Founder and lead teacher Suzie Kellett of Empower Yoga & Fitness –
Qualified in teaching Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga, Long Slow Deep Yoga, Core Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, Corporate Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Kids Yoga, Family Yoga, Personal Training, Rehab Training, Group Fitness, Mindfulness Coaching, Massage Therapy & Beauty Therapy.
Suzie underwent her initial 200hr yoga teacher training and many other subsequent teacher training programs, courses and workshops with highly experienced senior yoga teacher Tammy Williams of Yoga NRG on the Sunshine Coast. Tammy is an excellent teacher with a wealth of knowledge in asana, meditation and mindfulness teaching programs. Suzie has undergone further yoga teacher training programs with Heather Agnew of Trinity Yoga from Canberra, Bliss Baby Yoga at Byron Bay and further 300hr yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. Suzie is also currently enrolled as a student in Yoga Therapy to commence in March 2017 with Enlightened Events.
Suzie’s passion for health and fitness ignited from her very first netball game as a young girl which branched out to a lifetime full of participation in sports such as gymnastics, touch football, athletics, volleyball and running, completing a half marathon in 2013. Suzie is a student of yoga, a committed yoga practitioner and a regular teacher of power yoga and yin yoga (amongst a few styles she teaches).
Through practicing and teaching yoga I am able to share this peace and knowledge with my community. The practice maintains accountability
Suzie comes from an accomplished and proud 13 year career as a QLD Police Officer. After years of accumulated mismanagement of stress and ill health due to attending the unrelenting traumatic incidents in the 8 years in her role as a Scenes of Crime Officer, Suzie was diagnosed with severe and chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and also endured years of the effects of gastro oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Suzie was medically retired from the Queensland Police Service (QPS) in September 2014. A proven truth, stress can change your life both physically and mentally in very drastic and life changing ways.
Life can be messy…but messy is beautiful I say!
Suzie has personally delved into the practice and teachings of yoga, mindfulness and meditation as a daily regime to realign the body and the mind as part of her treatment in PTSD, etc. The benefits of yoga go beyond the physical and the effects are different for every body.
I chose to see my illness as an opportunity to discover how to modify and improve my life. I chose not to suffer, instead I choose to improve and become better…to find strength and peace in myself and share what I learn with others.
After retiring in 2014, Suzie embarked on a much deeper journey to take control and improve her physical and mental health. This journey led her to obtaining qualifications in fitness and massage as well as yoga so she could deepen her own knowledge to the benefits of these practices and empower herself to improve her own health.
Yoga has taught me ‘how’ to breathe and be grateful for life’s fortunes and misgivings.
A slight kick in the guts…in March 2016, Suzie was diagnosed with Stage 1 Invasive breast cancer. As a result, Suzie reduced her client base in her yoga and fitness business for several months while she focused more on self-care. During this time though, she continued her yoga studies, yoga teaching and mindfulness based practices post-surgery, and during her radiation and hormone therapies in the treatment of breast cancer.
Dis = Disturbed, Ease = Comfort
Through yoga practices both on and off the mat, I treat my dis-ease through a practice of self love and self care. By example I influence my loved ones and those around me to practice the same. I listen to my inner guru who tells me what I need to change or modify in my life to prevent further dis-ease. As a student in life, this is a way in which we learn.
Suzie decided to deepen her knowledge in yoga and philosophy so travelled to India in September 2016 and took part in a further 300hr Yoga Teacher Training program at Rishikesh Yoga Peeth with highly experienced senior teachers Krishna Sikhwal and Deepa Lakhyani.
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured…B.K.S. Iyengar
Suzie has a passionate nature to bring yoga, mindfulness and healthy bodies (our vehicle in this life) to her students that is both empowering and yet playful with a mindfulness weave in her classes and teachings. Suzie currently teaches yoga and fitness to individuals, class groups, athletes and businesses in the South Brisbane, Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast communities.
Suzie is connected to a support network for individuals needing guidance, education, motivation and understanding in their personal health journey whether it be physical, mental or emotional and to provide referral services where required. Suzie is compassionate, kind and easy to connect with though will encourage and motivate you to reach your goals.
Yoga and mindfulness are proven to serve as beneficial strategies toward improved physical, mental and emotional health. Suzie provides functional yoga sessions that involve training the body specifically for improved longevity and performance of activities in daily life, work or sports specific training.
Suzie understands injuries and the importance of rehabilitation of injuries to reach peak performance. With extensive knowledge in anatomy of the muscular skeletal system, Suzie conducts postural analysis where required, with discussions on your personal health, diet, lifestyle and conducts fitness testing to provide information to tailor a program to suit your personal needs for personal training.
As a master personal trainer, Suzie is further qualified as a Punch Fit trainer, Rehab Fx trainer and Crankit Suspension trainer.
I look forward to being your guide and support in your journey in yoga, health, mindfulness and fitness
Empower Yoga proudly supports Blue Hope - Blue Hope aims to raise awareness & share information about Police Suicide globally, introduce an anonymous, external referral system and 24hr helpline