by Leanne Gerich
Emma joined our team towards the end of last year. She is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with experience teaching in Australia, Hawaii and Indonesia. Emma attended her first yoga class during a difficult time in her life and as cliché as it sounds – everything changed from there on out! Since then, everything in her life followed suit and the goodness just kept delivering. Much like her own practice, her classes aren’t over-complicated or fancy… Just free flowing, feeling, connecting back in and tapping into that inner awesomeness.
When did you get into yoga? What was the reason you stuck with it?
I started yoga around 3 years ago. I found myself in a place where I was really unhappy so decided to make changes and try new things like surfing, freediving, scuba diving, skydiving, travelling and yoga! Once I discovered yoga, I found that it had this innate capability to balance. No matter what I was experiencing – stress, anxiety, anger, excitement, fear, fatigue, it was always able to bring me back to this equilibrium. It turned out to be my golden ticket to balance.
Which pose is your favourite and why?
One-Legged King Pigeon Pose because its opens the body and the heart.
Which 3 poses would you recommend a beginner to do daily?
These are my 3 quicky go-to poses when I’m in the office or at uni and feeling like a break from the computer!
What is your favourite part about teaching at stretch?
I love the energy when I walk into the studio. The scent of essential oils, the soft lighting, the calming tunes. It’s a very nurturing, nourishing space to teach and practice in.
What lesson stands out in yoga? Has it moved you into a different direction?
The greatest thing I have learned from yoga and meditation is this connection back to myself, others and the Earth. Since starting yoga my entire course has changed. It made me really think about what I want to do with my time here and how can I leave this Earth a little better than when I found it. So in understanding this connection it’s really inspired me to make big changes and follow my heart.