Susan Tao

Why I love Yoga

That it’s universal and accessible to everyone… the old, the young, the rich, the poor and everyone in between can practice yoga. All you need is a mat and a positive attitude. With the variety of yoga types out there, you experiment and find what works best for you. On a personal level, why I LOVE yoga is because it makes me feel strong. A lot of people think yoga is easy and it’s just bending and stretching, but it’s really challenging and requires a level of strength both mentally and physically that few other things do. The physical aspect is great but yoga has benefited me mentally as well. I’m much more at peace and my mind is clearer after a yoga practice. I’ve incorporated the mental benefits in life off the mat as well. It’s amazing what a difference taking a minute to breathe makes in so many situations and how your perspective of the world can change – REALLY… things look different when you are in a headstand!

Interesting fact

I’ve been practicing yoga for over 10 years. It’s been on and off but I’ve had a consistent practice for the past 6 years. It continues to challenge me and I’ve been able to do things I never thought I could. Not only do I have a passion for yoga, I also enjoy hiking. Being outdoors with nature and seeing creatures that you rarely run into living in the city, including the occasional run-in with bears, is a SCARY but exhilarating and humbling experience.

Favorite Food

This is a hard one. I’m a foodie at heart. I love all types of food and I’ll travel far and wide for great food. If I had to narrow it down, I’d say my favorites would be sushi and Mediterranean food.

Teaching Style

I draw from my Ashtanga and Vinyasa background and training so I incorporate both into my teaching. I like to challenge students but most of all, I want them to have a positive attitude, have FUN and walk away being proud of what they’ve accomplished.