Emma will be leading a YogaSonic class with DJ Phil Smart on Thursday 25 June 2020 in Brisbane.
Event details and ticket link can be found here.
How and when did you discover yoga?
I discovered yoga in 2012 to help with stress and anxiety, after repeated hints from friends suggesting it would be good for me. I found a studio close to work and went to my first class ever, hit the jackpot with a good teacher right away and a welcoming community. I fell in love with the practice right away.
How long have you been a yoga teacher?
I completed my yoga teacher training at Shri Yoga Brisbane with Julie Smerdon in 2014 and have been teaching and continuing to develop my teaching skills ever since. I guess that means I’m in my sixth year of teaching now, feels like just yesterday and at the same time like forever.
What made you want to become a yoga teacher?
Actually, I never intended on becoming a yoga teacher! But there was something about the journey of doing a teacher training that changed something for me. The practice of yoga back in 2012 started something. Deep diving into a year long teacher training illuminated things in my life that were out of balance, and where I could strengthen my relationship to myself. It gave me space to get to know myself, and that unraveled a different path I wanted to take forward. Yoga and the teacher training helped me so much with my self-worth, my outlook on life and my self-relationship that I felt called to help other people, and share the work. Although I never planned on teaching yoga, I found myself quitting my corporate job a month after I completed my teacher training, and I started a part time marketing role with a yoga studio, and started teaching right away. I followed a feeling of “yes” and it led me to teaching yoga and meditation.
What’s your favourite yoga pose?
Ummm… probably savasana – the one where you lay down at the end of class and do nothing for a bit, ha! My practice has moved away from the “fancy” poses in the last few years and more towards the intention of the practice and whatever poses are needed in the moment, but if I’m not doing savasana, I love a good Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon pose). Good combination of balance, strength, focus, and spaciousness.
What else are you into besides yoga?
The simple things…nature, picnics, reading, hiking, swimming in the ocean, napping, good conversation, cats, baking.
What part does music play in your yoga classes, as well as your personal practice?
I love music to help set the vibe for practice and to help people feel safe, and spacious in their experience and inner world when they come to class. I also like the way music can help us tap into how we are feeling and our own inner music, and even shift a mood. In my personal practice I alternate between using music and not using music, but I find I feel more in flow and moved on the inside when I let music guide my personal practice. There’s something magic about it.
Top 5 yoga tunes:
So hard to choose! It depends on the vibe of the class or practice, but these are ones I come back to again and again…
- Faith’s Hymn – by Beautiful Chorus
- Cosmic Flow – by Maneesh de Moor
- Belalim – by Nicos
- Nectar Drop – by DJ Drez
- Earth – by Mogli
Links to other classes you teach:
Movement Vitality: Tuesdays 8:30pm Evening Elixir Meditation
Shri Yoga Brisbane: Wednesdays 8:30pm Evening Meditation
TriBalance Yoga: Sunday 4pm Restorative Yoga