Susan Pennington, Director
CIYT, ERYT-500, C-IAYT
Suzy is the founder and director of Susquehanna Yoga. She has been interested in philosophy and psychology since 1970. Suzy began yoga with Bob Glickstein in 1993 then went to India and studied with Mr. BKS Iyengar and his family. Suzy apprenticed with and continues to study with John Schumacher and also considers Manuso Manos a main influence. “Yoga is a study of balance through opposing actions. Once balance is found, integration can take place and the underlying unity of reality can be experienced. Suzy has taught for over 20 years.” Suzy also teaches at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Health and Healing.
Robyn Katz, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), E-RYT 500
Robyn has been learning and practicing Iyengar yoga for over 20 years, and teaching for 10 . Influenced by many of the senior teachers in this country, she is grateful and deeply indebted to each one of them for the knowledge, inspiration and compassion they have taught her. Robyn is an eternal optimist and believes that every-body has the aptitude to benefit from the practice of yoga. She hopes to stimulate and inspire the students, and to create enthusiasm for yoga and its potential on the students body, mind and life.
Jann Seff, E-RYT 500
Jann has practiced yoga since 1972 when she was inspired by the concept of unifying an individual’s body, mind and spirit. Her Deep Muscle Therapy Certification enhances her knowledge of anatomy and muscle function. Jann has been teaching since 2009 at Susquehanna Yoga and at St. Joseph’s Hospital where she teaches a meditation/pranayama class to the staff, a community yoga class, and a class for psychiatric patients. She continues to teach yoga at Pine Ridge Golf Course.
In a twist of fate,Tina left her corporate position and became a RYA 200 yoga teacher, studying with Lynn Matthews, Yoga 4Life, in Annapolis MD.
For the past 2 years Tina has cultivated her teaching skills working with a variety of students and venues. She offers classes at studios around the region as well as at private and corporate locations. Tina is the staff yoga instructor for the Skipjacks Hockey club in York,PA! In her spare time Tina runs the weekly Yoga Club at her son’s elementary school, teaching compassion, focus, self-esteem and how the breath improves the brain function.
Tina is certified to teach Yoga Nidra in the Amrit Method. She frequently facilitates Yoga Nidra at an Addiction Treatment Center. Her approach to teaching yoga is mindful, simple and inspirational: her intention is to offer her students relief from anxieties and stress, build confidence, realize health goals and discover their true nature. Tina lives in downtown Baltimore with husband and 2 little yogis.
Bernie Simon is a Baltimore native. He works as a computer programmer at the Space Telescope Institute. He began meditating while in college after developing an interest in Buddhism and other Eastern religions. He took refuge with the Tibetan lama, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in 1978 and studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation with him. Since then he has studied with Lama Gursam and the lamas at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick. He believes meditation is of great value to everyone, and works on all levels: physical and emotional well being, as well as spiritual growth.
Lance David Bergerson – Meditation
Lance has been practicing meditation in one form or another since 1972. After studying the major religious traditions of both east and west he considers himself a Buddhist. Lance has taught meditation in Massachusetts, California and Maryland where he co-founded and leads the Medicine Buddha Sangha at Susquehanna Yoga. In addition, Lance sits on the board of directors at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick MD. He is retired from a career in electronics.
Lois Gallade – LPTA (Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant), RYT-200
Lois apprenticed yoga with Stan Andrejewski at Greater Baltimore Yoga Center. She was already in an acute care rehabilitation career but felt the need for a more holistic approach to health. “I consider myself to be a lifelong student of yoga, taking workshops and courses with many national teachers. Yoga is good for everyone’s well-being.” Lois is known for creating a relaxing mood in class so that everyone who practices can experience an increased inner peace and self-satisfaction. Lois also assists and teaches yoga for stroke patients at the Baltimore/Washington Medical Center.