About me

I started practising yoga in 1999 to complement my long-distance running and cycling training; however, it wasn’t until 2007 when I finally committed to a daily Ashtanga Yoga practice. Having experienced first-hand the benefits and transformational potential of a regular yoga practice, I took my first yoga teacher training course in 2008 with Brian Cooper PhD, the author of the Art of Adjusting, and began teaching shortly thereafter.

In 2009 I made my first trip to Mysore, India to study at the Sri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute and have since returned a further seven times to practise under the guidance of R Sharath Jois. I received the authorisation to teach Ashtanga Yoga from Sharath in 2011 and attended his Special Course for Teachers in 2016. I am authorised to teach the full Primary and Intermediate Series, and am currently learning the Advanced Series from him.

Beyond asana I practise pranayama and mindfulness meditation, and I study Sanskrit and yoga philosophy.

I try to teach with kindness, enthusiasm and humour with the aim of making the practice of yoga accessible to all.

I have a BA (Hons) in Management Studies with French from the University of Nottingham and an MSc in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics.

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30 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hey Suzy,

    Was thinking of you the other day and wondered how you were. Stumbled across your blog – which has made great reading (I’m not through all of it yet). I love what you were saying about this fast world which has no patience. So true. Keep up the writings – and thank you for sharing your experiences.

    Namaste.

    Russ
    x

  2. This is a wonderful blog Suzanne. Thank you for delivering some of Sharath’s teachings and your experiences to us. i enjoyed reading it the first time and still like to come back to it and re-read odd posts.

  3. Hello Sue,
    Thank you for taking the time and doing the blog. It offers a breath of fresh air and a view to a whole new world. I am not finished reading. It has not only opened my eye but also offers me with a very different perspective in life. Now I know how this same world have been different only if I had made some different decisions in life. I have been a vegan for a while but recently trying to become 100% raw. Would like to hear from you.

  4. Hi Suzy, I happened to stumble across your blog and have been reading a couple of posts (and will definitely read all of them), really enjoyable, especially since i’m organizing my first ever trip to Mysore, starting in October 2012. I am very excited and of course nervous and was wondering if you have any good tips for me: from where to live up to what additional classes might be interesting for a firsttimer…looking forward to your reply!
    Keep up the practice and good luck with your further travels!
    Caroline

  5. Hi Suzanne,

    you are so luck to do what you felt like doing, yeah..its so true, I am from India and never been able to get to learn Yoga…reading your blog has kinda enligntned me and for sure, I will try to learn atleast a litte yoga as soon as possible

    thanks..and you take care
    Raj

  6. Very informative blog, Suzy. If you are in Mysore still, would be happy to meet you. Else, would like to send out a questionnaire to you that you may want to answer online for an interview for my to-be-launched portal on Mysore.

  7. Also, Caroline might want to contact me at vijournorao@gmail.com for any guidance in Mysore.
    It might interest both Suzy and Caroline that I am into brand-building of Mysore and as part of this exercise, I have made a documentary “Mysore Mystique,” which, incidentally, features Pattabhi Jois.

  8. Hi Suzy,

    I would like to share with you something that may be of use to you and your students.

    “Destination Mysore – Yoga and More” is a ready reckoner on Mysore. It contains information on the premier yoga shalas, Mysore city, its attractions and its surrounding areas. It also contains practical information that will be of immense use to yoga students as well as tourists, like locations of hospitals, pharmacies, ATMs, supermarkets in yoga districts, hotels, restaurants and much more.
    This is NOT a directory on Mysore! It is meant to assist travellers to find their feet in Mysore till such time as they find out more information that is specific to their needs.
    “Destination Mysore – Yoga and More” is currently available as an ebook on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, WH Smith and other online stores.
    You could view an excerpt of the guidebook at this link: http://www.guidegecko.com/mysore-app.kindle.
    I do hope you and your students will find it of use.
    Please do not hesitate to get back with your queries and your feedback.
    Thank You and regards,
    Bhagyalakshmi Krishnamurthy

  9. Hi Suzy,

    I’m so glad I found your blog, I live in Southeast asia and am thinking about doing a Mysore course myself. I have a stupid question which I can’t seem to find the answer to and was hoping you can enlighten me. I’ve read that it costs $650 for the first month and $415 for subsequent months, does that cover unlimited classes? How many hours does one have to practice a day and are the timings flexible?

