Starting Now | Wellness Coaching with Emily

Guys, I’m excited to announce that my wellness coaching website is finally live! I love applying my coaching certification from UNC Greensboro, MPH from UNC, and yoga teacher training to helping clients feel happy and healthy in the bodies they have now. 

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Wellness for Desk Jockeys

Hi Everyone, I’m teaching a workshop at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts on April 5, at 2pm. If you’ve liked the office yoga poses I’ve posted on this blog, this is a great workshop for you! We’ll expand on those poses and MORE. Here’s the description:
Imagine a workday where you aren’t hunched over a computer, counting the minutes till 5:00pm, or stressing that you’ll never finish our next big assignment on time. Our workday default often means wishing away a huge chunk of the week, and research is increasingly showing that sitting for long periods of time can shorten our lives, even if we are carving out daily time for the gym and eating well. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
In this interactive workshop we’ll practice cultivating wellbeing by caring for your physical, social, and mental health while you’re hard at work. We’ll:
  • Practice yoga poses you can do at your work station
  • Ideastorm cubicle improvements
  • Practice stress management and mindfulness
  • Strategize ways to continue nurturing your health and happiness instead of just working for the man!
Personal challenges, questions, and grand schemes are invited! No yoga experience needed.
You’ll leave with tools for making your workday more manageable and less stressful. This 2 hour workshop will be $20 in advance, or $25 day of. Register on the Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts website.

Let’s stay connected!

Things they are a’changing, friends and followers. My new website is in the works, integrating my wellness coaching and yoga work, and I’m super excited to put it out into the world with fun new content and wellness opportunities. In the meantime, be sure to follow the Body Positive Yoga Facebook group for ongoing updates and connection with other awesome yoga students!

Classes are cancelled today and tomorrow at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts. Stay warm out there!

Classes are cancelled today and tomorrow at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts. Stay warm out there!

Class cancelled tonight (January 28)

Due to tonight’s weather forecast, all afternoon and evening classes at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts have been cancelled. Keep an eye on the calendar tomorrow morning, too, just to be safe.

Stay warm!

No class tonight, Tuesday, January 21

Classes have been cancelled at Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts this evening and early tomorrow, in anticipation of icy driving conditions. Drive carefully, everyone!

Classes and a wellness challenge at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts

Through the end of January I’m teaching Mondays at 10:30am at Hillsborough Yoga & Healing Arts downtown! Which means my teaching schedule at HYHA is such:

Mondays at 10:30am, All Levels Yoga, Downtown
Tuesdays at 6pm, Body Positive Yoga, Becketts Ridge
Wednesdays at 12:30pm, Lunchtime Yoga, Downtown
Thursdays at 4:30pm, Teen Yoga, Downtown
Thursdays at 6pm, All Levels Yoga, Downtown

So many opportunities to participate in the Wellness Challenge and get more time to reconnect with your awesomeness on the mat, a great passcard deal, and a chance to win a massage or free classes. Check out the details here.

Remember, the downtown studio is low tech, so if you don’t already have a passcard, please bring cash, check, or pay online ahead of time. See you soon!

Playlist favorite

Mason Jennings - Be Here Now

Be here now, no other place to be
All the doubts that linger, just set them free
And let good things happen
And let the future come into each moment
Like a rising sun

In case you missed this epic post from Curvy Yoga the first time around

I believe we should get rid of the idea that there is one right way to do a pose and everything else is modification.

If a woman can’t get into a pose because her boobs suffocate her, the problem isn’t her body. The problem is the pose.

If people of varying gender identities and expressions can’t find a place to comfortably and safely change clothes in a yoga studio, the problem isn’t their bodies. The problem is the space.

If a bigger-bodied person can’t fold forward comfortably in a forward bend, the problem isn’t their body. The problem is the pose.

If a man can’t come into Gomukasana, the problem isn’t that he has a male body and is therefore inevitably tight. The problem is the pose isn’t being offered in a way that works for him.

If people of varying abilities can’t “keep up” in a yoga class, the problem isn’t their bodies. The problem is the class description, the teaching or both.

If people of color can’t find a place to practice that isn’t a sea of white faces, the problem isn’t their bodies. The problem is a lack of intentional diversity and/or racism.

I am inevitably leaving out many, many examples here, but I hope the point is becoming clear.

Bodies aren’t problems.

Personal Transformation Meetup

Want more opportunities to meet other people who are dedicated to personal growth and improved wellbeing? Chris Dove (an amazing life coach) and I (certified health coach—more on that later) are teaming up on a new Meetup to connect people with meaningful, mindful events in the NC Triangle area. Check it out here!