Susan Stevens

How did yoga come into my life?
 
I began practicing yoga as a teen in the late 60’s/early 70’s, before it was the “cool” thing to do. Our local Cincinnati PBS TV. Station had a show called ‘Lilias Yoga & You”. I practiced yoga with Lilias Folan, who was quite a yoga pioneer. I took random classes on & off for years. Fast forward to 2007, when I started studying privately with Gia Lupinacci Maxon. Shortly after that, I began attending a teacher-training program in Asheville with Stephanie Keach. I found my passion and my calling! Today, the yoga journey continues!
 
How do I practice on the mat?
 
I begin & end each day with a 15-minute silent meditation. This sets the tone for the day, and then provides closure at the end of the day. This introspective, mindfulness practice brings balance to my life. I also have a daily home asana practice that changes like the wind. I do whatever poses and flow feel particularly good to my body in the moment. My practice and my teachings on the mat are simple, gentle, and fuel a sense of well-being.
 
How do I practice off the mat?
 
Off the mat, I see life & the practice of yoga as an extension of the philosophical teachings of the yogic yamas & niyamas. Compassion for all beings, honesty, non-violence, and self-discipline are just a few of these teachings. I also try to be an instrument of peace, in hopes that my peace will become your peace, will become world peace.
 
Why a yoga teacher?
 
I have always taught something, from swimming lessons to preschool to Lamaze! I have a passion for learning, and then sharing what I know. With yoga, there is always something new to learn, therefore something new to teach. Since I love yoga so much, I just want to share this wellness practice with everyone! Imagine what a wonderful world it would be if everybody got to experience the gift of yoga!
 
What is my teaching style?
 
My yoga style is hard to explain in words. Eclectic, is a good description, as my teaching style is very free spirited, and draws from many different schools of thought. My style is playful and ever changing, and I always encourage my students to “make it your own”! I hold special certifications in senior yoga, prenatal/postpartum yoga, and restorative yoga, so adaptations and props are part of all my classes. Gentle yoga is what I practice and what I teach, making my classes safe and accessible to everyBODY! Yogi Bhajan says it all, “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.”


Susan Stevens instructs the following:
  • Yin/Yang Fusion
  • This Yin Yang Fusion Class will stimulate yin tissues to maintain and create healthy range of joint motion, and yang tissues to build strength and balance in the body. We will begin with deliciously long held yin yoga poses. Yin yoga’s static holds signal the body’s deeper connective tissues to strengthen and rejuvenate.
     
    Next, the body will be warmed up for a flowing yang yoga vinyasa to strengthen and stretch the muscular tissues of the body through rhythmic repetitive flows. Last, the body will be quieted with meditative twisting and folding before resting in Savasana. Come put a little yang in your yin, and a little yin in your yang!

  • Gentle Yoga
  • A gentle approach to yoga postures and stress reduction. With emphasis on body awareness and alignment, this class helps you create a healthy and steady practice. Appropriate for everyone: beginners to yoga, recovering from injury or for those seeking a gentle approach on stress reduction. The class is taught with music, props, and at a comfortable temperature.