The first time I met Emma Jeffery, it was before the sun had come up on a Thursday morning when she came to Humble Haven for her first class. I remember thinking that Emma exuded a confident ease, a sense I still get any time she is around.
Throughout Teacher Training, that confident ease showed up in the form of thoughtful questions, eager to gain insight, whether that be from her own self study or from the knowledge and experience of those around her. Emma has a seriousness about her that shows up in her dedication to her own personal practice, as well as, her presence as a teacher. Emma also has a playfulness that comes from her ability to give herself and others space to let things be as they are. Her care and kindness for everyone (humans and animals alike) creates an encouraging and empowering environment to practice in. Take Emma's class on Thursdays, 6-7:15pm and learn more about her below!
What is your favorite style of class to teach and why?
Either Power or Restorative. I know, they are two completely opposite ends of the spectrum but I think that’s what draws me to them! I don’t think I have ever practiced a style of yoga that I did not like but both power and restorative take me to a place on my mat that I really can’t get anywhere else. For me teaching yoga is a constant opportunity to learn from my students and at the same time share my passion. The feeling after a really great sweaty power class or a particularly serene restorative class is total bliss.
What made you want to go beyond just practicing yoga and start teaching?
I’ve always thought about taking a 200 hour training but when I found humble haven and the Baptiste style flow there was no turning back.. I needed to know more and I knew this was the right time and most certainly the right place.
If you had to describe your teaching style in 3 words or less, what would you say?
Balanced, encouraging, fun
What’s your favorite yoga pose?
Resting half pigeon… that full IT band stretch you can only find in a deep pigeon is the absolute most.
What do you like to do around Richmond?
Anything active and /or social.. which seems broad, I know, but Richmond is such a great city and I like exploring all that it has to offer (preferably with an old or new friend nearby). I love the food, music, and exercise scene here!
What’s your favorite food?
As a fairly recent vegan convert I am completely in love with the options that Richmond has to offer. It seems like every week I am finding a different vegan restaurant or food to try. My ‘flavor of the month’ is Fresca on Addison.. they have a lentil burger that will change.your.life.
Tea or Coffee?
Coffee in the morning’s tea at night… please don’t make me choose.
"Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. And, when you stumble, keep faith. And, when you're knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on."–Hillary Clinton
Why are you excited to teach at Humble Haven Yoga?
HH has become my home away from home and the women that teach are some of the best that I’ve every learned from and practiced with. It is such an honor to teach at this studio and I am so excited to share my passion.
What’s your favorite song to practice to?
This changes weekly, daily, even hourly.. I love music and combining two of my favorite things (music and yoga) is my preferred way to spend time. If I had to choose I would say my favorite song right now (at this very second…) to practice to is Outer Space by G (feat Genevieve).