Suzanne’s teachings encourage students to dissolve barriers, to dance & move through a resourceful practice in order to cultivate more intimacy with breath, body, mind and most importantly to each other. Her classes are devotional, dynamic and diverse…bold, mighty and introspective, weaving progressive sequencing, anchored in ancient teachings, and woven to attune to modern duty. As a former certified Yoga Works ™ Instructor, Suzanne dove into the reverent and integral offerings from the Iyengar and Ashtanga lineages with her teachers while living in Los Angeles. Suzanne also bountifully studied Anusara Yoga with Founder John Friend and several exceptional Anusara instructors since 2006. Suzanne is Co-Founder & Co-Owner of One Yoga for the People in Vancouver and holds a doctorate within Educational and Counselling Psychology. She teaches 200 hr, 300 hr and 500 hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings as the founder of Bindu Yoga School. She conducts teacher mentorship programs and international retreats & workshops. She is a primary faculty member for Yoga Therapy International and One Yoga Teacher Trainings. Suzanne is also the founder of The SARA Foundation, a charity organization aimed at yoga for cancer prevention & management.
In 2013 & 2014, Suzanne taught at several yoga conferences, including the Victoria Yoga conference and Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival in Whistler. In Fall of 2013, Suzanne was incredibly honoured to have studied at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India, with BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar and several of their senior instructors.
Suzanne delivers and facilitates teachings within a variety of avenues: public classes, conferences, seminars, workshops, retreats, progressive immersions, teacher trainings, therapeutic sessions, private classes, interviews, online classes through YOGO.TV and has published in various medical journals. Suzanne was selected in Toronto's Sweat Equity Magazine in 2012 as a primary leader in community development within yoga.
Suzanne was born into a family of devotion and has led a life of ritual and sadhana practices ever since she was a young girl. Suzanne stepped into her yogic journey as a way to deepen her training as a marathon runner and triathlete, and to heal a broken heart. She traveled to southeast Asia in 1999 and participated in a teacher training in Thailand before exploring Cambodia, Vietnam and Loas where she participated in Vipassana retreats. She completed certifications in Thai Massage and Reiki. Her studies in graduate school slowly led her into researching complementary and alternative medicine and psychospiritual approaches within mental health. During this time she was incredibly fortunate to study in an intimate setting with Anodea Judith and Sufi teacher Kabir Helminski. Suzanne's tours of India led her to various ashrams and intensive studies with the Iyengar and Sivananda lineages. Her travels to Nepal led her to Tibetan Buddhist teacher Thrangu Rinpoche, and she has studied in his monastries throughout North America, India and Nepal. Suzanne is deeply honoured to have studied with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Holiness the 17th Karmapa while in Dharamsala, India. After doctoral studies Suzanne received federal funding from Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) as Principal Investigator to examine the impact of yoga therapy on breast cancer survivors. Out of her research and practical experience with clients, Suzanne created the SARA Foundation.
During post-doctoral studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Suzanne began studies and an apprenticeship with Annie Carpenter from Yoga Works; pranayama and asana studies with Lisa Walford from the Iyengar Institute of Los Angeles, as well as a Mysore program which was founded by Chuck Miller. Suzanne became certified as a Yoga Works instructor and assisted their 200 hour teacher training programs in Vancouver, BC. Suzanne met John Friend in 2006 and has studied extensively with him and his senior teachers.
Suzanne has orientated many of her studies of yoga philosophy within Tantra and her most influential teachers in this arena currently are Sally Kempton, Paul Muller-Ortega and Dr. Douglas Brooks. She offers full pranams to her following teachers: herhusband & children, her parents, her siblings, Sianna Sherman, Annie Carpenter, Lisa Walford, John Friend, Noah Maze, Louie Ettling, Anodea Judith, Pema Chodran, Thrangu Rinpoche, Nikki Hainstock (a Qu'ero lineage Shamanic teacher) and Kabir Helminski. Suzanne holds an immense amount of gratitude for Kenny Graham and Sianna Sherman for assiting their Anusara 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2011. Suzanne continues to feed and share her curiosity in life by studying with several highly esteemed scholars and teachers. She continues to draw from all these sources in her own teachings.
Suzanne's heart is captured, mesmerized and nourished by her husband, two children, malamute husky and her gracious yoga community in Vancouver, BC.
In addition to yoga and community, Suzanne dives into motherhood, veganism, raw food, juicing, guitar, harmonium, painting, dancing, ancestry, biomechanics, therapeutics, telemark skiing, and playing hard with her children and Mother Earth.
"One of Suzanne's greatest gifts is her ability to hold and provide space for those around her. Having seen Suzanne teach in many different contexts and locations around the world, like nature, she fully adapts to what lies before her, only to craft a truly magical experience on the mat. With a profound understanding of the mechanics of the human body, and a deep understanding of the heart, Suzanne brings her students into a realm of personal experience that is intimate, life-changing, and incredibly rich with emotion, sensation, realization and reality. She is a true lover of the beloved practices of yoga". - Alli Shafer
May our inner radiance light the way to recognizing the contributions & beauty that other human beings provide to this planet" -Suzanne Slocum Gori
OM TARE TU TARE TURE SVAHA
~ Green Tara Mantra