Suzanne Albertson's Full Bio
Suzanne was raised in a Catholic Military family that moved around the country every year until she was 7 years old. From a young age she yearned for deeper understanding of life and a connection to the world that she felt was lacking in her community. Her family settled in NC where she completed High School and soon after, free to travel, she followed her desire to explore the world. Her travels took her to many places. She spent a year in Turkey, Spain, and spent 8 months traveling around Europe where she experienced communities of people living in very different ways. After traveling she settled for a time in Washington DC where, in 1991, her daughter was born adding a new dimension to her life. As a new mother she was now, more than ever, driven by a desire for self awareness, truth, and the need to further develop an underlying spiritual essence that she sensed in herself since childhood. Seeking a warmer climate in 1996, she moved to Miami Beach where she spent 16 years raising her daughter. As a single parent with a strong desire for a healthy balanced lifestyle Suzanne found the practice of yoga fit well into her personal life. As someone who wants to share and inspire others with positive life style tools, Suzanne became a Certified Instructor in 1998 leading group and private sessions. By 1999 she had further developed a Kids Yoga Program where she taught hundreds of children in numerous Montessori Schools for 15 years. During that time she also developed and taught a Kids Yoga Teacher Training annually for 5 years. Learning and developing her programs from what was working in her own life, she raised her daughter on kids yoga. By the age of 14 Suzanne's teenage daughter became a yoga instructor and to date continues teaching her own classes in and around Asheville, NC. Mother and daughter are very close and continue to inspire each other and are developing yoga programs together.
Through Suzanne’s years of interactions with children she learned by observing first hand the power of integrity and the positive delivery of guidance with open and honest communication. She found that being completely authentic must be a requirement to work effectively with children as much as with teens and adults. To further her insights she studied many spiritual traditions and practices that seemed to guide one back to a place of honesty, innocence and the growth one experiences from playfulness. Integrity is a foundation for spiritual development and opens us up to positive personal growth. Even in challenges, Suzanne found that authentic responses turn into self discoveries that guided her to look deeper into understanding her own intuitive senses. This path of self aware authentic living, along with studying The BodyTalk System, Transformational Breathing, Pranic Healing and BioGeometry allowed her to create a tool box of solutions and develop these into a variety of useful accessible techniques. Through this type of diligent practice she found an inner awareness and discernment within her spiritual life that she realized she was seeking since childhood. This self reflection has led her to continue to develop workshops and programs that she can share with others. Always continuing her own educational experiences, while further developing energetic wellness skills to share with her clients, is part of her life's purpose.
One key tool that Suzanne uses and has spent the last 10 years training herself in, is the approach and techniques taught in the “Yoga of Mind” Series. Through the self inquiry style used in the “Yoga of Mind” Series, Suzanne learned that much of the difficulty and challenges in her life stemmed from subconscious pain and could be resolved by using these techniques to bring the hidden to the surface to be actively understood and addressed. Through honest self inquiry, discovering how the mind works and being open and available to the changes required to live fully, she felt the return of the playfulness and innocence that she saw in children. Suzanne is a living example of her studies and the work she has done personally to improve, balance and live an ever changing authentic life style.
Suzanne became a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner in 2005 and has a private practice in Asheville, NC where she incorporates additional areas of her expertise and training in Pranic Healing and BioGeometry along with Yoga and the Arts.
Suzanne’s workshops are integrative, utilizing a variety of tools to find solutions to challenges that have worked for her own life experiences. She combines active and passive meditation techniques, basic muscle/energy testing and heart centered devotion with spiritual resonance principles to create a powerful practice that almost anyone can learn.
Julia Brenn Albertson teaches the physical asana portion of the Yoga of the Mind Workshop. She is a Vinyasa yoga teacher based in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Though she has been teaching for ten years now, her journey with the practice began at the tender age of five, when her mother first became a certified yoga teacher. Being homeschooled for most of her high school years, Julia's life became shaped by her experiences teaching as a young teenager, many hours spent writing at the beach in her hometown of Miami, Fl, and her insatiable need to explore the world.
After many a life experiences (including a diagnosis of a life threatening genetic blood disease, Hereditary Angioedema) Julia left Miami in 2013 to seek solace in Asheville. Shortly thereafter she began teaching at Asheville Yoga Center, where her teaching style began to shift and, as she likes to say– "lighten up". It was then that she felt for the first time, a true connection to her role as a teacher.
Julia's classes are filled with grounding messages, fun and upbeat (and sometimes kind of crazy) music playlists, queuing for safe movements with an emphasis on intuitive exploration, and light humor. Whether she's teaching Hot Power, Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery), corporate yoga, or yoga to incarcerated people, she hopes to facilitate a space to explore movement and breath while maintaining the heart, integrity, and true essence of the practice.
She wouldn't be where she is today if it wasn't for the incredible teachers she's had along the way— Paul Toliuszis, Terri Cooper, Kino MacGregor, Tim Feldmann, Greg Nardi, Dawn Feinberg, Kimberley Puryear, and her mother, Suzanne Albertson, are a few that she holds close to heart. In her spare time, Julia enjoys blogging in local coffee shops, pursuing her love for the outdoors, and engaging in real and authentic human connection.