SUSAN MORTON, M.S., E-RYT 500, MASTER TEACHER
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR
The Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair
Certified Level 3 Yamuna® Body Rolling Practitioner
Member, International Association of Yoga Therapists
Susan Morton began studying yoga in 1968, seeking relaxation in the midst of a hectic professional life. From her initial experience, the benefits of yoga enhanced her sense of well-being so profoundly that she began a life-long journey of yoga and meditation study and practice. She began teaching in 1974 and founded the Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair in 1976. Susan brings the gift of many years of study and practice to her students and considers it a privilege and an honor to share the ancient, yet highly practical and relevant teachings of yoga and meditation.
Susan spent 10 years of intensive study with her primary teacher, Jain Master Sri Chitrabhanu. For six years, she taught hatha yoga at the Jain Meditation International Center in New York City. She began her study of classical hatha yoga with Dr. Vijayendra Pratap of the Swami Kuvayalananda Foundation (SKY) in Philadelphia, who founded the Yoga Organization for Research and Education (YORE). Susan is a past president of YORE. She has also been an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Asian Studies at Seton Hall University and is certified by Yoga Alliance to train and certify yoga teachers.
A perpetual student, Susan feels that authentic teaching arises from her own experience of practice and ongoing study. Her love of meditation and its healing and liberating power has led her to train for six years with the great Swar Yogis Sri Shyam Bhatnagar and Dahliana Hohe, with whom she studied Inner Tuning, mantra yoga, chanting and the chakras. She has attended many of the Dalai Lama’s trainings in New York and is a member of Tibet House in New York, (www.tibethouse.org) where she has studied with Robert Thurman, Ph.D., co-founder of Tibet House with the Dalai Lama.
Since 2006 Susan has been studying intensively with Peter Fenner, Ph.D., author of Radiant Mind and creator of the nine-month Radiant Mind course. she is also a graduate of Peter Fenner’s Nondual Training for Teachers and Therapists, www.nondualtraining.com. The Radiant Mind course, a training in nondual wisdom, is uniquely structured to facilitate the student’s ability to rest in unconditioned awareness in the midst of daily life. It has transformed Susan’s personal practice and her approach to the teaching of meditation.
Susan has studied hatha yoga with many senior Iyengar teachers, including Ramanand Patel, Aadil Palkhlvala, Patricia Walden, Elise Miller, Karen Stefan, Mary Dunn, and James Murphy. She has studied anatomy and physiology with Paul Copeland, Ph.D, M.D., and Deane Juhan, Ph.D., of the Trager Institue and Esalen. Her hatha yoga teaching style has evolved over the years as a result of studying Movement Re-Education with Milton Trager and her work as a Yamuna® Body Rolling practitioner. She has integrated elements of Yamuna® Body Rolling into her yoga classes and also offers entire courses in Yamuna® Body Rolling.
Susan’s expertise as a yoga therapist and Yamuna® Body Rolling practitioner have enabled many people to have specific and/or special needs addressed in one-to-one private sessions. After a car accident in 1990 that left her with a spinal injury, Susan worked her way back to teaching yoga through a combination of therapies that included yoga, meditation, Trager Psychophysical Integration, and Lumbar Stabilization and Strengthening. She now shares her experience and knowledge of pain management therapeutically with people who have chronic pain.
In 2010 Susan completed the Yoga of Awareness for Cancer training at Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, a pioneering training based upon research that was done at Duke University by James Carson, Ph.D.
Susan has deep gratitude for the many teachers who have influenced her teaching and her life, particularly Peter Fenner and Yamuna Zake. She is grateful to her students, who continue to inspire her. It is obvious to those who have studied with Susan that her teaching is a source of joy, compassion, generosity, and wellness.
Susan has deep appreciation for and thanks her husband, son, daughter, and three grandchildren for the balance, challenge, and support that her family offers in the midst of her busy professional life.