2019 Summer Newsflash!

Welcome to what I sincerely hope is a joy filled summer.

Perhaps you are wisely doing some supported Downward Facing Dogs to help you through these Dog Days of Summer!  Our Pitta dosha (think fiery energy) is aggravated by excess heat and we want to calm and quiet the nervous system through more cooling poses, such as a supported Dog Pose, gentle Twists, Forward Bends and supported Inversions.  Our summers are getting hotter and that’s not “fake news!”  It was 113 in France recently. No longer can we say we are in the midst of Climate Change – we are full on into Climate Crisis. I believe we must do all we can individually and collectively to save our planet.  Our lifestyle is at risk and may change drastically as early as the next 5-10 years, not to mention the future suffering of our children and grandchildren.  If you’ve done any reading from the top scientists, you know how dire the situation is.

Besides joining a local chapter in your area, please consider donating to a reputable organization such as Climate RealitySierra Club  or 350.org.  And do check out my dear friend and climate activist Betsey Downing’s amazing resource list on what else you can do.  It is a goldmine!

John and I spent two and a half glorious weeks in June driving around the Scottish Highlands (Isle of Skye is magnificent) and then on to Ireland and the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.  All were fabulous!  It is amazing to see how these countries are so far beyond the US ecologically on many levels.  We especially loved the openness and friendliness of the people, eating at many of the local pubs and striking up conversations with our neighbors at the next table. Getting used to driving on the left side of the road was challenging. After taking out the left passenger mirror two hours into our first rental car, I did quite well the rest of the trip! Many of the roads are “one track” which means one lane, with no shoulders and prayers that big lorries and tourist buses don’t show up! All makes for a more exciting adventure!
 
Wishing each of you a playful and joy filled rest of your summer.  I believe joy is our birthright. It is innate and natural. I immediately recognize when it wells up in me; that sense of elation, optimism, and knowing that all is truly well, despite outer circumstances. My energy seems to move upward!  Joy connects what once felt separate. Joy has within it great strength and a great vulnerability. I feel joy is the movement of divinity within and it is ever present.  We have only to take time to tap into what’s already there, finding it in small things as well as large. I try to bring a sense of joy into all my classes and workshops because we all deserve to remember that we are joy!

Please scroll down for a peek of the joy that might await you!

Namaste,

Upcoming Events

Italy Yoga Adventure

October 14 – 22, 2019 in Umbria, Italy

Our Italian adventure this coming October has only one space left! This would be for a woman sharing a beautiful spacious room with another female student who would love a roommate. No more singles available unfortunately.

The event will be near Spoleto at a Farm to Table beautiful resort. You can look forward to fabulous day trips and many are returning for their second time.

All information for this event is HERE.

Meditation & Yoga Weekend

Dec. 6-8 at Hallowood Retreat Center, MD

Whether you are an experienced meditator or new to the Art of Meditation, we will all learn to deepen the silence already within our very hearts. Join us at the Hallowood Retreat Center  (www.hallowood.org) less than an hour away from the DC Metro area for this Meditation & Yoga Retreat. I will focus on teaching and guiding those, both old and new, in the Art of Meditation. The benefits in our everyday lives are enormous. Meditation has been the mainstay of my spiritual practice for over 40 years. Click HERE for the flyer with info and registration form.

Regular Classes and Private Sessions

My weekly teaching schedule is as follows, both at Willow Street Yoga Center in Takoma Park, MD & Silver Spring, MD as well as in Oxford, MD on the Eastern Shore.  All classes are Alignment based and in the tradition of both Anusara and Iyengar.I also offer private sessions that include designing a Home Practice tailored to the student’s needs, learning the Art of Meditation, and Spiritual Direction.

