Emily started teaching Vinyasa Yoga in Salem, Oregon in 2009. Though she grew up in Oakland California, the human body and its capacity for change became her fascination when she found herself injured in the Indian Himalayas, and the course of her life changed. After a 12-hour evacuation, she ended up in an Ashram with an incredible teacher name Gaurav Malik. They worked together to mend her broken body practicing yoga, meditation, Pranayama, and kiirtan chanting. Gaurav spent his time educating Emily about karma yoga, performing foot reflexology, and giving her books to read about Ayurveda. He is now the owner of Ashtak Yoga with his wife Kate Malik.
Emily began sharing what she had learned from Gaurav as soon as she returned to the states. After giving four free community yoga classes a week for two years, she decided to make this her life’s work. She attended the yoga teacher-training program with Tias and Surya Little at Prajna Yoga in Santa Fe in 2011, and returned to Oregon where she continued to teach Vinyasa Yoga, began teaching Prenatal Yoga, Postpartum Workshops, Pranayama classes and Yoga for Teens. She received her Massage Therapy Certification from East West College in Portland in 2012, when she opened the doors to her first business blending yoga and bodywork.
A lover of learning, she then continued her journey into the realm of physical therapy. She has since become an expert in Prenatal & Postpartum yoga and physical therapy. After 3 years working in the NICU as a physical therapist for infants, she has branched out to provide intrapartum services for preconception clients, pregnant and birthing bodies and their babies. She currently teaches yoga for private clients and small groups by request.