At the age 5, Susan Elena started dancing beginning a lifelong fascination with form and alignment as well as the body/mind connection. She has been studying yoga for the past 20 years with a focus on the Iyengar method.
She is registered with the National Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. She completed Certified Senior Iyengar Teacher Elise Browning Miller‘s Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Program and is a Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer. Her classes are infused with the knowledge of spinal health learned in that program and she continues to study with Elise and assist some of her workshops.
Recently, Susan Elena completed a 500 hr. Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training with Peentz Dubble. She is currently mentoring and apprenticing with Certified Iyengar Teacher and Teacher Trainer Peentz Dubble and Senior Certified Iyengar Teacher Elise Browning Miller in preparation for assessment and certification in the Iyengar method. Susan Elena is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, INYAUS – Iyengar National Yoga Association of the United States and the New England Iyengar Chapter – IYANE.
In 2013, she was honored to be the recipient of the Community Service Project Grant awarded by the Iyengar Association of New England (IYANE) to teach yoga to survivors of domestic violence in Western Massachusetts.
In addition, she completed an alignment based hatha a yoga 500 hr. Advanced Teacher Training Program. Her strong interest in therapeutics led her to study with Doug Keller and Judith Lasater as well as Roger Cole. Her love of yogic philosophy brings an added depth to her classes. Her love of yogic philosophy brings an added depth to her classes.
Susan Elena is a nationally recognized sculptor/artist, loves nature, playing the cello and believes yoga is the gateway for her students to reconnect with their bodies and spirits. Through yoga she endeavors to ease suffering and bring her students closer to a fuller, more joyful life.