Having attended your Friday morning classes for nearly five years, I learned so much. I was saddened when you left. but happy you are pursuing a new challenge in your life and I wanted to tell you how important you were to mine. As you know, my son died in a car accident 10 years ago and it has been an incredibly hard journey to find joy in life again. I am not a religious person, nor spiritual, but practicing yoga with you has helped me live so much better with my loss. I miss your voice especially and your gentle urgings to improve postures and be mindful in all things. I really believe yoga and your instruction has helped me integrate mind and body and spirit and find more compassion and tolerance and acceptance. For that, I truly thank you. TC
Hi Susan,I just wanted to let you know how much I love your class. I was a teacher for 39 years and I can recognize the great effort you put into everyone of our practices. You observe us very carefully to see that we are using good technique and at the same time offer words which encourage our efforts even reminding us to breath. I wouldn’t know what goes on in other yoga classes but I feel blessed to have an instructor who helps me think about my body’s health through her well chosen words. I find yoga to be very meditative. I’ve enjoyed the poetry, music, even the use of scents. I leave each of our practices with a sense of well being and that our short time together as a group was very well spent. Thank you so much for all your help. Bruce Palm Desert,Ca
"If it wasn't for yoga in the workplace, I probably wouldn't be doing yoga at all. The convenience of having yoga right where I work helps me to "show up"- in more ways than one! Knowing that there is one hour reserved for me to focus on clearing my mind while moving my body and focusing on my breath has brought a kind of calm to my work life that wasn't there before. Sometimes I find myself feeling uptight or rushed, and I remind myself that it will all be worked out during my yoga practice with Susan. And then I'm ready to give back once again. Thank you Susan!"
Vancouver Community College, Vancouver BC
"I first came to yoga after many years of marathon running that had left my body battered. My doctor told me that I needed to find a lower impact workout or I would require knee and hip replacement surgery. I was 26 years old and petrified. I knew that I had been training hard, but didn't understand how my body couldn't handle it at such a young age. Not knowing where to turn, my physiotherapist recommended yoga. I went, not really knowing what to expect. And in the end, I got more than I could have ever dreamed of. Yoga taught me to respect my body after years of learning to push it beyond its limits. Yoga taught me to listen to my body, to respect what it needs, and learn the connection between my mind and my body. Slowly I saw myself getting stronger. And with that came my mental and emotional well-being as well. Yoga taught me to love myself for the journey that I'm on now, and to be patient with myself and others. It taught me to celebrate my successes, and the successes of others, in a society that generally pushes for competition, jealousy and resentment. It taught me to breathe at the moments when your mind and body are telling you not to, and to take risks and have fun. Although these are all the lessons of yoga, we are encouraged to take these lessons "beyond the mat" and to the world outside. In the past three years I have noticed I can handle stress better and am more at peace. "
Tracey Dempster, teacher, actor
" I have known Susan Alexander as a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher for over 3 years. My regular yoga practice started several years before meeting Susan as I wanted to improve my limitations of movement due to degenerative arthritis affecting my spine, pelvis, hips, and shoulders. Observing my difficulties in achieving and holding postures in regular yoga classes, Susan offered me private weekly sessions of specific yoga instruction and yoga therapy/massage to improve my joint mobility. Within one year of her working with me I have regained back most of the function of the affected joints and further improved my flexibility. Susan is a great teacher and instructor. She fully understands the anatomy and function of the skeletal muscular systems of the human body and can apply her knowledge to the healing at the point when classical medical treatment can offer no help. "
D. Kalousek, MD, FRCP, FCMG Professor Emeritus, UBC