Jyoti Shines A Light: Sue Murphy
It has been some time since we have introduced our Jyoti community to a new family member. There have been many of changes and shifts within the Jyoti faculty. While you will still see some familiar and beloved faces, we have been very fortunate to cross paths with some talented individuals who can bring new shades of light and energy to our classes. We’d like to introduce you to Sue Murphy, a very experience E-RYT 500 certified yoga teacher and reiki master. Sue specializes in Trauma-Informed Yoga, and she is also a Chakra Therapeutic Practitioner as well as certified in Core Strength Vinyasa. So, you see how privileged we are to have Sue bring her gifts to our studio. Sue has a rich background and much to share with her students. You can experience this for yourself when you join her on Tuesday nights at 7 pm as she leads us through a new Jyoti Healing Flow. This class incorporates elements of vinyasa and Hatha yoga. Register here! In the meantime, below is a brief peak at what has contributed to her becoming such a powerful contributor in the yoga community.
What made you fall in love with taking care of your body?
My three children are close in age and when they were very young it was a very demanding role to parent full-time while my husband worked at a job that required a long commute. At times I felt like I vibrated with stress. Letting my husband know how I was feeling, he suggested I take up yoga. At that time, it wasn’t so easy to find a yoga studio, so I began to practice along with shows on the television. I remember one of my first teachers, Shiva Rea say that she does not “do” yoga instead she “lives” yoga. Honestly, I thought that was a bit nuts. It didn’t take me long to realize what she was talking about. Once I began to study the philosophy and the sister modalities that come along with a consistent practice I can say that I live my yoga too.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I ever received was when I became a mom for the first time. I was fortunate to be pregnant as the same time as my close friend. The only difference was that she was pregnant with her second child due within a few weeks of me being due with my first. Over those first few years, when I would be struggling with a “mommy decision,” Jen would say to me that the easiest decision isn’t always the best decision. This changed the way I looked at my choices. Sometimes, when we are busy with our lives and things can feel hectic, we choose the easier solution consciously or unconsciously. Keeping this bit of advice in the “front of mind” always reminds me to pause and really evaluate my decisions. It hasn’t always been easy to find that “pause” but I know it’s there waiting for me.