Get ready for the best gift you have ever given yourself!
The biggest challenge I faced before contacting Emily for private yoga lessons in Chapel Hill was I knew that I wasn’t ready to participate in a class but felt a real need to strengthen my body and spirit. I was embarrassed about what I felt were my lack of strength and abilities. After working together, I am more confident, happier about my yoga practice, experiencing less pain and more strength and flexibility.
What I liked best about our work together was that Emily has phenomenal abilities to prescribe yoga poses and practice (intention and rest) that benefited my body and soul.
The most important thing I would tell a friend about working with Emily is get ready for the best gift you have ever given yourself! Trust Emily to guide and support you through a beginning practice in yoga to a practice that will serve you daily, enrich your life and your health.
This was an incredible journey of practice and self care that Emily facilitated with her knowledge, understanding and positive intention.
Miriam, Chapel Hill, NC
Private Yoga Lessons
I've been to many yoga classes in the last 15 years, and without a doubt this is one of the best sessions I've ever had.
I decided to give myself/have my husband give me the gift of a private yoga session with Emily Burrows for Mother's Day. Best decision I've made in a while. She has a true gift for teaching in a beautiful, authentic, and heart-centered way. As a busy mom of a demanding 10 month old, I've been feeling depleted and physically worn. Emily helped me connect with my heart and my body, to slow down, to listen to myself, and to follow my instincts. I emerged from our session feeling calmer and more grounded. When anxiety arose the rest of the day, I was able to notice it, say hello, and let it go. I've been to many yoga classes in the last 15 years, and without a doubt this is one of the best sessions I've ever had. Oh, and this was all via the internet! I cannot recommend Emily highly enough!
Marta, Chicago, IL
Private Yoga Lessons over video chat
I am feeling stronger, more energized, more peaceful, and full of gratitude!
My time with Emily Burrows has been truly transformational. She helped me set up a regular home yoga practice that I enjoy and look forward to! I also learned how to incorporate yoga into my work routine so that I am less tired and achy at the end of the day. She listened and figured out what would work best for me personally, so that yoga is easier and more fun. I am feeling stronger, more energized, more peaceful, and full of gratitude!
Wendy, Mebane, NC
Private Yoga Lessons
I am more confident in making decisions for myself. I feel more at peace with where I'm at right now. I've learned to be more present and to enjoy the moments.
"The biggest challenge I faced before contacting Emily for self care coaching and yoga lessons was a general sense that something was lacking in my life. I have been a stay at home mom for a good deal longer than I originally anticipated. I had this feeling that I had to figure out "my purpose in life", that I was lost or wasting my time here.
After working together, I am a lot kinder to myself and better at knowing what I need in any given moment. I am more confident in making decisions for myself. I feel more at peace with where I'm at right now. I've learned to be more present and to enjoy the moments. I'm learning to see the journey as the purpose rather than some "end". And I'm enjoying staying at home for now. I still don't know the next "step". I guess I no longer see it as a next "step" but rather what is calling to me now or what adventure do I want to try out next?
What I liked best about our work together was it was fun! I guess I expected it to feel more like work. Emily models intention, humor, self care, and self compassion so well. She asks the right questions and then provides completely non-judgmental encouragement to get you where you want to be. And the yoga was such a surprise! I'd been taking classes with Emily and wasn't sure if I should do just the coaching on the side. I'm so glad I went with the coaching and yoga mix. The way Emily embraces and teaches yoga, you learn so much more than the asanas. It's putting what you talk about in the coaching into practice.
The most important thing I would tell a friend about working with Emily is just try it. I waited awhile before I signed up with Emily. I had a general sense of dissatisfaction, but wasn't sure what area of my life to ask Emily to work on. You don't need to know! Part of Emily's magic is asking the right questions and recommending the right work so you can figure out what you most need. Some of the most powerful things we worked on together were things I never even thought of before starting with Emily."
Carolyn, Carrboro, NC
Self Care Coaching + Yoga Lessons
My 2nd knee replacement recovery was much quicker than the first and I think that Emily's techniques assisted in that quick recovery.
