Welcome to Suza’s website, a work-in-progress
Update from Suza: With the birth of my second granddaughter, Fiona, I’m continuing to take time off from teaching to take her older sister, Maggie, for adventures in nature, or to the Humane Society where we spend many happy hours playing with the cats and cheering up the dogs, and exploring Libbey Park and other activities in downtown Ojai. With my own two children I was not awake to how quickly these childhood years pass–so now, on the mornings that I would normally be teaching, I’m enjoying grand motherhood. Maggie is very athletic and loves walking the creekbed in the river bottom with our pack of three dogs. She’s constantly challenging me to navigate uneven terrain and clamber up and down rocks (“come on, grandma, you can do it!”), and wading across creeks where water is still flowing.
My second* four-year term on the Ojai City Council ends December, 2020. This is a huge commitment but I’m passionate about doing my share to protect the beautiful Ojai Valley and maintain our small town character.
(*I previously served 1996–2000. Current term 2016–2020).
Contact information for Suza Francina
Cell: (805) 603-8635
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About Suza Francina
Suza Francina is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. A yoga teacher since 1972, Suza has taught at the Omega Institute, Yoga Journal Conferences, and other venues, nationally and internationally. She is the author of six books, including four popular books on yoga for people at midlife and older, translated in many languages: Yoga for People Over 50 (Devin Adair, 1977); The New Yoga for People Over 50 (Health Communications, Inc., 1997); Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause (HCI, 2003); and The New Yoga for Healthy Aging (HCI 2007).
Suza’s memoir, Fishing on Facebook: A Writing Yoga Memoir (2012), is the first in a series of “writing yoga” memoirs.
Suza was born in 1949, in The Hague, Holland, and is of Dutch-Indonesian heritage. She lives in Ojai, California, where she is a former mayor and member of the Ojai City Council (1996–2000 and 2016–2020). She works with the Ojai Valley Green Coalition and other organizations to help make Ojai a more sustainable community. She is a mother and grandmother, and a lifelong animal advocate. Her family includes several animal companions.
Suzaji.com (Suza’s Writing Yoga Memoirs Blog)