Susan Elena is incredibly skilled at planning her sessions with precise intentions; leading us students toward continuous growth in our spiritual and asana practice. Susan Elena's carefully designed sequential instructions and diligent corrective feedback generate positive results in her students. This past Sunday I came to understand Virabhadrasana in a whole new light through the use of straps and Gomukasana arms. Felt great...
While attending art school Susan Elena turned to yoga seeking relief from her own back injuries. It was Iyengar yoga, that had a life changing effect on healing her back and providing that same discipline and meditation in movement that dance brings. It was that magical combination that led her to her first teacher training program and a commitment to the Iyengar method.
Susan Elena is very fortunate to have built strong mentoring relationships with some of the most highly respected Senior Iyengar teachers. The four Senior teachers she is deeply indebted and influenced by are Elise Browning Miller, Peentz Dubble, Patricia Walden and Gulnaaz Dashti.
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 gained in her ongoing apprenticeship with Elise from whom she learns firsthand the nuances of scoliosis and other spinal disorders. Working with spinal imbalances is one of her main interests and a way she hopes to ease suffering.
“Susan Elena has assisted me with my Yoga for Back Care and Yoga for Scoliosis Workshops for many years. She has become a highly qualified and dedicated Iyengar teacher with a specialty in addressing yoga for scoliosis and other back issues in classes, workshops and with private students. I highly recommend Susan Elena to shed light to students from all walks of life.” - Elise Browning Miller, January 2018
Susan Elena was a member of the Iyengar faculty at Down Under Yoga in Newton, MA from 2015- 2020, where she studied and mentored with Certified Iyengar Teacher and Teacher Trainer Peentz Dubble, whom she credits with instilling in her what it is to be a student and the love of the fine art of teaching yoga.
Currently, she continues her studies with Certified Advanced Senior Teacher Patricia Walden and travels to India regularly to learn from the source. She traveled to Pune, India to study with Geeta Iyengar in December 2015 and in November 2017. She will return to India in 2019 to further her studies with the Iyengars and Gulnaaz Dashti.
Susan Elena is a member of INYAUS – Iyengar National Yoga Association of the United States and serves as a Board Member of 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.
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 art and yoga she endeavors to ease suffering and bring her students closer to a fuller, more joyful life. Her teaching is a reflection of her focused practice and studies over many years. She is known for precision while taking a playful approach with skillful sequencing to all levels of study allowing each student to go deeper into the understanding of Iyengar yoga.