Practitioner Profile: Susan Domingue

 

Susan Domingue

Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

As a former professional ballet and modern dancer, I have been blessed to experience the benefits of a deeply entrenched regular practice of body awareness and self-care throughout my adult life.   I began studying and practicing Raja Yoga in 1984 as a means to increase mental focus, and discovered that with the use of breathwork and meditation I was not only able to enhance my overall dance performance technique, but also found myself better equipped to deal with the stresses which were naturally involved with being a professional performing artist, including the management of both chronic pain and performance anxiety.  My interest in the healing properties manifested through the combination of breath, focus and movement and my endless fascination with the inner workings of the human body, mind and spirit have led me on a decades- long journey which has included the study and practice of multiple styles of yoga, dance, taiji, qigong, pilates and other therapeutic and physical fitness techniques. Recently, this journey has culminated in my receiving 550 hours of teaching certification from the Yoga Sanctuary (Toronto, 2020), including formal training in the styles of Yin, Restorative, Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa yogas, as well as in working one-on-one to adapt therapeutic yoga practices for the individual.

Languages spoken: English

    To Book:

    Phone: 416-323-1818 ext. 200

    Office Hours
    Monday to Thursday, 8:30am - 7:00pm
    Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm
    Saturday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

     

    The Purpose of Therapeutic Yoga

    The human body is constantly in a state of healing itself.  It is my profound belief that the body naturally wants to be healthy, and that having a regular practice of targeted self-care is essential in encouraging and maintaining the body in a balanced state of health and vitality.  As each individual’s body is unique, and as the body itself is constantly in a state of change, many people find it difficult to determine the best possible path for their own self-care.  It is my mission to share the knowledge that I have been fortunate enough to accumulate over a lifetime of study with those who would like to develop better healthcare habits in order to increase their own wellbeing. I see myself as a resource and a guide; using yogic, physiological and Ayurvedic models to work with clients to develop yoga- based practices which are designed specifically to suit their wellness needs as a whole, and which can be developed over time and in accordance with the natural changes that life inevitably will bring.

    What to bring

    Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for movement and breath-work.  Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, you may prefer to bring your own yoga mat and blanket or towel.  If you happen to own any yoga props, feel free to bring them as well.  If you don’t own a mat or props, I will supply what I can at this time in accordance with the current health and sanitization protocols.  Further to this, all clients will be required to wear a mask during our session, and I will be masked as well.   I sometimes use touch as a guide for physical postures and breath-work, but am happy to offer touch-free services for those who prefer it.

    COST:  

    Private Yoga Class (First Class 90 minutes including assessment) $60

    During your first 1 ½ hour private session, we will discuss your current needs, goals and lifestyle in order to determine key focuses.  These may include anything from deepening a currently existing practice of postures and meditation, to simply learning fundamental breathing, mindfulness and movement techniques to incorporate during times of stress throughout the day.   Whatever your current needs are, I will work with you to create an introductory practice that makes sense for your situation.  This practice may include any or all of the following: physical postures or flow sequences, working with the breath, meditation and mindfulness techniques, and lifestyle adaptations.  

    Private Yoga classes provide a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental environment where you can experience all the benefits of a yoga class tailored to focus on your specific needs and goals.  Suitable for anyone from complete beginners to advanced practitioners.  Hatha, Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Chair and Joint-Freeing  styles as well as combinations of these styles are available, simply specify the style you are interested upon booking.

    Return Visits (60 minutes) $60

    During your 1 hour follow-up appointments, we will re-assess to discuss what works best for you, and continue to refine and develop your practice until you are happy with the result.  After that, you may continue at whatever pace suits you.  You can come back anytime you would like to boost your practice, and we can either further build upon your most recent session or create a completely new series when and if you find that your needs have changed.