A writer, teacher, yogini, mom, and global traveler, Susan Somers-Willett has many roles, but one of her most compelling is helping yoga practitioners embrace the wisdom of their own experience. Her diverse and inclusive approach to practice inspires her teaching, which ranges from flow practices to regulation of the nervous system through yin and restorative practices. Susan offers yoga as an act of radical self-acceptance, and she is passionate about making yoga accessible and empowering through specialized practices including prenatal and postnatal yoga, yoga for bigger bodies, trauma-informed yoga, gender-sensitive yoga, and other inclusive modes of yoga.
Susan’s own practice ranges widely from Ashtanga to flow to restorative classes, and she believes that if a yoga practice is to be sustainable throughout one’s life, self-awareness and compassion—not the dictates of any one style of yoga—should guide a student’s asana practice. Her enthusiasm for incorporating different approaches to yoga shows in her instruction, which empasizes functional movement, body positivity, and usually a good dose of laughter.
Susan is an E-RYT 500 and certified prenatal yoga teacher, as well as a graduate of Sundara’s Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy program. She also holds a Ph.D. in American Literature, and she has written several books of poetry and criticism. She has taught Creative Writing and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and joins yoga and social justice through her passion project, Yoga in Bold™. An advocate for trauma-informed yoga methods, Susan is also a cancer survivor and credits yoga as one of the key sources of her recovery.