Charlotte Yoga's Suzanne Bergen is leading April 5th Yoga On Tap's class. When she's not teaching, Suzanne is dedicating her time to helping others through Charlotte's Tower Climb!
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 beginning her yoga journey in 1993 in New York City practicing Ashtanga yoga with Beryl Bender Birch and she has been hooked on yoga ever since!
In 1997, Suzanne moved to Charlotte with her husband Joe and triplet boys; she began practicing Power Yoga with her neighbor, Grace Morales. Suzanne completed Power Yoga and Hot 26TM Yoga teacher training with Grace Morales in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance® at the 200 hour level.
In 2006, she completed a week long Hot 26TM Yoga intensive with Grace Morales. Suzanne has attended workshops with Bryan Kest, Seane Corne, and Rolf Gates. She has been a lead teacher at Charlotte Yoga for 10 years. In 2012, Lululemon honored Suzanne as an ambassador.
Since then, Suzanne has expanded her fitness prowess and started competing in stair climb races around the country. She is is currently ranked in the top 15 female tower runners and ranks 2th in her age group in the U.S. Suzanne had the great honor of being named the Most Moving Instructor by Class Pass in 2016. By incorporating the physical and spiritual aspects of the yoga practice together, her classes link the application of alignment, meditation, intention and prayer, creating an inner journey towards healing and empowerment.
Suzanne is the race director with her husband, Joe, for the Duke Energy Stairclimb benefiting the Stephen Siller Foundation. The Tower Climb event is in Charlotte on April 30, 2016 at Duke Energy. Yogis can sign up for this event on the April 5th Yoga On Tap class.
Many firefighters across the country have heard the story about Stephen Siller. Stephen was off on 9/11 with plans to golf with his brothers when the first plane hit the towers. He turned around and headed to his firehouse, grabbed his gear and headed to the towers. When he hit the Brooklyn battery tunnel, it was closed. He strapped on his gear and ran the 3 miles to the World Trade Center, where he ultimately became one of the 343 firefighters who perished on that terrible day.
As a way to honor the heroism of their brother and the 343 firefighters, his brothers and sisters formed the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to ensure that the sacrifices made every day by first responders and veterans in America are not forgotten.
Last year was the first Tower Climb event at the new One World Trade building with 1000 participants consisting of firefighters, veterans, elite climbers and family of many first responders. Suzanne and Joe were so motivated by the event, they wanted to bring it to Charlotte and share in honoring their local first responders.
The foundation builds smart homes for veterans. They are currently working on 15 homes this year and are working on 46 homes total. These homes are customized to suit the needs of the most catastrophically injured servicemen.
Come enjoy a magical class with singers from Carolina Voices as we honor firefighters and first respondents. Join the Climb to Help!