My clients’ stories

ATHLETIC

CURT, 52

Entrepreneur, Golfer, Visionary

"WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO TEACH ME TODAY?"

My introduction to Emme came through golf friend. While were having a conversation on the driving range one day and he told me about this lady with whom he was training. He went on and emphasized that she was “much more than a Yogi”. He said she could help me with getting in better physical condition and that she could also help with the mental aspects of the game.

I had just turned 52 and felt like I could benefit from greater flexibility in my golf game so he had me at “better shape” but I was really intrigued by the “much more than a Yogi” comment so I called Emme and set up an introductory appointment.

Early in the first session I began to get it. She approached her craft with a zeal I had not expected. She was meticulous when it came to body position, form, and posture.

She trained me as if I was an Olympic athlete.

If a pose wasn’t quite right she would either demonstrate what I was doing wrong and hold it until I got it right. Or if we were in the midst of a core excercise and I was doing it sloppily she would jab me in the abdomen and encourage me with the stern reminder, “shorten your core!”, one of her many signature expressions, you will come to enjoy when working with her.

I was unsuspecting of the intensity but loved it. Her discipline and passion for improving people’s lives was immediately apparent and extremely motivating. At the end of the first session I couldn’t wait to go back.

Initial workouts were broken into warm-up, stretching, strength training, and meditation. This may sound like other popular fitness routines but I promise they were not. Within three months of twice weekly sessions, my flexibility improved tremendously and my core strengthened to a level I had never experienced in my life. As time continued, workouts became tailored to current needs but were as effectual as earlier sessions.

The breadth and depth of her knowledge seems limitless. I literally learn something new during every session.

The physical improvements have been great but the educational components may even outweigh them. At first they were a nice bonus but I’ve grown to truly appreciate and look forward to them. We have a running joke at the beginning of our sessions where I ask “What are you going to teach me today?” Amazingly she always comes up with something new.

Emme’s mission in life is to help people. She wants them to be better whether it be physical, intellectual, or emotional. She wants their lives to improve and will do everything in her power to make that happen. She has a vast skill set that can address most needs. If faced with a situation where’s she is not equipped, she will likely educate herself so that she can respond effectively or refer someone else who can. I don’t like the term “life coach” but she is more than just a coach or a trainer. She is an advocate, a motivator, and a confidence builder. I highly encourage you to work with her. She will enrich your life.

NEXT LEVEL YOGA & ATHLETIC

Teresa, 36

Mom, Yoga Lover, Tennis player, Marathon runner

"LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT..."

When I met Emme more than 7 years ago, it was in a yoga class at the gym right before she opened her own studio. Immediately I knew I wanted to attend her classes forever. Was it love at first sight? Maybe…

Student demonstrating yoga pose

Back then, what attracted me to Emme about her was that she talked. She didn’t just do the poses and expect her class to look at here and mimic what she was doing. She talked and explained and taught. She taught about muscles and where to find them in my own body. She told them how to stretch and where to contract. She asked us relentlessly “do you feel it”, which makes me smile to this day. She told my bones which way to rotate. She taught me to find the blueprint for “my personal perfect pose” and how to work towards it. She taught me how to work with my own body and through those lessons I learned about myself.

My body instantly fell in love with her style of teaching, Iyengar inspired yoga.

It craved the alignment that yoga brought. And over time my craving changed. I learned that yoga is so much more than a workout and that a nice body and a perky butt is only a by product of a great yoga practice.

Before every class with Emme gives an intention for spiritual benefit of that day’s practice. Maybe we do the class with peace in our hearts or maybe we work in quiet gratitude. I learned that what we did in class, I could take home with me and work on it throughout the day or days. In the beginning the focus was on the physical posture, but the longer I practice the more I realize, the physical part is only a vehicle for balancing power with grace and strength with flexibility. Or having an awareness of something without passing judgment on it. And that I take into my daily life.

As much as I enjoy the group classes, our true work is in the private sessions that I have with Emme. Over 7 years now our weekly sessions have accompanied my life and supported and enhanced my daily needs in various ways.

During my pregnancy our private prenatal sessions helped me enjoy my pregnancy with deep joy. When I have to prepare for a tennis season or a half marathon our sessions will be geared towards my goals and needs for the upcoming events and she will kick my butt to help me get a stronger core. When I injured my wrist or tweaked my back, she will provide therapeutic guidance in form of rehab and modify and adjust my practice until I am healed.

Over the years, I know I will get a good workout, if that’s what is needed. But what Emme has taught me is that I often come for the body and leave with so much more…Nowadays, when I go to my sessions with Emme my craving is balance or to recharge, spiritually or mentally. It’s my time away from life and I appreciate every moment and feel recharged to get back to life. 

When I take a class from someone else during my travels or when I practice at home I lovingly hear Emme’s voice. I feel honored to call her my trusted teacher and friend.

THERAPEUTIC & NEXT LEVEL YOGA

Gregory, 58

Engineer, Philosopher, Buddhist

"I CAME TO BETTER MY POSTURE AND LEFT WITH SO MUCH MORE."

