Emily joined us late last summer, in between lockdowns when we were able to hold space in person for our lovely community, however fleetingly that was! As we reemerged from that first lockdown, Emily was a breath of fresh air, bringing her beautifully crafted classes to the studio, combining energetic and dynamic flows with grounding mantras and visualising meditations.
Since completing 750 hours of teaching training at Devon School of Yoga, Emily has developed a teaching style that honours her own relationship to yoga and the personal healing and transformation it has brought her way. Every class is taught from the heart and it's a joy to be led through one of her flows, where all feelings are welcomed, nurtured and if possible, released.
Firstly, how are you? How has this year been for you so far?
I’m good! I’m excited for some sun!
Apart not being about to see my family regularly I have actually quite enjoyed the simplicity of this year and spending less money! My bf is fed of going for walks but I’m not :)
As challenging as the year has been I believe there has been a sense of community because we really have been in this together and what a rollercoaster it’s been!
What does yoga mean to you?
Teaching yoga makes me feel fulfilled and happy. I believe yoga gives people the opportunity to let go and connect within themselves on a deeper level. Sometimes we go about our day to day routine without even checking in and asking ourselves, how do I actually feel physically and mentally? When we become aware of what’s happening within our bodies we are able to work with it. I spent 2 years working in a stressful office environment and was filled with tension in my upper body from sitting at a desk. Yoga was literally the only tool that gave me a release of all the tension I was holding onto.
Have you got any daily habits/mantras/routines you'd like to share?
I love mantras and use them when I teach, because I think they are so powerful for the mind.
When I’m feeling particularly anxious I write down 10 different mantras and repeat them to myself each morning. I find this a great way to start the day and feel confident in my own skin.
When I’m doing my own practice I try to listen to my body rather than my ego. I give my body what it needs in that moment; that may be a strong flow or something very gentle.
How do you stay motivated/inspired?
Reading. Cooking. Learning. Moving to music. Being in nature.
Also...doing a variety of different classes! I enjoy learning from other teachers which keeps me inspired and motivated to share what excites me with others.
Have you eaten anything particularly yummy lately?
Yes!! A feta and spinach filo pie with pine nuts and tomatoes! Such a great summer dish! I serve the pie with a fresh salad and homemade dressing (lemon, honey, garlic, cider vinegar, salt and pepper)... I LOVE FOOD!
What's your favourite memory from 2020 and what are you looking forward to in 2021?
My favourite memory from 2020 was my brother proposing to his girlfriend on Christmas Day.
I’m looking forward to dancing at a party (or in a field) and giving my mum a big hug without feeling guilty about covid!
Catch Emily on the mat every week at the following times:
Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm Grounding Hatha
Fridays 9.30-10.30am Flow + Meditation
(Changing to Thursdays 4.45 - 5.30pm from May 17th)