Emily is an avid seeker, yoga student and teacher, and Reiki practitioner with a deep passion for helping others. She considers herself a student OF life FOR life and prefers the road less traveled. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) and currently teaches at multiple locations in the Atlanta area.
Emily is passionate about healthy living and pursuing whole body, mind and soul wellness. It is important to her that yoga be accessible to everyone; she is humbled and blessed to be a community partner of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. More recently, she became a certified Y12SR (Yoga for 12-Step Recovery) leader under Nikki Myers.
After graduating from Auburn University with a BA in Psychology, she realized she wanted to deepen her relationship with yoga and focus on mind/body/soul wellness. She brings over 16 years of practice as well as a 200-hour teacher training from Vista Yoga in Decatur, GA under Marti and Marty Yura. Having experienced the positive transformative effects of yoga firsthand, she aims to bring that same sense of of wholeness and balance between effort and ease to her students.
Emily S. Walkup, BA (Psychology), Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Reiki Practitioner
Q & A with Emily
What encouraged you to start a yoga practice?
I first began yoga as a way to connect with my mother who passed away when I was 5 years old. I found her yoga books and videos when I was 12 and the rest is history! My practice is a way to connect with her as well as a devotion to her memory.
Why do you share yoga?
In short: yoga saved my life. I struggled for a long time to find and accept myself. I was able to connect, feel and just be still for the first time in yoga. Yoga is the one thing I have found that integrates a challenge to the mind, body and soul at once. They all get a workout in yoga because yoga is so much more than asana (postures). I want to share with others what has tremendously helped me- it's too good of a feeling to keep to myself!
What is your favorite sanskrit word to say?
Pratyahara. I love to say it and I LOVE what it means- withdrawal of the senses and focusing inward.
What can students expect from your class?
Realness. Communication. Approach-ability. Accessibility. Acceptance. We work towards finding how the pose best works for you with modifications and adjustments. I want my students to really feel the pose, so we take the time to set it up correctly and and focus on alignment. Individual attention. Effort and Ease. Humor.
If you had a super power what would it be?
Teleportation. Traffic in Atlanta is awful! I wish I could blink my eyes like "I Dream of Jeannie" and get to class ASAP!
*thanks to Infinity Yoga