Susan Whitaker

About Susan Whitaker

Susan is the owner of Canyon Spirit Yoga Center in Auburn, Ca. and primary yoga instructor at Wellness Within. She has Yoga teaching certifications from Kripalu Center and Integrative Yoga Therapy. Susan continues to teach and study in the areas of yoga therapy, creating individual practices, and yoga as a healing art.

An Exploration of Wholeness

“Without feeling, there is no chance of wholeness, and wholeness remains our best chance to survive the pain of breaking.” Mark Nepo I was at a yoga class recently where the teacher read us this quotation. It dropped like fresh rainfall into my heart and suddenly I understood how profound it is to open to […]

Finding the Sacred Space Within

In yoga, we greet each other by saying Namaste. It’s a lovely way to say both hello and goodbye. The word originates in India and the root, nama, means “to bow.” Namaste recognizes the wisdom within each person, so we bow to that wisdom through greeting one another with sincerity. It may sound odd at […]

Thoughts on Courage

“The word courage is derived from the French word for heart, couer, and it means ‘the ability to stand by one’s heart or to stand by one’s core.’ Whenever we exhibit courage, we demonstrate the healing power of paying attention to what has heart and meaning for us.” ~ Angeles Arrien I’ve always loved that […]

Leaning into We

I was part of a celebration for Martin Luther King last month and his beautiful words are still resonating within me. He was a brilliant man, ahead of his time, who has left us a road map to follow that helps us connect to one another. Essentially, he said there is no me without you. […]

Refuge Within

The smoke. It’s on everyone’s mind all of the time. Can I take a deep breath? (no.) Should I do yoga? (yes.) How long is this fire going to burn? (?) As bad as it is in Auburn, we know that it’s much worse for those in the fire area. All we can do is […]

Creating Space

Do you ever wake up with the mind in overdrive? Do you have those relentless thoughts of “what if”? Some days it’s as though everything has collapsed in on itself and it seems that there’s no way out. In yoga, these are the times when we focus on the element of Space, which is another […]

Breathing Space in Nature

I just returned from a long weekend trip in Zion National Park. It was awe-inspiring to be surrounded by the red rock canyon, the giant mountains, and the river flowing through the center of it all. Each day we were delighted to be greeted by the multi-hued majesty of the soaring cliffs, the sound of […]

Breathing Space for the New Year

Yoga began a long time ago. It is rich with techniques that inspire, heal, open the heart, expand the mind, and soothe the nervous system. It was traditional for one teacher to work with one student for a certain length of time, usually years. The yoga itself was designed to be most beneficial for that […]

Aug Breathing Space

I believe there are remarkable spirits walking around dressed up like normal people and  Betty Prestwich is one of them. Betty joined the Wellness Within yoga class after hearing my presentation at the Healing Journeys conference last Fall. She has gone on to attend Patti’s group, the meditation circle, and has taken hikes with Margie. […]

Breathing Space – July

I was checking a list I’ve put together of how yoga can benefit people with cancer. There are over 20 things on my list, and the one item that jumped out at me today was, “Yoga practice helps people to be strong enough to go through the cancer journey.” I began thinking about the tremendous […]