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 for this teenager 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 in Nosara, Costa Rica studying under her gurus Don and Amba Stapleton. NYI's philosophy constantly has the practitioner exploring, going deeper and staying interested in new experiences and sensations and always asking that existential question, "who am I?" Her intention as a teacher is to create a safe space for students to explore and strengthen both the emotional/subtle body and the physical body while working towards releasing physical and emotional discomfort. 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 and yoga and improv comedy 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 comedy and yoga and the amazing communities that exist within these worlds. 

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