Jyoti Shines A Light: Sue Rodichok
Jyoti is proud to initiate a new class to our schedule, one centered on Kid’s Yoga & Mindfulness. We’ve waited to find a specific addition to our faculty. The vision is for someone with the depth of experience assisting elementary and middle school-aged children in learning and implementing the strategies of breath, movement, and connection to others to overcome their daily stressors to lead this class. Our newest instructor, Susan “Sue” Rodichok, RYT, RCTY, is the perfect fit for this role. She is an experienced elementary school teacher who has been a long-time practitioner of yoga. Sue merged her two passions when she became a yoga teacher. She practices all types of yoga and is registered to teach not only Children’s Yoga but also Vinyasa Yoga and Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. She has taught Yoga and Mindfulness for the last several years at her elementary school and is now reaching out to the community. Sue embraces the words of Aristotle in her teaching: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
Sue’s journey is remarkable. Having her join our team is an honor. Let’s learn a bit more about this fantastic teacher.
What made you fall in love with taking care of your body?
After successfully healing from multiple heart surgeries in my childhood, I was eager to embrace life as an adolescent. Little by little, I learned what my body was capable of doing. My body became my temple, and taking care of my body was its praise.
What does self-care mean to you?
Self-care means taking care of what you need in each moment. Sometimes, I may need to push myself to be more active. Other times, I may need to slow down. Being mindful of the cues of my body helps me to know what I need at the moment for self-care.
What inspires you most?
I am inspired by people who have overcome obstacles to make a difference in the lives of others. The curiosity of children also inspires me because they see the world through rose-colored lenses.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Be true to yourself. Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams.
How do you ignite your inner light?
I meditate daily, practice yoga regularly, and surround myself with people who have qualities that correspond to my values.
Just a bit more….
What do you believe is your superpower?
My superpower is my positive outlook on life. At an early age, I learned to follow the mantra, “carpe diem.” We cannot perseverate over what has already happened or project what may happen. All we can do is be present at the moment we are living in.
How did you discover yoga?
I discovered yoga in a gym class at college and have practiced ever since. Yoga has taught me how to live. Through yoga, I learned to be flexible and patient. I learned to breathe and go with the flow. I discovered that my body tells me when I need to relax or kick it up a notch. Yoga has been a gift in my life, and it is an honor to share this gift with others.