"At Home Yoga with Emily was such a treat to myself during my recuperation from my first Knee Replacement Surgery. My knee itself was doing great but I couldn't get back to walking without back pain. Over the years, I started to bend over due to my knee pain and when it came to walking I just couldn't seem to increase my steps.
Emily was so sweet. She listened to my complaints and didn't make me feel like a weakling. Emily taught me some methods from Yoga that helped me stand and relax the back as well as stretching that really helped with strength. Instead of crying in pain, Emily made me laugh at myself and begin to love life again.
What I liked best about working together in my home learning to use the chairs and other household fixtures to support me while working out or just meditating now that I can't kneel to get down on the floor.
My three sessions with Emily helped me build strength back so I could have the 2nd Total Knee Replacement on my other knee 4 months after the 1st. My 2nd knee replacement recovery was much quicker than the first and I think that Emily's techniques assisted in that quick recovery.
I would tell, and have, friends and acquaintances about Emily and how easy she made hard work easy and fun."
Pat, Durham, NC
Private Yoga Lessons
Emily was there with me every step of the way. She supported me in all the self-care I needed to survive such a challenging time.
"While I had known Emily for years in her capacity as a yoga teacher and public health practitioner, my first person experience with her health coaching started earlier this year. I was really struggling in my PhD program- I was navigating a treacherous advisor relationship, felt overwhelmed by anxiety, and couldn't seem to find a balance between productivity and wellness. I reached out to Emily, because I knew I needed help. I wasn't sleeping peacefully, had trouble focusing on my coursework, and honestly wanted to drop out of my program.
At first, Emily and I just talked about how I was feeling. She was able to throw me a few life preservers, which got me through the worst of a long-standing depression. Together, I set goals for daily meditation and yoga- even if only for a few minutes. As the days passed, I noticed my focus re-centering. I didn't feel as overwhelmed by the excessive demands of my advisor, and I started to feel capable of tackling my candidacy exams that were on the horizon.
Soon, Emily and I were working together to identify things that brought me *joy* in my work. I felt re-connected with why I was getting my PhD in public health, and I realized that I was both professionally capable and deserving of happiness.
It took a lot of work and encouragement, but after a few months of health coaching from Emily I decided to end the relationship with my advisor. It was both one of the hardest and bravest things I think I have ever done. While getting through that "break-up" was incredibly painful, Emily was there with me every step of the way. She supported me in all the self-care I needed to survive such a challenging time.
Today, I am taking my candidacy exams, and I feel so confident that I took the time to write this testimonial. I am not exaggerating when I say I wouldn't still be in this PhD program without Emily. She'd be quick to tell I did this all myself, because that's her way. But the truth is I didn't have the tools or the motivation to take care of myself when I was drowning. Together, though, we found relative peace on the stormy seas of academia. I am happy, and I am grateful."
Self Care Coaching
After my six-weeks of self care coaching with Emily, I feel dramatically better.
"Over the past few years, I've tried so many ways to manage stress, including yoga, exercise, diet changes, changing jobs, and yet it felt like nothing I tried was actually helping me to create change. Instead of moving forward, I was scattered and aimless. I would get an idea from a website or a friend, and then try it for a few days or weeks. While my aim was to build a solid foundation for my own happiness, I was just making sandcastles by an angry ocean.
Working with Emily changed everything for me. She helped me take the energy I was throwing into too many ideas, and hone in on what was really troubling me. I had a lot of different stressors at the time, but focusing on the main issue (my career), allowed me to be specific about what I wanted to accomplish and what steps I needed to take.
I’ve always wanted to be happy and successful, but it’s never been easy. After my six-weeks of self care coaching with Emily, I feel dramatically better. Each week she helped me plan the changes I would make, then followed up during our next check-in meeting. When I felt overwhelmed by the big picture, Emily helped me to make the process accessible. She was also a great resource for discussing issues related to stress management, such as ways to incorporate breathing techniques and yoga into my day-to-day life. Of course Emily is an amazing and supportive listener. I cannot recommend her highly enough!"
