Susan began a Yoga asana practice in 2001, came to Yoga East in 2007 and found her teacher, Laura Spaulding, who opened her understandings of Yoga and introduced a great human handbook, Patañjāli’s Yoga Sutra. Susan is an E-RYT 500, graduating from Yoga East’s 200 hr training in 2009 and the 300 hr module in 2012. Her training continues in the Krishnamacharya lineage - Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga, and with the wonderful teachers Laura brings to Louisville. Susan has been influenced by workshops with; John Friend, David Garrigues, Saraswathi Jois, Doug Keller, Kino MacGregor, Robert Moses, Karin O'Bannon, Ramanand Patel, François Raoult, Darren Rhodes, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Christina Sell, Dean Sluyter and David Swenson.
When she moved to Miami from London, England three years ago there was no question in her mind where she wanted to practice, or who she wanted to practice with. Skanda’s co-creators, Ken and Lina, have been amazing mentors, guides and teachers. It was their dedication, energy and style of yoga that finally moved her to want to share her yoga practice with others as a Skanda Yoga teacher, and so she completed her training with Ken and Lina in 2014. Moving back to Louisville, and teaching Skanda in her and Ken's hometown seemed only fitting and natural.
Nerissa’s students benefit from her energy, her authenticity, and her deep devotion to the inner peace and mental clarity found through yoga. She hopes others will learn, as she did, that yoga is not simply a practice to develop a flexible, healthy and stable physical body, but a practice to develop the mind as well. Yoga has been one of the most transformational and beautiful gifts present throughout her life, and she is grateful to share it with her students.