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 24 years.”
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.
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 teaches alignment-based Hatha yoga that allows students to experience an inner peace and self-satisfaction. Lois also assists and teaches yoga for stroke patients at the Baltimore/Washington Medical Center.
Amy Van Mui – CIYT, CYT, Gold Certified Pilates
Amy Van Mui is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior I level. Her inspired teaching style focuses on functional and efficient movement fueled by her background in Pilates, which she started teaching in 2000. This approach allows her students to develop strength and flexibility in a balanced manner, which cultivates increased vitality, vibrancy, peace, and poise in how we meet the challenges of life. Her Iyengar studies began at Susquehanna in 2004. Her journey eventually led her to study with John Schumacher, where she continues to apprentice and assist him. Patricia Walden, Lois Steinberg, and Kofi Busia are also among the prominent teachers she studies with regularly.
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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.