Suzy Sherer, MS, LMT has been teaching Kripalu style Yoga for over 25 years.
Before that, she was incorporating Yoga practice into her Sp.Ed. Pre-school classes (having taught for more than 15 years) & was innovative in bringing Yoga to schools, special needsʼ groups, Girl Scouts, whether through after-school Yoga activities, family-
oriented Yoga programs, & Workshops training teachers ( & medical students in the healthy benefits of Yoga as part of AMCʼs Complimentary/Integrative Medicine program ) incorporating Yoga into the classrooms & wellness programs.
...some of her previous ʻlittleʼ students have gone on to become Yoga teachers themselves !
Suzy is also a licensed NY State Massage Therapist, Nationally Board Certified, & certified in Kripalu Body & Energy Work.
Her path to Yoga & Massage Therapy began early in her life.
Her mother had many illnesses including back & neck discomforts. Suzy was able to
alleviate some of her motherʼs pain through hands-on massage strokes, as her mother claimed she had “magic hands”. Suzy also assisted her father (a popular dentist/oral
surgeon) leading to his encouragement for her to pursue a career in medicine, healthcare, surgery (also recognizing her healing hands).
During her teenage years, Suzy took a course in Transcendental Meditation (TM*) Finding this practice so calming, she decided to go deeper into meditative movement by enrolling in her first Yoga class in College.
As she developed her own personal Yoga & Meditation practice, she was also training in Early Childhood Development skills, both as a Teacher and as a young Mother. She found Yoga to be helpful in alleviating back discomforts during her 3 pregnancies, as well as helpful in increasing her overall energy & ability to withstand long & complicated labor & deliveries.
During her work as a Special Education teacher, she found Yoga & Creative Movement exercises to be a wonderful means for children to experience their bodies, developing balance, focus & self-control skills. She decided to enroll in a month-long Yoga-intensive Teacher-training program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA.
As she started teaching classes for “grown-ups”, she found that many folks experienced back & joint discomforts. This then led her to pursue training in Massage Therapy both at the Kripalu Center (Energy oriented body work) & at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA (Medical Massage oriented) leading to Licensure & National
Suzy opened & managed the SuzyYoga Studio for Yoga & Massage Therapy in
Albany for 7 years (in her fatherʼs previous dental office space attached to his house)
combining her various skills along with elder-parent care-taking responsibilities.
After her fatherʼs passing, she decided to close the Studio & became the “mat on the move” branching out to other studios & business sites (Excelsior College, YMCA, IVF Centers,etc.)
Suzy also began teaching part-time at the Center For Natural Wellness School of
Massage Therapy (CNW) in Albany, NY, in the areas of Pregnancy, Fertility, & Infant
Massage techniques, influencing new massage therapist trainees in the art of “nurturing the mother” & infant massage.
You can find Suzy each Saturday from May - December at the Delmar Farmersʼ Market offering Chair Massage to a wide range of recipients, & during the week, at the Bethlehem
YMCA teaching various Yoga classes.
Suzy is also commissioned through “StageHands Massage, LLC” to massage a variety of high profile musicians (& crew) before & after their shows @ venues like; SPAC, Times Union Center, Palace Theatre. Suzy has worked with such clients as Journey, Roger Waters / Pink Floyd tours, The Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller Band, Luke Bryan, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, OAR, etc.
Suzyʼs teaching & massage therapy style has a meditative, calming, nurturing quality,
following movements of the spine & incorporating her massage therapy knowledge of
anatomy & energy flows / meridans / chakras within the body, into her classes.
A student of hers once commented that she was the “Jerry Garcia” of Yoga.... Suzy calls
it “Jam-band” Yoga incorporating several styles of Yoga traditions into each class. Other
students have claimed that they feel “massaged” after her classes, relaxed & re-
energized.... her mesmerizing voice carries them through, making each student feel
welcomed, soothed & actualized.
Suzy feels, as she did as a youngster with her mother, that these offerings are her
“calling”, her “dharma” , on her healing artsʼ path.
As she explains; “I absolutely LOVE my work !! As I witness folks feeling better in their
bodies, hearts & minds, I am reminded of my past and I know I have reached my goal
of promoting balance & well-being, planting seeds of healing in our world.”
Her credentials list her unique background;
*Certified in Kripalu Yoga Instruction & Energy / Bodywork - 1995, 1996,
(Advanced level Yoga - 2006) served on their KYTA Board 1998-2002
& assisted a variety of Yoga & Massage Therapy programs
*New York State Licensed & Nationally Board -Certified Massage Therapist - 1999
*Fertility, Pregnancy & Infant Massage - 1999
*Reiki levels 1 & 2 - 1996, 2000
*Owner / Manager of SuzyYoga Studio 2001 - 2008
*M.S. in Special Education - 1984
*B.S. in Anthropology / Psychology - 1980
*Mother of 3