The Beauty of Flowers Live On, Long After They Bloom within Susan’s Garden

Susan Kilmon, a long-time friend and Board of Directors member, will be leading Fostering Inner Calmness with Chair Yoga at YogaFest NC. This chair yoga class will explore the benefits of Yoga through gentle postures and breathing techniques for inner calmness. The use of the chair will help to guide the individual into a supported practice of yoga. Wonderful for people of all ages with varying degrees of mobility.

My Yogic Path began in 1993, when I discovered that I had multiple sclerosis (MS). To heal, I began creating pressed flower art while practicing yoga and meditation. This was a way for me to move forward in my life, seeking balance through the practice of moderation in energy, which was, and still is, vital to my survival today.

As my “Heart” opened up more and more through meditation and yoga it inspired me to create many designs — some are abstract and some are based on Oriental flowering arrangements. Oriental flowering arrangements are based on the relationship between heaven, man and earth; or the relationship of space, line and simplicity.

As my yoga practice unfolded I began creating “Mandalas” to seek inner stillness and healing. Many of the cards I’ve created have been used for my own personal therapeutic meditations such as, “Nectar“, “Bleeding Hearts” and “Sunburst“. Then came my discovery of Gingko leaves at Sertoma Art Center in Raleigh, NC where I have been teaching Kripalu Yoga for over 14 years. The magic of “Gingko Girls” helped me share over 135 Notecard designs with the world.

Parts of who I am as a yoga teacher and student are instilled within the designs I create. For example in the Gingko Girls Collection, “The Wild Woman Warrior” depicts the outer aspects of yoga and the inner strength and confidence of the warrior pose. “Intuition” suggests the path to inner awareness which is revealed in my practice of yoga and meditation. “Prim and Proper” focuses on the mountain and the balance I feel in the asana. I am at “Peace” in my heart as I continue to share my love of yoga and Susan’s Garden Notecards.

About the Author:

Susan Kilmon is a 500 Hour Certified Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She is a member of KYTA, the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, a professional association with over 2000 yoga teachers in over 30 countries. Susan is committed to her own personal growth educationally, spiritually, and professionally. She brings safety, compassion and support to her students. Susan is currently teaching at Sertoma Arts Center with Raleigh Parks and Recreation. She teaches beginner and intermediate classes as well as Seniors and people with varying degrees of mobility. Susan Kilmon has also trained teachers and participated in workshops with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 1997. She is a founding member of Yoga Teachers of the Triangle.