After Climbing the corporate ladder in New York City for 15 years at a midtown Manhattan hotel as the director of Sales and Marketing, Suzanne surged into the athletic world. She completed seven New York City Marathons before begining her yoga journey in 1993 in New York City practicing Ashtanga yoga with Beryl Bender Birch and has been hooked on yoga ever since!
In 1997, Suzanne moved to Charlotte with her husband and triplet boys and began practicing Power Yoga with her neighbor, Grace Morales. She completed Power Yoga and Hot 26TM Yoga teacher trainings with Grace in 2005 has attended workshops with Bryan Kest, Seane Corne, and Rolf Gates. She has been a lead teacher at Charlotte Yoga for 10 years, has had the honor of representing Lululemon as an ambassador, and was named “Charlotte’s Most Moving Instructor” by Class Pass in 2016.
Suzanne has expanded her fitness prowess and started competing in stair climb races across the country. She is currently ranked among the top 15 female tower runners in the U.S. Suzanne and her husband, Joe are the race directors of The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Stair Climb held at the Duke Energy Center. This year's climb will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 am. She will share more information about the climb with us on during her class at Yoga on Tap!
By incorporating the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga together, her classes link the application of alignment, meditation, intention and prayer, creating an inner journey towards healing and empowerment.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country. On September 11, 2001, Stephen, who was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1, had just finished his shift and was on his way to play golf with his brothers when he got word over his scanner of a plane hitting the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He returned to Squad 1 to get his gear. Stephen drove his truck to the entrance of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it had already been closed for security purposes. Determined to carry out his duty, he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers, where he gave up his life while saving others.
In 2016, Suzanne Bergen, long-time Charlotte area yoga teacher, and her husband Joe, a FedEx pilot, volunteered to direct the first Tunnel to Towers climb outside of NYC. The foundation has been steadily increasing its race series across the US, and the Charlotte climb has gained more traction each year. Suzanne and Joe have their roots in NYC, having lived there for years, until their triplet sons were born, and they moved to Charlotte 20 years ago. The 3rd annual Charlotte T2T climb will be at the Duke Energy building on Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 am. Participants will climb 50 floors to remember those who gave it all on 9/11, and who continue to sacrifice for us every day. Proceeds from the climb will fund Building For America's Bravest. A program that provides mortgage-free smart homes for catastrophically injured servicemen and women.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation builds mortgage-free smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual. Smart homeshost a myriad of features such as automated doors and lighting, wider halls and doorways, special showers to accommodate wheelchairs, automatic door openers, cabinets, counters, and stove tops that can be raised and lowered, back-up generators, and central heating and air conditioning systems that can be controlled by tablets. These homes enable our most severely injured heroes’ live better, more independent lives.
People can register as individuals, or they can join a team. The link to register is here: https://www.crowdrise.com/T2TTowerClimbCharlotte
Associated costs are as follows:
Adults: $40 registration and $100 fund raising minimum
Youth (17 and under): $20 and no fund raising minimum
First Responders: $40 and no fund raising minimum
There is a Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/1626153280801529/
Charlotte FB page: https://www.facebook.com/T2TCLT/?ref=br_rs
T2T FB page: https://www.facebook.com/TunnelToTowersFoundation/