Email me at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

Willow Street Yoga Classes

Yoga 1/2: 6:15-7:45 pm Tuesday in Sliver Spring
Yoga 2: 6:15-7:45 pm Wednesday in Takoma Park
Yoga 2: 10:30-12:00 Thursday in Takoma Park
www.willowstreetyoga.com

Coastal Retreat Oxford Classes

201 Tilghman St, Oxford, MD.
Beginners/Advanced (Yoga 1/2): Monday 1:30-2:45
Intermediate (Yoga 2 & 2/3): Saturday 9:30-11:00
www.suziehurley.com

Upcoming Retreats

Jamaica 2020 with Maria and Suzie

Feb. 1-8, 2020

Join Maria Hamburger and me for our fifth Yoga Vacation on the cliffs of Negril at Coral Seas Resort.

This is for all levels of yogis everywhere. Not to be missed!

Click HERE for the brochure and and registration form details.

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

January 30 – February 6, 2021

Tierra de Suenos Retreat Center (on the Caribbean coast near Puerto Viejo) with Suzie & Maria Hamburger.Save the dates! Much more to come!

In the meantime, check out the following link!

Tierra de Suenos Lodge

July 2019

Perhaps you are wisely doing some supported Downward Facing Dogs to help you get thru these Dog Days of Summer! Our Pitta dosha (think fiery energy) is aggravated by excess heat and we want to calm and quiet the nervous system thru more cooling poses, such as a supported Dog Pose, gentle Twists, Forward Bends and supported Inversions. Our summers are getting hotter and that’s not “fake news!” It was 113 in France recently. No longer can we say we are in the midst of Climate Change – we are full on into Climate Crisis. I believe we must do all we can individually and collectively to save our planet. Our lifestyle is at risk and may change drastically as early as the next 5-10 years, not to mention the future suffering of our children and grandchildren. If you’ve done any reading from the top scientists, you know how dire the situation is.

John and I spent two and half glorious weeks in June driving around the Scottish Highlands (Isle of Skye is magnificent) and then on to Ireland and the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula. All were fabulous! It is amazing to see how these countries are so far beyond the US ecologically on many levels. We especially loved the openness and friendliness of the people, eating at many of the local pubs and striking up conversations with our neighbors at the next table. Getting used to driving on the left side of the road was challenging. After taking out the left passenger mirror two hours into our first rental car, I did quite well the rest of the trip! Many of the roads are “one track” which means one lane, with no shoulders and prayers that big lorries and tourist buses don’t show up! All makes for a more exciting adventure!

On the Yoga front, I have just updated my website with both Maria Hamburger’s and my trip to Jamaica, February 1-8, 2020 (Click here for brochure and registration form), and my Meditation and Yoga Retreat, December 6-8, 2019. It is at Hallowood Retreat Center, less than an hour from the DC metropolitan area. The flyer with info and registration form is here. I am excited about giving a weekend workshop with the emphasis on learning or deepening one’s meditation practice, as it is an invaluable resource in these days of unrest.

We have one space left for Italy, October 14-22 of this year. This would be for a woman sharing a beautiful spacious room with another female student who would love a roommate. No more singles available unfortunately. All information for Italy is here.

Wishing each of you a playful and joy filled rest of your summer. Safe travels wherever you venture and adventure, and may your days be filled with love and compassion for yourself and all beings everywhere.

Namaste, Suzie

Spring 2019

I’m quite sure I’m not the only one looking forward to Spring! It’s been a cold, wet, snowy winter and am looking forward to getting back on my bike and in my kayak. We’ve had some spotting of eagles in Oxford recently, and I hear we’ve even had a couple of early Osprey sightings. I wish you all a most lovely blooming of new growth in body, mind and spirit this season.

Thank you all who came to Jamaica last month with Maria Hamburger and I, we had a fabulous time and this group was particularly full of laughter and joy. Next years dates are Feb. 1-Feb. 8, 2020, and then the following year we will forgo Jamaica for a Costa Rica Yoga Retreat. The dates for that are Jan. 30-Feb 6, 2021.

Coming up fast is Betsey Downing’s and my Kripalu mini-retreat for all spirited women everywhere. The dates are April 28-May 1 and if you haven’t been to Kripalu, located in Lenox, Ma., nestled in the Berkshire Mts., it is a real treat. Our theme will be Yogic Teachings for the Great Transition, and you can read more about it here on the website. We are no longer doing a longer summer Spiritual Women’s Retreat, so we hope we will see many of you at Kripalu.

