E-RYT 500, YACEP
Emily is the founder of Hot26 School of Yoga. She has been practicing yoga since she was a teenager and became certified to teach yoga in 2014. She worked as the Director of Teacher Training and Development for Hot Yoga Inc. where she trained and developed teachers for 6 studios. She opened her own school of yoga in 2017 and has trained hundreds of teachers to teach yoga. She teaches because it makes her a better student and her greatest passion is watching others transform through their yoga practice. Read More>>
I started practicing yoga consistently in July 2016. When I first tried yoga it was just a home video. I really enjoyed it and it piqued my interested. Eventually I decided I wanted to go take a hot yoga class… ended up going by myself, where I didn’t know anyone. I loved the atmosphere and fell in love during my first few classes. When I began going regularly I started to find that I had particular teachers that I preferred. These teachers were encouraging, positive and I always felt uplifted after speaking with them or taking their class. I quickly came to the realization that I wanted to be that for someone else. It didn’t matter how I felt I did during class they were always there to refocus things into a positive light. The teachers reminded me that wherever I was at or wherever my body was at that day that it was ok, each day is different and each day your body is different.
In Spring of 2017 I started my teacher training at Hot26 School of Yoga with Emily Henderson. Even though I’ve graduated, I consider myself to still be in training, it’s an ongoing journey with Emily as my yoda (trainer). The training was the best decision I could have made. I’ve learned so much not only about yoga but about myself and about how to encourage others. I strive to be like my favorite teachers for others as they walk into the studio and to show them that any body can do yoga, you just have to start. Through the training and after I’ve met amazing people that have become part of what I like to call my yoga family. Yoga has been my sanity, my brain vacation and my saving grace through a turbulent time in my life.
Yoga doesn’t care about athletic ability, your race, your gender, your religion or your income; yoga has a way of reaching you when you need it, wherever you are.
I graduated from the Fall 2018 Hatha Teacher Training at Hot26. I began yoga in 2017 on orders from a therapist for anxiety and depression, and instantly fell in love. After realizing what a profound impact yoga had on my life, I decided to dedicate my life to sharing yoga with others. I teach Hot26 and Fusion classes.