XPLORE & CONNECT: Meet Sue Elkind

We are so excited to have Sue co-hosting our next retreat to Belize. Sue is recognized internationally in the yoga community as a teacher’s teacher, with over 20 years of yoga experience. Her in-depth knowledge of alignment and therapeutics, along with her passion to teach from her heart, allows her students to expand their potential both physically and spiritually.

Sue is the Owner of DIG Yoga in Lamerbertville, NJ, a studio that she opened together with her husband Naime Jezzeny in 2010. These two inspiring teachers have created a sanctuary for community to gather and grow while providing excellence in yoga education. 

We caught up with Sue to learn more about her journey into Yoga and what inspires her. 

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WX:  How did you begin your Journey of Teaching & Living a Conscious Lifestyle?

SUE:   It was a natural progression starting with meditation as a teen, and then yoga in my early 20's. I first began teaching yoga in Los Angeles (1995) after my yoga teacher moved away and my classmates asked me to keep the class going! That inspired me to take my first teacher training and I never looked back. Gradually I switched from being a full time graphic designer to teaching yoga and becoming a yoga studio owner.

WX: What are your Personal Wellness Rituals or Routines?

SUE:   Favorite morning ritual - green tea, meditation, journal, nourishing breakfast.    Late morning/early afternoon - yoga practice & walk in nature.    End of day - bedtime tea and meditation.

WX:  Is there a particular place in the World that inspires you most?

SUE:   I am deeply inspired by Nature's beauty... this planet. :)

WX:   What are your essential items to Pack for a Wellness Retreat?

SUE:   Thin travel mat, light-weight meditation shawl, journal, essential oils, good book.

WX:   If there is one thing you hope for people to take away from your Retreat what would it be?

SUE:   Self-care practices -so they can be their best self everyday.

WX:   How has your Yoga & Spiritual practice changed your life?

Yoga has taught me that every great endeavor requires risk and that in order to make more meaning in my life I must be willing to challenge myself to grow. This means learning to pay attention and deepen my connections to my body, my thoughts, my feelings, and my interactions with others and this planet.

CHECK OUT SOME OF SUE'S FAVORITES!

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EAT:  Avocado

 

PLAY:  Pottery

 

MOVE:  Yoga

 

XPLORE:  Nature

 

RELAX:  Meditation

Sue will be co-hosting our next trip to Ambergris Caye, Belize together with Lisa Fischer.    Click here for more information on this retreat.