Suza Francina is the author of The New Yoga for Healthy Aging: Living Longer, Living Stronger and Loving Every Day, Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause: A Guide to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health at Midlife and Beyond and The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners. She is a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has over thirty-five years of experience in the fields of yoga and exercise therapy and is a consultant for research studies about yoga.
Suza's interest in yoga and health began many years ago when she worked as a home health care provider for elderly and convalescing people. This gave her the opportunity to observe firsthand the mental and physical changes that often occur in the later years of life.
Her books have been published in several languages, including German, Russian and Portuguese.
She is a monthly columnist for Eldr magazine, and The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and dozens of other newspapers around the country have featured Suza and her work. She has also done numerous radio interviews and television appearances. Fit TV/Healthy Living (Body by Jake Productions, National Cable Network), and the AARP Maturity Broadcast News have videotaped and televised her classes for people over 50. Her work with older students has been featured in AARP magazine.
Suza was born in 1949, in The Hague, Holland, and is of Dutch–Indonesian heritage. She lives in Ojai, California, a valley widely considered one of the most beautiful and sacred places on Earth. She is a former mayor of Ojai and a spokesperson for sustainable lifestyles.
Suza specializes in classes and workshops for people beginning yoga at midlife and older. In her lectures and workshops, she shares inspiring stories about her students and teachers while discussing the benefits of yoga for healthy aging. She offers group and private classes in Ojai, and teaches yoga nationally to people of all ages in a wide variety of settings.
Suza is the mother of a grown son and daughter and enjoys living close to nature with a family that includes several dogs, cats and other sentient beings.