Suza, who prefers to be known by her first name, is a pioneer in the field of teaching yoga to older people. She is the author of The New Yoga for People Over 50, Yoga and the Wisdom of Menopause, and The New Yoga for Healthy Aging. She is a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, a certified Iyengar yoga instructor, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. A consultant for medical research studies on yoga, Suza teaches yoga internationally to people of all ages

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Today, twenty years later, I am grateful to Ruth for providing me with a wonderful role model: she died with dignity and with all her faculties intact. Helping her die gave me a deep awareness of the inevitability of death and of the knowledge that everything is transient, everything changes. It brought me more in touch with the sacredness of life and death and how the two are connected.

Yoga teacher and author SUZA FRANCINA helps an elderly friend fulfill her desire to die peacefully at home.

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