300 Hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Certification, Omega Institute
100+ Hour Jivamukti Continued Study Apprenticeship with Giselle Mari
16 Hour Strala Intensive Teacher Certification, Strala Yoga, Tara Stiles and Mike Taylor
100+ Hour Strala Leadership Training, Strala Yoga (Expected completion 2018)
12 Hour Iyengar Alignment and Prop Study with Elise Browning Miller
Emily Smith began practicing yoga shortly after the birth of her first child in 2005. Yoga was instrumental in rehabilitating her body, but also introduced her to concepts of spirituality, connection, mindfulness, faith and higher consciousness. When she began taking classes with Giselle Mari in 2006 she was introduced to Jivamukti Yoga 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. Back home in the SF Bay Area she was lucky to continue her Jivamukti education with Giselle, both as an apprentice in her classes and as an assistant at the 2013 SF Yoga Journal Conference.
In 2014 Emily and her family relocated to Minneapolis, where she has enjoyed sharing yoga in her children’s school classrooms, as well as teaching privately and at Yoga Center. In 2017 she completed additional training with Stråla Yoga, a revolutionary approach to guiding feeling and natural movement that helps people connect with how they feel, move how it feels good, and handle challenges with ease.
Emily’s current practice and teaching embrace and encourage curiosity, exploration, freedom of movement, and the gentle expansion of one’s ‘comfort zone’ through the practice of moving with ease. She enjoys bringing elevating music and messages to her classes and offers invitations to move in a multitude of ways within her structured sequencing.
In a prior incarnation, Emily attended college in VT, 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.