I was immediately (and continue to be) impressed with Suzie Goldstein’s individualized approach. Suzie’s knowledge of the intricacies of the body is spectacular, and our one-on-one sessions focus extensively on isolating and training particular muscles in my body so well that I actually replaced physical therapy with our one-on-one sessions.
Suzie adjusts our session every time depending on what she reads in my body’s posture and movements and in what I share of my recent experiences with pain and energy, and she intentionally guides and assists me in making shifts into positions that target direct muscles (including sending me home with assigned stretches to practice the following week).
Over the many months that I’ve been seeing her, my body has learned to respond to certain movements and postures with more ease. Also, our sessions challenge me in the most satisfying way, so it’s basically like seeing a personal trainer who has a full body approach to healing that includes a holistic awareness of physicality, breath, energy, and progress on an individual level.
Suzie’s brightness of spirit and gift with words set a tone in class of joy, acceptance and possibility. Her ability to demonstrate and articulate poses inspire a deepened spiritual and physical practice every time I come to the mat.
Kim’s warmth and openness welcomes every student – experienced or beginner. She offers many options to all levels so no one feels awkward or left out. Her Friday class is the best way to end my busy week!
My absolute favorite part of Suzie’s class is when she gives assists in class. Her assists are thoughtful and personal. Her knowledge of the asanas and human anatomy makes me feel safe and supported in each pose. I have been hurt by teachers in the past who have forced me into poses and depths I should not have gone.
With Suzie, I never feel pressured to go further than I can or want to, but she still challenges me to align correctly and go as deep as I am able and feels comfortable. She has a unique ability to make a class feel like both a workout, with challenging poses, and a relaxing, meditative experience. Her teachings offer an opportunity to practice, both physically and spiritually. Integrating the two is something I can always look forward to in her classes. I always leave class so grateful that I made the choice to go.
Suzie’s emphasis on building a practice from a firm foundation creates a sense of security that results in a blossoming of openness, on the emotional as well as physical places. Pain from long-standing injuries from sports and work, has lessened by learning correct alignment, and recognizing and changing old patterns/ habits in my body that have developed over time. The pacing of her classes, the focus of correct alignment and the use of supported poses, allows the body and mind to move in harmony with one another.