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Emily R.M. James (M.Sc.BA.RYT-200)

Emily has been teaching Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, yin and meditation since 2018 in Edinburgh studios and spaces (Eastside Yoga, The Salisbury Centre, Yoga’s Got Hot, B Healthy Together, Projekt 42, Gathering Essence, Energize Gym, Kimpton Hotel and spa, Summerhall, the Meadows, Holyrood park) and online via Zoom.

She has trained with Lisa Sanfilippo, Vijeth Kumar (and other Rishikesh Yog Peeth teachers) and been to workshops and classes by internationally renowned and local teachers including Ana Forrest, Jambo Truong, Janet McInnes, Heini Löppönen and many other inspiring teachers over the years.

She runs regular Yoga for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery™ 5-week courses and workshops after completing the training course with Lisa Sanfilippo She has also assisted Lisa and Andrea St. Clair on the online teacher training courses for teachers.

She holds an M.Sc. in mind, language and embodied cognition from The University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include musicology, yoga therapy, embodied cognition and the influence of narrative on thoughts and behaviour.

Emily is currently undertaking a 22-month Yoga Therapy diploma with Yogacampus to specialise in Yoga for Anxiety.

Education and training:

BA (hons) in Philosophical Studies – Newcastle University 2009 – 2012

M.Sc. in Mind, Language and Embodied Cognition – The University of Edinburgh 2015 – 2017 (Dissertation title: The road to Moksha: how models of embodied skill explain the practice of yoga)

200 hours Yoga Teacher Training specialising in Hatha and Ashtanga styles – Rishikesh Yog Peeth 2018


2-day course: Building a warrior’s heart with Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco – Newcastle, June 2017

Yoga for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery Teacher Training with Lisa Sanfilippo. – Online, June – July 2020

Teaching assistant and mentor – Yoga for Insomnia and Sleep Recovery Teacher Training course with Lisa Sanfilippo – Online – Nov. 2020, Feb. 2021

Conferences and talks:

Speaker at: ‘Bodies of virtue: Asian perspectives on ethics and somaesthetics’ (with funding from the Society for Applied Philosophy). Paper presented: Taming the tension: how models of embodied skill explain the practise of yoga. Florida Atlantic University, Miami. U.S.A. 08 – 09 November 2017.

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