Two important questions about my yoga practice are: “Why did I start coming to the Yoga Center and why do I keep coming back?”
I’ve have consistently practiced yoga with Sue now for about two years and doubt that I would have lasted this long were it not for her style and skill as a teacher. I initially came to the Yoga Center seeking relief from health related problems, yet I kept coming back not only for the strength and flexibility that have resulted, but also for the calmness of mind and spirit that are just as empowering. Sue teaches in such a way that is very affirming, even while she challenges you in your practice. She encourages acceptance of one’s unique body characteristics and oftentimes reminds us to “work with the body you brought with you today”. That’s why I’ve persisted in my yoga practice and that’s why I’ll keep coming back.
D. Morgan, MS.Ed, LPC
Parent, Teacher, Yoga Student
I’ve been studying with Sue for five years and there’s always new learning. Sue has the ability to bring in pearls from traditional yoga teachings, poetry, and health & wellness studies, just to name a few sources, each of which enhances the experience in her classes. Always enthusiastic, Sue’s warmth, interest and genuineness bring out the best in everyone she teaches. Her flexibility allows each student to practice at their own pace in their own way. If you take a class with Sue, you will never be disappointed.
Judith Tutin, Ph.D.
Life Coaching and Psychotherapy
I can’t tell you how much yoga has done for me. I had never been an athletic person, getting my exercise from walking, gardening, etc. But, since starting yoga several years ago, my balance, strength, and flexibility have increased dramatically. Even more important, at least to me, I find yoga to be an island of tranquility in a sometimes frustrating world. It is truly a meditation in motion! Add to all this the fact that, in Sue, you will have the warmest and most patient of teachers, and how can you not give it a try?
I have made yoga a part of my daily life for the past three years, and chose Sue’s classes because of her well‐rounded approach and because of the way she exhibits respect for each student’s strengths and weaknesses. I’ve learned to both cherish and challenge my body during the sessions with Sue’s guidance, grace and at times even humor. When at home I practice the techniques taught in class and adapt them to my day. Yoga is much more than just postures ‐ it calms the mind and renews the body and spirit.
Knowing that Yoga would be a lifelong study/practice of mine, I was pleasantly surprised to find that working on my 200 hour certification as a Yoga instructor with Sue Hopkins would be so enjoyable and provide so much growth. I believe I was lucky to take this course at Etowah Valley Yoga. Sue embodies yoga. She has the knowledge and presence to teach and share Yoga fully.
“Honor for those who embody noble qualities”, can begin to describe, and is fitting for a Yoga teacher such as Sue.
Lisa Browning, LMT,
Yoga and Pilates instructor
“The Etowah Valley Teacher Training has been a great program for me. I have gained a tremendous depth of knowledge beyond the learning the yoga poses. And Sue is one of the very best in teaching safe adjustments to the poses. I am currently teaching yoga, and I find myself using what I have learned from Sue everyday in the yoga classes I teach. I highly recommend the program.”
Seeking an exercise program to meet my needs, I have tried over the years many different forms. But, due to a long history of arthritis, even the simplest forms produced more pain than gain. Two and a half years ago my son presented me with a Christmas gift of eight yoga classes and it has truly been a gift that has kept on giving. Starting with one class a week, I was amazed at what a difference that one class had made in how I felt. So, I figured if one had made that much difference, why not try another. Ideally, I try to make it to class three times a week, and if I don’t, I do my own practice at home. What a difference yoga has made in the quality of my life! I am stronger, more flexible and pain free.
The quality of the instruction has certainly been the key to my addiction to the practice. Sue is an excellent instructor; she models every pose, describes in detail the benefits of each and encourages every student to engage at the level where they are comfortable. I leave each session feeling refreshed and relaxed. I encourage everyone I know to give it a try.
Guided Yoga Practice with Sue Hopkins has been a life saver! I am only a beginner but yoga is my relief from the stresses of everyday life. Everybody’s schedule has those days when it is too hectic even for “me” time. Having Sue Hopkin’s “Guided Yoga Practice” CDs makes it so I don’t have to go without it.
On the CD she is incredibly descriptive, easy to follow, and as always patient. I can’t thank her enough for coming out with the CD and even though I have it, I look forward to the nest class at the studio.
I am very new to yoga. I just starting ‘practicing” with Sue at Etowah Valley Yoga in January 2009; and in just 6 months, I’ve attended 100 classes! I’ve needed some sort of exercise in my life for a long time, and Sue and her gentle spirit have been the perfect fit for me. I was hooked in the first week and attend an average of 4 classes per week.The benefits I’ve received from Sue and her approach to yoga are almost too many to mention, however my total “body awareness” has reached beyond the classes and I find that yoga is with me all the time now! Sue suggested recently, “If you never laughed or cries in a yoga class, ask yourself why.” Well, I can say that I have laughed and yes, there have been tears as well, but don’t misunderstand- the laughter is there close to the surface (because I think it is better to laugh at ourselves and not take things too seriously) and the tears are from gratitude for what I feel is one of the greatest things I’ve ever done for myself!
Sue Hopkins and Etowah Valley Yoga have saved my life- or at least made my life infinitely better!
Lisa Davis Siniard