Emily Jeanne Hedges
Emily is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance (YA) registered yoga teacher based in Alameda and San Francisco, CA. She has completed Jane Austin's Mama Tree Level 1 pre/postnatal training, and she is currently studying for her YA prenatal and 500-hour certifications. She is also certified as a Rainbow Kids yoga teacher.
Emily came to yoga in 2004 for healing from self-inflicted negativity, warped body image, and depression. She stays for the physical benefits, emotional regulation, and personal growth. She believes that yoga has the potential to inform and transform our relationships with ourselves, our friends, our families, our business colleagues, and society.
Emily is also an aerospace engineer and program manager for energy efficiency technology. She is methodical, data-driven, and detail-oriented, while being compelled by kindness and the interconnectedness of all things. She is serious and light-hearted. Her yoga teaching reflects this harmonious blending of dualities.
Emily's teaching pairs intentional, exploratory movement with nourishing, supported stillness. She embraces the use of props as tools (not as crutches). She believes the yoga practice should be choice-driven, sustainable, and transferable. She brings the practice to daily life and nature. She works with students of all ages and stages of life. Her goal is for your yoga practice to bolster a lifetime of well-being.
She has explored a mix of yoga styles over the years, including vinyasa, nidra, restorative, Ashtanga, and Iyengar. Her teachings of the liberating use of props draws heavily from her Iyengar teacher, Tony Eason.
Emily met teacher trainer and mentor Estee Fletter during Yoga Tree SF’s 200-hour teacher training. Since then, Emily has deepened her knowledge of restorative yoga, essential oils, and inquiry-based assisting with Estee.
Emily's daily mantra: Fear. Less. Love. More.
Emily believes that fear can drive many of our thoughts and actions, and we need to consciously invite love instead. The goal is not to be “fearless”, but rather inquisitive and intentional. This work is often not easy, but always rewarding.
Emily hopes that in your yoga practice...
...you feel empowered to embrace the best alignment for your own body (especially so that you can safely and confidently reap the benefits of vinyasa styles).
...you find a safe haven to be yourself - no judgement, no strings.
...you cultivate compassion for yourself and for others through your practice.
...you discover something new each practice (as simple and profound as the discovery that you’re breathing).
...you internalize the lessons from your yoga practice to draw upon during stressful situations.
...you explore your fears and bring love into the dialogue.
The Elephant Studio
The studio is in transit to Alameda - stay tuned for more info!
Welcome to Emily's home yoga practice space in Noe Valley, adorned with all things elephants and affectionately named the Elephant Studio.
Emily has always loved elephants for their sensitive, family-oriented, and powerful nature. One elephant gift led to another (and another) from family and friends. Emily ended up with a plethora of elephant paraphernalia. It’s heartwarming to practice yoga surrounded by these majestic and sometimes whimsical creatures.