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Susan Elena Esquivel started dancing at age 5 beginning a lifelong fascination with form and alignment as well as the body/mind connection. She has been studying yoga for the past 25 years with a focus on the Iyengar method. She is a Certified Iyengar Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior I Level and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).
She completed Certified Senior Iyengar Teacher Elise Browning Miller‘s Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Program and is a Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer. Her classes are infused with the knowledge of spinal health gained in her ongoing apprenticeship with Elise from whom she learns firsthand the nuances of scoliosis and other spinal disorders. Working with spinal imbalances is one of her main interests and a way she hopes to ease suffering.
“Susan Elena has assisted me with my Yoga for Back Care and Yoga for Scoliosis Workshops for many years. She has become a highly qualified and dedicated Iyengar teacher with a specialty in addressing yoga for scoliosis and other back issues in classes, workshops and with private students. I highly recommend Susan Elena to shed light to students from all walks of life.” – Elise Browning Miller, January 2018
Susan Elena is a member of the Iyengar faculty at Down Under Yoga in Newton, MA, where she studied and mentored with Certified Iyengar Teacher and Teacher Trainer Peentz Dubble, whom she credits with instilling in her what it is to be a student and the love of the fine art of teaching yoga.
Currently, she continues her studies with Certified Advanced Senior Teacher Patricia Walden working towards her Junior II certification. She traveled to Pune, India to study with Geeta Iyengar in December 2015 and in November 2017 . She will return to India in 2019 to further her studies with the Iyengars. She travels to India regularly to learn from the source.
Susan Elena is a member of INYAUS – Iyengar National Yoga Association of the United States and serves as a Board Member of the New England Iyengar Chapter IYANE.
In 2013, she was honored to be the recipient of the Community Service Project Grant awarded by the Iyengar Association of New England (IYANE) to teach yoga to survivors of domestic violence in Western Massachusetts.
Susan Elena is a nationally recognized sculptor/artist, loves nature, playing the cello and believes yoga is the gateway for her students to reconnect with their bodies and spirits. Through art and yoga she endeavors to ease suffering and bring her students closer to a fuller, more joyful life.
As a ‘getting on there’ woodworker and part time farmer I needed to find something that would help with my deteriorating strength and flexibility(as well as a constant soreness) and Susan Elena’s classes have done it for me. My back, balance, and (even!) knees are grateful for her instruction.
I came back to yoga, after thirty years away, to address the pain in my hip I’d had for over a year. Susan Elena’s Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis series has worked like a dream to correct my alignment and alleviate my hip pain. She has an extraordinary grasp of anatomy and what adjustments are needed to address the physical problems caused by our typical daily actions (standing posture, sitting at a desk, etc.). I appreciate the way that she simplifies and supports the poses for beginners and those with injuries through the creative use of props. I love Susan Elena’s soothing, caring voice and manner; her gentle corrections of my poses; and the increased strength, mobility and stability I’ve gotten from attending her classes.
A few years ago, my chiropractor advised me to take up yoga, as this would help ease my back pain. At the time, I didn’t understand how that would help, but I surely understand now. I’ve been taking the Healthy Spine class at River Valley Yoga Center for nearly 2 years, and nothing has helped my back more. Susan Elena has a knack for sensing an individual’s physical limitations, and for helping each person in the class achieve a level of comfort and flexibility that they may not have imagined. Her gentle nature, warmth, and passion for yoga make the class an important part of my week.