Suzie Atkin

In 2006, due to the nudging of a good friend, I haphazardly stumbled into a 6-week Kundalini Yoga workshop. I had no idea why we were doing weird breathing exercises and making odd noises, but I was fascinated and intrigued. It was such a different experience from my fast paced, stress filled life where it was easier to keep moving then to sit, be still and be with what was there. And I clearly wasn’t ready. For years afterward I took the harder path: climbing ladders, never stopping, burning out.

And then, as it happens, tragedy struck. As Elizabeth Lesser puts it: “Some of us need a cataclysmic event to find our way toward ‘the center of our own existence’”. So when I finally came back to Yoga, it was with a deep need for healing. And through that healing I have found my Wholeness, which, for me, is finding joy in every bit of this life experience. There is no question that life has difficulty. And yet, through continually cultivating awareness and equanimity, we become able to, as Buddha says, “rest like a giant tree in the midst of it all”. I’m grateful for the beautiful, simple technology of Yoga to expand my perspective and chip away at the calcification of life’s conditioning so I can see clearly and respond from a place of centeredness and love. And it is from this place of love that I humbly share this knowledge and experience with others. Because, truly, we are all connected and in this together. - Namaste.

Off the mat, Suzie enjoys mountain biking and cycling, adventures in the woods, cuddling with her dog, and spending time with family and friends.

 



Suzie Atkin instructs the following:
  • Yin at the Down Dog
  • ROOM TEMPERATURE ~ This class is 75 min. Slow paced style of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time. Yin yoga is a different way of stretching, as the practice helps lubricate the joints vs. stretching the belly of the muscle. Great for all levels.

  • Slow Flow at the Down Dog
  • ROOM TEMPERATURE ~ This class is 75 min. A slower-paced vinyasa class at room temperature. This class is great for beginners or experienced yogis.  Capped at 12, registration highly recommended.

  • Begin
  • WARM ~ Learn the building blocks of a Power Vinyasa Flow.  In this class we will break down the poses in a way that will help you develop a strong foundation in your practice.  Discover the connection between your body and breath as we focus on alignment.  The practice and methodology in this class will inspire you to flow!  Great for beginners and also for advanced students who want to deepen their practice.
    MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS AT THE DOWN DOG

  • Slow Flow and Meditation at the Down Dog
  • A slower paced practice with 45 minutes vinyasa yoga and 15 minutes of guided meditation.  This practice will emphasize the fundamentals of meditation and emphasize proper alignment in poses for each individual body.
     
    Great for all levels of practice, especially those wanting to deepen their meditation practice. Compliments more rigorous practices.
     
    Registration capped at 12.  This class is taught at The Down Dog.

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