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Yoga with Susana Laborde-Blaj Yoga Therapist in Belmont CA

Susana Laborde-Blaj C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

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My name is Susana Laborde-Blaj,  I'm a certified Yoga Therapist recognized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a certified Viniyoga teacher and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, teaching dance since 1982, yoga since 1996 and leading international yoga retreats since 2017.  

I hold my practice in Belmont, California, offer online and in person one-on-one yoga therapy, yoga group sessions, yoga therapy series, and dance classes.

Passionate about learning and teaching , I also love being in nature, swimming, dancing, hiking, kayaking, taking photographs and reading poetry. 

Yoga Education:

  • 1996, Mexico City, Mexico: Yoga Teacher Training with Federico Enriquez, Indra Devi's student, in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya

  • 2008, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.: 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification with Sarahjoy Marsh. 1 year of apprenticeship with mentors Sarahjoy Marsh and Liz Eisman​​

  • 2012: I began to study with Gary Krafstow 

  • 2015, California, U.S.A.: Completed 500hr Viniyoga Teacher Training with the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI),  a 500hr Yoga Alliance Certification

  • 2018, California, U.S.A.; Completed Yoga Therapist Training with the American Viniyoga Institute (AVI), certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

  • 2020 I have been a student of Meditation of Chase Bossart since March 2020

  • December 2023, Completed the 300hr Yoga Alliance Certification "Deepen Your Yoga Program" with Chase Bossart, Yoga Well Institute.


I danced professionally from 1979 to 2008, began to teach dance in 1982, learned Jazz while living in Paris, France in the 80's, and later enjoyed teaching Jazz in Mexico City and Oaxaca, Mexico, until approximately 2005. After almost 2  decades of teaching only yoga, I created a class that I call JazzLatin Dance, putting together basic Jazz steps, accessible to all, and Latin Dance steps, including bachata, salsa, merengue & cumbia. I like to explore music from all over the world and encourage students to enjoy movement, music, and being themselves!


I thank my teachers Gary Kraftsow and Chase Bossart, my mentor Mary Hilliker, the AVI Faculty, Federico & Cristina Enriquez, Baxter Bell, Leslie Kaminoff, Virginia Filip, Sarahjoy Marsh and Liz Eisman, among others.


I especially thank all my students and clients throughout the years, you all have been an inspiration to me.

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