about

I first started practicing yoga as a teenager in my parents' basement thanks to a VHS tape. But it wasn't until I experienced many real, live classes in alignment- and flow-based styles that I realized what an important part of my life yoga had become. Finally, I had found a way to connect with my body in a way that wasn't a performance or a competition, and I was surrounded by others who were seeking the same...oh, and I was getting stronger/more flexible/less anxious.

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While I regularly lead yoga classes for adults at DC-area studios and workplaces that love it when their employees feel good, and for teens at Sidwell Friends School, I specialize in teaching one-on-one. I currently meet weekly with students from Glover Park to Gaithersburg to create personalized, strengthening, and healing home yoga practices. In all environments, I seek to lead sessions in such a way that participants feel empowered and at ease in their bodies. Through careful planning on my part and moment-to-moment feedback from students, we arrive at a well-rounded and progressively-sequenced practice – a mix of breathing exercises and/or meditation, standing poses, shoulder/hip mobilization and integration, core and balance work, and relaxation. We’ll find key actions that will help us explore a family of asanas (poses that share similar structures) and often build towards doable-but-challenging movements and poses. While what and how I teach (especially in a group setting) has evolved since I first started teaching in 2011, I’m a big believer in preserving the overarching spirit of a yoga class - that what we practice should leave us more grounded, calm and connected to ourselves.

I am registered as an E-RYT 200 in Vinyasa with Yoga Alliance and have also studied prenatal yoga with April Puciata, Curvy Yoga with Anna Guest-Jelley, Prana Flow with Shiva Rea, Yin Yoga and Reiki with Yael Fluesberg, and Private Yoga with Francesca Cervero. I'm a total fangirl of movement-science-grounded teachers like Katy Bowman, Jenni Rawlings, Trina Altman, and Jules Mitchell. In the D.C. area, we're lucky to have so many places to come together and practice. I hope you'll consider checking out one of my group classes, studying and training with me privately, or arranging for me to lead a yoga session at your workplace or on a group retreat. When I'm not teaching, I'm working on a master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, and continuing to build Calmaraderie, through which yogis can create opportunities to practice seva, or selfless service. I've partnered with studios to hold clothing swaps where un-swapped clothes are donated to Martha's Table and gatherings where students pack lunches for So Others Might Eat, and planned outings to Manna Food Center and A Wider Circle to sort donations. If this is something you'd like to bring to your community, or have questions about my other offerings, please email me at emily.star.yoga@gmail.com.