After a lifetime of walking with a severe slump, looking down at the ground due to depression I decided to find someone who could help me with my posture. Since I knew that anyone less than expert in anatomy and physiology can easily worsen matters I scrutinized Emme’s qualifications on the internet and was pleased with her formal education in Sports Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. When I saw on her website a picture of her joyously interacting with her dogs I decided that she was likely also a genuine, caring person.

Being intimidated by the idea of a yoga studio full of flexible athletic people I decided not to go until I could at least touch my toes. I had not been able to touch my toes even as a child.

A year or so passed and I realized that at this rate I would never be able to touch my toes, so I went ahead and attended a Posture Focus session where I discovered that there are blocks for people to use who cannot touch their toes and that regardless of physical condition, weight or disability there are always modifications which a knowledgable teacher will introduce when needed.

For 30 years I had been suffering from five spinal compression fractures from a serious motorcycle accident and was on a merry-go-round of NSAIDs, hydrocodone and cervical epidurals.

After two years of yoga and an immersion class my back and neck pain were 95% gone and I didn’t need further treatment or my chiropractor anymore.

I have other medical issues which I am also addressing, with a much better attitude.

On top of that I have learned how to be aware of my body and mind and to discipline and control them, which has put an end to me careening through life like an unguided missile.

I know how to train myself because Emme didn’t just show me how to do something or tell me what to do — she always made sure that I understood exactly why we were doing it and how it worked. I can even jump rope now, something else I couldn’t do even in childhood!

NEXT LEVEL YOGA

Susan, 62

Yoga Teacher and friend

"Emme - my Teacher - my co-worker -my friend"

Emme - my Teacher

My contact with Emme began purely as a yoga teacher offering a new student all she could manage and evolved into a true mentoring relationship that has changed my life. From trying to achieve a most basic yoga posture at her instruction almost seven years ago, to have enough understanding of the ancient tradition that is yoga to understand that I am still in infancy with the full grasp of what it has to offer, she has lead me with expertise and just enough challenge for continuing growth.

student-susan-on-exercise-ball

My private sessions with Emme have been the perfect complement to my many group classes. Whether it be a physical focus or a more contemplative, philosophical lesson…

...she has always been aware of just what I needed next in my journey and with skill and understanding provided the best path for me.

With a variety of physical challenges I have experienced over the years, her background and understanding of the body have been a saving grace for me.

The combination of her own personal physical issues, her formal education, and the addition of yoga into the mix has given her a very unique and exceptional perspective of teaching. I feel extremely honored to be in a true yogic learning situation as it has been for thousands of years – being with your guru long term, lessons being presented only when the yogi becomes worthy, and taking the step away to share only when being told you are ready.

Emme - my Co-worker

After being presented with enough information to stimulate curiosity about yoga at a deeper level, I participated in Teacher Training from Emme Yoga, received my certification, and began teaching classes.

Teaching has been a truly humbling experience in that I have found the more you learn about yoga and yourself the more you realize there is so much more to learn. And to teach in the presence of your teacher…. well, talk about big shoes to fill! I feel it is great testament to Emme’s teaching skills to inspire continued growth after the certificate is framed.

We have wonderful enlightening discussions on many topics, whether it be yoga philosophy, teaching methods, or the current politics in the yoga world of certification being given too readily with no regard for the tradition.

Are we honoring the integrity and keeping our yogis safe by allowing someone who has not even taken a yoga class to spend a weekend at a retreat, pay the fee, and go into the world misrepresenting? I am proud to be taught by Emme and to be worthy of teaching with her – and as we say, this is not just any studio, it’s The Emme Factor.

Emme - my Co-worker

Of course we value a friend by how we are treated by them. I am more impressed by someone who treats everyone by the same set of standards. 

As we take deeper steps into learning what yoga has to offer, we see the practice of postures is just the beginning.

My friend Emme has adopted the lifestyle of yoga in its most true form.

Unfortunately many who claim to teach yoga are doing such a disservice by only leading a class in movement. The guidelines and lessons offered by an in depth study of yoga gives us a way to find peace with our body, mind, and spirit. By living these lessons, Emme has committed fully to this lifestyle. This shows in every interaction, every challenge she faces, every test of commitment.

THERAPEUTIC & ATHLETIC

Terry, 56

CEO, Golfer, Tennis player

"I COULD HAVE NEVER BEEN SO WRONG."

After 2 spinal surgeries and years of excruciating pain, I had just about given up hope. As a former athlete and business man with an active lifestyle, a healthy body is critical for me living a successful life. Having received recommendations from the best experts money can buy, I was admittedly  skeptical that “another trainer/yoga teacher” could contribute anything. I could never been more wrong.

When I met Emme, I was 4 months post my second spinal surgery (laminectomy) within a 30 day time frame. I had just finished my post rehab physical therapy and as an a avid golfer I was looking to re-build my body, especially my core and back muscles.

One-armed plank

My training sessions with Emme are full of challenging exercises, methods and techniques, which have helped create a new awareness for how to work out correctly and efficiently. She started with a more holistic and therapeutic approach to build up new movement patterns for my whole body.  Her program is entirely personalized to my specific needs, and she adjusts each session to what I need in that moment.  Our weekly sessions progressed from physical therapy to a real sports conditioning training.

