Susan Turnage is an RN, E-RYT500, and a CYN- Certified YogaNurse®. She has clinical nursing experience in pediatric oncology, pediatric head injury, corrections, home health, and case management. She teaches weekly healing mat and chair yoga classes in her local communities of New Kent and Charles City, Virginia, to a multi-ethnic population of all abilities.
Susan began her health care career as a hospital volunteer at age 14. She graduated nursing school at age 20. After four decades of clinical nursing, her passion and focus evolved toward prevention and wellness. Unable to find a formal nursing job that allowed her to teach her patients how to stay healthy, she became a nurse entrepreneur and struck out on her own to create a way to pursue that passion of empowering people to find wellness through self-care. She found yoga was the perfect place to meet those dreams.
Susan completed her 200-hour registered yoga teacher training in 2014. In early 2015, she completed her 500-hour registered yoga therapy program.
Susan completed her certification as a Certified YogaNurse® in March, 2015. YogaNursing® is the holistic, healing practice of caring and compassion provided by licensed nursing professionals who are also registered yoga teachers. It combines the ancient wisdom of yoga with the science of modern nursing to relieve stress, anxiety, pain, and suffering. It is a holistic nursing adjunct therapy that Susan incorporates into her current yoga teaching. Susan has presented YogaNursing programs at major nursing universities; at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts; and at Satchidananda Ashram, Yogaville, Virginia.
Teaching ten mat and chair classes per week, her focus includes health teaching with yoga breath, movement, and rest. Reaching populations in community centers, most with multiple chronic health issues, Susan safely integrates yoga movement and breath for students of any age or physical ability. Her energetic teaching style places emphasis on self-awareness, focusing first on the integration of the physical, mental, emotional, and energetic bodies and then on how the yogic path enhances that integration. Guided meditation concludes each session, a component her students enjoy. Susan enjoys showing how and why the breathing and poses work by showing how the muscles and bones are being used.
Susan also works as an art conservation technician; is a volunteer for the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences as a game fish tagger; an instructor in a yoga teacher training program; and a writer. She also creates one-of-a-kind, themed jewelry and is a driftwood sculptor. Her husband is an artist who creates porcelain pottery and is also a gardening guru and fishing enthusiast. She has two treasured sons and an elderly German shepherd.