Practice with Sue
Sue Elkind is an internationally respected Yoga teacher, educator, and author of the widely distributed Dig Pregnancy, Birth & Baby: A Conscious and Empowered Approach to Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga. Her approach has been successfully replicated in trainings, supporting pregnant women, mothers, yoga teachers, midwives and doulas worldwide.
Sue’s in-depth knowledge of alignment, biomechanics, meditation, and philosophy enrich and enliven her classes. Her creative sequencing and passion to teach from her heart, motivates her students to expand their potential both physically and spiritually.
When not traveling to teach, Sue offers weekly classes, meditations, and teacher trainings (200-hour, 300-hour and Pre/Post Natal) through Dig Yoga, her home studio, in Lambertville, New Jersey. (est. 2010)
Sue and her husband Naime Jezzeny are devoted parents of two teenage boys, and ‘Yoga parents’ to hundreds of students and teachers. As the owners of yoga studios over the past several decades, they are known for creating community as a sanctuary to gather and grow.
Interview with Sue
What style, tradition, and/or lineage are you a part of (if any)?
My formal yoga studies and training began in Los Angeles in the early ’90s when it was truly the hub of yoga education in America. Baron Baptiste and Bryan Kest were my first teachers, and I did my first yoga teacher training at YogaWorks with Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, and Eddie Modestini. I went on to train in meditation and yoga with Erich Schiffmann, and for the next decade, I continued to learn from an extraordinary list of international senior Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga teachers that came to town. I had the pleasure of regularly taking class with teachers like Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Max Strom, and Ana Forrest, and also enjoyed studying Kundalini yoga with Gurmukh, Viniyoga with Gary Kraftsow, and Anusara yoga with John Friend (I was among the first fifty certified Anusara teachers and went on to train many people in the school before I left).
I have also been blessed to have the extraordinary scholars Sally Kempton, Douglas Brooks, and Paul Muller-Ortega as my teachers in meditation and philosophy for over two decades. My style today is a combination of all that I’ve learned over the past 25 years of yoga experience—I guess I’d call it alignment-based hatha vinyasa.
What can I expect from your classes on YI?
My prenatal and postnatal classes emphasize good biomechanics, precise instruction, breathwork, empowering language, and always a laugh or two! We work hard but equally enjoy time to rest and restore. My general public classes are lighthearted yet challenging, emphasizing good alignment, strength, and creative sequencing that either flows or goes deep into long holds. I always make time to restore or meditate. My aim is to inspire students to expand their potential physically, mentally, and spiritually.
What’s on your mind these days yoga-wise?
I am lucky to live with a serious anatomy geek, my husband, Naime Jezzeny, so there’s always conversation in our house around the latest research in human movement science and biomechanics. I love helping people with their muscular imbalances and injuries. I am also passionate about studying and sharing any new research on brain health, heart coherence, and the benefits of meditation.
What do you like to do outside of yoga?
Being in nature is extremely important to me. I make time every day to get outside either to take a walk or just commune in my garden. I love to keep my creative juices flowing—right now it’s working with my hands in clay at my pottery class. I also love cooking for my family and friends. My next goal is to get back to playing music—my harmonium and tamboura have been waiting patiently for my return!