About Suzie

IMG_1999Suzie Hurley has been teaching yoga since 1981 and has been an ardent meditator since 1977.  She received her first certification as a yoga teacher through the Kripalu Center in 1985, followed by an Advanced Kripalu Certification in 1987.  She studied the Iyengar method for 16 years, principally with John Schumacher along with many other senior Iyengar teachers. Suzie was also one of the first certified Anusara teachers and studied in this tradition for 14 years. As a senior Anusara certified teacher, she served on the Anusara Yoga Curriculum Committee until March 2012 when she decided to take her teaching in a new direction.  Suzie also holds an E-500 RYT hour Certificate from Yoga Alliance.

In 1994, Suzie opened the Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park, MD. Over the next 18 years, Willow Street Yoga grew from 160 students to nearly 2000 students, adding a second location in Silver Spring, MD along the way. In January 2012 she sold Willow Street to her son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Natalie Miller. Though giving up the mantle of ownership, she continues to teach four weekly classes and see private clients, and is also teaching on the Eastern Shore of MD in Oxford.

Suzie holds a B.S. in English, Health and Physical Education from Kent State University, and taught Physical Education at Stone Ridge Country Day School in Bethesda, MD for five years. She was certified as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner and served as a member of Phoenix Rising teaching faculty, traveling nationally to give workshops and trainings.  Suzie has also been trained in Polarity and Bio-Energy work.

Suzie’s forty year practice of meditation and hatha yoga has prepared her to teach from a place of deep wisdom balanced with practicality and joy. Her clear and precise teaching style is balanced with fun and authenticity. Often told that her own essence is joy, Suzie’s teaching is enthusiastic and inspirational. Suzie’s devotion to inspiring and encouraging others to maximize their gifts and open their hearts to the joy that lies within is ever present and the mainstay of her teaching.  She is an activist for progressive change on all things that bring us to the realization that we are one loving Whole and must work together as such.

She teaches yoga and meditation workshops nationally and leads annual Yoga Vacations and retreats in beautiful natural settings outside the US, with other senior teachers, Betsey Downing and Maria Hamburger. She offers private classes in meditation and spiritual direction, gives individual yoga therapeutic sessions and leads private sessions to tailor a home yoga practice to students’ needs. Suzie continues to be devoted to her own personal growth and creates a safe atmosphere where others may seek the same.

Splitting her time now between the Silver Spring/Takoma Park area and the Eastern Shore of MD, Suzie volunteers for Hospice and is a end of life Doula, an endeavor she finds infinitely rewarding and meaningful.