Hi, I'm Em -

I teach functional yoga classes for every day humans. YES - you are in the right place!

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


The Link Community Centre 

Cnr River Rd and Te Aroha St, Claudelands

Hamilton 3216

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Introduction to Yoga and Meditation 6 Week Course

If you've always been curious about yoga, this is your perfect opportunity to give it a try! 

Join deeply passionate and highly experienced Yoga teacher Emily Kendall for an introduction to the fundamental elements of yoga and meditation.

The course is designed for people who have never done yoga before. We will cover a gentle introduction to yoga meditation taught in a way that is accessible for everyone. You will learn simple breathing techniques to add to your tool box, allowing you to self regulate in times of stress. We will cover the basics of what yoga is, how it works, mind-body connection, different types of movement and fundamental poses so you can begin to develop your own yoga practice.

Course Details

Begins Wed Sep 29th 7.30pM | $115 per person

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

This is a safe space for everyone. No experience required. Come as you are - all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities are welcome. All equipment is supplied.

What is 'Functional' Yoga?

Functional yoga classes are designed with specific purpose and true intention. In other words, they are crafted in a meaningful way as opposed to being randomly slapped together because they look cool. Functional yoga offers tools, education and insight that supports the balance and regulation of your physical, mental and emotional health.

About Em

Well, you've scrolled down this far, let me tell you a little more about myself - it's important to me that you feel comfortable and safe. So, hi! I'm Emily - but everyone calls me Em. I'm a Hamilton-based Yoga & Meditation Teacher originally from the U.K, I've been living in New Zealand for 24 years. I am 32, and a solo Mum to a beautiful whirlwind named Isabella. I began practicing yoga when I was 16 at a time of complete defeat, in myself and in my life. I had tried everything else to soothe my mental, emotional and physical discomfort and yoga was a reluctant final option. What can I say, 16 years later and I've never looked back.

In 2016 I decided I wanted to share the magic with others, stepping back and observing how much yoga had enabled me to completely transform myself and my life - I released there was a giant well of potential to help other people here. So I immersed myself in an intensive training in Thailand and nearly 6 years later I haven't stopped learning! I hold a 200hr Yoga Alliance teacher training certificate, a 100hr Rocket Yoga certificate and am currently completing my Advanced Yoga teacher training 300hr. I also mentor upcoming Yogis at leading Yoga studio in Auckland and give educational talks and introductions to corporate groups or at events. Prior to qualifying as a yoga teacher, I studied a degree in psychology and I love to integrate this into my teachings. Now, I can finally say, I love my life - I am the happiest I have ever been. But it's been a bumpy ride and 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, and continues to support my mental, emotional and physical wellbeing every single day. Without this powerful tool I would not be where or who I am today. Learn more about my story here.

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 not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life, it is beneficial for everybody - EVERY BODY! Whoever you are whatever you do - yoga is good for you! 

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