Christian Yoga Instructor Background
Susan has a Master’s in Health Science as well as Business Administration from the University of Florida. She is also a Registered Nurse and has worked at Shands Hospital (RN), Mayo Clinic Jacksonville (Assistant Administrator), and Blue Cross Blue Shield (Quality Assurance Nurse). Susan has been practicing yoga since 1983 and began teaching in 1994. Susan began teaching Scripture Yoga in 2004. She is a certified Sports Yoga instructor with the National Endurance & Sports Training Association (NESTA). Susan is married and has three children.
Susan has over 30 years’ experience in practicing and teaching yoga. As a pursuer of ultimate health, Susan merged her practice of yoga with her spiritual practice of Christianity. Founder of Scripture Yoga, Susan recites theme-based Scripture verses during her yoga classes. She published two books, Scripture Yoga: 21 Bible Lessons for Christian Yoga Classes and Yoga for Beginners: 60 Basic Yoga Poses for Flexibility, Stress Relief, and Inner Peace; plus, two sets of Scripture Yoga Decks, “How to Receive God’s Peace” and “Fruit of the Spirit” and two Christian yoga DVDs, God’s Mighty Angels and What the Bible Says About Prayer.
Since 2004, Susan has taught a free Scripture Yoga class every Friday at 9am at Woodbine United Methodist Church in Pace, Florida. Additionally, she enjoys being a speaker and yoga teacher at women’s retreats. If you would like Susan to lead a yoga class at your retreat, please contact her at SusanNeal@Bellsouth.net.
Additionally, Susan produced a hospice CD, Bedside Encouragement: When You Don’t Know How to Say Goodbye, which was designed to provide peace and comfort to those receiving hospice care. It would make an appropriate gift for someone who recently lost a loved one or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. You can purchase these products Susan’s Testimony
Susan is a contributor the the Christians Practicing Yoga website. To find out more click on this link:
As a small child, my earliest memories include my family going to church in our small town every Sunday. My father took me to confession for the very first time at the tender age of seven. My dad told me that I could have a personal relationship with Jesus. He explained that I could talk to Jesus just like a friend. In my childlike understanding, I knew that Jesus died on the cross to save me from my sins so that I might have eternal life.
As a young girl, I would go out to the woods and talk to God about my problems, and feel God’s peace. However, college life led me astray, and I became distant from the Lord. After marriage, my husband and I had our first child, so we started searching for a church. We found a delightful church in our community and after a year I participated in my first Bible study. This was the first time I ever read the Bible for myself (versus just listening to it read to me during a church service). I couldn’t believe all the information God had given to His people, including me. It was incredible! God’s Word began to change me from the inside out (Romans 12:2).
Prior to this, telling little white lies, cheating, and even stealing (letting an item go by a cashier when it wasn’t scanned) was ok for me. These sins didn’t seem to matter before I read God’s Word. However, after reading the Bible, I realized how wrong these sins were and began to change my behavior. This was a slow process that occurred over several years, but God was tender and gentle with me during this transitional time.
In 2000, a significant event occurred in my life during my first Women’s Retreat. On the first night of the retreat, I felt like crying, but I didn’t want to cry in front of everyone. The second night, I broke down and cried anyway. Through my tears, I asked God to mold me and use me to play beautiful music for Him. Then I felt God come down from heaven and wrap His spiritual arms around me, and I was BORN AGAIN! It was a spiritual birth where my body became indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Now my spirit can relate to God’s Spirit (John 4:24). This experience and confirmation through God’s Word has assured me that I am saved.