Emily Williams is a yoga instructor, business owner, independent contractor and a mom. She is the founder and owner of Trails Within, the cutest little yoga studio in Graeagle, California. She is passionate about guiding students toward discovering what is possible in life when we bring our whole selves to each moment. Her desire is to share how yoga builds community, connects us to each other, and inspires us to reach our full potential.
Emily is first and foremost a student of yoga, and has been studying yoga for almost 20 years. She has been sharing her love of yoga as a teacher for 15 years. Emily has trained in Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and the Anusara yoga traditions. She teaches alignment based Hatha yoga drawing from the various traditions she has studied. Her classes often include elements of somatic movement, pranayama and meditation. She is also trained in therapeutics, pre/post-natal, and restorative yoga.
Emily has always been a teacher in her life, and it was natural for her to dive into yoga instruction after the practice transformed her life. She is grateful for the wisdom and love of her primary teacher, Kofi Busia, who planted the seeds of yoga deeply in her heart at the beginning of her yoga journey. Some of Emily’s teachers over the years have also included Noah Maze, Laura Christensen, Rod Stryker and Meg McCraken. She currently studies with her primary teachers Christina Sell and Tias Little, and attends workshops and retreats with other instructors at least once a month. Emily has spent over 1,000 hours in yoga training.
Emily encourages her students to find their own authentic practice through the deep wisdom, grace, and intelligence found within the body. Her approach stems from the belief that the practice of yoga is for everyone. She inspires her students to be courageous, confident and self-accepting. She weaves yogic philosophy into her classes and provides opportunities to dive deeper into the heart of yoga. Emily is an intuitive and creative teacher, offering intelligent sequencing, clear instruction and sense of humor. She helps people build yoga, both from a physical and philosophical perspective, into their everyday lives.
Emily is grateful to live in Truckee with her husband Ted, their five-year-old daughter Juniper, golden retriever Shiloh and flock of chickens. The mountain life offers endless opportunities to connect; and she’s blessed to ski, snowboard, hike, swim and frolic around in the Sierra.