Emily Holden

Hello! I'm Emily. I'm the founder of ‘I eat what I need’ and ‘Deeply Gentle Yoga’. I came to yoga after many years of disordered eating, disembodiment, and body dysmorphia. Now I've come home to my body, I'd like to help others to do the same. I teach gentle yoga and somatic (body-based) meditation, and I hold support groups for people to explore their relationship to food/body.

I passionately believe that yoga is for ALL bodies, regardless of ability, size, age... If you can lie on the floor and breathe, you can do yoga with me. My blog, http://www.ieatwhatineed.com, is about my own personal explorations of eating, embodiment and spirituality.

The yoga I teach is inspired by teachers such as Vanda Scaravelli, Diane Long, Marc Acquaviva, and Reggie Ray (who teaches Tibetan somatic meditation). Exploring the felt-sense of the body is the primary focus of my classes, which involve gentle movement, breath work, somatic meditation, and deep relaxation (aided by some beautiful chants and my shruti box, an Indian instrument which makes a rich sound).

Recent research suggests that interoception (feeling your insides) can help to alleviate many physical and mental health disorders. My classes aim to bring the nervous system into a state of receptivity and openness, so we can experience the joy of life more profoundly, and move through any physical or emotional blocks that may be preventing us from living a full life. Come and join me to access the bliss of your biology. Your body/mind will thank you for it!

My classes are currently in Studio 2 on Thursday evenings from 7.30-8.45pm. Each class ends with a herbal tea to send you gently into the dream world.

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