“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.”
Hi! I’m Emily.
I have lovingly been a student of Yoga for the past 20 years. I grew up surrounded by books about Eastern philosophy but I never expected that I’d be teaching it one day! It really is amazing where life takes you when you follow your bliss and this is something that I love to explore through the way I teach.
In my classes you’ll find a style of Yoga that blends building internal strength and shifting energy through movement, balanced with a softer more meditative side to incorporate the powerful techniques of mindfulness. I focus above all on assisting students to ground themselves in their bodies, in the present moment, and with the cycles of nature, in order to uncover deeper layers of their being.
I am passionate about teaching yoga and meditation as tools to take into our lives, for our own growth and transformation, yet also importantly for the benefit of community and society as a whole. Having worked in human rights and social justice for many years I am very much called to teach these practices as ways to support the way we act and serve with kindness, integrity and compassion. Afterall these qualities are at the heart of Yoga.
Sharing the life-changing, embodied mindfulness practices of Yoga, Buddhist meditation, and Earth connection, with as many lives as possible, from the youngest kids to the oldest members of our community, brings me great joy! There really is a Yoga practice for everyone.
I am really looking forward to sharing yoga and mindfulness with you.
With much kindness and wishing you peace,
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!
More about Emily
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. 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, and Pranayama and Tantrik philosophy with Uma Spender.
She is also a qualified Prenatal, Restorative and Kids Yoga teacher. Emily has over 500 hours of teacher training, has been teaching for 6 years and is registered with Yoga Australia as a Level 2 Teacher (500 RYT).
Emily has 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 teaching yoga.
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)
2020 – 20 Hour We are Vibration Mantra Training, Om People Yoga (Irene Ais & Josh Blau)
2020 – 100 Hour Breath of the Heart Pranayama Teacher Training, Uma Spender Yoga
2020 – 30 Hour Trauma Informed Yoga Foundations – Yoga for Human Kind (Mei Lai Swan)
2019 – 2021 Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, Jack Kornfield & Tara Brach
2021 – 30 Hour Yoga, Social Justice & Spirit – Yoga for Human Kind / We-ali (Mei Lai Swan & Jarmbi)
2011 – Master of International Development, RMIT University
2015 – Mental Health First Aid, This Healthy Life