Born and raised in Southern California, Emily started gymnastics and dance at age 5, and hasn’t stopped moving since. While attending university at UCLA to study English Literature, she was on the award-winning UCLA Dance Team, which led her be a member of the NBA Boston Celtics Dance Team and other dance companies.
Emily dabbled in different types of yoga, but, at 22, when she happened upon her first power yoga class in LA with the creator of Power Yoga, Bryan Kest, she was hooked. She loved how strong and agile it made her body, but soon realised how energized, yet peaceful it made her feel. She was drawn to dynamic vinyasa flow yoga because she likes feeling good, not just looking good. After being told in the dance world for so many years that she wasn’t pretty enough, skinny enough, toned enough, tall enough, fill-in-the-blank-and-she-heard-it enough, she is so deeply appreciative to have found a form movement that makes her feel amazing.
In her classes, Emily aims to give people an experience, rather than just a workout. She wants you to get fit and strong, but float out of the room feeling refreshed. She focuses on spine alignment, core and strength work, creative sequencing, and linking the breath to the movement to create a moving meditation. She aims to get people to achieve healthier patterns of movement so their bodies will be strong and last long, and, most importantly, feel good.