Practitioner Profile: 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 receiving my advanced teaching certification in Therapeutic Yoga, where I have been formally trained 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
Phone: 416-323-1818 ext. 200
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 own physical, mental, behavioural, emotional and spiritual needs, and which they can easily fit within their own lifestyle parameters. A personal practice can be as little as 10 minutes per day, and can be developed according to the client’s needs over time and in accordance with the natural changes that life inevitably will bring.
What To Expect During Your Sessions
If you can breathe, you can do yoga! Yogic practices can be especially beneficial in helping cope with mental and emotional stress, managing chronic pain issues and facilitating injury recovery. 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. During your 1 hour follow-up appointments, we will re-assess to find what is working and what is not, and continue to refine and develop your practice until you are happy with the result. My recommendation is that we see each other for a minimum of three sessions in order to give you time to try out the prescribed practices and find what suits your current needs. After that, you should 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 current plan or create a completely new one when you find that your needs have changed.
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.