I started studying yoga in 1983 as a “nice way to stretch out and wind down” after a hard day’s work as a dancer and choreographer. I became a certified yoga instructor in 1998, and am now an E-RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher) through the Yoga Alliance. Each year I enjoy expanding my knowledge with additional studies.
"Sue is truly a gift to the yoga community. Her teaching style is comfortable, welcoming, and fun. She is very knowledgeable in the area of anatomy and physiology, and wonderful at adapting poses should a student require it. I highly recommend this delightful and lovely teacher." -- Linda S.
My Teaching Style
I am often asked his simple question, but I don’t exactly have a simple answer! My style is probably best described as eclectic. I’ve studied with a very broad range of yoga teachers and styles, including Iyengar, Hatha, Restorative, Viniyoga, and therapeutic. And while every style has something unique, I like to incorporate ideas from different traditions and allow the student to find what works the best for them.
I structure each class to open and renew each part of the body, with special emphasis on the common sticky spots. A little bit of everything--strength, flexibility, breath, flow, integration.
Yoga is a personal practice, and one size does not fit all. I believe that there is no one ‘right way’ of doing yoga (of course good alignment is instrumental to a safe and productive practice). I like to help guide my students into finding a safe but exciting and appropriately challenging way to practice yoga.
I have studied with a great many yoga teachers. Locally, I have mostly studied with Julie Lawrence, Holiday Johnson, and Julie Gudmestad. Other teachers I have studied with include Bob Smith and Ki McGraw, Ada Lusardi, Baxter Bell, Rodney Yee, Jason Crandall, and Elise Browning Miller. See my a full description of my training by year.
Classes, Workshops, Retreats
I teach weekly yoga classes at Pacific Northwest Pilates on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. See more information on weekly classes.
I teach workshops monthly, sometimes integrating yoga with other disciplines such as somatics or Pilates. See more information on monthly workshops.
I have been leading yoga vacations/retreats since 2001. I have taught in Mexico, Hawaii, Italy, Oregon and Washington. My retreats are known to be part yoga (and other types of movement forms) and part vacation (we drink wine, socialize, laugh, and have fun). All levels are welcome.
See more information on upcoming yoga vacations. (Note: yoga vacations are on hold for now).