I first had the pleasure of meeting Suzi during a couple of free classes Humble Haven was offering around the Shockoe Slilp neighborhood before opening.  Suzi had recently moved to Richmond and started working a few blocks from the studio when she walked by and saw the 'Opening Soon' sign.  During our initial emails, I learned that Suzi had just come back to the US after traveling the world, exploring, teaching, and training.  Needless to say, I had to meet her and hopefully be accepted as her friend. 

After a couple drinks and what could have been an endless conversation about why we love teaching, what we believe in, and what seemed like endless shared passions, I felt excited and lucky to have Suzi be a part of Humble Haven Yoga's community and share her giving energy.  Keep reading to learn more about Suzi on and off her mat. 

What is your favorite style of class to teach and why?

Power Vinyasa because it integrates breath and movement in a powerful, explorative and playful way.

What made you want to go beyond just practicing yoga and start teaching?

I felt like taking a class wasn’t enough. I wanted to learn more and share the transformative power of yoga with everyone.  I felt passionate about inspiring inner learning and acceptance in individuals as so many of my teachers had inspired in me.

If you had to describe your teaching style in 3 words or less, what would you say?

Accept yourself.

What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Half-pigeon

What do you like to do around Richmond?

I love walking around the city and stopping in coffee shops to chat or read.

What’s your favorite food?

Sweet potato anything                                                                    

Tea or Coffee?

Both. A dirty Chai is my jam.

Favorite quote?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Why are you excited to teach at Humble Haven Yoga?

I am infinitely grateful to be included in building an incredible and inspiring community of like-minded people and sharing good vibes and transformative energy.

What’s your favorite song to practice to?

Anything that creates energy and I don’t know the words to.  While I love music in class, I get out of my head when I hear songs I know.  In my self-practice, I practice without tunes and focus on by breath forcing me in the moment.

When can you practice with Suzi? 

Wednesday mornings 7:30am-8:30am and Thursday evenings 6pm-7:15pm, both Hot Power. 


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