mazunte, sad to leave, infinitely grateful, and positive yoga was a vital part of her life moving forward.

Lily is currently finishing her 200 CYT at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. Though only a 200 hour training, she has already completed over 500 hours of classes, workshops, lectures and training. She is inspired by and eternally grateful to many teachers including: Alie McManus, Lani Granum, Daren Friesen, Gabriel Halpern, Lance Hoegland, Zoey VanDuren, Blanca Aviles, Linsday Sisti, Amber Cook, Aadil Palkhivala, Mira Binzen, Tias Little, Sadie Nardini, Claudiu Vaduva, Alejandra Fonesca and more.

Lily grew up in the Hudson Valley, outside New York City. She went to college at Northeastern University in Boston, where she earned a BA in international affairs and focused on journalism and human services.
Upon graduating, she joined Teach for America, which brought her to Chicago. She spent two years working as a special education teacher and earned a MA in teaching from National Louis University.

Lily has worked as a learning specialist for students from Kindergarten to 12th grade and taught college classes in South Korea. She is passionate about traveling, learning, growing and sharing yoga with others.