I want to help people achieve the best version of themselves both mentally and physically.

Bio

I’m a NYC certified yoga instructor.  I graduated from Hunter College with a BA in sociology.  Being a yoga instructor was not part of my career path.  I had always aspired to be a social worker.  In a lot of ways, I feel as though I haven’t veered too far from that dream.  The major difference is that my “office” is any studio or space that can fit a yoga mat.  However, the motivating intention still applies- I want to help people achieve the best version of themselves both mentally and physically.

 

My Yoga Journey

If my yoga mat could talk, it would tell stories of the sweat and tears shed from every high and low I’ve experienced.

This website started off as a blog formerly entitled Yoga Wife Yoga Life back in 2011.  At that point I was a newlywed trying to figure out my next career move while adjusting to marriage.  Simultaneously, I was also becoming more serious about my yoga journey, and a blog just seemed like the best way to document all of that while being able to express myself creatively.

Shortly after starting Yoga Wife Yoga Life, I found out I was pregnant.  Unfortunately the good news was short lived when we learned it was an ectopic pregnancy.  I was devastated and my spirit was completely broken.  I documented most of that emotional experience and you can still read about it here.

Fast forward a bit to 2012.  My husband and I finally decided we were ready to conceive again after some much needed healing.  After many months of trying with no luck, we decided to seek help through a reproductive specialist and that’s when we were hit with devastating news for a second time.  Doctors informed us that it was a slim to none chance that we’d ever be able to conceive on our own.  But God…

The story gets brighter.  In 2013 my son, Carter, was conceived with some medical intervention and when he was only 8 months old, we surprisingly found out that we were pregnant again on our own with our miracle baby, SarahEllen. 

Now, you’re probably wondering where does yoga fit in with all of this?  The answer is simple- EVERYWHERE!  If my yoga mat could talk, it would tell stories of the sweat and tears shed from every high and low I’ve experienced.  My mat is a sacred space where I am safe to confront my fears and challenge myself out of my comfort zone.  It is with that same vulnerability and fierceness I encourage my students to approach their own mats.

Going from pregnancy loss, to infertility, to being a mom of two under 2 has been nothing short of a miracle and I still have days when I can’t believe it.  I also document my journey as a mom on youtube which is how Suzette Says was born. 

Fun fact:

Suzette is actually my middle name.  My first name is Vanessa (feel free to address me by either)!  My parents named me after the first 2 Black Miss Americas: Vanessa Williams & Suzette Charles.