Emily was born in Northern Virginia and her folks split her childhood years living there and in Coral Springs, Florida. Always one with an active imagination and a deep passion for music, every day after-school, Emily would dance for hours to Madonna, all songs, all albums in order in which they came out. She was obsessed with music and hoped one day to be performing on stage. In high school, Emily sang in an all girl punk rock band and had the privilege of opening for rock legends Joan Jett and Fugazi.  But the rock star thing wasn't panning out so she left for NYC to study acting and comedy at Marymount Manhattan College where she received her BFA. While in college, she studied movement with Faye Simpson where she first studied the chakras and thus began her fascination with the emotional, subtle body. 
She began her yoga studies by practicing Kundalini but then fell deeply in love with Vinyasa, which brought back her passion for dance. Emily now has 600hours with the Nosara Yoga Institute, an interdisciplinary yoga school in Nosara, Costa Rica studying under her gurus, Don and Amba Stapleton. Her intention as a teacher is to create an interesting, dynamic, music filled, safe space for students to explore, to dance, to feel, to breath, to restore, whatever the student needs. Her classes are a combination Ashtanga Vinyasa with modern flows and transitions. She is certified in Kripalu's "Let Your Yoga Dance," studied "Yoga and Ayurveda" with Matthew Remski and has a teaching certificate from the teachers college at Columbia for Health and Lifestyle Coaching.
Emily lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and part time in Costa Rica where she leads yoga retreats. When she's not teaching, Emily performs improv comedy every week at the Magnet Theater in Chelsea. She is beyond grateful to be living a life filled with yoga and comedy and the amazing communities that exist within these worlds. 

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