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Finding Your Balance At Equanimity Yoga

By S. Mathur

Susan Swearingen, Owner of Equanimity Yoga in Palatine IL, has had a personal yoga practice for over 20 years, providing guidance for students and teaching her own family. She began advertising her classes last year and now offers public classes, private corporate classes, special group sessions and private sessions.

"I found that it was the one form of movement that I returned to over and over and each time I returned it gave me such an internal sense of connection and physical satisfaction that is unique to this practice," she said. "I want to help others find relief in their own lives, whether that is stress, anxiety, depression or physical pain."

Swearingen is passionate about bringing yoga into people's daily lives, and is happy to teach one person or one hundred.

Susan Swearingen

"Through Yoga I have found a way to speak from my heart to others in a way that is accepting and encouraging for others to find their own sense of peace," she said. "Basically it is about moving the body and finding stillness in the mind through breath awareness. I feel it is one of my greatest contributions as a person."

As a yoga instructor, Swearingen has been described as heart centered, genuine and patient. Each student is treated as an individual and she understands that each person will have a different practice. She allows for the fact that even one particular pose can look and feel very different from one individual to another.

Yoga can be practiced at different times and in different settings. It could be a one on one practice session, or stretching in the morning as soon as you awake, or moving and breathing before bed.

"I am dedicated to bringing the practice of yoga, which includes physical poses, breathwork, mindfulness and even more based on what and individual is wanting to achieve through yoga," she said. "I customize the practice to the person and I am very passionate about helping others to bring the practice of yoga into daily life. I am able to provide ideas and guidance for people within their own living space; not to mention it is very convenient for people in their busy lives today."

As well as regular class sessions, Swearingen does 'PopUp Yoga' at different occasions like fundraisers, workshops and special events. These fun events can happen in parks, stores, schools, backyards, bars, salons and even boutiques. Equanimity has conducted group yoga sessions for the workplace at staff meetings, and recently with over a 100 people at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, with children wearing pacemakers and their families.

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