The changes yoga practices have catalyzed in my life at all levels are not important to list so much as note as my key motivation in teaching. I am deeply and experientially inspired to share these practices. Through my commitment to asana, continued study, increased awareness, pranayama and sitting, every day of my life becomes a practice in getting centered. The effect of this is found in moments, which ripple out to family, friends and anyone I come in contact with. Life becomes richer in ways that count. That said, I continuously improve my understanding through dedicated practice and regular continued education with a few respected teachers who help me hone them intelligently. Please feel free to take a peek at my continuing education timeline.
My deepest joys comes from working with brand-new students and exploring exactly where they are, so that I can assist them in fully exploring and accept this. If I am the guide for someone's first experience with yoga, I am honored. Yet, my level allows me to challenge advanced students, too. So whoever you are, I aim to add value to your life.
If I am the guide to take someone deeper into their practice, I am delighted. Self awareness and acceptance are powerful, solid places from which to journey forward along any path. And what path is more important than conscious personal growth?
I am not a purist or interested in an escape. Although, personally, I do invest in the integrity of the ashtanga sequence as something to be explored in a progressive, dynamic and intelligent way vs. dogmatically or piecemeal.
I've also had extensive pranayama training, and although I am sincere and do not allow myself to teach it at the intermediate or advanced level, I am skilled at introducing its basic tenants and helping people relax into guided pre-meditative states through imagery, mantra and coaching.
Overall, I am interested in life's tests and in the power that yoga has to help me and others face them with eyes and heart more consistently open. I hope you will find me, therefore, humbled in the service of teaching, yet concerned about passing these amazing gifts--handed down from incredibly brave and inspired lines of teachers--along in a respectful and grounded way.
What I offer
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: Often clients like to talk about many parts of their life around the yoga sessions. So if you find through working with me in other capacities that you would like to meet with me to discuss your health goals and set up a free consultation and health coaching plan, we can focus our time this way.
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
Click here for a timeline or see below for in-depth information on trainings that I have completed.