It’s super inspiring to connect with yoga teachers who are passionate, kind, and open-hearted. London-based Emily Reed is at the top of the list! After attending Emily’s transformative retreat in the hills of Andalusia (read the review here), we asked her some questions to learn more about her personal yoga journey.
How/why did you start practicing yoga?
I didn’t really “choose” yoga… Yoga chose me. My mother, a Reiki and radionics practitioner, had practiced yoga for all of my life. In my early 20s I was suffering from “overload” -and too much of an “all or nothing” lifestyle, which was depleting my energy, damaging my body, and leaving me with bouts of anxiety and insomnia. My gracious, ever-loving mother gently tried to veer me towards yoga as a way to deal with my frenzied lifestyle and mind. At first I resisted, but after a while I agreed to go to a local class lead by Susanne Lahusen (www.susannelahusen.com) in Fulham, London.
When did you decide to become a teacher?
After several years of committed practice (my once a week sessions had gone to three times a week), I began to “wake up” – wake up to who I was, to what inspired me in life and my path in it. I wanted to teach, guide, inspire, uplift, mentor and help people find a greater understanding of themselves and life around them. Using the tools of yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation, I now help people to strengthen their bodies, and observe and harness the power of the minds. My desire to teach has evolved further in that now it is about “offering” these sacred teachings for all beings. My teaching is a path of service and offering.