Susan Turis began practicing yoga in 1999 and teaching in 2001. Senior Teacher Mary Dunn was her first Iyengar Yoga teacher and became her mentor. Susan has been an assistant to Carrie Owerko since 2005 and currently studies and apprentices under Senior Teacher James Murphy and Brooke Meyers in the Specific Needs classes at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. The pinnacle of her study comes during extended visits to Pune, India where classes are led by B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta, Prashant and Abhijata Iyengar.
Susan was born in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. She earned a degree in psychology from City University of New York, Brooklyn College. While raising three children, she co-founded businesses in real estate and mortgage and insurance brokerage, in which she holds licenses.
The events of 9/11 brought Susan to study with Mary Dunn. “The words Mary spoke brought more than an understanding of how to do a pose,” she remembers. The depth of meaning had a profound effect on Susan’s life path and Mary’s inspiration continues to influence Susan’s commitment to Iyengar Yoga. An enthusiastic student of Sanskrit and of yoga philosophy, including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita, she attends frequent workshops with Senior Teachers including Patricia Walden, Dean and Rebecca Lerner, Joan White and Carrie Owerko. This richness of study brings her closer to the philosophy and language of yoga.
Susan is a dedicated teacher whose love of the subject and enthusiasm allows students of all abilities and levels to have a safe and complete experience in class. Her attentive instruction, thoughtful rhythm and skillful sequencing of poses help students progress over time and become aware of the more subtle aspects of yoga practice.