I’m excited to present a Yoga Workshop for Climate Action with my friend and colleague Galen Tromble, a Willow Street teacher and quite the expert in climate change. Our workshop will be at our sweet Oxford studio at 201 Tilghman on Sunday May 5 from 3:00-5:30. There will be a short presentation, discussion, yoga asanas, and relaxation. Galen’s website is www.climateyogi.org 

Our Italy adventure this coming October filled quickly, tho unfortunately one couple had to cancel, so we have an opening for two people, not necessarily a couple. The dates are Oct. 14-22, 2019 and promises to be just as awesome as our first visit.

And lastly, I’m thrilled to have found a place less than an hour away from the DC Metro area to offer a Meditation & Yoga Retreat December 6-8, 2019. We will be at Hallowood Retreat Center (www.hallowood.org) I will focus on teaching and guiding those, both old and new, in the Art of Meditation. The benefits in our everyday lives are enormous. Meditation has been the mainstay of my spiritual practice for over 40 years.

There is more detailed info on all of these events by clicking on the appropriate links on the home page.

Have a beautiful Spring and hope to see you on the mat somewhere sooner than later.

Namaste and Blessings, Suzie

Hello again, dear friends!

I’ve always loved Fall’s amazing display of transformation. From the lush green shades of Summer, we are transported to the radiant red, gold, orange, yellow and brown hues that mark yet another season of life. Watch the trees effortlessly let go of their leaves and seeds to nurture the earth for new life in the Spring. The trees don’t try to hold their leaves back from falling, nor are the leaves in any rush to fall. Both simply let go. Letting go into the present moment is the only real way to experience that sense of wonder and awe (adbhuta in Sanskrit), to find the extraordinary within our ordinary everyday life.  When I watch my two-year old grandson Otis’s eyes light up over a rain puddle in the street, I am immediately both amused and brought back to this moment.

Sweet Otis, those eyes!

I’ve just returned from leading the Tasting Gratitude yoga retreat in Umbria, Italy. I have brought back such a deeper appreciation for how simply being present to what is enhances any experience. Lex Ulibarri, our host, tour guide, yoga teacher, friend and more, has lived in Italy for nine years and speaks fluent Italian. He gave us an insider’s view of life in the Italian countryside and each site on our day trips, conveying both a historical knowledge and a spiritual perspective of the many places we visited. Being in the moment was never so easy!!  Everyone had such a great experience, we are planning on doing it again in October, 2019!

 

But until then, Maria Hamburger, my close friend and colleague for many years, and I will be leading our annual Jamaica Yoga Vacation on the cliffs of Negril from January 27 to February 3, 2018.  This will be our third year teaching together and it is a continuing joy to infuse our love for Yoga to our students.  You can download the brochure and registration form HERE. In the dead of Winter here in the USA, there’s nothing like loving the present moment with turquoise waters and warm breezes in Jamaica!

 

In April, as Spring returns again, I will have the great pleasure of teaching with another of my dear friends and master yoga teacher, Betsey Downing, at Kripalu for a Mini-Spirited Women’s Retreat for women over 45.  The dates are April 15-18.  To register, call Kripalu Center at 1-800-741-7353 or 413-448-3400.  More information is available HERE.

 

Summer will bring us to the ocean shores of North Carolina at Trinity Retreat Center for Betsey’s and my 12th Spirited Women’s Retreat. The dates are August 21-26 and we are so looking forward to presenting The Divine Feminine Arises.  In these tumultuous times we have an opportunity to stand up and speak up from our full presence as the embodied Divine Feminine and fight for the heart of what matters.  It was so inspiring and empowering to see that manifesting in the number of women recently elected to statewide positions across the country. Brochure and registration form are both HERE and HERE.

 

I hope you can make it to one or more of these offerings. And though they are in the future, and certainly something to look forward to, I invite you to stay right here, right now, as this is where life happens. This is where wonder, astonishment, awe and amazement happen, right under our very noses. Adbhuta! All we have to do is to notice!

 

Blessings & Namaste,

Suzie

 

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2017!

