Emily strongly believes that a yoga practice offers a path toward mental, physical, and emotional resilience. A growing love of yoga since youth led her to complete her first teacher training in Hyderabad, India, 2009 and to continue her study at Freedom Yoga in Eugene. Emily loves her own practice and believes it is an honor to guide group practices. She is dedicated to crafting practices that help the body flourish, and that focus on safe principles of alignment.
Where are you from?
I am from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, which is a series of knobs (hills similar to buttes) outside of Louisville, Kentucky.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could only have one type of meal, what would it be?
Probably nachos with fresh fish, and mango salsa—that would go with all the coconuts that would surely fall from the trees!
Coffee or tea? What type/brew?
Both please! Black coffee with cayenne, tulsi, green tea, chai, matcha, ginger-lemon-turmeric, anything!
What do you do for fun (besides yoga)?
Astrology, writing, fermentation, outdoor adventuring, and filmmaking.
What is the craziest job you’ve had?
I taught classical music at a conservatory headed by a famous Indian composer.
Where do you draw inspiration?
From the steady voice within and from the amazing people and places around me!
What is one of your favorite books? Why?
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance—I love how the author waxes philosophical on simple descriptions of taking care of himself, his bike, and his son.
Three songs you love:
Sunshine by POWERS
Tightrope (solo version) by Janelle Monae
Smooth Sailin’ by Leon Bridges
Favorite yoga posture?
Why do you practice and teach yoga?
For the love of it! There’s always something new to learn in practice and teaching!