Yoga for Health & Transformation with Susana Laborde-Blaj
Susana is a rare gem that only comes along once in a blue moon. Her language is poetry infused with a symphony of love and humor. Every class brings me to a better place, more hopeful, brighter and more content. Susana is welcoming to the new student and mindful of each students particular needs. In her class one feels safe to grow, to laugh, and to heal. She is like no other teacher I've seen.
Susana is a skillful and intuitive Viniyoga teacher and Yoga Therapist. Susana’s yoga teaching is creative, inspired and effective. She has demonstrated her skillfulness in working with clients with a variety of conditions. Her skill rests on the foundation of many years of personal practice and the study of yoga and Yoga Therapy with her teacher, Gary Kraftsow. She has integrated what she has learned and continues to grow and evolve in her work as a Yoga Therapist. It’s an honor for me to see her work evolve as a mentor and colleague.
Mary Hilliker, RDN, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Certified Viniyoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist, Faculty, American Viniyoga Institute
Susana is a truly present, intuitive and thoughtful teacher. I appreciate her deep knowledge, her attentiveness and humor and the ways these qualities translate into loving guidance and instruction. Her classes, linking breath, mantra, and chanting with asana leave me feeling integrated, aligned and attuned.
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. Today yoga is truly a part of my life. I have improved strength, balance and awareness. I also feel a great deal of gratitude.
Susana is a wonderful yoga teacher because she is a warm, funny, and sensitive human. Her breath-centered classes are grounded in both yogic tradition and humor—in poetry and anecdotes sprinkled with humility and compassion. Susana has a deep understanding of anatomy and asana, which brings a healing focus to her sequences. She is a serious life-long student as well as teacher. This translates into loving guidance throughout her classes as she encourages us to allow our own breath and body to be our guide on and off the mat. I love starting my day with her.
I was a newbie to yoga but Susana has made the experience so enjoyable I've been continuing to practice for over two years now. I am also not your average yoga student (aging & expanding 41-year old golf fanatic). She tailors classes to our specific needs. For me, it was a tight lower back & lack of flexibility. I now have zero lower back pains and am more flexible than I ever thought I could be.
I cannot speak highly enough of Susana. She's the teacher who made me love yoga. Her approach emphasizes the importance of breath as the foundation of all movements, the mobility of the spine and the development of awareness. At every opportunity she reminds us to be gentle with ourselves and to listen to our body. Last but not least, she reads us some poetry to draw us to the deeper teachings of yoga … After a year of practice, I can honestly say that the symptoms of my bulged disk have disappeared as well as the pain I was experiencing in my shoulder. I am so grateful for this amazing teacher.
...An unexpected benefit, that first appeared after about 6 weeks of practice, well before attending the Mexico retreat, has been more efficient breathing especially during strenuous biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing. Read More