This month we are featuring one of our very own Yogalifers, Suzi Bird. You can check out her full bio here AND catch her at both our North and South studios weekly.
Below she answers a variety of questions, both silly and soulful. Namaste Suzi!
I found Yogalife Studios because long time friend Sara Cueva found it and introduced me shortly after she started practicing there when it opened. I teach Tuesday and Thursday nights at south 8 and 9:30 and sunday mornings 9 and noon at north. I've been at Yogalife for just under a year and have been with them solely because I just love everyone so much :) - Suzi
How did you get your yogic start? Who brought you to your first class, what was that like, and where was it?
My brother took my to my first real yoga class when he was living in Vancouver, it was a brand new hot yoga place. It just about killed me, but I felt so good after I had to go back the next day, and the day after, and the day after..........
Share a favourite quote, lesson, or teaching that inspires you.
If you're doing it right, it never gets easier.
What's your favourite music to practice to (or do you prefer silence!?)
I love listening to really uplifting music, stuff that just brings a smile to my face and makes me want to throw my hands in the air. I listen to a lot of Faul, Xavier Rudd, DJ Drez. I also like anything with a good sexy beat to it, Dr Toast, various house music and whatever else comes my way from Bastille to Ed Sheeran.
Your favourite books, yogi-inspired and fiction.
I love Jodi Picoult books. My favourite yogi book is The Tree of Yoga by BKS Iyengar
Tell us about your first teacher training.
My first teacher training I lived in a tent in the desert next to the ocean. It was 30 degrees during the day and 5 at night, it had some of the best food I have ever tasted in my life and there was a rattlesnake living under my tent!
Where's your favourite vacation spot?
My heart belongs to Chaig Mai Thailand
What is your favourite meal to make and share with friends?
I love to cook, anything, everything, for everybody. My specialty is ribs or stuffed chicken.
Biggie or Tupac? haha
What's the coolest experience you've ever had with a student?
When I first started teaching I had a karma class where only one student showed up. I was really nervous but the one on one really showed me how much I really knew and we were able to laugh and have a lot of fun together for the hour.
What's your favourite pose/sequence/area of the body to work on?
As much as I hate working on hips and hamstrings it's where I need the most work, so I see the progress very clearly and it always feel like an accomplishment, even for the tiniest improvements.
Who inspires you?
What is your favourite festival to attend?
I have only been to Folk Fest, and that was only once. I have always wanted to go to Wanderlust.
If you could study with one person who would it be and why?
I would love to spend more time with Meghan Currie. She is just so free and playful and loveable she reminds me that I always need to live my life with child like abandon
What is the best concert you've ever been to?
New kids on the block. I'm not even lying
Share your favourite self-healing practice.
A cup of tea, puppy kisses and a good book can always make any day feel better, but my mat is always there when I need it. A soulful heart opening practice to some of my favourite tunes will always set me free
Where's the next place you want to travel?
The next place I would like to go is either Cuba or Argentina.
Share one of your life goals.
I would like to do the splits some day. As a kid I always wanted to, and as an adult I can now see how to get there.