Yoga unites the mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension, reduces inflammation, and promotes health and well being. Regular practice will help you reach improve and perfect poses, correct posture and positioning, and improve your breathing and outlook on life.
Yoga is a great way to improve your endurance in other physical activities. After a run, or heavy workout, yoga will help your body relax while stretching, strengthening, and lengthening the muscles you were just working on.
Yoga not only helps improve your body, but also helps with mindfulness and meditation. It is important to take a break from daily life in order to focus on yourself and get clarity. Focusing on your breath during practice is key to staying in tune with your mind and body.
When I was diagnosed with a serious health challenge in January 2014, I spent months which led into years diving deep into the research to understand what I could change to control my outcome. Soon I came to realize I really don't control anything (for real, do you?) but there were both subtle and radical changes I could make to my diet, lifestyle and mindset to improve my outcome. I dropped all processed food, meat, dairy. Soon I dove deep into yoga to become more committed to my meditation practice. There's so much more ... but it won't all fit here. I'm constantly learning, and guess what - it's working! Now so many friends come to me asking for advice about wellness products, books, ideas, and so I started keeping a list to share. I'm not shy to share more about my health challenges and the path that I've chosen, and maybe one day I'll write more about it. But feel free to ask me anytime. Meanwhile, hope you enjoy! Something missing? Let me know.
By the way check out my recent feature in The New Yorker magazine
My top 3 start below, and the others are always in the mix:
Clear your head, fix your life. Have you ever thought about how much drama we create in our own mind? Here are some books to help you understand how that works and to start the path to making space.
Get Back into Your Kitchen! Whole food, plant based cooking:
Chloe's Vegan Italian - I'm married to an Italian, it's great for a "special" meal
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian - Mark Bittman can turn any vegetable into a delight!
Keep Moving (stay fit) but stop hurting yourself along the way:
Move your DNA: Restore your Health through Natural Movement
Born to Run - if you enjoy running now or ever, just do yourself a favor and read this book.
Inspiring books for your health with evidence based guidance on getting well:
Yoga Blocks (9x6x4)
DoTerra Essential Oils . I also make bath salts, skin cream, bug spray, hand sanitizer, bathroom freshener, upon request.
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Susie Caramanica is a certified RYT 200 hour hatha based teacher who received her training with Betsy Kase at Yoga Haven in Scarsdale in 2016. She has since attended trainings and workshops with Rodney Yee, Allison West, Bryan Kest, Dr. Loren Fishman, Matthew Sanford, and Tara Tonini, incorporating these learnings into her own classes. In addition to teaching yoga privately, in studios, and special events, Susie teaches trauma informed yoga at a women's shelter.
No stranger to health and fitness, Susie has been maintaining a regular exercise routine, as a varsity runner in college, and later competing in triathlons, road races and practicing yoga for over two decades. However, Susie’s interest shifted towards mindfulness after receiving a serious health diagnosis that made spending more time on her mat her destiny. Susie’s passion to help others heal and achieve peace led her to yoga teacher training.
She enjoys making yoga accessible to all levels, emphasizing strength, stretch, breath and balance. She focuses asana on proper alignment while incorporating awareness and body mind connection, bringing a sense of calm, release and joy into each class.
In addition to teaching yoga, Susie willingly and gratefully splits her time as a change management professional in Corporate America, with over two decades of consulting experience. Her educational background includes an MA in International Communication and a BA in Mathematics/Economics. She resides in Westchester County, New York with her husband and three boys.