Emily Stewart

St. Julians

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Emily remembers the first time she saw someone practicing yoga. It was at her local recreation center in Colorado, USA. She was probably 12 years old. The man she observed was wearing a thin lungi and holding happy baby pose. Which meant Emily could see everything he used to make his baby happy. Totally disgusted, she swore she would never do yoga.

Fifteen years later, Emily is founder of BASEDtraveler Bodies, a yoga-meets-journalism website that connects yoga and fitness groupies around the world. Emily studied yoga for five months at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram in Maduria, India, and at their rural retreat house in Taml Nadu. She then certified in Group Fitness, Yoga, and Pilates with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Today Emily balances her Pilates with yoga, creating innovative classes that align skeletons with ligaments and stretch muscles with tendons. She encourages laughter, as this is one of the best core-strengthening exercises.

Any practice with Emily is founded on the principles of mindfulness, curiosity, and honor. She learned these lessons the hard way, when she was diagnosed with orthorexia. While in treatment at the Eating Recovery Center of Denver, she came to develop her personal philosophy, a concept she evokes on and off the mat. Watch her discuss “Scavenging for Delight” at TEDx, Totnes.


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