Emily weaves the foundational yogic teachings of compassion and stillness into class so that students may receive the amazing benefits of yoga beyond the physical. She finds the cultivation of nonviolence in thought and action to be the most liberating and peace giving yoga practice in her own life. “Yoga without the Yamas and Nyamas (ethical guidelines) is like spaghetti without the sauce.” –Sri Dharma Mittra. She has a warm and authentic tone and teaches a graceful and steady sequence that includes time to play with new and challenging poses.
Classes move at a moderate pace allowing time to hold and settle into postures.She gives time to experiment with postures or variations that may be new or challenging to the student. The mood is lighthearted yet focused. Her sequences are well balanced, intended to strengthen and open the body for physical vitality. To facilitate mental ease and self-knowledge her classes also include breathing exercises, short meditations, guided relaxation before shavasana, and a bit of yoga philosophy. Students are always invited to share questions, comments, and insights with Emily and each other at the end of class!
Emily’s teacher, Sri Dharma Mittra, guides her to the Source within and shows her, through his great yet quiet love for his students, how to teach. She is inspired by the wonderful benefits of the practice that she continually experiences—Emily invites you to find these benefits for yourself!
Just thinking about chocolate makes her giddy, and she has a yellow bellied slider turtle (though he prefers the name “golden bellied”) named Rocco.