Emily Smith began practicing yoga shortly after the birth of her first child in 2005. Yoga was instrumental in rehabilitating her body, but also sparked a curiosity in exploring questions around spirituality, connection, mindfulness, faith and higher consciousness. When she began studying with Giselle Mari in 2006 she was introduced to Jivamukti and soon found herself immersed in the practice and study of this dynamic, integrated method. Inspired by her teacher, and with the support of her family, Emily attended the 300-hour Jivamukti Teacher Training in 2011 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, where she studied with co-founders David Life and Sharon Gannon and was introduced to Manorama, a Sanskrit scholar/expert whose teaching remains influential and inspiring in Emily’s practice, teaching and everyday life. She is eternally grateful to her first teacher, Giselle, for providing unconditional love, guidance, and opportunities to assist and be of service.
Emily’s current practice and teaching embrace and encourage curiosity, exploration, freedom of movement, and gently expanding one’s ‘comfort zone’ through stability and ease. She enjoys bringing elevating music, Sanskrit song and ancient yogic teachings to her classes, and offers invitations to move in a multitude of ways within her structured sequencing.
In a prior incarnation, Emily received a Masters degree in social work at Columbia University and practiced psychiatric social work in NYC for several years before moving West. After 12 years in the SF Bay Area, Emily and her husband, daughter and son now live in Edina and are proud to call Minnesota home.