Evergreen Hosts: Suzie Hurley, Renowned Expert in Yoga

image001 (165 x 67)Two workshops on Saturday, June 22nd
10 am -12 noon Beginners workshop
1 pm -4 pm Intermediate & Advanced workshop

Courage and Enthusiasm is the topic Suzie Hurley, E_RYT 500, has offered for her extraordinary Yoga Workshops at Evergreen, a Center for Balanced Living on June 22nd.

Having trained for many years in both the Iyengar and the Anusara systems of Yoga, Suzie teaches with a strong emphasis on alignment principles, which in turn makes each class extremely therapeutic and safe for every body. Both a longtime and seasoned Certified Yoga teacher, Suzie is known for her ability to break down even difficult asanas into accessible parts through Progressive Teaching.

She believes that teaching with a relevant theme in each class can also empower us in our everyday lives. In these workshops, we will use the theme of Courage and Enthusiasm. “To step into our lives with courage and enthusiasm is to recognize our own power and worthiness and enthusiastically allow our own light to shine brightly. In this way we share our gifts with the world and empower others to do the same.”

10-12 noon: Yoga Workshop for Beginners
We will explore Standing Poses, Twists, and beginning Backbends with some therapeutics for the low back and knees.

1-4 pm: Yoga Workshop for Intermediate/Advanced Students & Teachers
“In the Intermediate/Advanced workshop we will explore a wider range of asanas including inversions, arm balances, and backbends, as well as some pranayama, and meditation. Students should be fairly experienced with these asanas,” said Ms. Hurley.

“We are delighted to have Ms. Hurley return to Evergreen again this year,” said Linda Evans, Evergreen’s Executive Director. “Students are excited about her knowledge and wide reputation as a yoga instructor.”

Both classes will be held in the Evergreen Great Room. Please register by contacting the Evergreen website (www.evergreeneaston.org) or call 410-819-3395. There is a fee for both classes.

For further information, please contact 410-819-3395
http://suziehurley.com/about-suzie/ (her website)

About Suzie
Suzie Hurley has been teaching yoga since 1981 and has been an ardent meditator since 1977. She received her first certification as a yoga teacher through the Kripalu Center in 1985, followed by an Advanced Kripalu Certification in 1987. She also studied the Iyengar method for 16 years, principally with John Schumacher along with many other senior Iyengar teachers. She met John Friend, the founder and developer of Anusara Yoga in 1994 and became one of the first certified Anusara teachers in 1999. As a senior Anusara certified teacher, she served on the Anusara Yoga Curriculum Committee until March 2012 when she formally broke ties with John Friend and the Anusara organization. Suzie also holds an E-500 RYT hour Certificate from Yoga Alliance.

In 1994, Suzie opened the Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park, MD. Over the next 18 years, Willow Street Yoga grew from 160 students to nearly 1800 students, adding a second location in Silver Spring, MD along the way. In January 2012 she sold Willow Street to her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Natalie Miller. Though giving up the mantle of ownership, she continues to teach five weekly classes there and remains the Director and principal teacher of the Willow Street Yoga Teacher Training Program which has turned out many excellent teachers over the past ten years.

Suzie holds a B.S. in English, Health and Physical Education from Kent State University, and taught Physical Education at Stone Ridge Country Day School in Bethesda, MD for five years. She was certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and served as a member of Phoenix Rising teaching faculty, traveling nationally to give workshops and trainings. Suzie has also been trained in Polarity and Bio-Energy work.

Suzie’s thirty five year practice of meditation and hatha yoga has prepared her to teach from a place of deep wisdom balanced with practicality and joy. Her clear and precise teaching style is balanced with fun and authenticity. Often told that her own essence is joy, Suzie’s teaching is enthusiastic and inspirational. Suzie’s devotion to inspiring and encouraging others to maximize their gifts and open their hearts to the joy that lies within is ever present and the mainstay of her teaching.

She teaches yoga and meditation workshops nationally and leads annual Yoga Vacations and retreats in beautiful natural settings outside the US, with other senior teachers, Betsey Downing and Moses Brown. She offers private classes in meditation and spiritual direction, gives individual yoga therapeutic sessions and leads private sessions to tailor a home yoga practice to students’ needs. Suzie continues to be devoted to her own personal growth and creates a safe atmosphere where others may seek the same.