Susan Cuda – Saratoga Springs Yoga Instructor

Susan Cuda - Namaste Yoga of Saratoga Spring NY

Photo taken by Greg Cuda

My yoga journey was a path of rediscovery. From the first class I took, I knew yoga would play a large role in my life; in fact, I closed my custom window treatment business that I owned for 25 years, to become a yoga teacher. I made that decision in 2009, and began my 200 hr Vinyasa certified teacher training with Gopi Kinnicutt of Sambandha Yoga.

Choosing to be a Yoga teacher was definitely the best life decision I’d made, this was to be my path of service. I wanted to further my Yoga education, so the following year I participated in a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Ann Saffi Biasetti. Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic practice that allows the mind to synchronize with the body through stillness and restores peace to stressed bodies. Restorative Yoga was inspired by B K S Iyengar and brought to the West by Judith Hanson Lasater.

I was still searching though, for an active practice that was more grounding and my yoga journey lead me to Mark Kinder. I took several amazing workshops with Mark and noticed the level of relaxation I felt in mind and body after his classes, and knew I had found my personal practice in Hatha Yoga. So when Mark opened his studio at 2 Franklin Sq, and offered a 300 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training I quickly signed on and never looked back.

December of 2012 I was certified through Yoga ED. to teach children’s yoga.  September 2013 I was certified as a Thai Yoga Level one Teacher and certified as a Reiki Level 2 Practitioner in December 2015. I have taught community classes at the Stillwater Community Center, Continuing Ed in Saratoga Springs, and regularly scheduled classes at the Yoga Spa in Ballston Spa and Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs.

To date I have over 1500 hours of teaching experience plus I continue my education with monthly online trainings that deepen my knowledge and understanding of the human body. With expanded awareness I can better guide students towards their own ability to heal.

My speciality is private one on one classes for 60, 90 & 120 minutes . I also offer group private classes as well.

Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.

– Alice Mackenzie Swaim –

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I recently had the good fortune of taking a private class with Susan Cuda at her beautiful studio, Namaste Yoga. Susan’s easy going manner and expertise creates an extremely comfortable atmosphere and an inviting experience. As with her group classes, Susan began my session with pranayama and centering. She then guided and assisted me through asanas and stretches, always mindful of my specific physical needs, abilities, and energy level. Including a lovely supported shavasana, Susan provided me with the perfect individualized workout for mind, body, and spirit- a fantastic yoga “tune up!” Probably the most important aspect of taking a private class with Susan, is the fact that I left with several asanas, stretches, and strengthening exercises that I can practice at home until my next yoga class!


I wanted to say what a great experience I have had and continue to have with Susan Cuda at Namaste Yoga.

I decided that I would finally try yoga after talking about it for some time.  I was afraid to go to a class as I felt to unsure and out of shape to name just a few things.

I was given the option by Susan to do one-on-one classes and I agreed.  It has made a huge difference for me.  I am learning and practicing yoga with someone who really cares about me and what I can and cannot do.

Susan has patience, is caring and understanding of my limits and yet knows how to gently nudge when it is needed.

If you are thinking about yoga, I highly recommend working with Susan to get the best experience!!

Thank you so much,


July 2017