After 2 spinal surgeries and years of excruciating pain, I had just about given up hope. As a former athlete and business man with an active lifestyle, a healthy body is critical for me living a successful life. Having received recommendations from the best experts money can buy, I was admittedly  skeptical that “another trainer/yoga teacher” could contribute anything. I could never been more wrong.

When I met Emme, I was 4 months post my second spinal surgery (laminectomy) within a 30 day time frame. I had just finished my post rehab physical therapy and as an a avid golfer I was looking to re-build my body, especially my core and back muscles.

As a former athlete and business man with an active lifestyle, a healthy body is critical for me living a successful life”

The result is that my core and back have never been stronger, I’m more flexible and even walk taller. I have started to play golf again after two years of not being able to enjoy the sport I love the most. We often laugh in class and she has the ability to pick up on how I feel. There are many ways that show how deeply she cares about her clients even beyond the actual training sessions: from checking up on me, to inspirational messages of positivity when I need it, and the fact that I always feel better after every session. I’ll never forget how one time I was complaining that I’d never be able to do a couple of the exercises she was demanding of me but she would not hear it, and with her encouragement I just kept plugging away. Now as I write this, I do those very same exercises with ease.

I have started to play golf again after two years of not being able to enjoy the sport I love the most

If you are a guy like me with a physical issue due to injuries or accidents and a skeptic as well, I strongly encourage you to put aside your skepticism and give her a chance. While I do not like to use the word “miracle woman”, she surely feels like one to me.

THERAPEUTIC & ATHLETIC

Amy, 50

Mom, Yoga Lover

"LIFE CHANGING..."

…is the only word that I think sums up my time spent with Emme over the years. I met her at her first Studio in Jonesboro many years ago. My body was saying to me to working out in a gym environment was not the best for me for many different reasons and I had been hearing that YOGA was the new best thing.

Yoga in itself is certainly life changing but the relationship with Emme was the key.

She is so very trained in the physical and movement aspects of the body, yet still has such a holistic approach to exercise – body, mind and spirit always connected – that my tie with her is always “healing”.

I originally came to Emme because of a hip problem that has plagued me for years. She knew immediately the stretches and exercises that I need to improve the symptoms I was having.

As I continued practicing with her my body began to change in ways that I has not expected. Daily tasks became easier and began to enjoy things that I had stopped doing due to pain and lack of strength.

Many years have passed since that first session and I have followed Emme everywhere. Our sessions are not just Yoga anymore but a combination of different things that are best for “what my body needs for now”. There is no better trainer than Emme. 

She is so much more than a Yoga Teacher but rather a coach skilled in many areas that fit each client's needs.

If there is a question she doesn’t know the answer to, she researches until she finds it. Her knowledge of the human body and how we move is remarkable and she always looks for ways to help me to be the best I can be. When my busy life takes me away at times and I am absent for a season, she always welcomes me back with no judgment but rather word of “lets get started”. Emme has become family to me and I cherish each and every time I am in her studio with her.

ATHLETIC

Jordan, 19

College Golfer & aspiring PGA Golfer

written by his Mom Tina

"PART OF THE TEAM"

We met Emme, recommended by one of our accomplished senior Pro Golfers in our club at a time where my son Jordan was dealing with some back pain related to his intense practice and tournament schedule more than a year ago. He said:

“If you want your son to get to the next level, you need to work with people who know what they are doing”.

Charlie Busbee

We contacted Emme and my son started meeting with her weekly to initially address his back pain. Quickly we understood why she came so highly recommended. She not only trained my son with an intensity that was very welcomed and the sincerity that is needed to further my son’s athletic ambitions, but she taught him many things beyond the initial need for a stronger core and more flexibility along the way. His back pain dissolved through a finely tuned custom program of core strengthening and stretches, which Jordan practiced at home. He learned the importance of flexibility training for injury prevention in his sport and also that stretches are not his only option of improving flexibility. He learned how to use his foam roller properly and other relaxation techniques were introduced as important parts for recovery.

And he reported that he was getting in better shape for enduring long tournaments as well as his last year of High School. We feel that many of those qualities and skills will be of tremendous use throughout his career on and off the Golf course.

Beside the physical part, I know she spend time with him talking about the mental demands and how to focus better and tune out distractions. Breathing techniques were offered and practiced to enhance his concentration. The mental part of the Golf game is as important for winning as the physical part. Although teenagers often do not share much of that part of their life with their parents, I think it is important that those skills are addressed somewhere in an athletes’ environment. We loved that she could support Jordan with mental training and confidence boosting as well as nutrition and lifestyle advice if he’d chose to become a professional athlete

My husband and I feel that the lessons with Emme helped our son greatly during his last year to prepare for his next step in life, going to College and pursuing his dream.

He had a very successful year and we are proud of him. Emme was part of the team. Throughout the whole time, I enjoyed the close communication I personally had with her and the way she truly cared for the health and success of our son.