Emily was encouraged to pursue teaching after practicing yoga for close to a decade. She completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 through SchoolYoga Institute with a foundation in both hatha and vinyasa based Sadhana (spiritual practice) yoga. Emily also studied Yoga Anatomy Principals with Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project, and trained with Street Yoga to teach youth and adults who are healing from trauma.
Emily trained and fought competitively as an amateur boxer from 2005 to 2010, and was a 2x finalist in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves (2007 and 2009). Her passion for both the technique and grind of the sport drew her into competition simply as a means to deepen her training regimen. She fought 12 bouts during her career (3-9), traveling throughout New York City as well as to Florida to box nationally.
Emily no longer competes but continues her training as a coach. In 2009, she created Spirit Boxing, a workshop that draws from her experience as a boxer and yogini. She offers an integrated yogic approach to classic Western boxing taught by private sessions and group workshops for youth and adults, as well as within queer / trans communities. She has collaborated with the Center for Anti-violence Education, and has taught through Safe Horizon, Columbia and Cornell Universities. She was an assistant coach with ”Discovering Your Hidden Warrior,” a yoga / boxing program at Kripalu in 2008 & 2009. Emily also teaches Spirit Boxing and yoga to middle-schoolers with Urban Leaders Academy in Brooklyn, an after school program run by Girls for Gender Equity. She also teaches yoga in NYC’s public school system through Bent On Learning.
Emily also works with the Weeksville Heritage Center’s Green program as a gardening and nutrition educator with elementary students. Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Studies which she received in 2005 from Eugene Lang College at the New School University in Manhattan.