Suza Francina

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Yoga Teacher, Author, Animal Advocate Suza Francina was born in 1949 in The Hague, Holland, and is of Dutch-Indonesian heritage. A yoga teacher since 1972, she is the author of four bestsellers on yoga for people at midlife and older: Yoga for People Over 50 (Devin Adair, 1977); The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for People at Midlife and Older (Health Communications, Inc., 1997); Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause: A Guide to Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Health at Midlife and Beyond (HCI, 2003); and The New Yoga for Healthy Aging: Living Longer, Living Stronger, and Loving Every Day (HCI 2007). She is a contributing author for many other books. Suza is a contributor to Yoga Journal, LA Yoga, Yoga Vidya, and other yoga magazines. Her articles on a wide range of topics appear in print publications and web sites world wide.  She  is one of 45 storytellers in  Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything by Phil Bolsta ( April, 2008). Suza's new book, Fishing on Facebook: A Writing Yoga Memoir, will be released in March, 2012. Fishing on Facebook is the first in a planned series of "writing yoga" memoirs. Suza lives in Ojai, California, where she is a former mayor and long-time community activist. She considers her social and ecological activism to be an essential part of her daily-life yoga practice. The mother of a grown son and daughter, she is a passionate animal advocate whose family also includes several dogs and cats. www.suzafrancina.com www.Suzaji.com (Suza's Writing Yoga Memoirs Blog)

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Ojai Bicycle Update: Slow Down—Enjoy the Journey!

by Suza Francina May 23, 2013

NBC News: Growing number of Americans going carless!

This is a friendly reminder to drivers who complain that cyclists are slowing cars down and a reminder why bicycles ultimately benefit everyone, even those who don’t ride.

The vehicle code clearly states that bicycle riders have the right to ride in traffic, so…

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“There’s another threat to the area’s wildlife, a completely silent one, deliberately created by many homeowners.”

by Suza Francina May 15, 2013

Guest Editorial by Sholom Joshua

Signal Street, north of Grand Avenue, is a gateway to two of Ojai’s most popular trails. On any given day, cars (including motorcades), hikers, people with children, dogs, or horses—all come up the Signal Street hill on their way to the trails. It’s like a pilgrimage…

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Invitation to the Krishnamurti May Gathering: The Meditative Mind

by Suza Francina May 10, 2013

We invite you to our Annual Gathering, May 11th and 12th, 2013, taking place at the Krishnamurti Educational Center (KEC) in Ojai. Friends both local and from across the United States come to listen to speakers, participate in discussions and dialogues, attend workshops, and simply hang out with friends old and…

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Planet of the Vegan, Vegetarian, and Omnivore Apes

by Suza Francina May 8, 2013

I happened to run across my son-in-law’s June 2013 Outside magazine with the headline “The Truth About Paleo: Why the Caveman Movement is Here To Stay.” Eating like our ancestors may be the latest craze but I have yet to see an omnivore chasing a rabbit or a free-range chicken, tearing…

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“Today Any Spiritual Connection to the Slaughtered Animal Has Been Completely Replaced by Profit and Greed”

by Suza Francina May 4, 2013

Saturday, May 4th, 2013. Today I want to thank Ventura animal activist, Shelley Petlansky Watkins, for joining with animal rights groups to protest pig slaughter at Farmer John, the largest pig slaughterhouse on the West Coast. The protest is from 10 a.m. to noon, at Farmer John’s Slaughterhouse, 3049 E. Vernon…

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Shooting of Pet Poodle on Oak View Hiking Trail Cause for Concern and Outrage

by Suza Francina April 26, 2013

Guest Editorial by Patricia Cuenot

As an animal advocate, I am fortunate to share my living space with two cats, three rescue dogs, and another dog that I am fostering. Almost every day, my close friend, Gerardo, and I walk my dogs along with his adorable 15-pound rescue poodle mix called…

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Elder Care in Ojai: “We Are in Our Own Cocoon”

by Suza Francina April 25, 2013

I’m starting to think that the closest I’m gonna get to enlightenment is to get along with my old parents.

If my dad could fire me, he would, but I’m all he has for the night shift. Everything I do is wrong. “You wouldn’t last one day on a job,” he’s…

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To be awake to the miracle of being in nature— that is enough, for now

by Suza Francina April 22, 2013

The stack of books by my bed reflect my dual Gemini nature. There is a copy of There are No Accidents: Synchronicity and the Stories of Our Lives, by Robert H. Hopcke, a Jungian psychotherapist who explores all the unexplainable events and curious coincidences that happen in the course of our…

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Elder Care in Ojai: “I Hope They Cover Me Up When I Go!”

by Suza Francina April 16, 2013

Note: I’ve done home health care, including end of life care, in Ojai since I was a teenager.  I’m fortunate to have two sisters to assist with the daily care of our elderly parents, which allows them to continue living comfortably in their own home.

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When I moseyed over to my…

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Forty-five years ago, in the small town of Ojai . . .

by Suza Francina April 10, 2013

This is a story I wrote on April 8, 2008, and updated on April 8, 2013.

Forty-five years ago, on April 8, in the small town of Ojai, I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy.

It was 1968. I was eighteen years old, and totally naive.

Like a good number of…

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