“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
From a young age Emily loved dance as a form of exercise and creative expression but moved away from this to pursue a more academic path at university, where she studied Politics. She spent many years energetically volunteering as a human rights activist, becoming a leader in the student activist space in the UK, particularly with Amnesty International. Emily also grew up immersed in Eastern philosophy with both parents practicing Tai Chi regularly and having a large collection of spiritual books. This fuelled a love of the philosophies of Yoga, Taoism and Buddhism, as well as an interest in the ancient spiritual traditions of Indigenous cultures. However, it was at university that Emily established her practice of Yoga and fell in love with the way she could not only move her body but also find calm and peace in what was often an overactive mind.
Emily moved to Australia and continued to deepen her yoga practice, particularly loving the tools and insights she gained throughout pregnancy with her first child. She began her yoga teacher training in 2014, completing a Mindful Yoga 200 hour training with her home studio, Grass Roots Yoga, soon going on to complete further training in restorative, pre and postnatal yoga. Emily has trained with a number of international yoga teachers including in Vinyasa yoga with Jenni Morrison-Jack & Simon Borg Olivier; Yin yoga and Mindfulness with Sarah Powers; Energetic Anatomy with Irene Ais; plus she is a qualified Kids Yoga teacher. Emily is registered as a Level 2 Yoga Teacher with Yoga Australia.
Emily has also completed a number of Mindfulness or Vipassana meditation programs and is currently enrolled in a two year Mindfulness Meditation teacher training with world renowned teachers Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. A dedicated daily meditation practice in the Buddhist Insight tradition has been of great benefit to Emily, both personally and as a teacher.
After also completing a Masters in International Development, Emily worked in leadership roles in the international education and NGO sectors for over ten years before giving up the ‘office job’ to focus on parenting and teaching yoga. She now inspires people to make positive change in the world by helping them to create deeper connections with their own body-mind, each other and the earth. She invites students to utilise the rich variety of techniques that have been passed down by ancient traditions and combine this with modern scientific knowledge about the anatomy of the body and mind.
Emily generally teaches both Yang & Yin styles of Yoga, that blend building strength with a softer more meditative side. She focuses above all on the connection between body, breath and mind and assisting students to ground themselves in their bodies, in the present moment, in order to uncover deeper layers of their being. She is passionate about bringing the life-changing practices of Yoga, Buddhist meditation and philosophy, and Earth mindfulness, into as many lives as possible.
After living in Melbourne for over 10 years, Emily made a lifestyle move to the mountains of North East Victoria. She lives with her husband and two young children in the small country town of Wandiligong, near Bright, where she loves to ski, run trails, rock climb, hike, swim, grow food and teach yoga locally and on transformative retreats.
Emily is a very experienced and gentle teacher who clues in quickly to individual needs. She creates a loving yoga environment and makes you feel very cared for, as well as slightly challenged each time. Very nourishing!
2014 – 200 Hour Mindful Hot Yoga Teacher Training, Grass Roots Yoga
2015 – 40 Hour Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training, Bliss Baby Yoga
2015 – 20 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training, Australia Yoga Academy
2016 – 10 Hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Bliss Baby Yoga
2016 – 10 Hour Chakra Healing Diploma, Yoga Alliance
2016 – 150 Hour Postgraduate Yoga Teacher Training, Ihana Yoga (Jenni Morrison-Jack and Simon Borg-Olivier)
2016 – 60 Hour Insight Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 (Yin and Mindfulness), Sarah Powers
2018 – 50 Hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training, Rainbow Kids Yoga
2018 – 50 Hour Anatomy of Yoga Teacher Training, Om People Yoga (Irene Ais)
2019 – 2021 Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach (Currently Enrolled)
2011 – Master of International Development, RMIT University
2015 – Mental Health First Aid, This Healthy Life