Monthly Archives: May 2016

Yoga and Recovery from Cancer

Here is a short clip of me being interviewed by Global Morning News on using yoga to support your recovery from cancer and cancer treatment.




Yoga & Business: Real Stories

Your host: Susi Hately

In this interview I host Josh McGirk and Ele Sale. Josh is from Denver, Colorado and Ele is from Seattle, Washington. Both run profitable yoga therapy businesses. I wanted them to share their stories to counter the widely held belief that it’s not possible to make a living in yoga therapy.

Josh runs a “Healing House” where he has his yoga therapy and massage practice and rents to other tenants who have their own healing practices – massage, acupuncture, yoga therapy etc. Ele runs a mobile yoga therapy business.  Their stories are insightful and full of great ideas and action steps for you to take in building your own yoga therapy business.

This call is for you if you are barely eking out an existence and/or are burning out in the process. There is another way!

This call is also for you, if you are just starting or considering a career in yoga therapy. It is absolutely possible to do so!

Enjoy this recording!

Disclaimer: Both Josh and Ele have completed my Therapeutic Yoga Intensive and my How to Make $50 K As A Yoga Teacher Yogi Business Program. This call is to share stories and illustrate that it is possible to make a living in yoga, and to give you some tried and true principles to help you take your next step in growing your business and making a difference.

If you want more: I will be leading a CIC at the SYTAR conference called: Yoga and Business: They Aren’t Oil and Water. The moderators have told me that it is filling up quickly. If you are going to SYTAR and want to chat with me about your business, consider joining me.

Enjoy the call.

Sustainable Strength Is a Real Possibility

9written by Susi Hately

I meet so many people, yoga folks as well as others, who are very active, and are able to pump out some “big poses”, lift or push heavy weights, do lots of reps, distance run, swim or bike . . . and . .  they have pain, tension, or aches. Many assume this is normal – either as a part of aging and/or a normal part of being active. They see it as “the cost of doing business.”

While there is a small amount of truth to this, I would say that it is a small amount. It is “normal” in the sense that pain, tension, tightness and ache are normal physiological occurrences, but I suggest they are not “normal”, or at least don’t have to be “normal”. You can have ease in strength, you can have steadiness and lightness in stability, and tension and tightness don’t have to be a way of living. Sustainable strength is a very real possibility.

Before we go on, I want to be clear about one thing. If you have tension, pain, strain or aches, it doesn’t make you bad, wrong or a moron. It simply means that your body is telling you something, and, at this moment, you haven’t yet determined what the heck it is saying. You may also be frustrated at the process of figuring it out, and at how da*m time consuming it is. Pain + Tension + Frustration = UGH!

If you can relate to this equation, I want you to know that there is another way. I call it the “short cut”.

The short cut is this – Allow yourself to not figure it out. Allow yourself feel your way, being curious and exploratory. As you do you will become quiet enough to recognize the various compensatory patterns, both physical and mental, which are hampering your progress. With that newly discovered awareness, you will quite literally be clearer about yourself and your body, and in turn, you will be able to make better choices, ones that truly serve you. Your progress will quicken, leap frog actually.

I realize that some readers, after reading the above paragraph, will wrinkle their brow or say “huh, wtf”. Here’s my response – understand that you can’t think your way to feeling, you have to feel your way to feeling. Also understand that if you have already spent weeks, months or years trying to “figure it out”, maybe “figuring it out” isn’t your process for getting out of pain.  Maybe you have a driven personality. Maybe pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and carrying on has been your traditional “go to”, and has worked well for you in the past. Now it isn’t.  If you can acknowledge this reality, I can promise that you will get out of pain really quite quickly. Why? Because if you can truly, truly feel, and “be with” that which is there  (frustration and all) . . .  something new will very quickly emerge. You will hear the whispers and you will see your symptoms as signals.

As you recognize and explore these whispers and signals, you will see your body and mind as a very accurate, very gentle guidance system giving you the insights and direction of when there is too much, when there is not enough, and when it is time to turn the corner.

Yes, I will admit that this process is rather subtle and nuanced. And, it is through this process that healing truly happens. When you are far enough along (and won’t take very long), you will look back and see it as having been really quite straightforward. You will feel good in your body and very wise in your mind.

I have helped thousands of students and yoga teachers with this process and the results speak for themselves time and time again. When you recognize the sensations in your body as a language and method of communication; and, as you listen, engage and respond to that which it is saying, your world will change. As you hone your ability to read your body as a barometer, you will see that more often than not, “mind over matter” doesn’t make sense. You’ll see that the “matter” actually matters. You will feel calm, steady, and strong. You will be less flappable, not because you have control over yourself or your whims, but rather you will have a sense of inner quiet that acts as a filter for what occurs around you. You will be less reactive and more responsive.

How do you know if you are ready to learn about your body as a barometer?  How do you know if you are ready to feel the sensations of your body as signals guiding you forward, rather than something to “shut off and push aside”?  Here are some key indicators:

  1. The pain or tension you are experiencing is getting in the way of your life. Your life has started to feel more compressed.
  2. You are “done” with it, you want to feel better, and you have some sense that your strong intellect, or your naturally driven personality may be getting in the way.
  3. You really want “something”. Something like . . . being able to get on the floor to play with your kids, or race around with them playing tag.  It may be that you want to get back to running, swimming, cycling, back to the gym, to your Crossfit workout, or to your yoga practice. There is something you want and right now pain is in the way.
  4. You know there is another way, you are just not sure what it is.

If you are ready to take the next step, I’d really like to hear from you. Send me a note, give us a call. Even better, plan to attend one of our upcoming live or online trainings.

There is another way – a way of sustainable strength, that will have you feeling so much better. Let me show you how.

The Best Yummy Gummies

A couple of students, Paleena and Margot, introduced me to Great Lakes Gelatin many months ago. I bought a can, and it, quite literally sat on my shelf. I didn’t just want to stir into water and gulp it back . . . I wanted to make “food” – whether as a snack, a dessert or a smoothie.

After seeing the can stare at me each day, I decided last month, to research recipes. I have found a few that I love and are super easy. Stay tuned, they will show up in the coming weeks.

This particular gummy recipe is great because there is no added sugar of any kind. It’s super simple and I use silicon molds to make really cute hearts… lots of love going into the gummies, and going into my belly.

Recipe notes: I use blueberries most of the time because I love them so much. I ran out of lemons so combined peaches and blueberries, added some water, and it worked. I put the mold into the freezer for about 30 minutes, voila.


What I have listed below is the original recipe.

2/3 cup Lemon Juice, organic
1 cup Blueberries, fresh and organic
4 Tbsp Beef, Great Lakes brand Unflavored Gelatin

Place the lemon juice and blueberries in a medium sized saucepan, heat them so the blueberries become plumb. Transfer to a blender, blending until smooth. Take off the top to cool slightly (just slightly), then add gelatin and give the blender another spin so the gelatin blends in smoothly.

Pour into molds – I use silicon molds because they are so easy to work with. Let set in fridge for about an hour, or in your freezer for less than 30 min.