To Riji Suh, on and off her yoga mat, roots inform the blossoming extension and expansion that evolve from time and energy precisely focused on the unpredictable walk toward the dream. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and Frankfurt, Germany, prior to her family's move to the United States. Riji played sports at a high level throughout high school and for part of her collegiate experience at Colgate University.
She is trained to teach in the yoga asana lineages of Bikram Choudhury since 2006, and Sri Dharma Mittra since 2010.
Riji's college internships in television connected her with generous producers, Rudy Bednar, Laurie Meadoff, and Kate Hillis, who convinced her to work in front of the camera. Later, as she furthered her work as an actor in NYC, influential teachers Charles Tuthill, Karen Kohlhaas, and the Shakespeare Lab faculty at the Public Theater guided her to more raw levels of awareness as a being living life in her human skin.
During this time, Riji began to explore yoga. The infinity of intricacies and simultaneous simplicities of yoga, first physical through asana, and ever-evolving toward more subtle dimensions, is what steadily attracts and maintains her daily concentration and practice. She is trained to teach in the yoga asana lineages of Bikram Choudhury since 2006, and Sri Dharma Mittra since 2010. Riji continues to teach and work with studios and teachers in the US and internationally, and to private clients.
Ironically, and not surprisingly, her yoga path has since led Riji to reconnect with her past passions for creative collaborations and expression of fragile, yet divine, humanity in one moment's blink of the camera's eye. The organic mentorship of her dear friend and brilliant artist, Simon Alcantara, and her work with the Creative Collective COL-LAB, has played a major role in re-awakening her creative soul.
As a yogini-in-progress, yoga teacher, model, and creative spirit, Riji is happy and thankful to live, love, and work near her beloved family in the city that raised her: New York City. Riji is a member of Creative Collective COL-LAB