About Susan

Susan Morton, M.S., E-RYT 500
Founder and Director
Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair
292 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair, NJ 07043

My study of yoga began in 1968 in response to a stressful job and lifestyle.  I soon wanted to share the tremendous benefits that I experienced in terms relaxation, balance, strength, flexibility and general wellness, and began teaching yoga in 1974.  I founded the Yoga and Meditation Center of Montclair in 1976, when yoga was still new to most westerners.  Now yoga is a household word, but because it has morphed into a popularized form of physical fitness, it sometimes leads to injuries.

In contrast, my teaching emphasizes the holistic quality of yoga and has evolved into therapeutics. I teach group classes that are therapeutic in nature, often modifying postures to accommodate the needs of individual students. Most of my work, however, is done in private, one-to-one sessions that address people’s specific issues and empower them to create real change and healing.

A 1990 car accident left me with a serious back injury.  The pain and limitations created by the injury became a turning point in my life as a teacher.  After nine months of rehabilitation, I returned to teaching with an understanding of how to work with a body that is in pain and with a mind that, because of fear, can actually create more pain.  The brilliant mind/body practices of yoga and meditation offer solutions that ultimately change both the body and the brain and support the well-being of the whole person.

For specific information on my professional trainings and experience, see my full bio.