"If you can breathe, you can do yoga." — Patañjali

Emily uses spiritual counseling as an overarching framework for empowering people to have healing and transformative experiences by connecting with their bodies through the twin modalities of yoga and meditation. Emily specializes in working with hurting and vulnerable populations, including people with and affected by cancer. She teaches individuals as well as mixed-level classes, blending dynamic movement with restoratives, offering interfaith, holistic, wellness-based spiritual care in educational, medical, clinical, institutional, and faith-based environments. Emily wrote her Master’s dissertation, with honors, on the use of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras can be used to maintain yoga’s spiritual authenticity and lead students on a path to wholeness.

A 200-hour multi-style E-RYT with Yoga Alliance, Emily has been practicing Hatha yoga since 1999 and trataka meditation since 2008.

What is yoga?


weSPARK Cancer Support Center
September 2013 - ongoing
Yoga for Mind, Body and Spirit
Spiritual counselor offering one-on-one yoga and meditation-based holistic wellness sessions for people affected by cancer.

Cancer Support Community - Benjamin Center
August 2013 – ongoing
Level 1/2 yoga teacher; regular substitute for yoga and meditation classes for people with and affected by cancer.

Office of Women’s Concerns, Vanderbilt University
October 2010 - June 2013
Created a new, now institutionalized, yoga program for the Divinity school community, instructing all level students in yoga, meditation, and wellness from a spiritual perspective in 60-90 minute bi-weekly classes. Wrote Master’s dissertation on using Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras as a way to maintain yoga’s spiritual authenticity and create a path to wholeness.

The Temple, Nashville
January 2013 - June 2013
Taught volunteer, donation-based, mixed-level 60-minute yoga and meditation classes.

Women at The Well/Davidson County Sherriff’s Office CDC Female, Nashville
January 2013 - June 2013
Taught yoga and meditation, spirituality and wellness to inmates of various ages, levels and backgrounds at a women’s jail as part of a weekly, volunteer, faith-based wellness program.

Yoga Room Nashville
May 2011 - December 2011
Weekly, scheduled yoga instructor of mixed-level Hatha and Vinyasa flow classes at a Nashville yoga studio; regular sub for weekly classes.

Cancer Support Community–West LA
Summer 2010
Yoga 2 — regular substitute for yoga for people with cancer and survivors
Yoga 2 is a mixed level class where we will continue to practice basic yoga poses to increase flexibility, build strength, and create a balanced body and mind. Learn to let go of tension and stress.