Essentrics & Yoga Instructor - Susan E. Mead

Essentrics Sessions

Essentrics with Susan - Susan Mead with ChairJoin Susan for classes at Sundance Studio in the Sundance Plaza, in Steamboat Springs, CO, plus pop-up classes you can learn about from my free Newsletter. Also, be on the lookout for Essentrics workshops around the world with optional sessions on using herbs and food as medicine.  Stay tuned by signing up for the newsletter.

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Essentrics Toning

An all-levels class which will stretch and strengthen all of your 640 muscles, in addition to providing a cardiovascular workout. Students leave with a spring in their step, a smile on their face and usually, fewer aches and pains.

Class Schedule


Essentrics Toning

Essentrics Class in StudioAn all-levels class which will stretch and strengthen all of your 640 muscles, in addition to providing a cardiovascular workout. Students leave with a spring in their step, a smile on their face and usually, fewer aches and pains.

Class Schedule


Essentrics Barre

Like other Essentrics classes, we rebalance the entire body by lengthening and strengthening all your muscles PLUS some of our stretching and/or strengthening movements will be done at the barre (or using chairs).

This is an all-levels class which will stretch and strengthen all of your 640 muscles.

With all classes, listen to your body and feel free to do any class loosely when recovering from injury or surgery--or just need to be gentle with yourself.  You will still feel full-body benefits.

Warning: I do have a powder clause and sometimes I am away for travel and further training.  Therefore, your best bet is to sign up for my short newsletter that I use to keep you posted on the latest information. For those who want the fastest physical results, I recommend either a live class or 23-minute Classical Stretch episode (same as Essentrics on PBS for 16 years) nearly every day. However, I have many students giving positive feedback of some degree of improvement with just once or twice/week. If your intention is to work it into your schedule every day, you'll get it in 4-5 days week which will make huge differences in your posture, appearance and how you feel!


Essentrics instead of yoga? Not necessarily.

Essentrics in fallAfter being a yoga instructor for 15 years (see below for details), Susan developed bilateral adhesive encapsulitis (double frozen shoulders).  Searching for a diagnosis and possible treatment took two years and then Susan's sister, Sarah Mead, reminded her of the wonderful benefits from doing the Classical Stretch program, airing early mornings on PBS in the U.S.since 1998. When this contributed greatly to healing her shoulders, as well as a torn medial meniscus (back of the knee) in 2012, Susan became a passionate, certified Essentrics instructor, and is now working on her Level 3 Certification. Essentrics, (aka Classical Stretch on PBS) is a combination of scientific stretching, PNF, tai-chi, yoga, ballet, physiotherapy, and chiropractic movements.

The powerful Essentrics technique of dynamically strengthening the muscles in a lengthened position quickly transforms the body into a long, lean and toned shape. The results: improved posture, body tone and vibrancy--in addition to healing many injuries and re-balancing the body.

Essentrics dynamically stretches and strengthens every muscle in the body, rebalancing the muscular structure in continuous rotational movements. The unique flowing movements of the Essentrics® program have been proven to simultaneously slenderize and tone the abs, waist, and back with simple yet powerful Essentrics® strengthening exercises. This is a full-body flexibility technique that works through the muscle chains liberating, relieving from tension and empowering the muscles in the process.

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Essentrics is a unique program that rapidly changes the shape of your body through a dynamic, fluid combination of strengthening and stretching.  With a diverse music playlist accompanying each routine, this equipment-free workout leaves you feeling energized and will help improve results in all of your favorite activities and sports.  If you want to develop better posture with lean, strong and flexible muscles—rather than short, bulky muscles prone to injury—Essentrics is for you!