Photo by Cassie Goodluck-Johnson

Courtesy of Imagine Yoga Studio

"Susana embodies the essence of yoga with a warm, personal and knowledgeable teaching style. She brings poetry, reverence, humor and individual attention to each class as she shares the lessons of her own practice with us".


      Georgia Cacy

About Susana

Susana is a certified Yoga Therapist* recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapy, a certified Viniyoga teacher and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. 

​Previously a professional dancer, actress, dance teacher and choreographer, Susana began to practice yoga around 1984, and did her first Teacher Training in 1996 with Federico Enriquez, Indra Devi’s student. She has been teaching Yoga classes and workshops ever since, both in Mexico and in the U.S.A.

​After arriving in Oregon in 2008, she continued her education with a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification with Sarahjoy Marsh, followed by one year of apprenticeship.

In 2012 Susana met her teacher, Gary Kraftsow, and fell in love with the Viniyoga approach, a very mindful, detailed, refined and personalized way to use the ancient tools of yoga. She completed the 500 hour Viniyoga Teacher Training in 2015, and the Yoga Therapist Training in 2018, providing in the last 3 years more than 380 practicum hours of effective yoga therapy to private clients with a variety of conditions

She has also led International Yoga Retreats beginning in February 2017.

Susana tailors each session to the needs of her students and clients, emphasizing mindfulness and awareness on breath, encouraging them to discover their potential and empowering them to improve their health at all levels.

She thanks her teachers, Gary Kraftsow, Mary Hilliker, Dawn Summers, the AVI Faculty, Federico & Cristina Enriquez, Virginia Filip, Sarahjoy Marsh, Liz Eisman and Leslie Kaminoff, and all the students that she has had the joy to encounter throughout the years.

She resides with her husband in Belmont, California.

* The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my [non-YAR credential or other qualification], not derived from my status as an [RYT/E-RYT] with Yoga Alliance Registry. 

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
 Belmont, California. U.S.A. 
(503)706 5733 

© 2021 by susanaprana Susana Laborde-Blaj 

Photography & design Susana Laborde-Blaj