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. Suzanne conducted postdoctoral studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) within the Neuropsychiatric Institute. Her focus was on mental health and addictions. Before exploring this population, Suzanne worked with adolescents and young children. Suzanne also facilitated sessions with various professional athletes. After her postdoctoral studies Suzanne began to focus attention into the dimensions of cancer patients and survivors (and Suzanne began working with cancer populations in 2007).
Suzanne currently teaches 200 hour, 300 hour and 500 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings as the founder of Bindu Yoga School. She conducts teacher mentorship programs, international retreats and 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.
Suzanne was incredibly honoured to have studied at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India, with BKS Iyengar himself, and several of his senior instructors including Geeta and Prashant Iyengar.
Suzanne delivers and facilitates teachings within a variety of avenues: public classes, international conferences, seminars, workshops, retreats, progressive immersions, teacher trainings, therapeutic sessions, 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 within Canada's yoga community.
Suzanne has orientated many of her studies of yoga philosophy within Tantra and her most influential teachers in this arena currently are Sally Kempton and Dr. Douglas Brooks. Suzanne continues to feed and share her curiosity in life by studying with several highly esteemed scholars and teachers, including within Sufi, Shamanic and Buddhist traditions. She continues to draw from all these sources in her own teachings. Suzanne's heart is captured, mesmerized and nourished by her husband and three children, living in Ibiza, Spain, and her gracious yoga community in Vancouver, BC.
If you are ever keen to learn about some of the seeds which were planted within Suzanne over her years of study, you can take a look at some of the books, courses or online presence from the following teachers:
- Sally Kempton (We are sharing space together and co-teaching workshop immersions in Vancouver at One Yoga!)
- Dr. Douglas Brooks
- Dr. Paul-Muller Ortega
- Thrangu Rinpoche - the 9th Khenchen
- The 17th Karmapa
- BKS Iyengar
Suzanne's teachers have led her around the globe in order to explore the heart of consciousness many years ago in numerous contexts - including academic teaching, conferences and research; medical and clinical institutions; facilitating practices, treatments & trainings; participating in diverse ceremonial celebrations of various lineages; immersing into powerful practice & study of the body, mind and heart in ashrams & monasteries; and passing various initiations with teachers.
"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