    Thank you!
    Alex

    • Hi Alex.,

      Thanks for the question.

      Mysore classes are different from other styles of yoga in that you practise six days a week (Sunday to Friday) and each class, or practice, is a self-practice. At KPJAYI on Sundays and Fridays there are led classes – Sunday is led Primary or Intermediate and Friday is led Primary. Monday to Thursday are self-practice classes.

      You practise just once per day and your practice start time is given to you at registration. The length of your practice is determined by your teacher (Sharath or Saraswathi) and is dependent on how far you are through the Ashtanga series.

      So, on your first day there, you would turn up to the Shala (school) at your given time (actually you should arrive 15mins before your given time as Shala time is 15mins ahead of normal time) and wait to be called into the practice room. When called you go in, roll out your mat and start your practice (there is a changing room too for you to change in after you’ve rolled out your mat). On the first day you’d practise just Primary series, or until stopped by Sharath or Saraswathi. If you don’t know the series then Sharath or Saraswathi will teach you. And it just continues from there… It can be quite scary and intimidating at first but you soon get used to it – and it’s a magical experience to practise there.

      Does this make sense? Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Thanks again for the question and for reading my blog,

      Suzanne

  10. Hi Suzy, great thought. love your positivity. I am due to study at the kpjayi institute this june, but have a couple of questions about the structure of the programme. Since there is no inhouse accomodation – i wanted to understand what one day in mysore studying at kpjayi ‘looks’ like. so once you go for your yoga classes, are there any other classes? waiting to hear from you, thanks p

    • Hi,

      V excited for you that you’re going to Mysore next month.

      When Sharath is teaching there are other classes that you can or must attend: there is compulsory chanting three times per week; and the option to study Sanskrit, Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita or Hatha Yoga Pradipika if you wish. I’m not sure how it’ll be when Sharath is not teaching.

      The rest of your time is your own and you can choose how to spend it – socialising over long lunches, doing washing, studying, visiting temples, doing volunteer work, sleeping, shopping, sunbathing at the hotel pools… There are a number of classes on offer that you can take outside the Shala too and you will see posters for these in the cafes in Gokulam – like cooking, Ayurveda, philosophy, chanting and anatomy.

      I hope that this helps. Let me know if you need anything further. And have a fantastic time!

  11. Hey Suzanne! I stumbled across your blog, looking for articles on living in Mysore…are you Jen’s friend? If so, I’m so glad that I got to meet you in person! I’ve a little yoga blog too, but it is from a total newbie’s perspective 🙂

  12. Hi Suzanne,
    You have a great blog :))) I also like Ashtanga Yoga and have a huge interest in Mysore… So I’m looking forwards for your new posts :)))))
    Namaste,
    Viki

  13. Hi, I’m planning to spend August to Jan in Mysore. Some traveling but with Mysore as a hub so I plan to rent a small house or apartment and settle in, ideally find a local school that could use an English teacher. Is there a chance you could spare a few moments to give me a few life tips? Ease of finding flats, registering for broadband and the like, generally living a life? I’d be very grateful, thanks, Mark Crompton.

    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for the message and it’s great that you’re going to Mysore for so long.

      Living in Mysore is pretty easy, but from my experience most things need to be arranged via an Indian citizen. I’ll send you an email offline.

      Happy New Year, Suzy

  14. Hi Suzzane.. I am a yoga enthusiast. I came across your blog while browsing on the net. To describe your blog in a word its simply superb.. very well written..

    Here’s a link to mysore app that one of my friend recently pushed into google play store. It might help the people who are visiting mysore. It covers all the info about sight seeing, yoga, accommodation, restaurants (even though its running on beta).

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=amith.nagraj.travelguide

    Regards,
    Avinash

    Reply

  15. Dear Suzanne,

    Happy to see you back online.
    My name is Magali, from France and we have never met but I practice Ashtanga since a few years and discovered you Blog recenlty. You writing is very helpful in the practice and i am learning a lot from it.
    Thank you for sharing and happy new year to you 🙂

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