Emily Shea is a 500-hour Certified yoga teacher. She started practicing at Baron Baptiste’s Cambridge studio in 2001 and completed her first training with Baron Baptiste in 2003. Her early teachers—some with recognizable names, some teaching humbly in church basements—inspired in her a love for the physicality of the practice, the mental calm that physicality brings, and the possibilities for transformation naturally opened up from there. She aims to bring that same sense of joy and possibility to her classes.
Emily’s Teaching Journey
I went to my first class (in 2001) at Fitness First in Arlington, on the recommendation of a friend from step aerobics class. I walked into that class and told the teacher “I am not a yoga person.” By the end of class, I was ready to reconsider! I remember going home and eating an apple (standard issue Stop & Shop) and thinking “this is the tastiest, most beautiful apple I have ever seen.” I knew that something was up!
When I started practicing, I weighed 220 pounds and was an overworked, stressed out lawyer. A year later, I was a healthy weight, more relaxed, more comfortable in my body and more able to calmly take on the daily challenges of being a working mom of three (then little) kids. The life-changing and transformative benefits of a regular yoga practice became clear to me; I wanted to share them. I’ve been teaching since 2003.
I believe that yoga has the power to transform lives and that this is a profound and serious thing. However, I don’t take myself too seriously, so there is often a lightness to my classes (maybe even a few laughs). I love the intensity and challenge of a flowing yoga class. I want my students to have a chance to move and sweat, and, along the way, experience some moments of deep calm and peace.
I own Kickstand Cafe in Arlington Center, so I drink a lot of coffee! “Mark’s Green Drink” is a smoothie we make at the cafe and my go-to snack after class. When I need some quiet, I go for a long walk around the Mystic Lakes.