Yoga is not the cure-all for life. Even if you master advanced postures and go through many meditation experiences, you still need to work on relating to yourself and, in turn, how you relate with others. What differentiates yoga practices is the potential they offer to see more clearly how--and more precisely when--to take life-affirming actions due to the reflective effect of regular time spent on various time-tested techniques. These techniques were developed thousands of years ago by people who were not so distracted from their own lives by survival needs and developed the capacity to proactively affect their human experiences.
A pitfall of modern yoga schools is the emphasis on asana. Stiffness in the body is a very real, physical condition. Yet it is intimately related to rigidity in mental constructs as well. The opposite is true, too! Too much flexibility in the body is intimately related to a loss of one's own boundaries and sense of identity as it functionally relates to others in society, across a variety of different roles and interrelationships. Both ends of the spectrum deserve due attention. Practices on all levels, affecting more than the physical but also the mental, emotional and subtle-energy bodies, start to provide a framework and increasing sense of empowerment to the individual who approaches them with an open, sincere and discriminating heart and mind. Even so ...
We benefit from practice ... but can't always stay motivated about it. I've been there and learned how to stay in touch with the relationship I have with these techniques, to keep things fresh and alive. I'd like to be a part of helping others to do this, too! See what I offer through my blog below, and in the meantime, feel free to take a peek at my continuing education timeline.
One-on-one live or Skype sessions: For an hour and a half, I'm all yours. Let's set up a time and get together. We can chant, set up for a silent sit, work through some asana. You name it. Before our first session, I will send a form for you to fill out so that I know how to best serve you. If you want an exercise class, I am able to provide this, but be warned: You may get way more than you bargained for, in a good way!
Retreats: Beyond a standard yoga retreat, clients are now looking for something more. As a professional writer for more than a decade, I lead writing workshops designed to deepen students' practice and enhance their sense of self-reflection and confidence in the realm of literal expression. I also have a background in interpretive dance and am putting together workshops for those who would like to leap off the mat and onto the floor. These workshops involve public performance and have the potential to radically break down self critical ideas and bring students to a new awareness about their bodies and the ways they can express themselves authentically and courageously with them. Finally, a blend of these--writing, dancing and general creativity (as I paint as well)--is on offer. Over the years I have attended creativity workshops and writing workshop and have a lot of exercises, prompts and material to draw from. Most of all, I realize the power of these activities and am so honored and excited to empower others in this way!
Holistic perspective: As a certified health coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition, class of 2016), I will naturally infuse my lessons with presence and guidance along these lines. I have a compassionate ear and offer presence and space around any range of life challenges.
Add-on health coaching. As a certified coach, I offer six-month plans that easily integrate a customized yoga practice.
I believe in empowering you with an improved understanding of your holistic experience as a human in a fast-paced, ever-changing world that demands flexibility and innovation at all levels. Send me an e-mail if you would like to arrange a private lesson, a series of lessons as a group or a retreat.
Emily wasn't my first yoga teacher. I had been to a couple of yoga classes for 2 years before I met her. But she was the teacher who, after I followed her classes, captured me with her passion and her detailed descriptions and I inspired me to do yoga for the rest of my life. ~Marina V., Athens, Greece
Emily is a committed and loving teacher who is generous in sharing her wealth of knowledge. Her classes are systematic in their delivery yet always responsive to the development needs of her students. She gently challenges while always supporting. She is a true yogi and artist and an inspiration to her community. ~Valerie J., Owner of Yama Yoga Studios, Doha, Qatar
As a teacher, Emily was inspiring and has broadened my understanding and appreciation of yoga during the short time our group trained under her, before she decided to leave Qatar and pursue a different path. Emily not only made yoga interesting and fun, but she also set us on a path toward a healthier lifestyle. She worked with each of us at our own pace, yet made us individually want to push harder. I highly recommend Emily to anyone who desires to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga and meditation.~Ahmed E., Doha, Qatar
I needed to calm down and breath better. Emily taught me how. With her concise instruction, I got to know my body better and gained a sense of softness and agility through our time together. I recommend spending time with this yogi. Emily is such a gracious and knowledgable teacher. Her vast experience and wonderful teaching style made yoga welcoming and supportive to my being.~Layla N., Jacksonville, Florida, USA