Emma has been practising Yoga since 1999 and was taught by Gayle Hilton using a traditional approach to both Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga.
Emma came to yoga with a bad back, achy knees, poor posture and generally felt stressed most of the time. It is fair to say that Yoga has transformed her life and she feels her life mission is to help others and make the world a little happier through Yoga.
She draws on the traditional Yogic texts in her teaching, namely The Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika and The Upanishads but she is also influenced by the contemporary work of Donna Farhi, Liz Lark and Zoe Knott to name a few. The natural world inspires her and she is visual- using images and the nuances of animal and landscape to reinforce the interconnectedness of all things.
Emma completed her yoga training with the BWY, studying for the Level 4 500+ hours teaching qualification over a period of 3 years. Emma has completed a 40 hour Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Teacher Training Immersion Course with the World renown and much loved Master Ashtanga Yogi, David Swenson, who was one of Patabhi Jois’ original students in Mysore, India.
Emma has recently completed a 10 hour ‘Sadhana Chi’ training course with Doug Swenson which covered Vinyasa flow, arm balances and nutrition.
Continued self development is at the heart of Emma’s teaching- always innovative she shares everything she continues to learn with her students whether they be seasoned Ashtangis or the walking wounded. She believes strongly in the words of Krishnamachariya, ‘If you can breath you can do yoga’! As such all are welcome and catered for in Emma’s varied and colourful classes.
Emma would like to thank all who have trodden the path of yoga before her and give thanks and extend gratitude to all the teachers who have guided her on the way: The original Gurus- Kathleen, Clifton and Andy Conally, Charles and Winnie Hiley and yoga teachers- Gayle Hilton, Lesley Wood, Maureen McCarthy, Terri Hilder, Liz Lark, Zoe Knott, Bob Insley, Opale, Nigel Gilderson, Bea Fritzsching-Jerschke, Dr Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Kino Macgregor, Doug Swenson, David Williams and David Swenson. Thank you to Zuzana for your love and support. Last but not least, a big hug and many thanks to my wonderful students- you inspire me every day.
BWY Foundation Level 1, 60 hours with Lesley Wood
BWY Teaching Diploma Level 4, 500+ hours with Maureen MacCarthy and Terri Hilder
Certificate in the Foundations and Teaching of Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series, 40 hour immersion course with David Swenson
Certificate in Sadhana Chi, 10 hour course with Doug Swenson
European Academy of Ashtanga Yoga Manju Patabhi Jois’ Teacher Training course in the Primary series, 20 hour immersion.