My Yoga Journey
I was first introduced to yoga in about 2001 when I picked up a yoga book from my local library and began a home practice. In 2008 I took my first in-person yoga class at my local gym. I have maintained my yoga journey ever since. Over the years I have become more interested in deepening my understanding of yogic history, traditions, and philosophies and dreamed of getting my yoga teacher certification.
I took my 200hr yoga teacher training with Heartwood Yoga Institute & Retreat Center also participated in their Yoga for the Balanced Child program and achieved my RYT-200 and my RCYT certification. Most recently I completed additional 300 hour certification and am a 500 hour trained yoga instructor. I hold additional certifications in restorative yoga, yin yoga, and yoga Nidra.
Yoga is an ancient tradition which teaches us that we are all connected. Yoga also teaches us about selfless service (seva) and the importance of the sum of our actions in this life and for future generations (karma).
Unfortunately, the communities which gave birth to these beautiful traditions have historically been taken advantage of, underserved, and discriminated against and this continues to be the case. While deepening our understanding of the practices, philosophies, and histories of yoga and experiencing its benefits, we can also support those communities to thrive as well.
EmPen Yoga donates 5% of ALL revenue (before expenses) to non-profit organizations supporting programs across India with particular focus on women, children, and environmental programs. By taking classes with Emily or spreading the word about EmPen Yoga you too are part of giving back to the communities of India, THANK YOU!
In 2022 we selected the India Development and Relief Fund as our charity of choice. They are recognized by Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and Great Non Profits for their efforts and financial transparency. Most importantly, IDRF focuses on making lasting change by empowering local people and organizations to develop sustainable programs. You can learn about the India Development and Relief Fund on their website. Donations are made once annually.
Click the posts below to see class summaries. Each yoga class summary includes notes about the subject, poses, breath work, and music used in class.
Please reach out if you are interested in working together or have questions for me. I look forward to connecting.