Sue Fernald


Gentle Yoga

Yoga is balance, and Sue is intrigued by the endless variety of opposites that one practices to achieve balance in yoga, including: exertion and rest, effort and surrender, extension and contraction, flexibility and strength, and stability and openness, to name several.

She believes there is no such thing as a perfect yoga asana (pose), that each asana is not the end goal of movement but rather a tool that works in partnership with breath and mindfulness to invite the student to create artistic expression of body, mind and heart-spirit joining together.

Sue likes to begin each class with a quote or poem that exemplifies yogic philosophy; she also suggests a heart attribute – such as patience, acceptance, generosity, non-judgment, curiosity, etc. - to accompany the student on her or his path of practice that hour.

Sue was in her 50’s when she began yoga some 15 years ago in the Portland area. Low back pain and her age seemed to keep her body from taking to yoga movements easily. The back pain eventually disappeared, and Sue continued with her yoga as she was experiencing more strength, balance and calm. As yoga became more and more her center, she began to think about sharing yoga with others. She completed her RYT200 certification in 2013 and is registered with Yoga Alliance.

Since Sue has always struggled with alignment and posture, she teaches straight from the heart in placing great importance on these two practical issues, especially for students past age 40. Her favorite class to teach is gentle yoga and always incorporates breath and mindfulness into each session.

“Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. Peace is all around us ."

Thich Nhat Hanh