Suzie was drawn to natural healing from an early age; but before finding her calling as a yoga teacher, she was an academic enthusiast who never wanted to leave college. She spent several years at the University of Cincinnati studying and earning degrees and certificates in everything from Marketing and International Business, to Deaf Studies, Philosophy, and International Human Rights. A yoga practice has been an integral part of her life, bringing mental calm and clarity, helping her manage chronic anxiety, and relieving chronic pain from a connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome).
Letting go and quieting the ego can be the most challenging things people encounter when they first start their yoga practices. Suzie encourages students to practice toward progress rather than perfection. To that end, she works to create a safe and supportive space where students can tune into their bodies and emotions, fully embrace their vulnerability, and let the mindfulness of practice radiate into daily life.
Her RYT 200-hour training at Bija School of Yoga focused on Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga. She is also a True Body Project Leader, locally and internationally, where she teaches classes on mind-body connection to primarily young girls and women through movement (such as yoga and dance), pranayama breath work, writing, and art. She is earning her certificate for Prenatal yoga (PRYT) with Kate Noble at Shine Yoga, and is nearing completion of her Urban Zen Integrative Therapy 250-hour advanced training through Yoga on High (modalities including: yoga therapy, reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition, and contemplative care). Suzie will be traveling to Bali, Indonesia in Autumn of 2017 to start her advanced RYT 300-hour training with internationally renown yogis Tara Judelle & Scott Lyons on the journey to become an Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Therapist. And looking forward, Suzie's educational goal for 2018 is to train to become a birthing doula.