MEET AHNU'S INSPIRATIONAL YOGA AMBASSADORS
Each month we feature an ambassador who inspires us, their students, and the community.
Emily Kasman, Ahnu Yoga Ambassador
As a lover of fresh air, new experiences, food made with love, the warmth of a warn-in hoodie and the coziness of a summer home (AKA: a 2 person tent), Emily exudes a grounded and sweet aura everywhere she goes. She believes that honoring each of our yin & yang, dark & light, inner & outer, and lunar & solar qualities create the balance that we are searching for. Her belief is that yoga has amazing ways of bringing feelings, discomfort and authenticity to the surface. By acknowledging what rises, students can begin to form their own joy. Every person’s yoga is about something different, however through it, we all seem to be uncovered to our true self and allow ourselves to just be.
Emily lives by the words lokah samasta sukhino bhavantu, translating into "May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may my thoughts, words and actions contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all." Understanding that nature brings a sense of liberation and joy, Emily has created many retreats that combine adventuring outdoors and practicing yoga away from the studio environment. She also believes that being out of your comfort zone is where growth happens. Taking yoga out of a studio and into the world helps us maintain our inner stability by practicing in the ever changing elements.
In 2009, Emily received her 200-hour Yoga Teaching Certification and is trained in the slower methods of Traditional Hot Hatha and Yin Yoga. Elements of these teachings also influence her Power Vinyasa classes with longer holds, body awareness, and mindful transitions. Emily believes that a major benefit of an asana practice honors both the HA (sun) and THA (moon) states of being. Solar, fiery energy helps create internal heat and cool, lunar energy guides us to dive deeper into the present moment - where the real work happens!
Her approach to teaching is to guide students to take responsibility for their yoga, and through their asana practice learning to take responsibility for their life and happiness.
You can learn more about Emily at her website, emilykasman.com