”Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
Susan was born in the Summer of Love full of ambition, optimism and curiosity. She spoke her mind freely and often sought nourishment of intellectual, physical and spiritual bodies. During a rambunctious quest for inner peace and freedom from suffering, she was led to practicing yoga over 20 years ago. She savored the nectar of self-practice and guided instruction from a vast array of wonderful yoga teachers. Learning to settle quick wit and swift action blossoms her creative and philosophical nature.
As two daughters and her son grew up, both personal and professional spheres freed up time. She was led to become a yoga instructor. Susan began training with YogaFit with high regards for their instructors who supported the belief that yoga is for everyone. Their accomplished trainers travel abroad and just happened to land in the birthplace of My Old Kentucky Home – Bardstown. She completed Level 1 in August 2014 and will complete Level 5 in May 2018. She also enjoyed an incredible Mind Body Fitness Conference outside of Chicago. This amazing journey to 200 RYT included Kids, Seniors, Ayurveda and Anatomy & Alignment. Now she teaches yoga to her grandson, husband, family, friends and coworkers.
Driven to further understand universal principles led to receiving Reiki attunements. In November 2014, Susan completed level 1 & 2 in her hometown of Frankfort at Vibrant Life. Years later, she was fortunate to have a long distance energy healing to realign her scattered energies. In April 2017, she ventured to Tulum, Mexico with her husband and both accomplished master training at Kaze Therapy Space. This heightened her understanding of the chakras and flowing energy through our bodies.
Susan is so grateful her yoga practice is enjoyed as both a student and teacher. She adored teaching at the Frankfort Yoga Studio before moving in 2016 to Shepherdsville. She loves hot yoga after a challenging day as a cost accountant in Old Louisville. After recently reading an impressive story about Amanda Mattingly’s journey as a massage therapist to the Olympics in South Korea, she was curious if Amanda was interested in offering yoga. She was indeed and Susan graciously joined the team. Like rapid wildfire, they are preparing to utilize space at The Radiant Touch in Shepherdsville and share yoga with the community. Susan is fortunate to be from a large family of teachers so this expands her horizons. Her format encompasses all levels of Hatha yoga that inspires a positive experience of dynamic flow with breath awareness, safe modifications, unity and creative self-exploration along with music. In addition to a regular class, she hopes to soon offer workshops on related topics. Please join us and see what happens next.
Susan has a deep passion for continued learning about Ayurveda’s approach of living in harmony with nature and our inner beings as the key to promoting universal well-being. She appreciates everyone encountered along the path to the ultimate truth and enlightenment. NOW let’s all relax and just breathe.
"Make peace with the present moment ."
Gigi Santiago is a full-time yoga teacher and yoga teacher's mentor.
She has been teaching yoga in Louisville,Kentucky since 1998 and the foundation of her teaching practice comes from different lineages of yoga such as Beth Shaw-YogaFit, Integral yoga, Sonia Sumar-Yoga for the special child and Supreme Peace yoga- Jodie Tingle-Willis in Louisville,Ky. Her teaching is also inspired by the years she spent in personal fitness training, physical therapy, a deep study of anatomy, and traditional yoga practice in India.
Gigi believes that introducing more people to the deeply healing benefits of yoga has the power to completely transform our world and the best way to get more people practicing (mindful, therapeutic) yoga.
“Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself…”
~ Paramahansa Yogananda