I write this on the first morning of 2017, waking up early and surprisingly optimistic in the face of so many troubling and destructive events that are now present in our country and world.

Entering the sacred space of my meditation seat, I welcomed in the energies that would serve me best in the new year. I welcomed in clarity, strength of heart, the courage of my convictions, gratitude, and the resolve to be truthful on all levels with myself. To not only be flexible and strong in body but also in mind, and to live deeply from Spirit. I resolved to listen to my own compassionate and intelligent wisdom that drowns out the negative sound of critical judgment. My intention is to do my best to stay steady within myself, above the harmful emotional fray in the political arena, and observe the wildness, the craziness from a position of power where it cannot feed on me.

Following my 40 minutes of meditation, I felt strong, centered, open and ready to face whatever challenges 2017 will hold.  In the last few minutes of practice, my orange tabby Molly jumped up in my lap, purring away, reminding me of my intimate and loving connection with the animal world and all they bring to us.

Meditating kitty

Meditating kitty

I continue to live in two wonderful worlds, on the Eastern and Western Shores of MD. Teaching my three classes at Willow Street Yoga in Takoma Park, seeing private yoga and meditation students, and playing with five of our seven grandkids each week is a total joy.  Only an hour and a half away is much more rural Oxford, surrounded by water on three sides, with good friends and a slower and more natural pace of life. I cherish my long walks or bike and kayak rides and watching the occasional eagle and the geese migrate each year. I teach two classes in Oxford as well, and still find my role as a yoga teacher to be creative, fun and rewarding. I know that is a great blessing.

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Oxford at sunset

Recently we went up to Stowe, VT to celebrate the 70th birthday of one of John’s sisters, which was a total blast. John comes from a close-knit family, the oldest of six siblings who still love to be together for family reunions and special occasions. Both his sisters and I skied for much of the day in soft new fallen snow, and it was indeed a winter wonderland. I had not skied for at least 35 years, and was very pleasantly surprised that I could still, after a bit of practice, go down an intermediate slope without a spill. It was a fantastic combination of exhilaration and natural beauty that will stay in my memory bank for a long time.

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Maria and I

I am excited about my upcoming annual yoga events with dear colleagues and close friends. At the end of this month Maria Hamburger and I will be teaching our second annual Jamaica Yoga Vacation. We just had two unexpected cancellations due to injuries, so we have two rooms available, which I will discount should anyone want to be a last minute sign up!!  The dates are January 28-February 4.  Please click here for brochure and registration form.

Betsey Downing and I will be again be teaching a mini Women’s Retreat at Kripalu in Lenox, MA, from May 18-May 21. We will practice Cultivating Courage and Compassion as our retreat theme. More information on that by clicking here. Spring is fantastic in the Berkshires and it will be in beautiful early bloom at this time.

Betsey & I

Betsey & I

Betsey and I will also be offering our annual Spirited Women’s Retreat at Meadowkirk Retreat Center at Delta Farm, near Middleburg, Virginia from Monday August 7 to Monday August 14th.  It is only about an hour from the Washington DC area.  More details by clicking here.

I am very excited to be leading a Yoga Retreat in October 2017 in Umbria, Italy. The dates are October 18 to 26, though we and many are already planning to tag on some extra days for sight seeing!  You can read all about it and sign up by clicking here.  I am taking 25 participants total, (non-yogis welcome), and already have 18 or 19 signed up, so don’t wait too long!

Retreat spot in Italy!

Retreat spot in Italy!

 

 

 

 

I wish each of you a hopeful, joyful, and peaceful entry into 2017.  May we all have the strength of heart, the steadiness of mind, the clarity of vision and the courage of our convictions to face the challenges that will undoubtedly arise, and indeed are already present. May we each find a way to contribute to a cause for justice, for combating climate change, for more kindness and inclusivity, and to keep our hearts open in the face of resistance and struggle.

 

Let our New Year’s resolution be this: We will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.

~Goran Persson

If you asked me for my New Year Resolution, it would be to find out who I am.”

~Cyril Cusack

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

~Oprah Winfrey

We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.

~Marianne Williamson

 

 

Happy New Year!