Susan Martinez, Founder
Healing Lotus Yoga & Reiki
"This is a great time of change, not only for each of us as individuals but for our entire world. Peace, harmony, healing and love are greatly needed on this planet. It is my intention to cultivate these qualities in myself and to share what I have learned with others. My life's work is to help each person I meet to reach their highset potential. It is my sincere wish that that the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom of all beings," – Priyananda
Priyananda, (Susan Martinez) is a Yoga Therapist, a certified Yoga Instructor (at the 500 hour level) and a Reiki Master/ Teacher. She has taught yoga in New Jersey since 2001. Susan has found great satisfaction and meaning in her own life’s journey through the practice and teaching of yoga and is honored to share what she has learned with others.
Susan was initially drawn to yoga as an extension of her interest in the martial arts, but soon came to see the transformative effects that yoga had on her life. She has studied Hatha & Taoist yoga, and in 2009 began training in the Tantric tradition of the Himalayas with Parvathi Nanda Nath. In August 2009 she completed a rigorous 100 hour Kaula Teacher Training Intensive with Parvathi in the Sri Vidya tradition. Susan believes learning is a life long process, she is currently undergoing an additional 500 hour training as a Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Susan’s teaching has also been inspired by Mukunda Stiles (Structural Yoga Therapy), Erich Schiffman and Yoga Master Sassoon Seo. She is also a practitioner of mindfulness meditation. Susan trained at the Santisukha Meditation Center with the Venerable Sung O Sunim. Her teachings reflect a blend of what she has learned from her teachers over the years combined with direct life experience.
Susan approaches life as an opportunity for individual growth and transformation. She serves as a conduit, guiding her students on their own inward journey where they find peace, joy and the courage to trust their own Inner Wisdom. Ms. Martinez is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, (IYAT).
Ms. Martinez has studied and practiced mind-body spirit- healing modalities since 1981. She is a traditional certified Usui Reiki Master and Spiritual Counselor. Susan is also a graduate of Rutgers University where she graduated with Highest Honors and Honors and Honors in Spanish. Additionally, she is a NJ State certified high school Spanish Teacher.
Susan studied the Usui Reiki system of Natural Healing with Hannelore Goodwin; who studied under one of the original Reiki Masters in the United States, Reverend Master Beth Gray. She continues her education by attending workshops and seminars, such as,"Reiki in the Medical Setting"
Susan teaches all levels of Reiki in the traditional spirit of simplicity and loving kindness. She does not cut corners in her trainings and takes the time to help her students to feel compitent and confident. Susan allows plenty of time for hands on practice- and makes herself available to her students on an on-goingbasis. She also does public speaking, community events and she has founded Reiki shares at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health and at the In Balance Center for Living. Susan sees private clients in their homes and has offices in Princeton and Hillsborough, NJ. Susan teaches Reiki through out the Central Jersey area; primarliy in Hillsborough, Somerville, Princeton and Bridgewater NJ. Ms. Martinez specializes in working with people who are living with anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.
Susan's Reiki Master Lineage:
Reiki Master Dr. Mikao Usui
Reiki Master Dr. Chujiro Hayashi
Reiki Master Hawayo Takata
Reverend/ Reiki Master Beth Gray
Reiki Master Rev. Hannelore Goodwin
Reiki Master Susan Martinez
Susan would like to express her gratitude to all of her students, from whom she has learned so much;to her teachers and all of the Reiki Masters of the past, present and future. A special thanks to Reiki Masters Hannelore Goodwin & Joe Woodby, without whom her journey would haver never been the same.
Check out Susan's blog at www.yogasu.wordpress.com/