Susannah Weaver | BA CYT LMT
Yoga | Practicing, Training, Teaching
The Feminine | Women's Wisdom
Bodywork | Massage Therapy, Energy Work
My name is Susannah Weaver and I was born in San Francisco, raised in Colorado, and now I am a transplanted Southern Californian. As a yoga teacher and bodyworker, I act as a guide for my students and clients to reconnect to their source of health.
I believe my work in the creative healing arts is my soul’s purpose. As a yoga teacher and a massage therapist, I hold space to allow for the natural healing process to unfold. I am devoted to facilitating health as a state of wholeness: body, mind & spirit. I am down to earth, grounded, and I bring compassion to my work engaging my students and clients to explore their own healing in a supportive environment.
I am a Certified Yoga Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist & Reiki Practitioner, and I hold a Bachelors Degree in Gender & Feminist Studies. My mission in the healing arts is to help people to cultivate the awareness that everything is inter-connected and to offer them the tools to return to their center through the union of body, mind, and spirit ~ breath. I am engaged in finding ways to restore relationship, tradition and a sense of place to our daily lives to return our planet to a sense of balance.
My passion for the mind-body connection started in my work in the performing arts where I worked as a theatrical stage actress throughout my teens and twenty's. My experiences have taught me that when I am open creative expression springs forth from the interconnected relationship of body/mind/emotions/and spirit. When I began my undergraduate work in my late 20's I took my first yoga class while studying psychology and I fell in love with the practice. I was introduced to research that validated my own personal transformational experience of healing with yoga and other alternative holistic forms of healing during the study of the mind-body connection through neurogenesis in brain psychology (the body's ability to heal itself through the birth of new neurons) while simultaneously experiencing changes through my yoga practice. My journey with yoga and the healing arts took flight during this time -- it started with my own physical challenges of suffering and blossomed into my life’s purpose and joy. I found yoga after a car accident left me with chronic pain in 1999. Yoga not only eliminated my pain but also began to open my heart, which cultivated compassion and self-love and eventually, a deeper relationship with others as well. My yoga practice was the catalyst for change that led me on a journey of transformation where I found more joy, balance, a healthier lifestyle, and peace. My yoga and meditation practice reflected the truth of who I am, my deepest creative desires and it was there that I uncovered the drive to study the healing arts and shift my focus from the mind (psychology) to the mind-body continuum (yoga and holistic forms of healing). I was inspired to become a bodyworker to commit to my own healing journey and then later to help others on their way. After over a decade of being a student, I decided to become a yoga teacher to share the healing tools that I continue to find relieve suffering and create more joy in every aspect of my life. One of the greatest gifts of my yoga and meditation practice and path in healing is that today, I move through life with an unguarded heart, open to receive, with a willingness to allow the unfolding.
As a teacher, I teach people, not poses. I love to make the practice of yoga accessible to everyone because I remember what it was like when I could not do most of the poses. I have had injuries over the years where I have had to learn to adapt the practice to support my healing process. In both bodywork and yoga I am intuitively focused on finding freedom through the breath, and the release of blockages, to promote deep healing and rejuvenation. My classes have a foundation in anatomy and physiology while they are heart-centered, designed to take you on an inward journey, and always lovingly infused with my down to earth sense of humor. My private work is individually tailored to help my bodywork clients find release and healing, and my yoga students to build strength, flexibility and balance. The range of my work includes nurturing and nourishing to structural integration (for injuries and chronic conditions), resulting in a custom-tailored experience that will promote a feeling of safety during the time you spend on the mat or on the table.
My repertoire of bodywork ranges from swedish to deep tissue through myofascial release, hot stone therapy to subtle anatomony, which includes cranio-sacral unwinding, chakra balancing, earth energy and Reiki. My background in yoga includes an influence of many different styles of Hatha yoga including Vini, Yin, Luna, Iyungar, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative yoga as well as Kundalini . My training is in Hatha yoga, in the Krishnamacharya lineage (the man responsible for bringing yoga to the West and for first making yoga available to women).
When I am not teaching yoga or doing healing work I am most at home hiking in the canyons, getting grounded and recharging, connecting to nature. I am inspired by nonlinear time and so I look to the earth and the moon for the wisdom and harmony the feminine offers in her cycles.
I am grateful and honored to help people through hands-on-healing and the ancient wisdom found within the healing tools of yoga. I am forever in gratitude to all of my teachers in particular Christy Marsden, Bekah Finch, Adelheid Ohlig, Vicki Noble, Patricia Bankens, Judith Lasater, Brenda Strong, Seane Corn, Haala Kouri, Suzanne Sterling, Gurmukh, and T.K.V. Desikachar and the Krishnamacharya lineage. Most of all, I have gratitude for my clients and students; I continue to learn the most from each of you every day.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Susannah earned her Massage Therapy Certification at the Hands on Healing Institute of Tujunga, CA in 2003. She received Usui Reiki 1 & 2 attunements and became a Reiki practitioner and studied Trans Crystal Therapy at The Crystal Matrix with Patricia Bankens in 2003 and 2004. Susannah continued her education in various bodywork techniques and modalities at the Hands on Healing Institute and at IPSB, Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing in Culver City, CA during 2003-2007. She studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater at Yoga House in 2004. Susannah completed her Bachelors degree in Gender & Feminist Studies at Pitzer College, in Claremont, CA 2007. After practicing yoga for a decade, she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Certification at Yoga Blend with Christy Marsden and became a certified Yoga Teacher in 2009. During that time, she studied the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Robert Birnberg. In 2009, Susannah journeyed to the Healing Yoga Foundation with her sister to study with TKV Desikachar in the Krishnamacharya lineage. In 2010, she obtained her StrongYoga4Fertility certification with Brenda Strong to support women with female balancing on a fertility journey. In Spring of 2011, Susannah received her Khalsa Way® Pregnancy Yoga certification with Gurmukh Los Angeles, CA. During the summer she received the Dakini transmission, from beloved teacher Vicki Noble, and began to work with the Goddess on a more deeply personal level. Later that summer she journeyed to Esalen, Big Sur for deep transformational work with her beloved sister in the Off the Mat, Into the World Yoga & Activism Training/Intensive with Seane Corn, Hala Khouri & Suzanne Sterling. Fall of 2011 Susannah became a Vedic meditation practitioner with mentor and friend Paula Newman. Recently, Susannah had the opportunity to study with Christina Sell in the weekend intensive, “The Path to Love.” She just began incorporating EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in her private work after having studied EFT with her dear friend Dr. Toby Redlich. Susannah also incorporates the experiential wisdom she has gained through years of personal study in the healing arts and various different wisdom traditions.