Date:: May 2014
With a doctorate within Counselling Psychology, a E-RYT 500, Co-Owner of One Yoga for the People Vancouver & the SARA Foundation for Cancer Prevention, Suzanne Faith Slocum-Gori‘s teachings encourage students to dissolve barriers & to dance through an intelligent practice in order to create more intimacy with Grace.
The Spice Mistress is honoured to welcome Suzanne Faith Slocum-Gori as the focus of this month’s Pancha Q.
In the context of international workshops, retreats, teacher trainings and mentorships, Suzanne offers devotional, mythical, dynamic, bold, mighty and introspective experiences for all. Anchored in ancient teachings and woven to attune to modern duty, Suzanne’s teachings progressively awaken students to their own humanity and auspiciousness. Suzanne continues to feed and share her curiosity in life by studying with several highly esteemed scholars and teachers.
Suzanne’s heart is captivated and mesmerized by her husband, two children & malamute husky and by her Gracious yoga community in Vancouver.
1. How do you begin your day?
Suzanne: I start my day by lighting a candle or my incense and consciously make an offering over and into my altar as a means to keep everything in balance and to bring recognition to the Sources at play that so graciously nourish my family and I. I then send out an invitation to Grace through meditation, mantra and pranayama. Usually my little cubs, Tenzin (5 years old) and Indira (3 years old), awake during my morning ritual and join me for some mantra… and we then proceed into cuddle time and exploring adventures within stories.
2. What’s one piece of life changing health advice you can share with others?
Suzanne: There are so many teachings that have nourished my mind, body & heart. Overall, I feel the more we can surrender into the rhythms of Nature, the more we will be held and nourished. Falling into the pulse of Nature doesn’t mean we won’t face challenge or fierceness (especially within ourselves), but it will carry you through these times with more integrity, strength and elegance.
One of the primary practices that help me to connect into the wellspring of Mother Nature’s flow is through ‘recognition’. When I take the time to recognize the beauty and contributions that other people & beings provide on this planet, there is a massive softening and gratitude that floods through me…allowing me to stay sensitive, receptive and open to the beat of Maha Devi (the Great One, Mother Nature).
3. What’s one thing that gives you hope for the future?
Suzanne: Our children and elders give me hope for our future…their innocence, curiosity, radical potentiality, creative wealth and deep wisdom paint clear, meaningful, colorful, playful and adventurous paths to guide us. The children and the elders together invite us to hold the ancient teachings close to heart, but yet encourage us to integrate innovative patterns to adapt to our surroundings allowing us to shapeshift with time.
4. Any lifestyle ‘Crimes against Wisdom’ (Prajnaparadha) that challenge you?
Suzanne: My primary lifestyle challenge (‘crimes against wisdom’) is my daily espresso. Unfortunately our culture doesn’t support us in removing espresso from our daily intake….meetings and social activities often congregate at espresso cafes. I’m firm in that my daily espresso shot in my latte is kept to only one a day and not to drink it past 10am. I know my constitution would best be served without the caffeine of espresso… I tend to have a Yin deficiency and caffeine depletes me of the nourishment and flow that my soul is often screaming for in life.
5. A moment of beauty that inspired you today?
Suzanne: My daughter holding my face in her small precious hands, looking at me with her gigantic clear brown eyes and telling me that I am the ‘love’ of her life.
Thank you for the interview, Suzanne. Om Shanti!
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