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Susan Allen

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Susan has been teaching yoga and meditation for the last 20 years. Following a career in Mechanical Engineering Susan came across the practice of Yoga while travelling in India in 1999. Like many before her she felt a strong attraction to this transformative practice.

Having practised meditation since a teenager and always active, Susan was instantly drawn to the blend of the physical and mental that yoga offers. In 2002 she studied her first teacher training in the Sivananda lineage in Uttarkashi, India. Rooted in traditional yoga, as opposed to the contemporary fitness yoga movement, this school offered a good foundation in the philosophy and cultural aspects of Yoga. In years that followed she then studied extensively in the Anusara tradition with John Friend and the Krishnamacharya tradition with Gary Kraftsow and Vincent Bolletta. These two lineages offer a depth of knowledge in the asana branch of the practice with particular emphasis on personalising the practice for the individual.

From many years of practicing and teaching Susan is constantly encouraging students to make the practice their own. Regular practice of Yoga, from asana to meditation to pranayama, is truly transformative when one decides on that course. As one practices more the division between practice and life starts to blur and yoga becomes a way of life as opposed to something you pay to go to a studio to do. It is this progression that Susan encourages her students towards.

Meditation is the foundation of Susan’s yoga practice. The skills learnt in meditation create a means for exploring body and breath in yoga asana – developing sensitivity, awareness and a spaciousness in the body. Unfortunately many yoga approaches have lost this context of the practice and are just teaching a fitness or a stretching practice. Susan is a proponent in this area encouraging and mentoring teachers to rediscover this broader, more transformative context for asana work.

In 2012 after experiencing a major shift in her health attending the Buteyko breathing course in Auckland, she subsequently trained to become a breathing practitioner. Buteyko is a sophisticated breath re-training technique to normalise dysfunctional breathing patterns. This knowledge added depth and understanding to what she had previously learnt through the pranayama yogic practices.

Susan runs Yoga Ground Wanaka on the south pacific island of New Zealand. Yoga Ground offers extensive courses, daily classes and immersion workshops offered by a wonderful, experienced group of teachers. Susan also runs regular yoga and meditation retreats in NZ and abroad.


Queen’s Birthday Yoga Retreat with Susan Allen

Mana Retreat Centre 608 Manaia Road, State Highway 25, RD1, Coromandel

Give yourself a gift, an immersion retreat just for yourself!   This yoga retreat offers 5 days of yoga, meditation and mindfulness practice, both indoors and in the beautiful open...


Payment is required in full at the time of booking, by credit or debit card, or direct bank transfer using our secure POLi payment gateway.

We draw special attention to two of our guidelines before registration: Mana provides lacto-ovo vegetarian food only, this means no fish or chicken and is an alcohol and drug free environment.

Cancellation Policy

This group requires a minimum number of participants to go ahead, if that number is not reached we reserve the right to cancel the event.

Should you, for any reason, decide to cancel your registration, please note our cancellation policy :

  • 30 days or more prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $50 administrative fee, and your spot will be offered to someone else.
  • 10 – 29 days prior to the start of an event, a refund will be made less a $200 administrative fee. Event bookings less than $200 receive no refund.
  • 0-9 days prior to the start of an event, no refund will be made.
  • These policies are reassessed in certain circumstances.


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