I started to take Yoga seriously in my 20's, before then I'd been to classes here and there, but I was practicing sporadically and without much direction. I began practicing regularly as rehabilitation after a car accident in which I broke my right femur and had to have several operations to repair the damage. It had followed a period of emotional trauma, and you could say I'd emotionally and physically hit rock bottom... It was a wake-up call, and looking back, a huge turning point in my life.
My yoga journey has included Bikram, Ashtanga, and Iyengar styles, also enjoying Jivamukti, Yin and Vinyasa for a long time, but I eventually settled into a gentler place with Hatha and Restorative styles feeling the best in my body. I returned to Vinyasa with a new perspective after discovering the daoist fusion flows of Bernie Clark, and I now teach a Mindful, slower vinyasa style that I absolutely love.
I credit Yoga with many things, but predominantly for positively changing the relationship I have with my body and enabling me to move through my life with a clearer mind. Through teaching I hope to help others to find that same connection with themselves.
I have a very keen interest in Mindfulness; it’s applications in managing stress and it’s scientifically proven effects on the brain. I came to it as a way of managing my own mental health and have never looked back!
I trained to offer Mindfulness as a stand-alone intervention at foundation-degree level with Mindfulness UK, and am accredited with CPCAB (the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) to offer one-to-one and group sessions in Mindfulness and Self Compassion.
As well as offering Mindfulness as a stand-alone intervention, I apply Mindfulness-based techniques to my yoga teaching. I always encourage my students to practice with self-inquiry, curiosity, and compassion.
"I can sense that Emma’s given style of tuition is informative, inclusive and fun yet delivered with a sense of integrity and a strong passion for her subject and with a human regard for differing abilities and learning paces. Forever a student herself, this experienced teacher aptly covers the basics and beyond whilst touching upon the spiritual side of the Yogic traditions. With a most refreshing emphasis placed upon ‘mind-in-the-moment’ safe practice and continuous development for all, Emma delivers absolutely first rate classes and workshops which just make you want to return again and again, as this evolving student has done so!"
ONGOING LEARNING & QUALIFICATIONS
TRAINING: RELAX & RENEW: LEVEL 1 | Yogacampus, London | Judith Hanson Lasater | Apr 2018
WORKSHOP: FASCIA RELEASE: YOGA ASANA & KINETIC FASCIA CHAINS | triyoga London | with Eyal Chehanowski | Jan 2018
TRAINING: INTEGRATING MINDFULNESS AND COMPASSION IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE | 200hr | Yogacampus/Mindfulness UK | 2018
TRAINING: EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK | with EMT First Aid & Lifeguard Training | Sept 2017 (Valid for 3yrs)
TRAINING: MIND-BODY INTEGRATION (Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, the Body, and Contemplative Practice) | Triyoga, London | Bo Forbes | Jul 2017
WORKSHOP: FLOW STATE: A POETRY IN MOTION MASTERCLASS | Stretch, London | Lara Zilibowitz | Jul 2017
TRAINING: INTEGRATING PRE & POST NATAL STUDENTS | 12hr CPD | Union Station Yoga, London | Claire Saunders | Jul 2017
TRAINING: ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY APPLIED TO YOGA | 18hr CPD | triyoga, London | Andrew McGonigal | Jun 2017
WORKSHOP: HYPERMOBILITY ON THE MAT | The Yoga Space, London | Jess Glenny | Apr 2017
WORKSHOP: WHAT DO YOU SEE? A TEACHERS WORKSHOP | triyoga, London | Anna Ashby | Mar 2017
TRAINING: YIN YOGA & THE SUBTLE BODY | 8hr CPD | Affinity Yoga, London | Nova Milesko | Sept 2016
COURSE: MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION (MBSR) | 8 Weeks | The Mindfulness Project | Summer 2016
TRAINING: HATHA YOGA YTTC | 200hr | Mystic School, Mysore, India | Noah McKenna | Nov 2015
TRAINING: THAI YOGA MASSAGE | 200hr | Sunshine Massage School, Thailand | Jan 2014