Essentrics & Yoga Instructor
Join Susan for classes at Sundance Studio in the Sundance Plaza, in Steamboat Springs, CO. Also, be on the lookout for Essentrics workshops around the world with optional sessions on using herbs and food as medicine. Stay tuned by signing up for the newsletter.
An all-levels class which will stretch and strengthen all of your 640 muscles, in addition to providing a cardiovascular workout. Students leave with a spring in their step, a smile on their face and usually, fewer aches and pains.
Wednesday – Like other Essentrics classes, we rebalance the entire body by lengthening and strengthening all your muscles PLUS a bit more strengthening and a bit more CV (cardiovascular work).
Fridays – this is an all-levels class which will stretch and strengthen all of your 640 muscles, in addition to providing a cardiovascular workout. Students leave with a spring in their step, a smile on their face and usually, and fewer aches and pains
With all classes, listen to your body and feel free to do any class loosely when recovering from injury or surgery–or just need to be gentle with yourself. You will still feel full-body benefits.
Warning: I do have a powder clause and sometimes I am away for travel and further training. Therefore, your best bet is to sign up for my short newsletter that I use to keep you posted on the latest information. For those who want the fastest physical results, I recommend either a live class or 23-minute Classical Stretch episode (same as Essentrics on PBS for 16 years) nearly every day. However, I have many students giving positive feedback of some degree of improvement with just once or twice/week. If your intention is to work it into your schedule every day, you’ll get it in 4-5 days week which will make huge differences in your posture, appearance and how you feel!
Essentrics instead of yoga? Not necessarily.
After being a yoga instructor for 15 years (see below for details), Susan developed bilateral adhesive encapsulitis (double frozen shoulders). Searching for a diagnosis and possible treatment took two years and then Susan’s sister, Sarah Mead, reminded her of the wonderful benefits from doing the Classical Stretch program, airing early mornings on PBS in the U.S.since 1998. When this contributed greatly to healing her shoulders, as well as a torn medial meniscus (back of the knee) in 2012, Susan became a passionate, certified Essentrics instructor, and is now working on her Level 3 Certification. Essentrics, (aka Classical Stretch on PBS) is a combination of scientific stretching, PNF, tai-chi, yoga, ballet, physiotherapy and chiropractic movements.
The powerful Essentrics technique of dynamically strengthening the muscles in a lengthened position quickly transforms the body into a long, lean and toned shape. The results: improved posture, body tone and vibrancy–in addition to healing many injuries and re-balancing the body.
Essentrics dynamically stretches and strengthens every muscle in the body, rebalancing the muscular structure in continuous rotational movements. The unique flowing movements of the Essentrics™ program have been proven to simultaneously slenderize and tone the abs, waist, and back with simple yet powerful Essentrics™ strengthening exercises. This is a full-body flexibility technique that works through the muscle chains liberating, relieving from tension and empowering the muscles in the process.
Join a class now! Essentrics is a unique program that rapidly changes the shape of your body through a dynamic, fluid combination of strengthening and stretching. With a diverse music playlist accompanying each routine, this equipment -free workout leaves you feeling energized and will help improve results in all of your favorite activities and sports. If you want to develop better posture with lean, strong and flexible muscles—rather than short, bulky muscles prone to injury—Essentrics is for you!
Can’t make class? Sign up for online streaming to get any Essentrics or Classical Stretch class anywhere you have wifi – and only $15/month. Or check out DVD’s available, in addition to recording Classical Stretch on PBS for Free to watch anytime! Some of my favorites are the Back Pain DVD and Season 10.
Susan’s passion for teaching, and belief in listening and responding to our body’s unique needs and capabilities led her to deepen her own practice of yoga in the 1990’s. What began as a casual routine, following along with Dixie Carter’s video tapes, became a more committed practice to help others with a certification in 2000 as a yoga instructor with The Yoga Circle. She has taught thousands of students across the U.S.. Though currently only substituting as a an instructor, she still practices yoga and has great respect and gratitude for all of her teachers.