Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Michigan State University, a Doctorate of Laws from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from Simmons College. Her past certifications are in mediation and project management. A retired lawyer, her legal career included non-profit administration, business and family law, public policy dispute resolution and mediation. Since 1995, she has served on the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School, teaching dispute resolution skills to graduate students.
Susan is the former Executive Director of the Feldenkrais Guild of North America, and a graduate of an 800 hour Feldenkrais Professional Training Program at the University of Oregon. In 2014 she founded the Feldenkrais Center of Portland.
Her interest in body-mind studies spans 40+ years. After practicing hatha yoga and Transcendental Meditation for four years, she met her teacher Swami Chetanananda. Under his direction over the last 40 years, she has studied Kundalini Yoga, Tantric and Buddhist philosophical texts, mantra, meditation and hatha yoga practices.
She is a past faculty member of The Movement Center 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program and The Wellspring School For Healing Arts, teaching Awareness Through Movement® classes. Her additional studies have included gemstone energy medicine and Bach flower essences, consistent with her highly intuitive approach to teaching.
A desire to truly assist people in their efforts to enjoy their lives, Susan provides neuromuscular reeducation, gait training and somatic healing yoga lessons to those who suffer from pain and inhibited movement. Conditions include sports injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, back injuries, insomnia and accident recovery. Group and private Feldenkrais lessons are used as a way to improve posture and movement. They are often used as an adjunct to, or instead of, massage and physical therapy.
Susan currently teaches in two locations in Portland, Oregon. She is available for individual Feldenkrais Functional Integration® sessions through the Feldenkrais Center of Portland and teaches introductory meditation classes, somatic yoga group classes, group Awareness Through Movement® lessons and individual somatic healing yoga sessions at The Movement Center.
Her interests include: gardening, cross country skiing, hiking and enjoying the little things in life!
She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.