Emily Szajda

Barcelona Barcelona

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In 2008, while balancing studies at Arizona State University and a career as a General Manager at a popular resort in Phoenix, Arizona, Emily found yoga as a means to step away from all the responsibilities & stress. Emily began her journey into self-awareness & spirituality merely by the physical practice of yoga. It is no so secret that so many instructors feel drawn to the overall benefits yoga has on the body, but over time this practice evolved into much more. Emily graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelor’s degree in History and Geography in 2010, in addition to having degrees in culinary arts & hospitality management. Emily was driven to share the beauty that yoga brought into her life with others. Inspired by one of her own instructors, Vivienne Sio Tarquinio, Emily completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in June 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona at Life Power. She is certified through internationally recognized organization, Yoga Alliance and is an active member in the association. Emily studied under renowned yoga instructors, Jenn Chiarelli and John Salisbury. Just over one year ago Emily also studied to become certified in Sports Nutrition.

“Yoga is a part of my everyday life. My own practice is always evolving; I am not only a teacher, but I am also a student. I love sharing my life experience with others in hopes that my teaching resonates and inspires. I am driven to help others seek sustainable wellness. A concept of being aware of your life and surroundings, people, places, things and managing all these components in a healthy, forward moving way that is natural and easy to maintain, not just another diet, trend, or fad.”

Emily primarily teaches Vinyasa yoga, one of the most popular forms of yoga in Western society focused on "breath-synchronized movement.” Vinyasa yoga is a series of poses that will move you through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Vinyasa movements build on the traditional Hatha asanas & are smooth, flowing and almost dance-like movements, which explains why it is sometimes referred to as Vinyasa Flow. The focus on one breath one movement helps the student to be present and aware releasing the outside chatter. In addition, Emily also teaches more restorative yoga practices and meditation.


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