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Susanne Chakan is a practitioner and teacher of energy healing, energetic space clearing, meditation, and yoga. She is also an interfaith minister. Susanne provides individual and group instruction, as well as individual mentoring in the above disciplines.

Energy Healing and Space Clearing

Susanne began her training in energy healing in the early 1990's in Therapeutic Touch with founder Dolores Krieger. She then studied Energy Medicine and Chakra Balancing with Donna Eden, and became certified in the Usiu system of Reiki and Magnified Healing with Mika Nelson. She is also a certified, senior level Reconnective Healing Practitioner.

In 2004 Susanne began individual instruction in Tibetan healing, energetic space clearing and meditation with Master Liu. She is also certified in the ancient Tibetan healing art of Tsi Dup Yang Bod by Tog Den Won Po, Geshe Chongtul Rinpoche.

Yoga and Meditation

Susanne is a certified yoga instructor and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the 500 hours level (E-RTY-500). She received her hatha yoga training at the Himalayan Institute and at the Integral Yoga Institute. Additionally, at Integral Yoga, she graduated from the Advance Yoga Life Training Program, the Cardiac Yoga Teacher program and the Therapeutic Yoga Program, and has been teaching since 1993.

Susanne continues her studies with master yoga teachers from around the world, including Patricia Walden, Judith Lasater, Eric Schiffman and Paul Gilley in the United States and Srivatsa Ramaswami and Madhavan Nambiar of India.

Susanne's eclectic method of teaching yoga combines a slow vinyasa style with attention to physical alignment and the breath, and a mindfulness of one's inner spirit. She encourages students of all levels to realize their individual potential by guiding each person in developing a practice that is relevant to his/her own body and lifestyle. Her heart-centered classes are a moving meditation and a dedication to life itself.

In addition to teaching her regular hatha classes, Susanne conducts meditation groups and has specialized classes in yoga for people with physical and visual disabilities, as well as for those with chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and MS. These specialized classes can be found at the Initiative For Women with Disabilities (IWD) at New York University Hospital For Joint Diseases.

In 1993 Susanne was initiated in the yogic tradition of the Himalayan Masters through the Himalayan Institute, under the direction of Sri Swaimi Rama. In 1996 she began studying Insight meditation with Sharon Salzberg Joseph Goldstein, Jon Kabot-Zinn, and Larry Rosenberg. In 2005 Susanne began studying Tibetan healing and meditation with Master Liu. She has also studied and received transmissions in various meditation practices from respected teachers including Tulku Thondup Rinpoche and Patrul Rinpoche.

In 2004 Susanne became an interfaith minister and has conducted baby and house blessings. She studied Kinetic Awareness (therapeutic ball rolling) with Elaine Summers and Ellen Saltonstall and The Miracle Ball Method with Elaine Petrone. Susanne's work is featured in the book The Repetitive Strain Injury Handbook by Robert M. Simon, M.D. and Ruth Aleskovsky.

Susanne is grateful to all her clients for allowing her to share her passions with them. She is also appreciative to all her teachers, living and those no longer with us; including Swami Rama and Swami Satchidananda. She sends a special thanks to Swami Ramananda of Integral Yoga for his steadfast guidance, and inspiration, to Tulku Thondup Rinpoche for his gentleness and his amazing wisdom teachings of the Medicine Buddha and for giving her refuge, to Geshe Chongtul Rinpoche for his extraordinary teachings, advise and laughter. And to Master Liu, her current mentor in Tibetan healing and meditation, for his inner mystical support and unconditional love and devotion.

Susanne has a thriving private practice New York City, in energy healing, space clearing, meditation, and yoga. Private and group sessions are individually designed and can combine any of the disciplines to suit a clients needs.

May all beings be peaceful and be free of suffering.