Susan Elena Esquivel started dancing at age 5 beginning a lifelong fascination with form and alignment as well as the body/mind connection. She has been studying yoga for the past 20 years with a focus on the Iyengar method.
She is a Certified Iyengar Teacher at the Intro II Level and registered with the National Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. She completed Certified Senior Iyengar Teacher Elise Browning Miller's Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Program and is a Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer. Her classes are infused with the knowledge of spinal health gained in her ongoing apprenticeship with Elise from whom she learns firsthand the nuances of scoliosis and other spinal disorders. Working with spinal imbalances is one of her main interests and a way she hopes to ease suffering.
Currently, she continues mentoring and apprenticing with Certified Iyengar Teacher and Teacher Trainer Peentz Dubble and studying with Patricia Walden working towards her Junior I certification. To further her studies, she traveled to Pune, India to study with Geeta Iyengar in December 2015.
Susan Elena is a member of INYAUS – Iyengar National Yoga Association of the United States and the New England Iyengar Chapter IYANE. In 2013, she was honored to be the recipient of the Community Service Project Grant awarded by the Iyengar Association of New England (IYANE) to teach yoga to survivors of domestic violence in Western Massachusetts.
She is the co-owner/co-director of River Valley Yoga Center in Florence, MA. In 2012, she started the first Yoga for Scoliosis/Back Program in Western MA.
Susan Elena is a nationally recognized sculptor/artist, loves nature, playing the cello and believes yoga is the gateway for her students to reconnect with their bodies and spirits. Through art and yoga she endeavors to ease suffering and bring her students closer to a fuller, more joyful life.