Emily Joy Chiodo ERYT 500
I feel so fortunate to have been introduced to yoga as a child. Incarnated as a daughter of a yogini, I can remember yoga as natural expression of play and discovery during early years and I attempt to maintain that connection with my practice today.
My yoga teaching career began with Bikram yoga in 1997, but it wasn't until after giving birth to my beautiful daughter, Raphaella, that yoga truly facilitated in my transformation. I found a deeper connection to myself through the linking of breath and movement that is fostered within the vinyasa approach. My dedicated practice resulted in the release of the 75lbs I accumulated while pregnant and, more importantly, the alleviation of many addictive patterns and psychic and emotional scars including panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.
I enjoy teaching meditation, pranayama, yoga philosophy & all levels of instruction of asana from basic/gentle to advanced levels. I have Yoga Alliance ERYT accredited 200 hour certifications in both Sampoorna and Satsang Yoga and 500 hours through the Himalayan Institute. I am grateful to be living my dharma as co-directer and co-owner of Joyful Yoga. I am currently in the process of completing my master's degree in clinical mental health counseling so I can utilize the healing modalities of the yoga sciences as a therapist. I will graduate in the summer of 2015.
Inspired by the themes of transformation, imperfection, and acceptance, I attempt to incorporate lightness, music, creative sequencing, and direct, yet thoughtful instruction in my asana classes. My aim is to extend humor and honesty to my students in order to support them in discovering the grace in their own imperfections. Believing the most authentic teacher comes from within one's self and is slowly revealed and illuminated by the practice, my intention is to simply be a guide on that path.