Sacred Space Founders
Susan & Darrell Whiteside
Susan has practiced yoga for more than 15 years privately and in a variety of yoga studios locally and in other states. Yoga has changed her life, offering her the ability to heal herself mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Yoga has become a way of life for Susan and the path she now chooses to follow for the rest of her life.
She became inspired to become a yoga teacher when she realized the healing benefits yoga had on her own personal journey. It made such a big difference. She wants to share the gifts yoga has to offer with as many others as possible so that she could help them get centered, relaxed, focused, and get in touch with their highest self.
Susan earned her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Edge Yoga School in May, 2019 and went on to earn her 300-hour yoga certification at Jiva Patha School of Conscious Yoga in April, 2022 for a total of 500 hours. She also earned certifications to teach Yin Yoga and Aerial Yoga and has attended many hours of further yoga education intensives on anatomy and physiology, mediation and yin yoga at the Lotus Pond School of Yoga.
Susan is a partner and educator in "Body and Soul Teacher Training Center” located at Sacred Space Yoga Studio. Trainees learn to become yoga teachers in the 9-month course (a weekend intensive 1 weekend a month for 9 months) and graduate with a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate.
She is a member of Yoga Alliance and has taught yoga classes at 6 yoga studios and education centers in both Pasco and Hernando counties.
I began to walk on a serious path to physical fitness in 1990. I trained and became a Certified Aerobics Instructor. After pondering the journey I was on, I became inspired to seek a deeper spiritual experience and began studying the concept of Holistic Living.
After earning a Masters of Art Degree in Pastoral Ministries I found it was difficult to balance both my desire to be physically fit and spiritually healthy at the same time. Being dedicated to both, I felt an inner struggle to focus on one or the other.
In 2010 I began practicing yoga which led me to mindful meditation. In 2016 I completed the 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program and earned a Yoga Teacher Certificate at Jiva Patha School of Conscious Yoga. I am currently enrolled in a 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at Jiva Patha School which will certify me as a 500 hour Yoga Teacher.
I am now happy to say that I practice a spiritually based physical fitness program and I no longer feel an inner struggle as both paths have joined together.
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