SUSAN MORTON, M.S., E-RYT 500,
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
of The Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair
Certified Yamuna Body Rolling Level 3 Practitioner and Therapist, Foot Fitness Specialist
Susan began to study yoga in 1968 in response to a stressful job and lifestyle. She soon wanted to share the tremendous benefits that she experienced in terms of relaxation, balance, strength, flexibility and general wellness, and began teaching yoga in 1974. In 1976, when yoga was still new to most westerners, she founded the Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair.
A 1990 car accident left Susan with a serious back injury. The resulting pain and limitations became a turning point in her life as a teacher. After nine months of rehabilitation, she returned to teaching with an understanding of how to work with a body that is in pain and with a mind that, because of fear, can actually create more pain.
Susan’s teaching emphasizes the holistic quality of yoga and has evolved into therapeutics. Most of her work is done in private, one-to-one sessions that address people’s specific issues and empower them to create real change and healing. More details on Susan’s yoga therapy services can be found at www.yogatherapynj.com.
Highlights of Susan’s Training and Experience
Susan spent 10 years of intensive study with her primary teacher, Jain Master Sri Chitrabhanu. Her study of classical hatha yoga began with Dr. Vijayendra Pratap of the Swami Kuvayalananda Foundation (SKY) in Philadelphia, who founded the Yoga Organization for Research and Education, of which Susan is a past president. She has also been an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University and is certified by Yoga Alliance to train and certify yoga teachers.
Susan has studied hatha yoga with many senior Iyengar teachers, including Ramanand Patel, Aadil Palkhlvala, Patricia Walden, Elise Miller, Karen Stefan, and Mary Dunn. She has studied anatomy and physiology with Paul Copeland, Ph.D., M.D., and Deane Juhan, Ph.D., of the Trager Institue and Esalen. Her hatha yoga teaching style has evolved over the years as a result of studying Movement Re-Education with Milton Trager, M.D., and her work as a Level III Yamuna® Body Rolling practitioner.
A perpetual student, Susan feels that authentic teaching arises from her own experience of practice and ongoing study. Her love of meditation and its healing and liberating power has led her to train with Pema Chodren, the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman, Ph.D., Dahliana Hohe, and Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar.
In addition, Susan has studied intensively with Peter Fenner, Ph.D., author of Radiant Mind. She is a graduate of Peter Fenner’s Radiant Mind course and of his Nondual Training for Teachers and Therapists.
Susan has deep gratitude for the many teachers who have influenced her teaching and her life, particularly Peter Fenner and Yamuna Zake. She is also grateful to her students, who continue to inspire her. Her teaching is a source of joy, compassion, generosity, and wellness for her.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
Certified Yamuna Body Rolling Level 3 Practitioner and Therapist
Susan Wilson has been practicing yoga for 30+ years and teaching for over 20 years. Over the years she has passionately pursued an understanding of the true essence of yoga, a profound and deep interconnectedness of the body mind and spirit. Drawing upon this inspiration her teaching flows, creative, focused, yet sensitive to individual student needs while maintaining a firm foundation in the importance of alignment and correct technique.
Born and educated in London, England, Susan's fascination with yoga began there as a young teenager which has continued ever since. Early on she attended classes with B.K.S. Iyengar when he was at the Institute in London. After moving to the U.S.A. in 1979 she began studying with two local Montclair, NJ teachers, Susan Morton and Esther Lampert, who both encouraged her to teach. In 1983, after completing four years of intense study, practice and training she began teaching at the Yoga & Meditation Center of Montclair.
An Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher certified through Yoga Alliance to train teachers as well as to teach yoga, Susan's teaching approach is diverse and multi-dimensional. Influenced by her many years of study in the style of B.K.S. Iyengar, with teachers including Kofi Busia, Patricia Walden, Nancy Stechert, Gabriella Guiblaro, Mira Mehta, Ramanand Patel, Dona Holleman and Rodney Yee and then more recently by the more fluid and innovative style of Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten. Studying philosophy, meditation, Sanskrit mantra, chanting, and the chakra system for eight years with Shyamji Bhatnagar and Dahliana Hohe at the Sri Centre in Princeton, NJ, enhanced her awareness and appreciation of the subtle energy system and the powerful effect of mantra and sound on the physical, mental and emotional bodies. She has trained with Yamuna Zake in NYC and is a certified Level 3 Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner and Therapist. A truly unique approach to fitness YBR™ adds yet another facet to Susan's practice and teaching.
Continually expanding and exploring, Susan has been a long time student of Tibetan Buddhism, having had the good fortune of extensive study, most notably with Acharya Ani Pema Chodron and Robert Thurman, Ph.D and also attending teachings with H.H. Dalai Lama whenever heís in the NY area. Following her interest in non-dual wisdom, initially taking two 9-month Radiant Mind Training Courses with Peter Fenner, Ph.D, Susan has in November 2009 completed Peterís Non-Dual Teacher Training Course. This unique training, a synthesis of several powerful non-dual wisdom traditions such as Mahamudra, Madhyamika, Advaita, Zen and Dzogchen has refined and enhanced Susanís capacity to share the nondual as a component of her teaching. Forever delighted in the freshness of the moment, Susan remains deeply appreciative to all who have shared their skill, insights, presence and wisdom along the way.