Emily McCullum, RYT-500
Emily McCullum (RYT 500) was introduced to children’s yoga at eight years old by Kareen Zebroff of Channel 10 TV Yoga in Vancouver. She studied intermittently over the years until she took her first 500 hour yoga teacher training program with the South Okanagan Yoga Association a decade ago. Emily has also completed a three year, 800 hour advanced training program in Vijnana Yoga, has been a meditator since childhood, and has been studying yogic philosophy with a teacher in India for ten years.
Along the way, she and her husband David founded an outsourced tech support company called Digitally Hip and raised their children Ben and Eliza, who are now young adults out in the world. Emily and David moved to Bowen in the fall of 1993 because they thought it would be a wonderful community in which to raise their children, who loved roaming the island’s lush woods and beaches as they grew. They weren’t the only ones. Accompanied by her dog, Emily takes time most days to wander through the woods, widening and deepening her awareness. To Emily, the life force which animates us also permeates the world, and practicing yoga helps us to open ourselves to what is, beyond the stories we tell ourselves.
Learning to practice yoga from within is a lifetime journey. In her classes, Emily explains the physical cues that enable us to connect from fingertip to toe-tip to the top of the head. Whether we’re naturally stiff or over-flexible, learning to read these cues helps to protect us from injury and fosters a calm inner balance that carries forward into daily life.