Bethany loves teaching beginners and students with a beginner’s mind. She has a fascination with the inherent wisdom of the body, and invites her students to come explore their inner wisdom. In her classes, she strives to create a safe space where students can question, explore and connect more deeply with themselves. She strongly believes that the pose needs to fit the student, not vice versa. To this end, she encourages the use of props to create the feeling invoked by Patanjali’s Sutra: 2:46: “Sthira sukham asanam. - A steady posture with the sweetness of ease running through it.” She is passionate about the work of her teachers: Karin Stephan, Deborah Wolk and Lillah Schwartz. Her yoga education includes in-depth training on the therapeutic applications of yoga.
In addition to her Yoga Alliance certifications, she is also a restorative yoga specialist, fitness instructor and cancer survivor. Yoga is her love and she studies authentic healing yoga principles daily. Yoga for cancer patients is her passion since she has experienced first-hand the reduction of side effects for herself and her cancer survivor students, Wellness Warriors™. Gail studied Yoga for oncology patients with Dr. Sarah Rausch at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and Dr. Leonard Cohen at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
“Food is thy medicine and yoga is thy prescription for a life of inner peace and optimal well-being.” Gail Newfield
Susan has practiced yoga for over twenty four years and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level. She is the managing director of the Florida Yoga Teachers Association (FYTA).
Susan’s stressful career as a CPA led her to the benefits of yoga. She reduced her work hours for her baby daughter, and in 2002, received her teacher's certification from the Florida Institute for Integrated Yoga Studies (FIFIYS) in Tampa. Through FIFIYS, she has studied with world renowned teachers such as Nischala Joy Devi, creator of Yoga of the Heart, and the faculty from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore, India. In 2004, Susan received her yoga therapist's certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy, where she developed an in-depth understanding of yoga therapeutics for a wide variety of needs and conditions.
Susan earned her Associates Degree in Ayurvedic Clinical Consulting and Aromatherapy Certification through the Florida Vedic College and Ayurvedic Center for Well Being in Sarasota, Florida. Upon graduation in 2007, she created Yoga Flow Essential Oils, where she sells fine quality oils and creates ayurvedic healing blends. In 2016, Susan opened Yoga Flow Lifestyle Center, offering individualized instruction in the art of living yoga.
Through FYTA, Susan has hosted weekend workshops and studied with master teachers such as Richard Miller, Ray Long, Roger Cole, Cyndi Lee and many more. Susan also teaches classes workshops in yoga, ayurveda and aromatherapy for health practitioners, yoga teachers and trainees.