Susana Jones, Urban Yogi
Spirituality and teaching both run in my family. Raised by parents who live by Science of Mind principles, I was made aware of my Self and my place in the cosmos at an early age. I remember going on solo journeys to the edge of the schoolyard to lie on my back and "be with the sky." That kind of enjoyment, combined with theatrical productions in my youth have helped me assume the role of a yoga teacher with wonder, presence and projection. All the things that lit me up as a kid make sense now that I'm making good use of them.
I began practicing yoga while attending the University of Colorado, where I studied International Spanish for the Professions with an emphasis on Ecological Tourism. I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2006, where I became fluent in Spanish and hooked on pilates en español. My globally-oriented education gave me a sense of urgency to do good things in the world, which drives my work to this day. Upon graduating, I took my budding yoga and pilates practices with me on world travels while independently filming and researching sustainable and cultural travel in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Turkey and Syria. No matter where I was in the world, the sense of belonging that I felt on the yoga mat yoked my heart to this practice for life.
Back in my hometown of San Diego, persistence on the yoga mat freed my spirit. The words of my first yoga teachers echoed the spiritual lessons of my parents, which I'd eventually learn to be rooted in the vedic wisdom that brought yoga to the west. My curiosity in yogic science and history led me to enroll in Power Yoga Teacher Training through CorePower Yoga in 2009. There I learned the principles of postural alignment and fluid movement, yogic philosophy for everyday life and how to teach.
The infinite nature of yogic science gives me something new to learn, embody and share with others every day. I'm currently in training to become a Certified Yoga Therapist at The Soul of Yoga in Encinitas. My aim with this advanced teaching credential is to teach people how to be self-reliant in their healing pursuits. Urban Yogi is now in a phase of research and development as I integrate the wisdom of my teachers into my own practice. I'll only talk the talk that I actually walk.
My global search for a purposeful path led me to this career, which has entailed the kinds of sacrifices and breakthroughs one would expect of a yogi. My challenge is to "be alike in victory and defeat," as The Bhagavad Gita teaches us to do. I adopted the fictitious business name Urban Yogi in the fall of 2010 when D. Boyle of DCompress Downtown asked me, "who are you when you teach yoga?"
Now that the majority of the world's population is urbanized, the name Urban Yogi feels more like a potentially common thread between the people of earth. Yoga is union. We are one human family, with one home planet. We practice yoga to end the suffering that is in our control to prevent. What is out of our control we can handle with greater resilience because we are yogis. What we do on the yoga mat prepares us for whatever life presents to us. All it takes is a teacher, and our willingness to summon the powers we were born with in body, mind, and breath.
In this seventh year of my life as Urban Yogi, I am more hopeful, humbled and amazed by yoga than ever. It is my dharma to share these teachings, and to equip our human family with tools for individual and collective healing. We can do this!
Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
"May all beings be happy and free. May my thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all."