Puja Sue Flamm (Susana), 500 ERYT, Best Selling Author of Restorative Yoga with Assists in English and Spanish, Yoga Teacher Trainer and Certified Massage Therapist, has been teaching yoga for more than 30 years. She has led numerous trainings, retreats, workshops and thousands of classes around the world. Sue took her first class in Transcendental Meditation at age 12, her first hatha yoga class at age 16 and has continued her study and practice throughout her rich and diverse life. She spent six years on staff at Kripalu Center as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, program director and cook. She has owned two yoga centers, managed a third and managed a pre post natal learning centre in the north east of the USA. Originally certified in Kripalu Yoga she went on to study Iyengar, Ashtanga and Anusara yoga styles. Sue draws from a wealth of teaching experience, personal practices and currently offers a certification trainings along with retreats and classes. Devoted to her students, her teaching encourages stress release, physical opening, strengthening of the muscular and organ systems, bridging interconnections within, deep relaxation and the cultivation of loving kindness. She has taught in Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, throughout Europe, China, South Africa and in the USA. Sue speaks English and Spanish fluently and presently lives on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Valencia, Spain.
What is the significance of Puja?
In Puja Yoga we acknowledge the divinity within each of us. Along with the many physical benefits of the practice, we also consciously encounter and nurture the flame of love and compassion within. We honor through yogic practice the divinity inside and all around us. Puja Yoga supports us in connecting with the divinity we all carry and through our practice we deepen our connections to inner peace, health, compassion, understanding and love.
Puja is a common name in India. This spiritual name was given to me when I lived at the Kripalu Center in Western Massachusetts, USA in the 1980’s (at the time if was an Ashram or Spiritual Community). Puja means seeing the highest (the divine) in everything. In “The Puja Ceremony” the elements or earth, water, fire, air and space/ether are offered to the divinity within and around us. Traditionally rice, water, candles, flower petals and incense respectively are used to represent these elements. These are offered to a specific deity, incarnation of the divine or to the divinity in any person sprinkling each “element” in turn over a photo, portrait, living person, spiritual teacher or beloved.