Welcome to Suza’s website, a work-in-progress
Update from Suza: With the birth of my second granddaughter, Fiona, on July 13, 2018, I’m continuing to take time off from teaching to take her older sister Maggie (age four on November 11) 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 fully awake to how quickly these childhood years pass–so now, on the mornings that I would normally be teaching, I’m enjoying the yoga of grand parenting. Maggie is very athletic and loves walking the creek bed 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 wade across creeks where, amazingly, water is still flowing.
My 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. (I previously served 1996-2000. Current term 2016-2020). I’m also aiming to write a riveting yoga memoir during this teaching sabbatical. (But please don’t ask me how it’s going!)
Please check back in 2019 or email me at Sfrancina@aol.com if you’d like to be contacted when I resume teaching. Include your name, address, phone number, age, and any health issues I should be aware of. Also, briefly describe your yoga background.
Contact information for Suza Francina
Cell: (805) 603-8635
226 W. Ojai Ave. Suite 101, #407
Ojai, CA 93023
Suza’s group classes were held at the beautiful Sacred Space Yoga Studio,
307 E. Matilija, Suite H (upstairs, above REVEL Kombucha bar), in the heart of downtown Ojai.
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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)