Emily Seymour is from Camden, Maine. Dance is her first love and Yoga is her passion. Dancing since before she was born, her first dance experiences were pre-natal ballet classes. Emily’s professional training began in 1995 with Sara Yarborough Smith, an Alvin Ailey dancer who included Yoga postures in her warm up sequences.
In 1996 Emily met world-renowned dancer Arthur Hall. She began performing with his International Dance Company and later became his apprentice. Emily spent three years touring with the African Festivals in American Schools Residency program. Her apprenticeship involved teaching dance and Yoga to thousands of children all across the United States. This life-affirming experience inspired her to become a teacher. Emily went on to study at Naropa University, a Buddhist-inspired liberal arts college in Boulder, Colorado. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Traditional Eastern Arts in 2006 and completed her 1000 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2007.
Emily has taught throughout the United States, including New York City, Hawaii and the Virgin Islands. Her style reflects an integral synthesis of Hatha Yoga stemming from the lineages of Sri Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, Swami Satyananda, Sri Aurobindo and Purna Yoga. She weaves this rich tradition together with the nexus that is her personal practice. She lives in Red Hook, NY where she is currently studying traditional Oriental bodywork. Her mission is to raise the collective consciousness by assisting people in their journeys towards Self-empowerment. The Mind Body Mandala is her dharma.