About Em K Yoga

Em K Yoga; where science meets traditional Eastern healing - without the bullshit.

I began dabbling in this yoga thing approximately 16 years ago, I didn't know it then, but this was my doorway back to health, a glimmer of hope. As a child and teenager I battled with tremendous mental health difficulties which resulted in many failed attempts to feel better by using extremely unhealthy coping strategies. Inevitably this lead to the near collapse of my physical, mental and emotional health. Oh shit right - I know. There were many times I believed I was broken. At first I was dubious and resistant towards the idea of yoga, but I went on to discover that in fact, it was the only tool that really soothed my dis-ease, helped me to manage my wellbeing and begin to heal. But all that is a very long story for another day my friends. After 8 years of struggle and a few years of recovery on the other side of the world, I started studying. I added a diploma in nutrition and degree psychology to my box of tricks. I became obsessed with the brain and the body and the connection between the two - how did it all work? So in short, this bumpy pathway back home to myself inspired me to become a teacher so that I can guide others to find and feel their best selves too.

I have now been teaching for over 4 years and I am so grateful to be able to share this gift that keeps on giving. Teaching yoga lights my soul on fire, and it's FUN! There is something magical seeing people arrive on their yoga mats, all for different reasons - not quite knowing what to expect - and leaving with so much more than they imagined even existed. Because sometimes we don't know what we don't know, ya know? We aren't aware of the little things we need to address, the parts of us that are crying out for some love and attention, until they become big full blown problems that affect our daily functioning. Yoga is cool because it provides you with exactly you need, whatever you are missing. I like to think of it as reorganising and reconstructing habitual patterns in the body and mind. These naughty habits quietly build up over time and sneak up on us in the form of pain, chronic conditions, injury, life setbacks and mental illness; they basically become giant obstacles blocking the way to your goals, your good nights sleep, your optimum performance, your happiest life. This could be something simple like the way you sit when you drive your car to work, the way you swing your golf club every Sunday, the way you carry your baby on your weaker hip or the way you breathe everyday. Or it could be something a little deeper like a car accident, the effects of a 5 year abusive relationship, a traumatic upbringing or some other experience that has significantly impacted your life. It's about restoring balance, reconnecting you to yourself and improving the way you experience your time here on this earth. Make sense? Good :-) 



Wednesday 6pm LIVE ONLINE

Sunday 10am LIVE ONLINE


Classes held at  The Link Community Centre
Cnr River Rd And Te Aroha St, Claudelands, Hamilton 3216


Benefits of Yoga

  • Reduces back, neck and shoulder pain 
  • Helps to prevent injury and assists in recovery 
  • Increases strength, stability, balance and mobility 
  • Boosts energy levels, vitality and inner calm 
  • Regulates blood pressure and eases migraines 
  • Improves quality of sleep, circulation and immune system 

  • Enhances mental clarity, memory and mood
  • Promotes emotional resilience, body confidence and awareness
  • Decreases risk of giving a sh*t about things that don't matter

What to Expect

What you experience in a yoga class will vary greatly. There are many different types of yoga which can be confusing when you are just starting out. It is important to try out a few different studios, styles and teachers until you connect with what feels right for you. My classes offer a fun and down to earth vibe nestled inside a safe space for you to simply be; free of judgement, exactly as you are. I pour my entire heart and soul into every class that I craft for my students, always ensuring they include a careful balance of what you want (play, relaxation, warm fuzzies, challenges, upside down stuff) and what you actually NEED (stability, mobility, breath, stillness). It's totally okay to feel a little nervous when attending your first session but try not to let your thoughts intimidate you, our monkey minds love to create silly stories sometimes. Rest assured you are NOT too inflexible to do yoga. In fact, feeling tight or stiff is the perfect reason to join us! The first step is having the courage to step on the mat and give it a go, give the magic a chance to happen! 

Modifications and variations of all the asana (poses) are offered to suit all abilities and accomodate your unique body. I am here to support and guide you on your individual path to feeling better than ever before. 

I also understand that a class environment is not for everyone - this is why I offer private one-to-one sessions tailored to suit your specific goals and needs. Additionally, I work with sports teams and corporate groups and offer sessions for small groups and special events.  

My Philosophy

When yoga is taught safely, authentically and intelligently it serves as a natural medicine for the body, brain and nervous system. For me, yoga is an innovative fusion of movement, breath, strength, awareness, presence, self love, neuroscience, biomechanics, spiritual connection and ancient philosophy. You may have arrived here with your own perspective on yoga and what it means for you, or perhaps you are yet to experience the magic, either way know this; the practice of yoga is scientifically supported - and it's also bloody ancient. It was originally developed some 5,000 - 10,000 years ago by men! Old men. Old men who's aim was to discover the most effective way to maintain their health and longevity of life. The physical aspect of yoga (asana) was created by Monks to increase strength and stamina in the physical body thus enabling them to sit and meditate for longer periods of time working towards their ultimate goal of 'enlightenment'. MRI scans now demonstrate that regular yoga and meditation practice can change the structure of our brains and significantly improve overall wellbeing. Yoga is beneficial for everybody - EVERY BODY! Whoever you are whatever you do - yoga is good for you! 

About Em

Hey, I'm Em! It's so nice to meet you here. I'm 31, I live in Hamilton and I'm originally from England. I hold a 200hr YTT qualification, a 100hr Rocket Yoga certificate and am currently completing my Advanced Teacher training (300hr). I have a 1 year old daughter and a 4 year old step daughter. Life is good, even on lockdown – it’s great! You’ll usually catch me with a smile on my face doing my best to practice gratitude (even in Chair Pose). But it hasn't always been this way; and it's still a masterpiece in progress. I could write a novel about the crazy story of my life, but in essence - yoga saved me, without this powerful tool I would not be where or who I am today. 

It's not about the shape of your body, but the shape your life.

Questions? Ask me anything! Fill out the form provided and we'll get in touch soon, or give us a call on
027 562 9662

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