Meet Your Teacher: Emily

Energy, determination, and compassion… these are things you’ll find when you join Emily Stalmack in one of her yoga classes. Now in her third year of teaching, her specialty is power vinyasa yoga with an added “flow on your own” component. 

Emily says she enjoys teaching challenging vinyasa classes, “those that push students to new edges, allowing them to truly get out of their heads and into their bodies.” She likes teaching classes that encourage students to explore new depths from a peak pose or inversion.

Exploring the relationship between what’s happening internally vs. what can be achieved physically has been an integral part of Emily’s experience. 

“I spent the majority of my life as a competitive diver.  I’m an anxious person and nerves often got in the way during competition. In swim club, I had a coach whose wife taught yoga and raved about its benefits for calming the mind and increasing flexibility and strength. In my senior year, I attended a yoga class before my NCAA qualifier meet and it made all the difference,” says Emily. “I knew when I completed my 4 years of collegiate eligibility, I would start yoga. I’ve never looked back.”

Emily’s journey has included the completion of two separate 200-hour yoga training courses. Her first was at Breathe for Change in Austin, Texas.  There, she learned basic community and school-based sequencing, social-emotional well-being lessons, and basic alignment and cueing. She completed her second training in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Risa Gotlib of Tiny Buddha Yoga. That experience focused on Ashtanga and vinyasa yoga with the “flow on your own component” she practices today.

Whether its diving, yoga, or rock climbing, Emily likes to be in motion. But that internal work is still a motivator for her. She credits one of her students for helping her view the moving meditation aspect of yoga as a “work in” rather than a “work out.” 

Emily’s favorite poses are pidgin pose and half-moon. Her go to comfort food is macaroni and cheese. And she’s a reader too; she’s just finished Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong.

Come meet Emily Stalmack at Sadhana Yoga. Call 502-309-9642 (502-309-YOGA) and visit us online at https://sadhanayogalouisville.com/.

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