Jennifer, Chapel Hill, NC
Self Care Coaching
Wellness is a journey that I am finally excited about.
"Emily has the unique ability to listen and hear. She was able to the hear the underlying truths that I myself wasn't able to recognize initially. Determining those truths was the first step on my journey towards wellness; a journey that I am finally excited about. The value of a compassionate perspective cannot be overstated. Emily not only embodies that perspective, but she is able to teach it."
Kara, Atlanta, GA
Self Care Coaching
I find Emily's yoga classes to be uplifting, calming, and very welcoming!
"As a mindful yoga instructor, Emily takes the time to meet each student where they are. This means offering assists, helpful variations for each skill level, and gentle reminders to stay present with our practice. I find Emily's yoga classes to be uplifting, calming, and very welcoming!"
Liz, Savannah, GA
Private Yoga Lessons by video chat
Emily's encouragement and 'permission' to modify my practice has been an incentive to me to keep going.
"Health 'issues' can be the enemy of any health and wellness plan, and even the gentle discipline of yoga can seem fruitless. Emily's encouragement and 'permission' to modify my practice has been an incentive to me to keep going. She is interested in you and the pose that may address your need, and what you may need to modify to gain a benefit, rather than in just the pose. This does not mean 'anything goes.' She's an excellent, well-prepared, and understanding instructor to whom teaching comes naturally. And she believes in what she teaches and in those she teaches."
K, Charlotte, NC
Private Yoga Lessons
Self care is the best gift you will ever give to yourself, because Emily will help you understand that you are beautiful, amazing, and capable of doing so much more than you ever thought, both emotionally and physically!
The biggest challenges I faced before contacting Emily for self care coaching were body image, self confidence, and self advocacy. Through working together, I have become empowered! I see my own self worth and recognize that others also appreciate me simply for who I am. I am able to better see the contributions I make to the world, and feel more emotionally at peace. I also feel more comfortable telling others what I need to make me happy.
What I like best about our work together, is that Emily never tells me how to feel or what I should be doing. She is understanding, and has a unique ability to help me reflect and come to positive conclusions and solutions on my own.
The most important thing I would tell a friend about working with Emily is, she will help you get to really know and love yourself. Self care is the best gift you will ever give to yourself, because Emily will help you understand that you are beautiful, amazing, and capable of doing so much more than you ever thought, both emotionally and physically!
Brie, Teacher, Mebane, NC
Self Care Coaching
Within a short period of time working with Emily, I was able to shift my mindset from trying to force myself to "improve my self-care" and feeling like a failure to offering myself options for change, options for feeling better. That might sound simple but, for me, it was life-changing.
When I first starting working with Emily, I was really struggling with my self-care...not only doing it but my approach to trying to do it. I was caught in a painful cycle of setting a self-care goal for myself, not doing it, and then feeling down and like a failure.
So glad to have found a "Self-care Coach", I reached out to Emily with the goal of "improving my self-care". I soon found out that was not where I needed to focus. Emily's approach of working more deeply and directly on my mindset was what I needed. She also offered a very warm, grounded, realistic quality. She also understood how to work compassionately and respectfully with the various (and often conflicting) parts of me.
Within a short period of time working with Emily, I was able to shift my mindset from trying to force myself to "improve my self-care" and feeling like a failure to offering myself options for change, options for feeling better. That might sound simple but, for me, it's huge. It was life-changing. I've worked with many therapists over the years and I work as one myself, and this essential change of mindset was not ever as clear. Applying the options mindset, I was able to feel better right away. I feel lighter and more at ease. The whole trip of being a "failure" because I didn't do a "good" self-care behaviour disappeared. And, as a bonus, because I gave myself options and took the pressure off, I was able to do more of the things I wanted to do to take better care of myself.
I highly recommend working with Emily. She's kind and supportive and she's also wise, grounded, and sharp.
Kim, Psychotherapist, 44 yrs old, Vancouver, BC
Self Care Coaching