Susan Somers-Willett, PhD, E-RYT-500, RPYT, TIYT, YACEP | Yoga in Bold
A writer, professor, mom, and global traveler, Susan Somers-Willett has many roles, but one of her most compelling is helping yoga practitioners embrace the wisdom of their own experience. Her diverse and inclusive approach to practice inspires her teaching, which ranges from challenging, lyrical Hatha flow to regulation of the nervous system through yin and restorative practices.
Susan offers yoga as an act of radical self-acceptance, and she is passionate about making yoga accessible and empowering through specialized practices including prenatal and postnatal yoga, yoga for bigger bodies, trauma-informed yoga, gender-sensitive yoga, and other inclusive modes.
Susan is a graduate of Yoga Yoga’s RYT-500 and PRYT programs as well as Sundara’s Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy program. She holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Texas at Austin, and she has over two decades of academic teaching experience at the university level in gender studies, creative writing, and literature. She currently is a Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin and joins yoga and social justice through her passion project, Yoga in Bold™. An advocate for trauma-informed yoga methods, Susan is also a cancer survivor and credits yoga as one of the key sources of her recovery.