Susan Alden – Lead Faculty Member
She is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and served as a logistics officer in the 82nd Airborne and 3rd Infantry Divisions. She first began teaching yoga in the military in 1997 as a Second Lieutenant, sharing the practice with her own soldiers as part of the unit fitness program. Whether through her yoga studio once located near Fort Bragg, North Carolina, teaching on or around military installations across the U.S., or facilitating retreats across the globe, Susan has been fully committed to bringing the power of yoga and meditation to the military community since 2003 as a certified yoga and meditation teacher. She has been married to a recently retired Army Special Forces soldier (Green Beret) for the past 19 years and has been especially involved in serving the Special Operations Forces community and Gold Star Families.
Susan resides in Hawaii with her family. As founder of Mind Body Aloha, she offers retreats and workshops that weave yoga and meditation with indigenous practices and healing arts from the Native Hawaiian and the Native American traditions. Susan’s retreats and workshops are a unique invitation to anyone with a desire to explore profound personal growth and a call to visionary leaders who are seeking a deeper sense of peace and purpose. She has a special passion for uniting communities and bridging the gap between military and civilian populations through her retreats, workshops, special events and her work with Warriors at Ease. Susan is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Susan first began teaching yoga in the military in 1997 as a Second Lieutenant in the Army sharing the practice with her own soldiers as part of the unit fitness program.