Emily Light

Portland, OR
United States

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Yoga entered my life in 2001, after growing up in the world of classic and contemporary dance, countless hours at the gym, and a steady sprint of perfectionism. I left the dance world and was looking for another outlet to keep my body strong. At the end of one of my first yoga classes, tears streamed down my cheeks and I knew instantly that yoga was so much more than I had anticipated. I had found a healing balm, a warm and supportive container for growth, and the teachings that would help me transform the tremendous pain and trauma of my younger years, into embodied wisdom.

I knew early on that I wanted to share this practice. 10 years after my introduction to yoga, I had completed my first teacher training, traveled to India, met my first yoga therapy teacher, Swami Tureyananda, and studied under his close guidance for 2 months in the mountains of Kodaikanal. I found my way to Portland, OR after returning from India, and four years later I graduated from a yoga therapy program with Sarahjoy Marsh, and earned my ERYT-500 hr. certification through Yoga Alliance as well as my C-IAYT through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

"In my teaching I weave practical application of yoga philosophy, into movement, breath and mindfulness, encouraging a dynamic exploration into ones true nature. My intention is to create a safe and nurturing place for students to learn about themselves, connect, heal and thrive."

After 2500 hours of training and over 7000 hours of teaching, traveling the world, loving and losing love, getting up and falling down again, I am continually amazed and humbled by this practice. The vast healing I have personally experienced, and witnessed in my students, continues to guide me deeper into my practice, and it’s here that I learn how to be the best teacher I can be.

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