The Point

We convince ourselves to meditate, or to do asanas, or to do chanting, because we think it’s good for us. We don’t do it too well if we think it’s good for us. The deeper our understanding becomes, the deeper our faith becomes, these things no longer become [just] good for us. They become our way to ourselves and our way of finding our own hearts. As much as we love ourselves, that’s how much we can love another being. No more. If we don’t know how to be good to ourselves, how can we be good to someone else?
— Krishna Das, Pilgrim of the Heart--Stories of Neem Karoli Baba, Hanuman and the Devotional Tradition of India

Yogic 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. Personally, I have spent the past twenty years most focused on the Astanga method, developed by T. Krishnamacharya and K. Pattabhi Jois. My direct teachers for the past ten years were both certified by Jois. I have also spent time with John Scott, Richard Freeman and have studied pranayama regularly for seven years under the guidance of Paul Dallaghan, Sri O.P. Tiwari’s direct student (see continuing education timeline below).

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 ...

While we benefit from all facets of practice, we easily get caught up in the distracting neediness of our immediate surroundings. We get pulled off center. I've been there and learned how to dig deeper and keep things fresh and alive. I'd like to be a part of helping others to do this, too! Find more insights in my blog and videos below, and feel free to take a peek at my yoga alliance page and my continuing education timeline.

 

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Testimonials

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

 

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